Theatre draws veil over naked Anna Friel
Mobiles banned from Breakfast at Tiffany's
Staff at the Theatre Royal Haymarket have been placed on Defcon 1 and ordered to prevent perving audience members grabbing a quick mobe snap of Anna Friel in her birthday suit, in the West End outing of Breakfast at Tiffany's.
Operatives are instructed to confiscate any mobile which may present a threat to 33-year-old Friel's modesty as she disrobes in her role as Holly Golightly. The show opened last night, but the interwebs are already awash with the former soap thesp's assets - apparently captured during a preview performance.
According to the Telegraph, an inside source confirmed: "Front of house staff have been put on alert to spot mobile phones because of Anna's nudity."
To underline that the Theatre Royal's adaptation of the Truman Capote 1958 novella is in no way exploiting the presence of a butt-naked Friel to sell tickets, the insider insisted: "This is a serious production and they don't want the naked scenes to be the only talking point."
Well, Truman Capote may well have approved of the theatre's attempt to undo the damage done to Breakfast at Tiffany's by the 1961 film starring Audrey Hepburn as Golightly. He wasn't much impressed, and said of the movie: "The book was really rather bitter. The film became a mawkish valentine to New York City, and as a result was thin and pretty, whereas it should have been rich and ugly."
Theatre lovers will doubtless be flocking to the Theatre Royal Haymarket's box office for the chance to judge for themselves how serious, bitter, rich and ugly the production is, while studiously ignoring Friel's shapely backside.* ®
*Allegedly. We, of course, wouldn't dream of Googling "Anna Friel Tiffany's" to check the evidence for ourselves.
If one is going to see a play simply to gawp at an actress's naughty bits - they might at least be worth gawping at.
I do remember going to see Kelly Brook in some dreadful play about pole dancing where she played - would you believe it - a pole dancer.
Mighty lass that one (it was shortly after her breakfast TV job finished) and would have been a joyous bit of theatre if the play had been any good but was just seedy.
I saw an interview
Where Shirley MacLaine actually talks about learning how to be stylish, "how to wear Chanel", from Hepburn, when they were together for The Children's Hour. Since it and Breakfast at Tiffany's were released in the same year, I dunno, maybe if she'd been cast for Holly only after working with Hepburn ;)
And don't get me wrong - I think Monroe is great. But I guess it's a bit hard to get past stories of her being helped by an acting coach scene by scene, or to really remember the roles where she's not playing the cliched "Marilyn Monroe" - glamorous and ditzy. Such a shame her career (and perhaps a permanent trend in her roles) didn't continue past The Misfits...
Shirley MacLaine could have been cast in the Audrey Hepburn part. She would have been about 26 when the film was made, which is about the right age (Marilyn Monroe was about a decade older, and the film came rather too late in her career - in fact she was dead within a year or two of the film being released). Shirley MacLaine could certainly have done the more vulnerable bits - witness her in that great film, The Apartment. She could also sing better than Audrey Hepburn (I wonder what she would have done with Moon River).
Shirley MacLaine also played a character in Sweet Charity, where there as a hinted at undercurrent of paid-for sexual favours, although less so that Capote's story (the musical was based on an Italian film where it was quite explicit this was the case). Of course Charity Hope Valentine didn't exactly exhibit much sophistication, so it would have been interesting to see if Shirley MacLaine could do that.