Helena recently sat down with the Daily Mirror and chatted with them about being fart buddies with Colin, mismatching shoes and trying to get other half Tim Burton to comb his hair. Read a snippet of the interview below and the full thing view the link underneath.
What are the Oscars really like?
Helena Bonham Carter: The show? It’s crazy. Like a giant TV show, well, it is a giant TV show. To be honest, it’s been a while since I last went there. I can’t actually remember too much about it. Maybe it’s all changed these days.
What will you be wearing?
HBC: Oh, I don’t know. I’ll have about 20 different ideas, pick one and then change my mind at the last moment. I’m a Gemini, what did you expect?
You looked very glamorous at the BAFTAs. How long did it take you to do your hair?
HBC: Nothing I ever do takes that long! I’m just sort of thrown together.
Does that explain the famous shoes?
HBC: I honestly couldn’t decide which ones to wear. To try and help me I put one pink shoe on and one green on and I just thought, ‘Sod it’. It was meant to be a bit of fun but I gather everyone took it very seriously. I don’t read the papers much, but I hear it caused quite a stir.
Even Tim Burton had a suit and tie on at the BAFTAs. Will you make him scrub up for the Oscars?
HBC: Do you know how difficult it is to get that man to wear a suit and tie? That’s not him, it’s not what he feels comfortable in. And as for getting him to comb his hair? You’re joking!
You played the Queen at the same time as playing Bellatrix Lestrange in the final Harry Potter films, was it difficult to keep track of the two characters?
HBC: My son, who is only six, would come up to me and say, ‘So are you playing the witch or the Queen tomorrow Mummy?’ And I said, ‘Oh darling, that’s a very good question,’ as I would dread getting the playing of them both mixed up, as you can imagine!
How did you manage to remember which character to get into each day?
HBC: Well luckily, I had these big teeth for playing the Queen! So it was quite different gear I’d wear for each one! And also playing the witch was fairly exhausting because she’s always screaming like a hooligan so it was really nice to have the weekends off playing the Queen, as she was a bit more restrained.
Do you think you look like her?
HBC: (laughing) I don’t think I look like her, at least, I hope not! I don’t mean that in a disrespectful way, I mean I don’t look like she did in her latter years, I mean, oh Jesus! Dig, dig dig (laughs). I might as well just die now. Anyway, changing the subject, I don’t think Colin looks anything like the King either.
What did you make of the chemistry between Geoffrey Rush and Colin Firth?
HBC: I actually had to warn them at some point that they were in danger of turning into cannibals and eating each other. It’s a true partnership between the two of them, the film is definitely a ‘bromance’!
As you’ve already picked up a BAFTA, does that mean the Oscar is in the bag?
HBC: Not at all. I’m not trying to be negative or anything but I’m up against the person I always lose out to, Melissa Leo, and I think she’ll win. I’m fine with that. It’s not a problem. In fact, it means I don’t have to sit up all night trying to write a speech.
So, you haven’t planned your list of thank yous?
HBC: Even if I do plan a speech, I manage to get it all creased, just like my outfits.
What do you do after the awards have finished? Party hard into the night?
HBC: It’d be rude not to! But the thing about the Oscars is real life doesn’t stop. You have to get back to planet Earth the following morning. The rubbish needs taking out. The kids will be crying. They’ll need feeding. They’ll need taking to nursery. Kids do not care whether you’ve been to the Oscars!
What’s this about you and Colin being fart buddies?
HBC: Yes, it’s true. We’re both big fans of iFart (an iPhone app which you can use to send a sound like a whoopie cushion to a friend’s phone). It was Colin who started it! All the way through the filming, we were trying to embarrass each other.
Well, we hope you win the Oscar. Just so you can tell that story in LA!
HBC: I tried to get him when he was at the Oscars last year. Apparently, my fart went off when he was in the car, driving to the ceremony. Everybody was giving him funny looks, but he had to say, ‘I’m so sorry but that was Helena farting.’
Source: Daily Mirror