Saturday 25 November 2017

'My Mirren chat was cringeworthy' - Parky

Michael Parkinson
Michael Parkinson

Michael Parkinson has described his interview with Helen Mirren as "cringeworthy" but said the actress had continued their "feud" for a long time.

The veteran broadcaster (82) introduced the stage and screen star as the "sex queen" of the Royal Shakespeare Company in a 1975 encounter and asked if her "equipment" hindered her being recognised as a serious actress.

"You have to look at that interview in the context of the time," the former chat show host said. "When you've had a career as long as mine, you're going to have lots of cringeworthy moments and that was one of them.

"She took umbrage, I don't blame her. But she's carried on that feud for a long time.

"We did have a meeting on television about 20 years ago and we decided ... we'd kiss and make up ... we didn't get that far ... I didn't get a kiss at all."

Hollywood actress Meg Ryan made it clear she did not enjoy the experience of being interviewed by Parkinson, maintaining a frosty silence, in another encounter.

"I'd like to get the Meg Ryan one right. We were both in a fairly grim mood for various reasons," Parkinson said. "I just took against her. There was another way to handle that [Ryan being difficult]. It just got worse and worse.

"She regularly says not charming things about me."

Asked what he would ask Donald Trump if he could interview the US President, he said: "If he's all there ... it's very erratic behaviour."


Of the British Queen he said: "I'd like to ask her what her old man is really like."

Parkinson said British prime minister Theresa May, was his local MP who he knew socially and described her as "a very pleasant lady".

In a recent TV interview with her husband, Mrs May joked about taking the bins out and Parkinson said it was his wife Mary who did that.

"Of course she does, she's Irish," he said.

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