The Tempest- Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren has a long career behind her working with Shakespeare.  She appeared in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, for example, as Titania.  In this short interview she talks about her role as Prospero in the recent film version.  I haven’t seen the film and the out-takes here, with dizzying effects detracting from the script and the acting, do not encourage me to make the effort.

What Helen Mirren says about the difference between flim acting and stage acting is sharp and to the point, however.  When an actor is doing a run at a theatre, she has to repeat the words night after night and can grow into the role, learning performance by performance.

Listen to what she says and tell me what you think:


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