A storm in a potting shed
actress Renee Zellweger doesn’t know what all the fuss is over her playing British women.
Zellweger created a stir several years ago when she landed the coveted role of the lonely London ‘singleton’ Bridget Jones, adapted fromHelen Fielding’s best-selling book Bridget Jones’s Diary. She famously took speech lessons before landing the part, beating a host of British actresses.
Now she is playing another British figure in Miss Potter, a biopic of English literary phenomenon Beatrix Potter, whose early 20th century children’s books, including The Tale of Peter Rabbit, remain bestsellers.
Acclaimed British actors Emily Watson and Ewan McGregor play mere supporting roles opposite the petite blond Texan, who has earned a Golden Globe award nomination for the role.
But Zellweger says that compared to the fictional Bridget Jones, playing Potter, who died in 1943, brought different expectations.
‘‘I guess the difference was there are clearly more people to disappoint,’’ Zellweger, 37, told Reuters in an interview.
‘‘I won’t say that Helen Fielding didn’t create a character that was embraced by British culture, but Beatrix was a part of the fibre of British literature in a very substantial way.’’
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