3:43 am - 02/12/2013

Helena Bonham Carter is coming to snatch Lilo's wig

Their love affair entranced the world.

Now Helena Bonham Carter and Dominic West are to recreate the magic between Hollywood golden couple Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in a new BBC film.

The award-winning actress and the charismatic Mr West, 43, will play the tempestuous pair when they were reunited in 1983 to star in a production of Noel Coward’s Private Lives in the US.

The BBC4 film will capture the highly explosive nature of the Burton and Taylor relationship through the prism of playing star-crossed lovers on stage.

At the time everyone wanted to know whether the reunion would become a reconciliation. It was a circus that saw the pair in the centre ring and it sold tickets.

Miss Bonham Carter, 46, said: "Elizabeth was fifty-one, still every inch a star, still beautiful and they still needed each other but this was professional.

They were doing Noel Coward’s Private Lives on stage playing a couple who used to be married. People wondered if they were still in love and whether they’d be playing themselves or their characters in the play."

At the time Burton and Taylor were paid $1 million each for the limited run playing Coward’s Elyot and Amanda , a maddening and magnetic couple who divorce after enduring a turbulent short-lived marriage.

They rediscover each other years later when each has a new spouse. They chuck their new partners and run off with each other.

"It sounds familiar and has echoes of their own marriages and relationship," Helena observed.

Burton and Taylor fell in love on the set of the movie Cleopatra.

Both had partners but they were eventually married in 1964 and after ten tempestuous years of living it up they exhausted each other and divorced in 1974.

But they were soul mates and within a year they were hitched again only to break again fifteen months later in 1974.

Taylor went on to marry Senator John Warner and Burton made Suzy Hunt his wife but they split and BBC assistant producer Sally Hay subsequently became his girlfriend, and later his wife.

"But Elizabeth and Richard still cared for each other", said Miss Bonham Carter.

Miss Taylor unshackled herself from Warner and soon after she and Burton were together again but this time on stage in Boston trying out Private Lives before its run on Broadway.

‘’It’s about this sliver of their lives together. They were huge stars and they’d never been on stage together before’, Miss Bonham Carter added.

The actress won a Bafta award for her portrait of the Queen Mother in The King’s Speech and can currently be seen in the film version of Les Miserables.

She said the idea of the BBC film isn't for her and Mr West, who has starred in The Wire and The Hour on TV, to impersonate Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

"I look nothing like her for a start but it's about capturing the essence of them at a particular time. She was and continues to be a fascinating woman and she was a huge star. There’s no one comparable around now", she said.

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whiskybars 12th-Feb-2013 03:51 am (UTC)
i guess i can see it, either way she has enough talent to pull it out

it's kind of upsetting to see people scoff @ HBC as someone who's only worthy of the shit burton does nowadays when she's actually very versatile. i always forget that she's marla singer.
libre_m `12th-Feb-2013 04:28 am (UTC)
She also did a phenomenal Anne Boleyn years ago. Woman's got acting chops.
masterofmystery 12th-Feb-2013 05:29 am (UTC)
she's an amazing actress, but damn working with burton and johnny is killing it for her
boss_sister 12th-Feb-2013 05:52 am (UTC)
freeze_i_say 12th-Feb-2013 09:15 am (UTC)
perfect first comment, I wish she did more marla singer-type things and - lbr - that marla singer-type roles were being written.
loverswalk 12th-Feb-2013 03:52 am (UTC)
helena bonham carter is a queen....but as liz taylor? i don't know about that....
rhapsodeeinblue 12th-Feb-2013 03:55 am (UTC)
friarsfire 12th-Feb-2013 03:56 am (UTC)
She can do no wrong.
morgan90 12th-Feb-2013 04:11 am (UTC)
She's played the same "unhinged Tim Burton-esque psychopath" character so often that people have forgotten that the bitch can act
whiskybars 12th-Feb-2013 04:13 am (UTC)
exactly. it drives me insane.
loverswalk 12th-Feb-2013 04:36 am (UTC)
i know she can, but i still can't see it happening. i'm not doubting her skill, more so her casting in general...she doesn't look the part
mana_runigha 12th-Feb-2013 04:37 am (UTC)
As if we aren't needing to get the bad taste of Lilo's performance out of our mouths
kurtvonnegut 12th-Feb-2013 03:53 am (UTC)
at least she admits she looks nothing like her. HBC's career took such a weird trajectory. going from playing posh period piece characters to trainwrecks.
superpchan 12th-Feb-2013 04:09 am (UTC)

hera_bearrra 12th-Feb-2013 04:11 am (UTC)
whiskybars 12th-Feb-2013 04:12 am (UTC)
this never fails to crack me up
kurtvonnegut 12th-Feb-2013 04:15 am (UTC)
lmao. only good scene of this entire flop series.
saintssin 12th-Feb-2013 04:34 am (UTC)

do you have a link to this?
gerrysmyman 12th-Feb-2013 05:32 am (UTC)
lol whaaat. I totally don't remember this in Extras. And Ricky looks skinnier. What is this from?
eaglefan2011 12th-Feb-2013 03:54 am (UTC)
helena as elizabeth? idk but anyone is better than lindsay

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ritzyroxie 12th-Feb-2013 03:56 am (UTC)
Does anyone actually want any of these Elizabeth Taylor biopics?
kurtvonnegut 12th-Feb-2013 03:57 am (UTC)
my mom is a liz taylor stan and she doesn't even give a shit. she just hoards white diamonds and whines about how today's actresses aren't as beautiful.
ritzyroxie 12th-Feb-2013 04:07 am (UTC)
My grandma is exactly the same way. idk hew these people think will tune into these. If you don't have the older stans excited, you're doomed.
redaodai 12th-Feb-2013 04:10 am (UTC)
My dad loves her, but he says he'd rather just watch her movies than this biopics.
overprotected 12th-Feb-2013 04:26 am (UTC)
i watched Liz & Dick for the lol

might watch this if it gets good reviews, but in general I'd rather just watch Elizabeth herself
la_geni 12th-Feb-2013 05:21 am (UTC)
They shouldn't even make them. All people are going to do is criticize the fact that no one is as beautiful as her even if they have superb acting skills.
sugary_placenta 12th-Feb-2013 05:37 am (UTC)
lovelyeli 12th-Feb-2013 10:57 am (UTC)
nope, because there is literally no1 who can do liz.

plus richard&liz weren't that private with their life and i feel like we know a lot of what went down in their relationship, well maybe just me and my crazy liz stan self..but most ppl know lol.
deltabean 12th-Feb-2013 02:49 pm (UTC)
I want a good biopic.
backtoblack 12th-Feb-2013 03:56 am (UTC)
I'm all for HBC doing projects outside of Tim Burton films
hollis1975 12th-Feb-2013 03:56 am (UTC)
my pug is more believable as elizabeth taylor than lindsay lohan.
briknowsbest 12th-Feb-2013 03:56 am (UTC)

I am confused. HBC is still my queen though.

Edited at 2013-02-12 03:57 am (UTC)
leviicorpus 12th-Feb-2013 03:56 am (UTC)
Dominic West, yes; HBC, no thanks
memorian 12th-Feb-2013 03:57 am (UTC)
Uhhhh. Well I can't wait to see HBC in costume :)
noneformethanx 12th-Feb-2013 03:58 am (UTC)
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glas_smaragaide 12th-Feb-2013 05:36 am (UTC)

Yeah, Linds looks like Liz alright.... O_o

She's 26, right? RIGHT? JFC
sky3205 12th-Feb-2013 09:07 am (UTC)
it's photoshop bb
xcollsangelx 12th-Feb-2013 03:58 am (UTC)
boweeko 12th-Feb-2013 04:16 am (UTC)
lmao she pushes over that table with such ~emotion~
lovetake_over 12th-Feb-2013 04:43 am (UTC)
girlygirlk8e 12th-Feb-2013 03:58 am (UTC)
i watched some yt video of the diary of lindsay lohan from 2004 ish. So sad.
stellar_ball 12th-Feb-2013 04:14 am (UTC)
I remember watching that on MTV and she got upset that her friend bought her the old NERD CD and not the new one. Oh, Linds. And then she started crying when her little brother told her how much he missed her : (
andi88 12th-Feb-2013 03:58 am (UTC)
The state of Dominic West's hair is tragic. I enjoyed his look in The Wire.
nightfury 12th-Feb-2013 03:59 am (UTC)
not really a fan of her but ngl i think she'd do well in this
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