July 13th, 2013
Helena Bonham Carter on preparing to play Elizabeth Taylor:
She read the biography Furious Love, by Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger. At the end of the book, Schoenberger explains why she had wanted to write about the couple. "She said she went to UCLA and the students said to her: 'Oh, I didn't know Elizabeth Taylor was married to Tim Burton.' She was so horrified, she thought she had to reclaim the name Burton. It's been hijacked." She bursts out laughing, just as she did when she first read it, with the actual Tim Burton, father of her two children, sitting next to her. "Tim said: 'What's so funny? Haven't they just died?' And I was like, 'No, but read this!' Then, when we were doing it, he felt fucking hell, like he was married to Elizabeth Taylor."