Category: Projects

Clip from ‘Toast’

A clip from Helena’s upcoming television movie, Toast has just been released, and it looks fantastic! A big thank you to Alison for posting it on the tagboard! Watch the clip below, and don’t forget to tune in on December 30th at 9pm on BBC One.

‘Toast’ Still

A brand new still from Helena’s upcoming television film, Toast has just been released, and it’s a total contrast to the previous images. There’s also a little bit of information regarding Helena’s interest in the role of Mrs. Potter in the film. View the image in the gallery!

Bonham Carter says she wanted to play Mrs Potter because she loves people who are “complicated, not immediately unsympathetic and probably somewhat ill mentally.” She suspects Mrs Potter’s manic cleaning was a symptom of obsessive compulsive disorder, and says it was a challenge to “look vaguely credible with the cleaning. I’ve never cleaned much before. My mother says she is still waiting for me to develop my domestic aspect.”

‘The King’s Speech’ Film Clip

A brand new clip has been released of Helena in the upcoming film, The King’s Speech. It shows a brief look at the relationship between Queen Elizabeth and King George, as well as Elizabeth’s distaste for Wallis Simpson. Watch the fantastic clip below, thanks to Ste posting it on the tagboard!

Chicago Tribune Interview

Helena recently sat down with Dean Richards from the Chicago Tribune and chatted about her upcoming film, The King’s Speech and her performance as Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter films. It’s a very short interview, but you can read a segment below and the whole interview via the link beneath it!

Q: How much fun did you have creating the wonderful Bellatrix from Harry Potter?
A: Yes, that was fun … really fun because I got complete license to be really naughty. I kind of played her like a psychotic child, and I just thought I could get away with murder — literally. She’s kind of exhausting though because she’s so loud and screamy. I was such an externalized tantrum in Harry and then an internalized and more restrained queen for The King’s Speech. And I played another queen, the Red Queen, in Alice. I just do queens and witches now; big-headed and normal-size head queens. That’s my range.

Read the interview…

Helena on Globe nod: ‘All I did was wobble’

Helena, nominated for best supporting actress for The King’s Speech, wasn’t paying attention to the nominations announcement at her London home, besieged as she was by her children.

“I only found out because a friend phoned,” she tells USA TODAY’s Maria Puente. “I’m really happy, and really happy forThe King’s Speech (the film, about stuttering King George VI and the Australian speech therapist who helped him, got the highest number of nominations). That really counts for something,” she said. Yet, characteristically, she joked that all she did in the film (she played Queen Elizabeth, consort to King George VI) was “wobble in the background.” But she didn’t get nominated for wobbling. Bonham Carter has played queens before — Tudor queens Anne Boleyn and Jane Grey, both of whom lost their heads — and of course, she tore up the screen as the Red Queen in partner Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.

She described The King’s Speech as “a really good actors’ film,” and said everyone involved has been surprised and heartened by the widespread praise and the awards attention. “We’re so used to making really bad films or small, independent films that no one sees, which is a shame because often that’s when you do your best work.”

She also joked that the news of next year’s royal wedding of Prince William and fiancée Catherine “Kate” Middleton (William is the great-grandson King George VI and his queen) has been terrific for the marketing campaign for the movie. “We have to be invited — we’re part of the family now,” she said with a laugh.

Helena Bonham Carter: The King’s Speech

British Independent Film Awards – The Results!

Helena’s upcoming film, The King’s Speech swept tonight’s British Independent Film Awards with Helena, Colin and Geoffrey all winning their acting awards! (Supporting Actor & Actress and Best Actor – as well as Helena’s already announced award, The Richard Harris Award). The film also won the Best Screenplay award, and the Best British Independent Film Award as well! Congrats to all the winners!

Liane and I will be updating the gallery, tomorrow, with plenty of pictures of Helena at the awards, with her mother, Elena. Unfortunately Tim wasn’t at the awards with Helena, as he has kidney stones!

“Toast” Screening

On the 1st December 2010, Helena attended the press screening of her upcoming TV film, Toast, which is due to air at 9pm on BBC One, on the 30th December 2010. We have found 3 MQ images of her there, so view them in the gallery!

Helena on “King’s Speech”, “Fight Club” and Why She Doesn’t Belong to Tim

Considering the intense security I had to wade my way through recently to visit Helena Bonham Carter at her Manhattan hotel, for a few moments it actually did feel like I might be visiting the Queen of England. (As it turned out, it was just the Israeli Prime Minister’s security detail.) Alas, no — just screen royalty, as proven in her latest effort, The King’s Speech.

The film features Carter as Queen Elizabeth, though to hear her tell it, she would have rather have played Elizabeth’s husband George VI — the King of England who, in the early years of World War II, trains with a speech therapist in order to lose a nasty stammer that’s plagued most of his life. Of course, that part went to Colin Firth, and Carter took a role she admits could, on paper, be considered thankless. A little more than a year later, she’s on her way to her second Oscar nomination. Movieline spoke to Carter about playing a historical figure who only died eight years ago, landing the role as Sonny Crockett’s girlfriend on Miami Vice and her infamous line that was cut from Fight Club.

Read the interview…

Helena Bonham Carter, back in that corset

Helena Bonham Carter spent years trying to get away from her reputation as the queen of corsets, but she stepped back into period garb to play Queen Elizabeth, the wife of George VI and future Queen Mother, opposite Colin Firth in The King’s Speech. In person, she dresses more like Madonna circa Lucky Star, with a half-dozen silver chains slung around her neck and her nest of curls topped by a lopsided maroon bow. As she talked about her relationship with professional filmmaking oddball Tim Burton, her own arrested development and the Queen Mum’s acid wit, she negotiated a forest of drinking glasses filled with varicolored liquids on a nearby table (a penchant that earned her the nickname “Cups” from her “King’s” director Tom Hooper), pausing slightly to dispatch her mother to a nearby Duane Reade drugstore for vitamin supplements.

 

 

It’s tricky to play a figure as revered as the Queen Mother. You have to play her as an ordinary person but maintain an air of royalty, almost otherness. Playing her is a bit slippery because she’s so well loved and she’s so well known and she’s lasted for so long. She’s so ingrained in people’s heads. I don’t look like her, neither does Colin look like … [laughs] what’s-his-name. I went in search of her essence. It’s like finding the essence to a perfume. Something that’s recognizably her. She was a very complex character, but she would try and pass herself off as this charming, rather vague exterior — in a way, the archetypal woman. She played very low status. The head was always cocked, and she looked thoroughly sweet and cozy — which she wasn’t.

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