Esio Trot Star Dame Judi Dench Is Not Ready To Retire Saying Age Is Just A Number
Esio Trot star Dame Judi Dench has revealed she is not ready to retire, saying “”age is just a number””.
The legendary actor stars in a magical adaptation of Dahl”s romantic tale – alongside fellow Oscar winner, Dustin Hoffman.
Dame Judi might be in her senior years but promises there is a lot more to come from her.
Speaking to on The Graham Norton Show, she said: “Age is just a number, you’re as old as you feel.
“I remember I got really upset when I was 40 but, other than that, it’s never bothered me – although it drives me absolutely spare when people ask me if I am going to retire.
"People love to tell you your age – and I loathe it. You get to a certain age and they say, ‘Oh you mustn’t do that’ or ‘You might have a fall.’
“I want to try it first. And then, if I don’t succeed, then I can be told I can’t do it. But let us all have a go. As long as you can keep the engine going, you won’t fall over.”
In Dahl’s charming story, retired bachelor Mr Hoppy is hopelessly in love with his neighbour, Mrs Silver (Judi Dench).
Every day, they chat on the balconies of their London apartment block, but Mr Hoppy can’t bring himself to reveal his feelings. And it doesn’t help that Mrs Silver lavishes all her affection on another male – her beloved pet tortoise, Alfie.
However, when she complains that Alfie hasn’t grown since she bought him, Mr Hoppy hits on an ingenious, if a little devious, plan to win Mrs Silver’s love.
He tells his neighbour that he knows a mystic verse that will help Alfie grow, if she recites it three times a day.
He then buys up dozens of tortoises and replaces Alfie with a succession of gradually larger ones.
Mrs Silver becomes so overwhelmed with gratitude that it looks as if romance could blossom
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“She’s too stupid to realise that Hoppy keeps swapping the tortoises,” despairs Dame Judi.
“I’ve read Esio Trot [tortoise backwards!] to various children over the years, so I really wanted to play Mrs Silver.”
With a script co-written by Love Actually creator Richard Curtis, and featuring a cameo appearance by James Corden, the quirky love story is sure to warm hearts this Christmas.
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