National treasure Dame Judi Dench—oh, darn, I did the thing that Judi Dench says she hates. In a new interview with Britain’s The Times, Dench said that constantly being called the United Kingdom's "national treasure" really pisses her off.
“‘National treasure,’” she said. “F****** ‘national treasure’!”
Don't even try it, she'll come for you.
"Everyone says it, everyone. It’s horrible, it’s awful. I hate it,” Dench continued. Well, why do they say it, ma'am? Because you've played the queen more times than one has reigned over England? Because you've been making classic films for decades and show no sign of stopping? Because your very presence brings a film TO LIFE?!
Dench tried to explicate by saying, “I’d like much more to be the Notes on a Scandal woman than the Marigold Hotel woman, do you know what I mean?”
Hmm, I'm not sure. In Notes On A Scandal, Dench gets to play a kind of crazy older woman embroiled in a sexscapade:
In The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, she's coupled with all of Britain's national treasures and sent to India:
I guess Dench wants to be taken a little less seriously so she can have a little more fun. With everything she's given to cinema, she deserves it, and we can always treasure her in the secrets recesses of our hearts.