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Thursday 21 August 2014

Mirren: I can't wait for Red sequel

Dame Helen Mirren is reprising her Red role for a sequel

Dame Helen Mirren has revealed her excitement for Red 2, calling it her "guilty pleasure".

The 67-year-old is set to reprise her role in the action sequel alongside Bruce Willis, John Malkovich and her Hitchcock co-star Sir Anthony Hopkins, which is expected to be released later this year.

"I am loving it. Red is my secret guilty pleasure," she said.

Helen, who stars in Sacha Gervasi's drama about the famed filmmaker, admitted she didn't "know anything" about the relationship between Hitchcock and his wife Alma Reville.

"I didn't know anything about their relationship before," said the actress, revealing that it was Alma's "strong character" that drew her to the script.

"It is a love story. And I think that Alma and Hitch were, in their own funny, unglamorous way, a great kind of Romeo and Juliet partnership. They were amazing partners in life and I think they could teach us all something about how to make a successful marriage," she said.

She reckons the late couple would have enjoyed Hitchcock, adding: "I think they would've loved it actually, I do.

"I think it's caught their sense of humour and the nature of their relationship; loving but acerbic and dryly funny. I have a feeling that there's something in the essence of that that is very close to the truth."

:: Hitchcock is in cinemas now.

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