EXCLUSIVE: Helen Mirren calls the press a “pit of snarling snakes”
While many might think that the first lady of British drama, Helen Mirren, would have no fears of being in the public eye, the 70-year-old actress today confessed at Trumbo‘s London press conference, which we attended, that we journalists can actually put the fear into her.
There are a lot of journalists who scare the shit out of me nowadays! In our business we have to be open to the press, and we all feel it’s very much a part of our job, but at the same time, you’re always about to fall off the wire, into the pit below of snarling snakes.
“Present company excluded”, piped up Mirren’s Trumbo co-star Bryan Cranston, causing an eruption of nervous laughter from the journalists in attendance.
Mirren proceeded to clarify exactly what it was about journalism that she found intimidating:
Well I suppose I’m talking more about the comments part of the internet, that sort of world. We all tumble into it regularly. So it’s all a bit nerve-wracking, but it’s an essential part of our job, and we’re very grateful to you guys for being here, in this room, when you could be somewhere else.
The topic was raised in light of Mirren’s character in Trumbo, Hedda Hopper – a real life journalist who assisted the propagation of fear and paranoia surrounding the Hollywood ‘black list’ in the 1950s and ’60s.
Stay tuned for our full report of the Trumbo press conference and review of the excellent film, which is already attracting Oscars buzz.