Shakespeare paid my rent
July 3, 2011, 12:01 AM
British actress Judi Dench has been a star on stage and screen for more than 50 years. At KVIFF on Friday night, Dame Judi accepted the Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema and presented the screening of Cary Joji Fukunaga’s film Jane Eyre, in which she plays Mrs. Fairfax. She addressed a press conference of Czech and international journalists yesterday.
You’ve portrayed M in the James Bond franchise since 1995. Is it true that Bond 23 (slated for release in 2012) is about Mossad?
I cannot tell you a single thing about it. I’m not allowed to say anything at all about it. It’s actually true. You have to take a little vow about it. All I can tell you is that when the script was delivered to me, it was delivered by a man completely in black, who came in with it under his arm, put it down, and ran off. I never even met him. It’s very secretive. We’ll just have to wait till it comes out.
Why did you decide to become an actress?
That’s difficult… I didn’t want to be an actor. I wanted to be a theatre designer. And then I once saw a production and thought, I’ll never be good enough at it. I’ll never achieve what I’m seeing now. I don’t have that imagination. And so my brother [Jeffrey Dench], who only ever wanted to be an actor, had chosen that and I thought I’d try that, but I was rather half-hearted about it. Now, I couldn’t do anything else... I never want a day to pass where I haven’t learned something new. In this profession you learn something all the time. So that’s why I think I’m an actress, and I can make a living out of it. My husband [actor Michael Williams] and I used to call Shakespeare “the man who paid the rent,” because for many years he was.
The questions above were recorded by yesterday’s press conference moderator, Veronika Bednářová. You will find the complete coverage in today´s edition of the Festival Daily.
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