Helen Mirren: Jimmy Savile would have excused himself of crimes
- Bang Showbiz
- 9 April 2015
Dame Helen Mirren believes the late Jimmy Savile would have attempted to excuse himself for his despicable sex crimes if he were still alive today and would have been confused by the countless complaints of abuse made against him
Dame Helen Mirren believes Jimmy Savile would try to excuse himself for his sex crimes if he were still alive.
The 'Woman in Gold' actress has spoken out about the disgraced TV personality's despicable predatory behaviour and is sure Savile - who was revealed after his death to have sexually abused hundreds of young girls - would be "confused" at the public's reaction to his abhorrent actions.
In an interview with The Times newspaper, she said: "I'm sure that if that f***ing bastard was alive today, he would be utterly confused.
"He would think, 'They liked it, they loved me, I was a big star, so they wanted it.' "
Mirren also opened up about working in the film and TV industry in the 70s and claims the decade was affected by a terribly sexist attitude amongst many men.
The Oscar winner insists she was on the receiving hand of that sexism on several occasions.
The 69-year-old star shared: "I was thinking about the 1970s, which unfortunately was when I was at my prime, age wise. I happened to hit the culture at a time that was worse than the f***ing 1940s or 1950s.
"It was horrible. Men saw that as sort of, 'Oh, fantastic! We can f**k anything, however we like, whenever we like! They're up for grabs, boys!' It was that kind of attitude."