Why It’s The Best:
Mirren famously battled with her director, John Mackenzie, to make her character more multi-dimensional in this gangland thriller.
It’s a good thing that she did, the actress adding layers to ‘factory installed girlfriend’ Victoria that otherwise wouldn’t have been there.
Swathed in fur, Victoria finds herself
the object of Jeff’s affections
, and cheekily plays up to it. “I want to lick every inch of you.” Wowers.
“It was one of those scripts that just leapt off the page at you, where you went, ‘God! This is just fantastic!’ The one thing that was a problem, was my character Victoria, who was a terrible character, as written.
“I became a real thorn in the side of our director, John Mackenzie, in trying to flesh her out. But Bob Hoskins was incredibly supportive, which was great. So I was constantly trying to pull the character into the story.
“I’m glad that I made such a fuss about it, because I think it enriched the film. You’ve got to have something you can hold your head up about later on in life. But I was a bit of a pain for John, I think.”