Magazine article Newsweek

Judi Dench

Magazine article Newsweek

Judi Dench

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Byline: Nicki Gostin

The divine Dame Judi turns in another Oscar-buzzing performance in "Mrs. Henderson Presents." She spoke with NEWSWEEK's Nicki Gostin.

You play a widow and you lost your husband recently. Could you relate?

Well, in that you know if that is what's happening to the character you're playing, then I understood. But I don't want to make her like me.

What did you do after your husband died?

I worked. A lot of people accused me of running away from something, but for me it wasn't like that.

How do you work?

I work entirely on instinct, nothing else. I'm a kind of animal. I'm not intellectual in any way. I never read plays; I just do them because someone asked me to. Tony Hopkins and I didn't know how "Antony and Cleopatra" ended during our first read-through.

Isn't that a bit naughty?

Not naughty. Dangerous. I've gotten myself into real trouble by saying yes to a play, then going to the first reading and realizing, "This is a bummer!"

You started making films quite late in your career.

The reason why I never made films earlier was because my face wasn't right for film and I was told that. I was hurt, but now that I've become older, it's become more acceptable.

There's some nudity in the movie. Would you be nude in a movie?

I've been nude in two things.

Would you do it now?

Well, not unless I want to frighten the horses.

Bob Hoskins is briefly in the nude. …

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