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Thompson: No to helpless women

Emma Thompson has revealed she would never agree to star in a film where she played a "helpless" woman.

The Saving Mr Banks star said she was glad she had turned down weaker female roles offered to her earlier in her career.

"There was a patch of time when I was in my 30s and just started [being offered] a whole string of roles that basically involved saying to a man, 'Please don't go and do that brave thing. Don't! No, no, no, no, no!'," she told The Hollywood Reporter.

The two-time Oscar-winner added: "That's a trope, the stock woman who says, 'Don't do the brave thing'. I said no to all of them. I'm so proud."

Emma - who graced the front cover of the magazine's special Actresses issue alongside Amy Adams, Lupita Nyong'o, Julia Roberts, Octavia Spencer and Oprah Winfrey - also talked about kissing Meryl Streep in TV mini-series Angels In America.

"I've snogged her. And what I learned was, you have to use tongues even if you're not a lesbian," she recalled.

"We had to do a snog. The angel gives her an orgasm in Angels In America. Mike Nichols can get anyone to do anything."

The 54-year-old - who stars as Mary Poppins author Pamela Lyndon (PL) Travers in Saving Mr Banks - also joked about how she wanted to give up her British roots after starring in political thriller Imagining Argentina alongside Antonio Banderas.

"I played an Argentinean, and I just didn't want to be English ever again," she quipped.

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