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Emma Thompson slams 'grand' stars

Emma Thompson has said it is "revolting" when stars become "grand".

The Saving Mr Banks actress lamented the notion of celebrity status during a talk at Bafta in London.

"The star system is not a good system. It's all hierarchical. I think that's just revolting. It is revolting for actors to become grand," said Emma, who also claimed that she was the only star to have ever asked for a smaller trailer.

The 54-year-old praised actors who were great without becoming "grand", citing Sir Anthony Hopkins and Dustin Hoffman as good examples. She told how when she was making Last Chance Harvey with Dustin, he got stuck in traffic.

"He was so worried about being late and keeping people waiting that he got out of his car, took his shoes off and ran in his socks to get to set on time," she said. "That's who you want to work with, someone with that enthusiasm."

Emma opened up about her life and career during the A Life In Pictures event, sharing tales from the sets of her movies and discussing what it was like to win an Oscar.

She left the stage to applause after suggesting that humour improves everything in life.

"It does help I think. [To not have humour] is like eating food without salt and pepper. It would be too bland. You could laugh or you could cry, that's where I want to be," she said.

Other stars who have previously taken part in the Bafta - A Life In Pictures series include Tom Hanks, Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep and Dame Helen Mirren.

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