Published On: Mon, Nov 25th, 2013

‘Saving Mr Banks’ star Emma Thompson talks Hollywood politics,

Sitting down with a BAFTA Life in Pictures event at the British Academy’s headquarters, Emma Thompson spoke of the important events in her career, working with different actor while promoting Saving Mr. Banks.

Tom Hanks Emma Thompson Saving Mr Banks photoThompson explained that there’s no real difference between great actors in the States and Britain: “Dustin Hoffman is as exquisite as Anthony Hopkins,” but the star system in Hollywood “is not a good system.”

Thompson called it “hierarchical” and said it was “just revolting for people who are actors to become grand and unattractive to watch.”

The two-time Oscar winner stars alongside Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell and an all-star cast in the tale of Walt Disney battling to adapt the classic Mary Poppins for the big screen. She plays P.L. Travers, the no-nonsense British author of the novel, who reluctantly agrees.

Described as “charming” by the THR, Thompson recounts fun stories of her Oscar victories and

“I handed [the Oscar] to a security guard while I hiked up my tights — there were no Spanx in those days — and he looked at me like no one has ever looked at me. It was like I’d handed him the Ark of the Covenant or something,” she said, laughing.

Working with Richard Curtis on 2003’s Love Actually, she said “He makes movies that are designed to make us happy from beginning to end.”

Check out the full coverage by the THR HERE

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