A Minute With: Emma Thompson on comedy, bathing suits and success

Wed May 21, 2014 1:40pm EDT
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By Eric Kelsey

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - For Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson, donning a bathing suit on the French Riviera alongside Pierce Brosnan in the British romantic comedy "The Love Punch" was too good to pass up.

The film, directed by Joel Hopkins and opening on Friday in the United States, follows divorced suburban London couple Kate and Richard as they attempt a diamond heist in France after their pension fund goes bust.

Thompson, 55, known for roles in period dramas "Howards End" and "Sense and Sensibility," spoke about her work in comedy, her early influences and success.

Q: What drew you to "The Love Punch"?

A: The opportunity to appear in a bathing costume has been something sadly missing from my CV. I said to my agent, "Please, God, get me something where I can get into a bathing costume." And this is what came up.

Also, I've worked with the director before and I like him very much, and the idea of a heist movie set as it were in the Home Counties (suburban London) of England with a very witty notion, and then it turned out to be Pierce, which was not so shabby.

Q: You have appeared in period bathing costumes in films?

A: That's right. I still only appear in period bathing costumes in real life. I wear those very, very long Victorian draw things in various shades of navy. (Laughs)   Continued...

Actress Emma Thompson arrives at the 19th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards in Santa Monica, California in this January 16, 2014 file photo.  REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian/Files