Diane Kruger On Her Role as The Famous Guillotined Queen

The most famous quotation associated with the ill-fated Marie Antoinette–“Let them eat cake!”–was never really said by her. In fact, in the past century many historians have sought to uncover the true personality and history of this often-maligned historical figure. She is often portrayed as a spoiled, uncaring spendthrift who spent France into ruin and paid for it during the Revolution with her life.
farewellmyqueenThis spoiled reputation is what actress Diane Kruger had in mind when she was given the script for Les adieux a la reine, or Farewell, My Queen  Before she read the script, Kruger believed she would more or less be playing Marie Antoinette as she–and popular culture–viewed her. In other words, as a spoiled, clueless and brainless royal brat.
Yet Kruger did not let her previous beliefs about Marie Antoinette influence her performance. Instead, she decided to do her own research while preparing for the role. She read the biography of Marie Antoinette by Stefan Zweig, arguably the biography that launched a thousand others which dealt with Marie Antoinette as a human being rather than a caricature.
Of the maturity of the doomed queen, Kruger wrote: “[After the fall of the Bastille] … it dawned on her that this was the end of the life they had known. She realized this sooner than [everyone else, and] took more seriously her responsibilities … She had a moment when she ‘manned up’ and became a real queen.”
And it is this interpretation of a queen who understands that her world is dying and will do what she can to save it that shines through in Kruger’s performance, which has been praised by audiences and critics alike as enigmatic, fluid, and quicksilver.
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Marie Antoinette, historically, lived in multiple worlds at once—in the world of the public display of court, where she was expected to exude “Majesty” and impress all who watched her upon the figurative stage; and in the world of her own private apartments where she could be herself, free to sit on her bed barefoot and enjoy reading plays or looking at the latest fashions without having to worry about impressions or Majesty.
In the film, Kruger is able to capture a historical figure that is often inaccessible and give her a realistic, human portrayal; and in doing so, she breathes the historical queen new life. Click here to find more TV and Film entertainment.

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Paula Abdul Will Do More Acting

It has been announced that Paula Abdul will be acting on a regular basis. She stated that she has always had a love for television and that she is extremely excited about making a transition to acting on television.

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Abdul said her love for television began to grow when she worked with James L. Brooks with “The Tracey Ullman Show”. Abdul was responsible for doing the choreography for the shows musical scenes. James L. Brooks is the cinematic talent behind “As Good As It Gets”, “How Do You Know” and “Terms of Endearment”. It was “The Tracey Ullman Show” that inspired other hit shows such as “The Simpsons”.

 

Paula AbdulAlthough she has appeared on television in reality shows like “The X Factor”, “American Idol” and “Live to Dance”, she has not made the time, previously, to do scripted acting, except for short guest appearances. She has appeared on shows such as “That’s So Raven”, “Less Than Perfect”, “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch” and “Family Guy”. But now she is ready to make a more permanent switch to television on a more regular basis.

 

About her transition, Abdul said she is broadening her horizons by acting as well as performing in dramas and half-hour shows.

 

In talking about her transition to full-time acting, Abdul has also taken the opportunity to announce her work in fighting muscular dystrophy. She said that one of the biggest thrills for her is knowing treatments for muscular dystrophy could be available soon. She said the story of Reagan Imhoff, and 8 year old patient that wants to dance. Abdul said the girl’s story touched her heart because she has the passion of a dancer but that the muscular dystrophy limits her dancing abilities. Abdul talked of how Reagan’s eyes lit up after being presented with a pair of ballet shoes.

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