Audrey Hepburn 'Can't Really Act': Emma Thompson
And she's 'fantastically twee,' to boot
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 9, 2010 10:30 AM CDT
In this image released by Paramount Pictures, Audrey Hepburn is shown in, "Breakfast at Tiffany's."   (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures)

(Newser) – Audrey Hepburn seems to be beloved by everyone…except, apparently, Emma Thompson. Thompson, who is writing the screenplay for a remake of the Hepburn-starring My Fair Lady, says she is “thrilled” to be redoing the movie since she’s “not hugely fond” of the original. “I find Audrey Hepburn fantastically twee,” she tells the Hollywood Reporter. “Twee is whimsy without wit. It's mimsy-mumsy sweetness without any kind of bite. And that's not for me.”

“She can't sing and she can't really act, I'm afraid. I'm sure she was a delightful woman—and perhaps if I had known her I would have enjoyed her acting more, but I don't and I didn't, so that's all there is to it, really,” Thompson says, adding to Variety: “I don't do Audrey Hepburn. I think that she's a guy thing.” Interestingly, Carey Mulligan—who has been compared to Hepburn—is in talks to play Eliza, Hepburn’s role.

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margaretshore
Aug 13, 2010 7:29 PM CDT
Emma....reading your comment on Audrey Hepburn has made my summer. Of course she was charming and delightful, etc., but why do people think that equates to acting talent? Perhaps she had more talent than Marilyn Monroe but she had about as much talent as a Pekingese. I grew up loving Audrey, especially in My Fair Lady, but when I see that movie now I just cringe. Emma... you're been lovely in everything you've acted except I'm always so sad when they put you in a wretched wig. I am also so sorry about your role in Imagining Argentina. What a bad and disturbing movie. Most importantly, thank you for having enough brain power to critically analyze a near sacred icon and speak out when it falls short. Brain power and courage. I'm sorry for all the people who ask, "who's Emma Thompson?"
commentbob
Aug 10, 2010 11:42 PM CDT
Emma Thompson who? I asked several people and they did not know who she was...Audrey will live forever! You will never top her movies...you will go into obscurity...nobody will remember who you are...if they have heard of you at all...what a moron to make a comment like that...she has to be living in her own dream world...Audrey's "My Fair Lady" is a Classic"...I see little children right now and mostly little girls watching the show in awe of this beautiful talented woman...
Montelukast
Aug 10, 2010 7:41 PM CDT
who the hell is this bitch Emma Thompson anyway? never heard of her before.