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Helen Mirren turns swearing Queen on interrupting drummers

Monday, May 06, 2013 - 01:37

Actress Helen Mirren breaks character to give drummers who interrupted her stage show an expletive-ridden tirade while dressed as The Queen. Rollo Ross reports.

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Dame Helen Mirren shocked crowds in London on Saturday when she told a group of drummers, who'd interrupted her matinee of "The Audience", to be quiet using some unbroadcastable language - all the time while dressed as The Queen. SOUNDBITE (English) Actress, Helen Mirren, saying: "Well, I was very upset. I was very cross. I just spent 5-10 minutes on stage to allow the audience to hear what I was saying which was impossible, so I was steaming. So I literally walked straight off stage, straight up the stairs and straight out the stage door and they were right here." The man who shot this video, Chris Dangerfield, added more details to the bizarre scene SOUNDBITE (English) Comedian, Chris Dangerfield, saying: "She comes marching out of there real flailing, looking at the arrogance of the woman was incredible. She comes out pushing through people, quite ironically really, because it's a gay bar, it's full of queens and the queen actually came out. And she is pushing all past them. And that was it." Before they were hit by a tirade of language not fitting for the actual Queen, the street musicians were trying to drum up publicity for the gay festival As One in the Park. Now, Helen has decided to let matters lie and is even helping promote the festival with a T-shirt that comes complete with a warning. SOUNDBITE (English) Actress, Helen Mirren, saying: "I am definitely going to go. The irony is that I love drumming, and I love drummers. In another situation, I would have been here enjoying it with all the punters. Unfortunately, I was having to do a play at the same time." Unless provoked, Helen will continue to play the non-swearing Queen in "The Audience" at the Gielgud theatre in London until June 15th.

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Helen Mirren turns swearing Queen on interrupting drummers

Monday, May 06, 2013 - 01:37