Helen Mirren: 'Alfred Hitchcock Hated Me'
Helen Mirren has revealed she and Alfred Hitchcock had a mutual dislike for one another after they met in the 1970s.
The veteran actress wasn't a fan of the horror filmmaker when she was considered for a role in his 1972 thriller Frenzy, and he thought she was too high-maintenance to join the cast.
She tells the Huffington Post, "When I was a very young actress, just starting out, I was sent for an audition - or a meeting with him. I don't think he would have auditioned me; I think he either thought you looked right or you didn't. I was arrogant and ignorant and, at that time, he was just not my kind of film director. I was into Federico Fellini, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Roberto Rossellini; those were the directors I loved."
"I was, you know, as one is when one is young, just ridiculously self-opinionated. So, I didn't really like him, and I know he didn't like me very much. He certainly didn't cast me. He took one look at me and went, 'Oh, good God. She's going to be a nightmare.' I didn't want to do it because all those roles were horrible anyway."