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Friday 26 December 2014

Less glamour for Bonham Carter

Helena Bonham Carter was surprised when she was asked to play Elizabeth Taylor
Helena Bonham Carter was surprised when she was asked to play Elizabeth Taylor

Helena Bonham Carter has revealed she could never get glammed up every day like Elizabeth Taylor.

The award-winning British actress, who portrayed the screen legend in BBC drama Burton And Taylor, admitted it would be too "boring" to get dressed up every day.

"I've never had an entourage like hers. I'd get bored. It's too time-consuming. I get criticised for not getting dressed up, but Elizabeth took two hours to get dressed up every day," she said.

Helena couldn't believe when TV bosses approached her with the role - because she reckons she looks nothing like her in real life.

"I was amazed when they asked me to play this role because I don't look like her. I have got an angular face and she had plumper cheeks," she explained.

"She also wore so much make-up that at one point I did think, 'If I'm not careful, I'll look like a man in drag!' I have to look a million dollars in this drama, even though the whole film costs a million dollars! So we've gone for the essence of Elizabeth Taylor."

The actress added: "It's about capturing the essence, not anally reproducing her. She was inimitable."

:: Burton And Taylor will be available on DVD from August 26.

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