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Saturday 27 December 2014

Helen Mirren talks top costumes

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11:  Actress Helen Mirren attends the premiere of Summit Entertainment's "RED 2" at Westwood Village on July 11, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren has joked about the perfect costume to wear when playing a killer.

The actress stars as kick-ass assassin Victoria in action comedy movie RED 2, the sequel to 2010 film RED.

She says the best kind of outfit for combat is something smart with sensible shoes.

“I think killing in formal wear is fine, as long as you've got the right shoes on," she joked to Refinery29. "There’s a sequence in the first film where we’ve got this bag of combat boots - that was completely my idea. I said, ‘No woman can do this kind of job in high-heeled shoes; you cannot run! I told the directors, 'If you’re going to be serious about it, I want her to get the right shoes on.'"

The 67-year-old also features in animated movie Monsters University where she voices Dean Hardscrabble.

She has shared the joys of not having to worry about wardrobe when making the family film.

"It's so great not to have to get up at five in the morning for hair and make-up," she admitted to the British edition of OK! magazine.

"And also not to be fiddled with all day long! Although, having said that, I do like to dress for the part. So I might well have been wearing heels while recording my scenes!"

The Queen actress has discussed her love of risqué footwear before. In an interview with Woman and Home magazine in 2010 she revealed a pair of super high shoes are her "secret weapons" for feeling confident.

"Four-inch platforms give you great height and make your legs look unbelievably long. I used only to be able to get them in stripper shops, but now you can buy them everywhere," she said of her love for heels.

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