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Helena Bonham Carter has portrayed many red-haired character before — but never quite as deeply as her Red Harrington in The Lone Ranger, according to her new interview with USA Today.
“I’ve always wanted to have that kind of fake-looking red hair, I’ve never gone this red before,” says Bonham Carter of this exclusive reveal of her character poster. “It’s couldn’t be redder, chili-pepper red.”
Bonham Carter is putting a dash more wild into the Wild West and she has plenty of help with her co-stars Armie Hammer, playing the Lone Ranger, and Johnny Depp, as Tonto, in the film opening July 3. The original Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer are also on the project.
Despite the wild look, Bonham Carter says the crazier stuff is not pictured. Her brothel-owning Red Harrington packs an ornate ivory peg-leg with a deadly surprise.
“It has a double-barrel shotgun in it,” says Bonham Carter. “It’s a prop like I’ve never had before. That should be next month’s poster, the leg. It’s beautiful. So my bottom half is even more interesting. Any woman who runs her own business in the wild, wild West has to be a pretty strong character.”
Harrington protects her brothel employees from rowdy customers by putting signs up saying “Any bad behaviour and you will be shot” and backing it up. She agrees to help the Lone Ranger and Tonto hunt down a ruthless gang for her own personal revenge against the gang.
In her first movie involving sharp-shooting (and leg-shooting). Bonham Carter found that she is a very good shot — something she missed out on during her Merchant-Ivory early film days.
“I have good hand-eye coordination,” she says. “It was like, darn, I should have done this earlier.”
But one thing Bonham Carter will not miss out on now — new dream roles involving wild red hair.
“I have always wanted to play Pippi Longstocking,” says Bonham Carter of the famed red-hair literary character. “Maybe I will play her all grown-up. I would love that.”
I have added a mixed bunch of photographs from old events, press conferences and photocalls to the gallery. These include some previously unseen events such as the book launch of Long Way Down and a couple of events that I’ve not been able to identify. If you know any details about the photographs, please let us know!
I have added 7 HQ promotional shots for Magnificent 7 – again, these are from my own personal collection so if you do use them for edits on Tumblr etc, I would very much appreciate it if you could credit back to the site.
I’ve been scanning photographs from my personal collection to share with you guys, and today I bring you another shot from Absolutely Fabulous, promotional photos from Arms and the Man, and stills from Helena’s appearance in the rare television film, The Vision. I would greatly appreciate it if you could credit back to the site if you use them for edits on Tumblr etc.
It has just been announced that BBC America will be co-producing Helena’s upcoming BBC film, Burton & Taylor, alongside Dominic West. It will air in their Dramaville block, according to the following press release:
Announced today, BBC America is co-producing for Dramaville, Burton & Taylor, starring Dominic West (The Hour, The Wire) and Helena Bonham Carter (Lone Ranger, The King’s Speech), as Hollywood’s most famous volatile on-again-off-again lovers, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. The 90-minute drama follows their private and public relationship played out against their ill-fated appearance in a 1983 revival of Noël Coward’s stage play, Private Lives.
Written by William Ivory (Made in Dagenham, Going for Gold), Burton & Taylor is a BBC Drama Production for BBC Four and co-produced by BBC America. The drama is distributed internationally by BBC Worldwide.
Burton & Taylor is one of the most fascinating, glamorous and tempestuous relationships of the 20th century – the two most famous movie stars of their day who played out every high and low of their love affairs, multiple marriages and divorces right in the public eye.
Perry Simon, General Manager, Channels, BBC Worldwide America commented: “We are thrilled to bring Burton & Taylor to BBC America’s Dramaville. With the incredibly talented and award-winning Helena Bonham Carter and Dominic West in the title roles and a compelling script from William Ivory, Burton & Taylor captures the final and complicated reunion on stage of two British and Hollywood icons. We’re excited to tell this story in the tradition of the great BBC dramas our audience has come to expect.”
The executive producer for the BBC is Jessica Pope. The director is Richard Laxton (Effie, Him and Her, Hancock), and the producer is Lachlan McKinnon (Silent Witness).
Burton & Taylor is the latest title to join BBC America’s Dramaville, the home of groundbreaking British drama. The Dramaville slate includes the upcoming mini-series Spies of Warsaw, premiering April 3, the returning Golden Globe®-winning mini-series Luther, upcoming mini-series Broadchurch and previous acclaimed mini-series including The Hour and Inside Men.
Helena and Tim co-hosted A Night of Funk & Soul in aid of Save the Children last night. The event, also hosted by Sir Alan Parker, was held at The Roundhouse and raised an impressive £1.3 million, with Helena herself making a generous bid of £50,000 for a sculpture by Marc Quinn. In attendance were the likes of Jonathan Ross and wife, Jane Goldman, Samantha Cameron, Joely Richardson and Ronnie Wood. I have added 14 MQ pictures to the gallery.
An incredible time was had at A Night of Funk and Soul at the Roundhouse, raising a tremendous £1.3m for Save the Children! Co-hosted by Helena Bonham Carter, Tim Burton and Alan Parker, and compered by Jonathan Ross, guests enjoyed a remarkable night of exciting high energy music. Guests including Samantha Cameron, Ronnie Wood and Jemima Khan looked on as Funk & Soul legends Trevor Horn CBE, Nile Rodgers and Maceo Parker jammed with contemporary guest artists James Morrison, Lemar and Beverley Knight
Anticipation was high during the auction of luxury items, which included a Fender Strat signed by the night’s artists, a tour of the McQueen Atelier with Sarah Burton, a sculpture by Marc Quinn which went for £50k and two jukeboxes packed with funk and sould music, which sold for £72k.
The evening was a huge achievement for Save the Children not only as an important fundraiser but as an opportunity to raise awareness of our vital work amongst a high profile community of supporters.
I have added 1 HQ promotional shot from Absolutely Fabulous. This is a scan from my own personal collection of photos, so if you do use it for edits on Tumblr etc, I’d appreciate it if you credited back to this site