Hollywood actress Dame Helen Mirren has revealed she was stopped from playing her latest role in French because American audiences do not like subtitles.
In comedy-drama The Hundred-Foot Journey she plays Madame Mallory, the proprietor of a Michelin-starred restaurant in a small French town who clashes with a displaced Indian family when they open a curry house nearby.
"I was hoping I was going to be able to do my part in French. I've always had a secret desire to be a French actress," the Oscar-winner told the Telegraph Magazine.
But she was not allowed to go ahead with the idea because of the anticipated reaction in the US.
She revealed: "When it came to it, they said 'Oh no, that won't do. You can't play it in French. The Americans won't understand it and they don't like subtitles.' Which was sad for me."
The Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge met some of Hollywood's leading actors tonight as Buckingham Palace hosted a reception celebrating the UK's dramatic arts.
The event featured a who's who of leading film makers, entertainers and actors including director Steve McQueen and actresses Uma Thurman and Helena Bonham Carter.
The night was hosted by the Queen in her capacity as patron of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, also known as Rada.
The Duchess of Cambridge joined her for the evening wearing a striking red Alexander McQueen dress.
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Dame Helen Mirren said the Duchess of Cambridge would be a "great mum" to her newborn son.
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“I’m not going to be the first female Doctor Who, no, no, no, absolutely not, I absolutely wouldn’t contemplate that...but I do think it’s well over-time to have a female Doctor Who.
"I think a gay, black female Doctor Who would be the best of all", Dame Helen added.
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