Helen Mirren can test one thing off her bucket listing.
After two “Fast & Furious” films, she lastly will get behind the wheel in “F9” (in theaters Friday), which follows Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) and crew as they battle to cease a plot by a extremely expert murderer and driver — who can also be Dom’s estranged brother.
The British-born star, 75, who publicly lobbied for a component in the motion franchise, jokes that it felt like a “cruel hoax” to safe a job solely to be instructed that she wouldn’t be placing her foot on the pedal.
The acclaimed actress — whose profession spans a long time in films like “The Good Liar,” “Gosford Park” and “Hitchcock” — appeared in an uncredited function in 2017’s “The Fate of the Furious” as Magdalene “Queenie” Shaw, mother to badass siblings Deckard (Jason Statham), Owen (Luke Evans) and Hattie (Vanessa Kirby).
“I was so excited when they first said, ‘You’ve been [cast] in the ‘Fast & Furious’ movie,” she instructed The Post. “Fantastic. Finally, all my whining and moaning and begging worked. And then, of course, I was in the back of an ambulance in the first one.”
Mirren then popped up briefly in 2019’s spinoff flick “Hobbs & Shaw,” which noticed Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham reprise their “Fast & Furious” roles and workforce as much as battle a cyber-savvy terrorist threatening the world with a lethal virus. Alas, no driving was required.
“The second one came. ‘Oh, brilliant. Finally now, now I’ll get to drive one of those super cool cars.’ ‘Oh, no, you’re in jail. So I’m afraid. No, you’re not going to be driving anywhere,’” she mentioned, sounding a tad miffed.
But thrice was lastly the attraction for the acclaimed actress, who crowed that it was price the wait.
“Because not only am I driving, I’m driving down the Mall towards Buckingham Palace,” she mentioned. “It’s amazing. I mean, the last time I went to Buckingham Palace, I went to get my dame[hood]. I went in the back of a very smelly taxi. So it was astounding. It was just so exciting.”
And talking of the palace, Mirren — who received an Oscar for her 2006 efficiency as Queen Elizabeth II in “The Queen” — mentioned she feels sorry for the 95-year-old reigning monarch.
“She’s had drama all of her life,” Mirren mentioned of the royal, who lately misplaced her husband, Prince Philip, and has additionally been the topic of scathing criticism by her grandson Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle. (Mirren has beforehand expressed support for the couple and significantly for Markle, whom she known as “a fantastic addition to the royal family.”)
“[The queen] had huge drama all of her life. When you think that when she was in her early teens [it] was the second World War … what could be more dramatic than that? I mean, what would have happened to that family if the Nazis, if Germany, had won that war?”
Mirren mentioned she believes the queen’s appreciable life expertise will assist her climate this troublesome time.
“Yeah, it really, really looked as if Germany was going to win that war. So, you know, this is a woman who’s been through an extraordinary life of change, of drama, of tragedy, of triumph … She’s a survivor.”
Recently the “Prime Suspect” star went viral for the resurfacing of an notorious 1975 interview she did with British then-talk present host Michael Parkinson, who requested her if her “equipment” or “physical attributes” prevented her from changing into a severe actress and whether or not her breast dimension would “detract from the performance[s]” she gave.
Mirren famous that after the interview — wherein she pushed again on the sexist questions — it was she who was “criticized for being argumentative, you know, being a bit bolshie [British slang for uncooperative]. You know, you weren’t supposed to do that.”
“Until the culture changes you are absolutely in a straitjacket. You cannot get out,” she mentioned of the criticism. “And then you have a moment like the #MeToo movement when really the pressure was building up behind the dam for so long that the dam kind of breaks in one big break. But that takes an awfully long time. You know, that almost takes generations.”
She firmly believes that actual change for girls can solely occur if we “get as many women into politics as possible.”
Mirren, who has turn into an icon each for her outspokenness and for getting old gracefully in the highlight, credit her glam squad for her beautiful look.
“That’s the secret, honestly,” she mentioned modestly.
As for exercising her mind, she says studying strains is useful, in addition to learning a international language.
“I’ve been trying to learn Italian … tiny bit by tiny bit, poco poco,” she mentioned.