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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