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Thursday 27 November 2014

Lumley: DiCaprio's 27 snog attempts

Joanna Lumley locks lips with Leonardo DiCaprio in their new movie
Joanna Lumley locks lips with Leonardo DiCaprio in their new movie

Joanna Lumley has revealed that Leonardo DiCaprio was so nervous about kissing her that they needed 27 takes to get it right.

The Absolutely Fabulous star, who is 28 years older than Leo, admitted that the Hollywood heartthrob was challenged by the snogging scenes in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf Of Wall Street, reported The Sun.

"Unfortunately, with the kissing, he took a while getting used to it. So I was like, 'Try, try again'. There were 27 takes!" she told Alan Carr on his Chatty Man show.

Leonardo plays a New York stockbroker who goes to prison for refusing to co-operate in a 90s securities fraud involving Wall Street and the mob, while Joanna plays Aunt Emma in the big-screen adaptation of Jordan Belfort's memoir.

The 66-year-old actress also admitted that she liked to play up to her status as one of the UK's beloved personalities.

"I do play the National Treasure card at home. I have to be helped out of bed every morning because I am a National Treasure. Everything is done for me at home," said Joanna.

"I love the words 'National Treasure' as I have been banging around the block. It is like looking for a parking space - you go round and round. You do good parts and bad parts. People remember you and you do more shows."

She added: "You are like an old car and people still like you and say, 'Oh look, it's the old car'."

The full interview will be shown on Channel 4 tonight (Friday).

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