Actress/singer Patti Lupone has taken aim at Madonna, insisting the singer “couldn’t act her way out of a paper bag”.
Patti played Evita in the original Broadway production of the musical in 1979, and was asked what she thought of Madonna’s take on the tale in the 1996 movie Evita during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live on Wednesday (10May17).
“I thought it was a piece of s**t. Madonna is a movie killer,” Patti, a double Tony Award and Grammy winner and inductee in American Theatre Hall of Fame, replied to host Andy Cohen.
Her remarks weren’t too far from the truth, as the singer’s offering alongside Rupert Everett, The Next Best Thing, is widely considered to be one of the worst films of all time. Madonna’s 2000 film Swept Away, which was directed by her then-husband Guy Ritchie, was also slammed by critics and fans alike.
As well as her movie work, Madonna has also starred in various stage productions, including the Broadway production of Goose and Tom-Tom in 1986, Speed-the-Plow in 1988, and the 2002 production of Up for Grabs.
But Patti blasted the 58-year-old singer’s attempts at acting, and said she should stick to her day job.
“She’s dead behind the eyes,” Patti continued. “She couldn’t act her way out of a paper bag. She should not be on film or on stage. She’s a wonderful performer for what she does, but she is not an actress.”
War Paint star Patti, 68, also took aim at former Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller, who was recently sentenced to a year and a day in jail for bankruptcy fraud. She was also sentenced to two years’ probation after her release and told she must pay a $40,000 fine.
Of the former reality star, Patti said: “She should go to jail for life. I found her obnoxious, I just hated her.”