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Helen Mirren’s Attic Just Full of Nonsense Awards

“Well, I used to have them out but now I have put them away. Those awards are quite serious but I have had so many funny ones over the years. I won Best Actress at the Rio Film Festival which doesn’t exist any more so it’s probably a collector’s item. But now I have put them in the attic to be discovered after I’m gone.” —Helen Mirren [Showbiz Spy]

“In this business, fame lasts for a second. You can be blown up and be blown down. People lose interest in faces because new ones come along every second. I’m one at the moment. Tomorrow, I won’t be. That’s cool. I’m not saying that when it ends, I’ll be like, ‘Yay! It’s ending.’ But I’ll move on and do something else.” —Keira Knightley [Telegraph UK]

“I’ve tried. But I get too crazy with that guitar arm and the things coming toward you.” —Ringo Starr on the Beatles Rock Band [LP33]

“If that juggernaut had killed me, I think I’d be perfectly happy with the amount of quality music I have left in the world. My ego is sated.” —George Michael [Guardian UK]

“If I kissed someone in a film, my son used to ask, ‘Did you have sex in that movie?’ and I’d say, ‘No, we just kissed,’ yet he considered it sexual. But that is the dance, because sexuality exists around children. From the time they’re walking, they’re completely sexual. I remember having to explain to both my sons that we couldn’t get married.” —Susan Sarandon [Showbiz Spy]

“There are a lot of times when he’s very nervous and he doesn’t sneeze — I was like, ‘I’d be in sepsis right now! I’d have snot all over!’ But that ends up helping to chart the evolution, the maturing of the character. Which sounds very simple and reductive, but it’s kind of a good marker along the way.” —James McAvoy on playing the chronically sneezing Valentin Bulgakov, personal secretary to Leo Tolstoy, in The Last Station [LAT]

“He told me he wanted me to play him in a movie someday. I said, ‘Then I need access to you, and I need to be able to hold your hand.’ And he said, ‘We’ll do that.’ So anytime we were anywhere in proximity after that, we’d shmooze.” —Morgan Freeman on Nelson Mandela [Parade]

Helen Mirren’s Attic Just Full of Nonsense Awards