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

(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.

In this image released by Paramount Pictures, Audrey Hepburn is shown in, Breakfast at Tiffany's.
In this image released by Paramount Pictures, Audrey Hepburn is shown in, "Breakfast at Tiffany's."   (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures)
Portrait of Belgian-born American actress Audrey Hepburn (1929 - 1993) as she wears a strapless gown and holds white kid-gloved hands up to her chin, early 1950s.
Portrait of Belgian-born American actress Audrey Hepburn (1929 - 1993) as she wears a strapless gown and holds white kid-gloved hands up to her chin, early 1950s.   (Getty Images)
British actress Emma Thompson is honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the Pig 'n Whistle pub on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles on Friday, Aug. 6, 2010.
British actress Emma Thompson is honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the Pig 'n Whistle pub on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles on Friday, Aug. 6, 2010.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
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