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Emma Thompson Says Audrey Hepburn Can't Sing and Act

August 9, 2010 (8:21 am) GMT
Tapped to play in a reworking of the 1964 musical where Audrey Hepburn played Eliza Doolittle, Emma Thompson says she couldn't stand Hepburn's 'twee' portrayal.

can't wait to see replaced in a remake of "" - because she's convinced the star couldn't sing or act. Thompson is currently drafting a screenplay for the upcoming reworking of the 1964 musical in which Hepburn played Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle.

And the Brit plans to give her script a feminist makeover - because she couldn't stand Hepburn's "twee" portrayal of such an "extraordinary role". She says, "I was thrilled to be asked to do it because, having a look at it, I thought that there needs to be a new version. I'm not hugely fond of the film. I find Audrey Hepburn fantastically twee."

"Twee is whimsy without wit. It's mimsy-mumsy sweetness without any kind of bite. And that's not for me. She can't sing and she can't really act, I'm afraid. I'm sure she was a delightful woman - and perhaps if I had known her I would have enjoyed her acting more, but I don't and I didn't, so that's all there is to it, really."

"It was (costumer) Cecil Beaton's designs and (Hepburn's co-star) Rex Harrison that gave it its extraordinary quality. I don't do Audrey Hepburn. I think that she's a guy thing... It's high time that the extraordinary role of Eliza was reinterpreted, because it's a very fantastic part for a woman."

An Education star has been tipped to take on the role of Doolittle.

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