Friday 26 March 2010, 15:48
I've got myself wound up at the prospect of the half-Welsh Carey Mulligan playing Eliza Doolittle.
Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against Ms Mulligan, who is a fine actress. My problem is the whole plan by Emma Thompson to remake My Fair Lady and the question that springs to my mind is, why?
I'll willingly admit that the classic film version with Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison is one of my all time favourites. I know Hepburn didn't sing the role but, in every other respect, she is the perfect Eliza. What is this compulsion to revisit movies and make poor imitations?
Just think of The Italian Job, Alfie, The Thomas Crown Affair. Sorry (call me a grumpy old woman) but I don't believe they improved on the originals. As for Carey Mulligan, surely there are lots of equally challenging, interesting and rewarding parts for such a good actress?