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Mirren struggled with Tempest script

The veteran British actress tackled the traditionally male role of Prospero in the 2010 movie, but quickly realised she had taken on a mammoth challenge when it came to remembering the words.

The Queen star admits that despite her extensive stage work in classical productions, sifting her way through the script was a struggle.

She tells The Huffington Post, “Learning The Tempest was the hardest thing. I knew I had to learn the whole thing before I shot any film, so I learned the whole play. It took me about two months of solid learning every day. You just sit down and do it.

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“It’s time consuming, you just go over it and over it and over it. Eight-year-old children learn the Quran by heart. The human brain has the capability of doing it. It’s just a matter of knuckling down and doing it.”

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