Don’t mention The D*v*l Wears Pr**a, Mary!
Vogue promotes new Mary Poppins movie – but editor bars ANY reference to star Emily Blunt’s role in film that famously parodied her
IT has been 12 years since she was brilliantly – but brutally – parodied in the hit Hollywood film The Devil Wears Prada.
But British-born Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour’s fury at her portrayal has clearly not mellowed over time.
Emily Blunt – who played a downtrodden assistant to the icy magazine editor with eerie similarities to Ms Wintour in the 2006 blockbuster – features on the cover of December’s US Vogue.
She has also filmed a promotional video for her interview, in which she talks about her role in forthcoming film Mary Poppins Returns.
But a press release issued to promote the interview carries a message in bold type: ‘The video is cleared for broadcast so long as The Devil Wears Prada is NOT used in any titling or naming conventions associated with the broadcast.’
When The Devil Wears Prada was released, Ms Wintour refused to comment on claims that ‘editrix’ Miranda Priestly, played by Meryl Streep, was based on her.
Insiders said Ms Wintour was ‘furious’ by the depiction of a tyrant who complains when her coffee is not the exact temperature, issues withering put-downs to her underlings, and throws her fur coat at them when she enters the office.
The film was based on author Lauren Weisberger’s 2003 bestselling novel.
Weisberger has admitted the character of the ‘devilishly difficult’ magazine boss was based on characters she met while working as an intern at Vogue but has never confirmed Ms Wintour was her inspiration.
When Streep was asked last year in front of Ms Wintour during a Vogue interview whether the British journalist was the inspiration for her ‘most challenging character’, the Vogue editor butted in to say: ‘No. No. We’re not going there, Meryl.’
A source told The Mail on Sunday last night: ‘Anna always loathed her depiction in The Devil Wears Prada. She thinks it devalues her as a woman and devalues her accomplishments.
‘She actually has a good sense of humour. But she doesn’t have a sense of humour as far as The Devil Wears Prada goes.’
In her Vogue interview, Ms Blunt talks frankly about how intimidating it was to follow in the footsteps of Julie Andrews, who starred in the original 1964 Mary Poppins film.
DON’T EVEN GO THERE: Emily Blunt, right, with Anne Hathaway, left, and Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada. Left: Emily in the new Mary Poppins