Helen’s comments about hookers as nurses start around 2:20 in
Helen Mirren was on the Late Show last night promoting her new film, Love Ranch, in which she plays a madam alongside Joe Pesci. The film was directed by Mirren’s husband, Taylor Hackford, and she told David Letterman that she reluctantly did research by visiting a legal brothel in Nevada at Hackford’s insistence.
“[Taylor] thought I should do research… he’d been already and done his research…. and spent some time in a brothel. Maybe it was that kind of research? I don’t know. Anyway, he said you’ve got to go and spend the night in a brothel and do your research.
I said, absolutely no way. I’m not going to spend the night in a brothel… He dragged me off to the brothel and it was fantastic… This wonderful madam… a great women, really helped me a lot. I spent the whole evening with her following her around and it was a really great experience, the girls were fantastic, really sweet, really welcoming. Of course they are, that’s what they’re good at.”
Then Dave asked Helen about whether the prostitutes were somehow victims, and she agreed at first but then said they’d probably had careers as nurses before selling their bodies. I’m not kidding, she actually said this and was completely serious about it.
“I think that’s true. A lot of them are damaged. They come from dysfunctional backgrounds. And that’s what led them to this place. But also, a lot of girls who work in that industry actually come from the nursing industry, which kind of makes sense. Because they’re used to naked bodies. It’s not intimidating to them, the body and the bodily functions if you like.”
Dave quipped that “a guy like me could go for a checkup, then,” and Helen answered “Absolutely.”
Again, this wasn’t a joke and she sincerely meant it. Just watch the video above.
Dave asked Helen about the tattoo on her hand, which looks like two “V”s on their side. She explained that she got it back in the day when only “Hells Angels, criminals and a few sailors” had tattoos but that they’re commonplace now. She said the symbol meant equal and opposite.
He also showed the picture of Helen in a bikini and she said “I was really lucky with that shot,” explaining that the paparazzo had followed them for quite a while to get the picture. In the famous picture of Helen shielding her eyes, she explained that she was actually posing for a picture that her husband was taking while the photographer got his shot behind them. “I’m holding my tummy in… posing you know. A lucky shot I’m telling you.”
Helen made headlines last year when she said that women couldn’t take men to court for date rape and that female juries wouldn’t convict rapists due to “sexual jealousy.” Now we know that she believes that a lot of hookers used to work as nurses. Maybe she met one, but that must be the exception, not the rule. There’s something rather batty about her.
Here’s the trailer for Love Ranch:
Helen Mirren is shown at an event in Times Square and outside the Late Show on 6/14/10. Credit: WENN.com