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Lovibond: Lansbury's a legend

Ophelia Lovibond has revealed she struggled to keep up with her Mr Popper's Penguins co-star Angela Lansbury.

The actress, who plays personal assistant Pippi in the big-screen adaptation of the 1938 children's book, said the veteran Murder She Wrote star kept the cast and crew entertained on set.

"She kept doing this thing - like Morecambe and Wise when they run and click their heels to the side - she kept doing that all the time," Ophelia said.

"She's pretty sprightly. When we were shooting in the Guggenheim we didn't wrap one night until maybe 6am I think, and she did that walking out of the Guggenheim.

"She was a lot more lively than I was at that time in the morning."

British star Ophelia, 25, said leading man Jim Carrey, who plays a divorced businessman who inherits six Gentoo penguins, was a lot calmer and quieter than his on-screen persona.

"He's really sweet. If we'd had a long day and were shooting for an hour longer he'd organise for ice-cream trucks to come or hot-dog stands or candyfloss and things," she said.

"Every take he'd do something quite different, once he'd nailed a scene he'd try something different."

:: Mr Popper's Penguins is released in cinemas today (August 5).

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