Emma Thompson's most enjoyable quotes
Emma Thompson
Emma Thompson has written a new Peter Rabbit book, The Spectacular Tale of Peter Rabbit. As a result, she is doing promotional interviews which remind us that she is one of the few Hollywood celebrities unafraid to speak her mind. Like this one with The Times: "You know when you can’t keep your mouth shut?”

Here are her best quotes.


On alcohol:

[While playing Professor Trelawney in the Harry Potter films] "I have a nervous breakdown in the film and in one scene I get to stand at the top of the stairs waving an empty sherry bottle which is, of course, a typical scene from my daily life, so isn't much of a stretch."

On "financial institutions, government and power structures":
"After years and years of travelling and thinking and meeting and talking and I came here this morning to a place where 39 per cent of kids in this area are below the poverty line. It’s the 21st century — all those years of Labour? I don’t think this is working, everybody! I’m in a red-hot phase of meltdown. We’re going to have to have a revolution!"

"[the government] is so corrupted by its nature, it’s corrupt in its own nature, not even in the sense of corruption, how we know that word, it’s the power that is corrupt, for me it is over, leadership is non-existent."

On fame:

"I've never been on the cover of Empire. I'm very bitter. I've got an award but now I feel sad and cross."

On her husband:

"I'd like to thank him for all the amusing animal noises that he made while I had that perm, which became of course funnier and funnier as the months wore on, particularly coupled with his absolute and persistent refusal to have sex with me."

On the environment:

"I can’t stand it, I can’t bear the fact that they are going to drill for oil. They’re not drilling for f---ing oil in the Arctic! The Arctic belongs to us, all of us, they can’t be allowed to do that, so whatever it takes...non-violent direct action, civil disobedience, you have to do it!”

On the opposite sex:

"James Nesbitt is a singing sex god. You f-----g are, mate. I'd give you one, it's extraordinary."

On manners:

"I have a lot of people to thank but they're none of them here so I'm not going to bother."

On Tony Blair:

"And, I’m sorry, Tony Blair, going around earning money and accruing wealth, someone that was supposed to be a socialist — it is a tragic journey watching that"

On the changing industry:

"When I first read Empire years ago it was printed on papyrus."

On getting dressed:

"My husband is here and I'd like to thank him, for many things, but first of all for pointing out that I had a big hole in my frock and then that my nipples were pointing in different directions. It's good to have an expert there to help you with that sort of thing."

On work:

"I was on the set of Saving Mr. Banks and we'd had a bit of a day of it, a bit of a slog. The Sherman Brothers (B.J. Novak and Jason Schwartzman) were a bit depressed so I went outside, took off my bra and stuck Mickey Mouse stickers to my breasts and then went back in and showed them!"

On technology:

"Why is it that Steve Jobs and Bill Gates never gave their children iPads or iPhones? Because they knew very well what it was! We are experimenting on an entire generation. I think there are very, very few safe spaces for children now. Even their bedrooms aren’t safe because of these bloody machines. Where is there to be private and think?"

On Britishness:

"Is it me, or is it Britishness? What is it that being referred to as stinky offal makes me feel so much better about myself?"

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