Helen Mirren retires from on-screen nudity
Dame Helen Mirren may still be on a quest for an EGOT, but don’t expect to film her sitting in the nude while recording an audiobook: in a recent CBS interview with Alan Cumming, the legendary actress admitted her days of on-screen nudity are over. “That’s the good thing about getting older; you don’t have to do that sort of thing anymore,” she said. “My pleasure pillows are purely for my husband.”
Throughout her acclaimed career, Mirren has had no problem showing off her “pillows,” from 1979’s Caligula, to 2003’s Calendar Girls, to a recent 2011 New York magazine photo shoot. Mirren’s “legendary breasts” became so well-known, they were even the focus of a good-natured Saturday Night Live digital short. Although she called the memorable sketch “incredibly flattering” and a “lovely idea” at the time, Mirren revealed that she was never looking to bare it all.
“I never wanted to [perform in the nude], but you know, I thought, does it really matter? It seemed to be not a thing to get your knickers in the twist over. I was doing nude scenes [from] the first moment I started doing movies. It was the era,” Mirren said. “When I did Caligula, it was like, “Awww, shock, horror, triple-X, only in porn cinemas!” Now, Game of Thrones, 8 o’clock at night, there it is… exactly what we did in Caligula. Everything’s a sex scene. Everything!”