Hepburn was 'twee, mumsy and couldn't act'
Thompson - who is writing a new movie version of the hit musical - says she wasn't a big fan of the 1964 film that starred Hepburn and Rex Harrison.
'I'm not hugely fond of the film,' she says. 'I find Audrey Hepburn fantastically twee.'I think 'twee' has been used right here to describe certain skaters....When asked by The Hollywood Reporter what 'twee' means, Thompson says: 'Twee is whimsy without wit. It is mimsy-mumsy sweetness without any kind of bite. And that's not for me.
Talk about stabbing a sacred cow. I know some people consider this one of Audrey's weakest roles, and a lot of people wanted Julie Andrews to do the film version, but I love Audrey. And I didn't always. But several of her films have made such an impression on me that she has become one of my favorites...She can't sing and she can't really act, I'm afraid.
'I'm sure she was a delightful woman - and perhaps if I had known her I would have enjoyed her acting more, but I don't and I didn't, so that's all there is to it really.'
I'm all for blunt honesty, but Emma sounds a tad harsh and bitchy to me.
She is a decent screenwriter, and I look forward to her version of My Fair Lady....