Helen Mirren: 'Arthur was tough'

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In The Last Station, the Countess Sofya uses every trick of seduction on her husband's muse and loyal disciple, whom she believes was the person responsible for her husband signing a new will that leaves his work and property to the Russian people instead of her. The Last Station stars, James McAvoy, Helen Mirren, Christopher Plummer, Paul Giamatti, & Anne-Marie Duff.
October 15th, 2010

Dame Helen Mirren finds comedy movies "tough".

The 65-year-old actress has found filming the upcoming remake of 1981 movie 'Arthur'- with Russell Brand as the titular character - hard because she was out of her "comfort zone".

The Oscar-winning star said: "'Arthur' is wrapped, done, dusted. My God, comedy is tough, my Lord! Especially when you are working with really brilliant comedic people like Russell - it's almost like an action movie. I was slightly, like in 'Red', I wasn't in my comfort zone, I didn't understand it completely."

Helen was also dubious about taking the role of a gun-slinging action star in 'Red' alongside Bruce Willis and Morgan Freeman because her fans may not understand it, but decided to throw caution to the wind and accept it.

She told Collider.com: "I jumped into this film open armed and open hearted and very, very excited, but a little bit of my brain was going, 'I wonder if the people who go to see 'The Last Station' or see me as this serious actress are going to feel as if I've betrayed them.'

"You know, by being in an action movie. But then I thought that I didn't care anyway, because I really want to do it. But there is always a slight danger and I know a lot of my choices in my career have been a little bit dangerous.

"I like to shake it up. And for me the idea of being in an action movie, me, Helen Mirren, in my own little world was an incredibly exciting idea."