By Richard Lawson on July 20, 2011
Bette Midler had to step out of HBOâ€™s upcoming Phil Spector biopic (in which Al Pacino is lookinâ€™ good) because of a herniated disc, so in steps Helen freakinâ€™ Mirren, playing Spectorâ€™s lawyer for his first murder trial. Hm. Are Bette Midler and Helen Mirren really analogues of each other? Seems strange. And in a weird way Iâ€™d much rather see Midler in that role, just because itâ€™s so out-of-the-box for her. We know Mirren can do it, because she does everything. But darn it, itâ€™d be fun to see Bette do some drama again. Get outta the bathhouse and into the, I donâ€™t know, outhouse? Where the shit goes down? Ew. Sorry. Anyway, there you have it.