Romantic movies? Not Helen Mirren's cup of tea

Fri Jul 2, 2010 3:16pm EDT
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By Bob Tourtellotte

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Twilight" is likely not very high on Helen Mirren's movie list. Because, when it comes to romance on film, the Oscar winner just doesn't like it.

In that way, Mirren said, she feels more like a man.

"I don't really like romantic movies very much...And I hate talking about feelings, so I'm definitely a man in disguise," Mirren told Reuters when talking about her new "Love Ranch."

The film, in which the Oscar winner portrays the owner of a Nevada brothel, began playing nationwide in the United States this week when most all movie eyes are focused on the launch of "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," about a teenager and the vampire she loves.

The "Twilight" movies, of course, have been huge hits, raking in $1.1 billion over two films with romance that tugs at the heartstrings of their mostly young, female audiences.

Hearing her, the 64 year-old Mirren is not among them.

"I don't even really like seeing people kiss in movies," she said. "This movie is about as romantic as I can handle."

"Love Ranch," a low-budget independent movie, does have at its heart a romance between Grace (Mirren) and her husband Charlie Bontempo (Joe Pesci), but it is a mature one that has grown complicated over the years -- as love has a way of doing the older one gets.   Continued...

<p>Cast member Helen Mirren smiles at the premiere of the movie "Love Ranch" at the Arclight theatre in Los Angeles June 23, 2010. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>