Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Elizabeth McGovern Talks About Her New Film and Working With Shirley MacLaine on 'Downton Abbey'
Next Movie chatted with Lady Crawley, Elizabeth McGovern at the Tribeca Film Festival. They discussed her new film, Cheerful Weather for the Wedding & Downton Abbey, of course:
So many period pieces work on a slow burn. With "Downton Abbey," all of my friends are like, "When's everyone going to get together?!" So that seems like part of the allure in these period pieces, the romantic slow burn.
For people that are hungry for "Downton Abbey," I think "Cheerful Weather for the Wedding" is a really satisfying antidote in the meantime ... in the sense of all these people cracking against one another in a big house and all these stories ... that are never going to find resolution and all of that in intoxication, and also just the sheer beauty of the period. It's a slightly different period … For those "Downton Abbey" fans that are looking for a fix, it's a replacement drug.
What is Shirley MacLaine like as a mother figure?
All I can say is you're going to understand a lot more about Cora than you did before as soon as Shirley MacLaine emerges from her limousine at Highclere Castle. And that's all I will say!
How was she off-screen?
Well, she's everything that you would hope she would be, in the sense that she was completely magnetic. I was actually seeing UFOs by the time she left. [laughs]
Read the full piece here.
I love what she has to say about Shirley MacLaine and when she appears from her limo for the first time. What a scene that will be!