Friday, February 26, 2010

Nigella...In Wonderland

Nigella Lawson

In the latest film version of Alice in Wonderland, actress Anne Hathaway glides across the screen as the White Queen with a pearly grin that becomes a bit unsettling -- because it really appears to be somewhere between Glinda the Good Witch and The Stepford Wives, and according some folks...well-known British culinary queen, Nigella Lawson (pictured above).

At one point Alice's White Queen cheerily cooks up a magic potion that includes plenty of nasty ingredients (including some putrid-looking amputated fingers), and it turns out that was a hint to the real-life inspiration for the character, according to director Tim Burton. "There's this very beautiful cooking show host in England named Nigella Lawson and I quietly had her as my image for this character," Burton said, referring to the famous cookbook author and television personality sometimes referred to as the "queen of food porn." (, okay, Tim.)

In any case, Burton, who previously said that the Red Queen has a bit of Leona Helmsley in her, said Lawson's domestic goddess routine has an eerie edge to it at times. "She's really beautiful and she does all this cooking," he goes on, to say "but then there's this glint in her eye and when you see it you go, 'Oh, whoa, she's like really ... nuts.' I mean in a good way. Well, maybe. I don't know."

Anyway, take a look for yourself at the video clip comparison below, and you be the judge.

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