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Helen Mirren Gives the Best Interviews

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“I loved coke. I never did a lot, just a little bit at parties. But what ended it for me was when they caught Klaus Barbie, the Butcher of Lyon, in the early ‘80s. He was hiding in South America and living off the proceeds of being a cocaine baron. And I read that in the paper, and all the cards fell into place, and I saw how my little sniff of cocaine at a party had an absolute direct route to this horrible man.” —Helen Mirren [CNN]

“I think part of me would love to play a drag queen, just because it would be an excuse to wear loads of eye makeup.” —Daniel Radcliffe [Details via Just Jared]

“It makes it easier to keep a straight face while filming, although it’s still extremely hard. You’re drumming up every dead puppy story you can imagine.” Amy Ryan on working on The Office [WWD]

“We’ve never threatened the bottom line of any company that finances us.” Joel Coen on the secret of his (and Ethan’s) success in Hollywood [NYT]

“After a day working in urine-soaked alleys, kicking down doors and jumping on 22-year-old gang-bangers, I wanted it off me. And oftentimes I went home and showered, walked right past my family and right into my bathroom to take a shower. I just felt the filth of it.” Michael Chiklis on playing Vic Mackey in The Shield [NYT]

Helen Mirren Gives the Best Interviews