A defiant Helen Mirren arrived on the set of the upcoming Phil Spector biopic this week, despite receiving warnings to pull out or face "serious consequences". The Oscar-winning actress is refusing to back down from playing Linda Kenny Baden, the music mogul's defence lawyer and close friend, according to the UK's Daily Mail.
A group of "influential" Hollywood insiders and friends of actress Lana Clarkson are protesting Mirren's involvement in the movie. Spector is currently serving a life sentence for the murder of Clarkson, but the movie reportedly hints at the producer's innocence. Dame Helen's spokesman confirmed the actress had received a letter sent by protestors, but added, "She's in the movie. She's not dropping out. That's all she's saying". Friends of Clarkson have enlisted the help of publicity agent Edward Lozzi to organise a protest campaign seeking to ban actors involved in the movie from receiving awards. Lozzi described the project as, "an insensitive attempt to portray the loathsome, lying, gun-abusing convicted murderer of our friend Lana Clarkson with some kind of sympathy".
Helen Mirren, who recently scooped LA Fitness' 'Body of the Year' award, stars alongside Al Pacino in the controversial new movie. Production began in Long Island and Manhattan about a month ago.