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Helen Mirren couldn’t contain excitement over Eye in the Sky

Helen Mirren didn’t care what role she had in Eye in the Sky – as long as she starred in it.
The 70-year-old actress plays Colonel Katherine Powell in the action movie, which depicts the actions of two soldiers who must take out a group of terrorists in Nairobi, Kenya.
The late acting veteran Alan Rickman and former Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul also appear in the movie, with the cast being put through their paces during production.
“Yes, I was in a real concrete bunker for two or three weeks, completely separate from everyone else,” Helen explained to Empire magazine of her scenes involving speaking down a phone.
“Then Aaron and the pilots came in; then the politicians. I was playing basically with Gavin (Hood, director) saying everyone else’s lines. I never got to work with Alan; I was long gone when he arrived. It was a great pity.
“It wasn’t really the character (which drew me in)… It was the story that I thought was fantastic. I didn’t really mind where I was in the film; I just wanted to be a part of it.”
In contrast to this part is Helen’s portrayal of ’50s gossip journalist Hedda Hopper in Trumbo.
The film has received countless award nominations and sees her act alongside Breaking Bad’s main man, Bryan Cranston, as screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who was jailed for his political beliefs.
The Academy Award winner recalls how “fascinated” she became with Hedda before filming, explaining: “Hedda called her home ‘The House That Fear Built’; she was an extraordinary character. It’s interesting to read of powerful women in that era because they were pretty rare.”
Tilda Swinton also takes on the part of Hedda in new movie Hail, Caesar!, about a Hollywood fixer in the same era. Helen feels “honoured” to share the famous role with someone as talented as Tilda.

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