Hilary Duff slams Faye Dunaway

faye_dunaway.jpgIt seems that Faye Dunaway, who played Bonnie Parker in the 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde, doesn’t approve of Hilary Duff to take over the role in the new version. When the eccentric 68-year-old actress heard that Duff was cast, she reportedly snarked: “Couldn’t they at least cast a real actress?” Responding to the criticism to E! News, Duff retaliated by saying: “I think that my fans that are going to go see the movie don’t even know who she is. I think it was a little unnecessary, but I might be mad if I looked like that now, too.” The Story Of Bonnie And Clyde, starring Duff and Kevin Zegers as her partner-in-crime Clyde, is scheduled for a 2010 release.  

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  1. ke • February 4, 2009 @ 12:18 PM

    I don’t think Faye Dunaway should’ve said that and same goes for Hilary Duff. But the older woman has a point: Hilary Duff can’t act.

  2. Nancy • February 4, 2009 @ 12:18 PM

    Hahaha! Well, Dunaway deserved it! I guess she should have kept her mouth shut.

  3. Nancy • February 4, 2009 @ 12:23 PM

    Oh, ke and I posted at the same time so I will respond. Hilary Duff has a point too….Faye Dunaway is old..oh, and the majority of the younger crowd will have absolutely no clue who she is! I think people like Faye should not start BS and think that the person she said it about will just let it in one ear and out the other. I feel VERY strongly that those who start sh!t will suffer the consequences!

  4. Jo-Anne • February 4, 2009 @ 12:35 PM

    If Duff ever becomes 1/10th the actress Dunaway is she should thank her lucky stars. (over and over)

    Think, people.

    “Material Girls” vs. “Chinatown”…
    say no more

  5. mischivas • February 4, 2009 @ 2:56 PM

    This is absolutely ridiculous – and it shows how little class Duff has by making a comment about Dunaway’s appearance – childish and petty. Fine, Hilary, you’re “prettier” than Faye (for now at least) but you did not get that role for your acting abilities. Grow up – spend less time trying to think of snarky comebacks and more time actually working on becoming a better actor.

  6. anonymous • February 4, 2009 @ 3:59 PM

    Dunaway looks the way she does from too much plastic surgery. She’s a rude old bat and kudos to Duff for telling her off. Keep your mouth shut next time Dunaway. You have a reputation for being a nasty beyotch to work with in the business and your plastic surgery is hideous but I guess you didn’t want to try the “growing old gracefully” route because you’re so vain.

  7. Adam • February 4, 2009 @ 4:32 PM

    I totally agree with dunaway!
    first of all the original movie is a classic and remaking it could potentially ruin two long standing memorable characters.
    second i can think of a handfully of great actresses that would a) fit the part better, and b) actually act.

    As for the rude jab at Faye, grow up hilary, and respect your elders.

  8. Jonathan • February 4, 2009 @ 5:10 PM

    Faye Dunaway is right. Hilary isn’t an actress. They could’ve picked various other BETTER girls but, no one else probably wanted it. She was a cutsy little teen playing a character that anyone could(Lizzie McGuire). Plus, why are they remaking this film? Have we honestly run out of ideas that we’re re-doing films that were good?

  9. tributegirl • February 4, 2009 @ 6:12 PM

    Faye is right about Hilary’s acting abilities, and her suitability for this film, however she was extremely rude in the way that she said it, so I don’t blame Hilary for getting nasty back. Although I don’t like that nasty little pot shot about Faye’s appearance, I think that was very immature of Hilary.

  10. sk8tergirl • February 4, 2009 @ 6:17 PM

    Woah… that was harsh.

  11. tributegirl • February 4, 2009 @ 6:43 PM

    What was, Faye’s comment, or Hilary’s?

  12. Coop • February 4, 2009 @ 8:20 PM

    Perhaps a little snooty but Faye is right.Couldn’t agree more with your comments on this one,Jo-Anne.

  13. mandee • February 4, 2009 @ 10:24 PM

    regardless of weather or not hilary can act, i dont think faye should have said anything. she should have kept her rude, snide comments to herself. it was not her choice, nor ours who the director cast(ed??) as their lead actress and we should allow them to do their job as they see fit. i can totally understand where hilary is coming from. shes young, she cant think of anything classy, yet hurtful to say other than to pick on her age. so i think faye deserved what she got, and i think everyone should give hilary a chance because who knows what classes she could have been taking while shes been off of tv for so long?

  14. sk8tergirl • February 4, 2009 @ 10:48 PM

    tributegirl: Hilary’s.

  15. johnson • February 4, 2009 @ 10:53 PM

    Both comments were over the top but what do you expect from Hollywood actresses. In 1967 Faye Dunaway made the first 3 movies of her career (one of them being Bonnie and Clyde). She did not establish herself as a good actress until the mid 1970s. So ask yourself; in caparison of talent level was Faye any better then than Hiliary is now?

  16. demigod • February 5, 2009 @ 4:02 AM

    It’s so predictable of Hillary Puff to pick on Faye’s age in retaliation. I mean, what else is she gonna say about her?

  17. demigod • February 5, 2009 @ 4:08 AM

    Johnson.. Dunaway is an academy award winner and was nominated for several others. You think Hillary can match that? We’ll see..

  18. hulahoop • February 5, 2009 @ 12:00 PM

    people! amateur actors are better than hilary duff. she plays every role as lizzie maguire. so if they cast her then they’re obviously not doing a serious dramatic remake of the classic 60’s film. maybe just a fun light movie to share with the kids/teens. anyone whose old enough to know who bonnie and clyde actually were would know about the original version. but apparently its not sure yet she’s going to be in it. so we’ll see.

  19. johnson • February 5, 2009 @ 4:23 PM

    Demigod, you missed the point. Faye Dunaaway was fresh out of theatre when she did Bonnie and Clyde; a very raw talent starting her movie careeer. Though she received an Academy Award nomination for Bonnie and Clyde it was not until the 1970s when she developed into an actress of renown that garnered her the Best Actress Academy Award in 1976. While she did receive a few Golden Glode nominations her \only\ other Academy Award nomination in 1974. She also won Razzie Award for Worst Actress for her role in the movie \Mommie Dearest\ in 1981.

  20. demigod • February 5, 2009 @ 8:29 PM

    Noo, I got it.

  21. Jo-Anne. • February 5, 2009 @ 9:42 PM

    Actually, Johnson, I did ask myself the question you pose, and I must say I think Faye was far superior as an actress at that early age than Duff is now.

    Even though Faye was fresh out of college when she did Bonnie & Clyde, she was nominated for her role by the Academy, the Golden Globes and the British Academy, so there was obvious recognition for her acting ability.

    Mommie Dearest Razzie pales in comparison to her many achievements…Chinatown, Network, Barfly…numerous nominations for Golden Globes, 3 Academy nominationa, etc. plus further nods.

    Interesting though, the New York Film Critics nominated her as Best Actress for Mommie Dearest.

    I have to go with demigod on this one, particularly on the predictibility of the Duff comment.

  22. Beltane • February 6, 2009 @ 11:05 AM

    I had the same reaction when I heard that Duff would fill that role. She is NOT an actress, no discussion required. She can shake and shimmy and is drop dead gorgeous but is she an actress, no, at least not yet. I saw her in War Inc. She played an interesting character who is a Pop Princess, big stretch here no, good casting, yes. She doesn’t have the acting chops yet but she strikes me as a very determined individual and if acting is what she wishes to excel act, then I expect we will soon see a better actor. PS. I almost had my University friends interested in seeing War Inc. until I told them that Duff was in it, they groaned and said, No thanks.” Too bad really.

  23. kgirl • February 6, 2009 @ 12:00 PM

    Hilary is not even in the same class as Faye Dunaway and never will be. She should stick to singing. I don’t know why these teen pop singers all think they can act.

  24. Monique • February 6, 2009 @ 12:46 PM

    Duff is going to kill Bonnie!
    The movie is a classic (I actually watched it two weeks ago)…..you can’t remake classics. Duff will get ripped apart for this (by the media).

  25. My own opinion • February 6, 2009 @ 2:21 PM

    kgirl, I thought she was an actor before she was a pop singer.

    And from what I have heard, they aren’t “remaking” the movie, it is a different perspective on the story. But it is difficult to imagine her in the role of a cold-blooded killer. The casting seems more like force an actor to fit into a part rather than find the best actor to play the part.

  26. Mary • February 6, 2009 @ 3:50 PM

    Why do they have to remake this Classic.Warren Beatty and Faye Dunway were perfect together,they had the charisma to pull it off. Will I go see this remake in the theatre. I think I’ll wait for it to hit the video stores. To all you young ones get to your local video store and watch the original.They actually did make some good movies in the old days.As for the catty remarks from both Faye and Hillary very unlady like.

  27. 4thjet • February 6, 2009 @ 4:25 PM

    Hilary Duff as Bonnie??? OMG!
    Just put it straight to video, as no way can she ever compare to Faye Dunaway’s Bonnie and the chemistry Warren Beatty had with her, Gene Hackman and the other actors.

    As for pot shots at each other, Faye is known for it and does come out with some good ones.In this case she is right on the money!

    Hilary’s attempt by going for the easy age shot…not even close hunny! Let’s see how good you look at the same age before you pop off that one!

  28. Anonymous • February 6, 2009 @ 6:26 PM

    Good for you Duff, Faye shouldn’t be talking trash about you in the first place

  29. Kelly • February 6, 2009 @ 10:22 PM

    As far as comparing acting prowess, you people aren’t even comparing apples to apples. When Faye did Bonnie and Clyde (which by the way was not just a movie, but a real historic event – checkout the display in Primm) she was fresh out of COLLEGE (Hilary is what, 16?) in the 70s (when there were how many female actresses in the profession?). Hilary started when she was what, 10? 11? I don’t blame her for mud slinging – you’d think Faye would have enough poise to not start. By the way, how come noone ever says respect your juniors… or something. I don’t know many young people who are inspired by the faceless criticism of older generations…

    I think Hilary’s comments probably came from indifference and naivety – who her age has ever heard of Faye Dunaway? I think it’s great to remake the movie for a younger generation. I’m not saying it’ll be a blockbuster, or win any awards (because there’s actually competition for them these days), but Hilary’s following is much younger, so bringing awareness to these youngins’ I think is worth the remake itself.

  30. Kaiya • February 6, 2009 @ 11:27 PM

    Everyone thought Sally Field was a one-note wonder too when she was a kid, and then she did Sybill and blew everyone away and won an Emmy for it. And since then two more Oscars. So who knows? Hilary may blow us away yet.

  31. Nancy • February 7, 2009 @ 12:39 AM

    Well, to tell the truth…IT WAS NONE OF FAYE’S DAMN BUSINESS! She played her part and was paid for it. It’s over and done with. Hilary has been cast as Bonnie in the next movie, NOT a remake of the original! So really, there should be no comparison of their skills or lack thereof…Faye should have just kept her mouth shut about something that is none of her business!

  32. Robyn • February 7, 2009 @ 1:40 AM

    I must say I am beginning to like you more and more each day Nancy. Well said. I think she should have kept her mouth shut too. What is it of her business??

  33. Nancy • February 7, 2009 @ 5:55 PM

    Thanks Robyn.

    Maybe it was very impolite of Hilary to say what she said but she never would have had to say it if Faye would have just minded her own beeswax! Which brings me back to my initial comment…people who start BS shall suffer the consequences…consequences are not usually good!! -#

  34. .. • February 7, 2009 @ 7:39 PM

    Exactly, Faye is just a jealous old hag!

  35. mandee • February 7, 2009 @ 8:59 PM

    i completely agree nancy — good post 🙂

  36. quinn • February 8, 2009 @ 12:45 AM

    Hilary isn’t as seasoned as Faye, if she has a good co-star that might help. In this case it’s all about who will be there to support her. If it’s a weak cast forget it.

  37. C. • February 8, 2009 @ 10:58 AM

    Kelly, about your comment regarding Hilary’s age and how she is still very young – Hilary is in her 20s. She started when she was somewhere around 15. She should learn some respect by now and especially if she’s in the business, she should learn to let things go. She’s been in a few different feuds now and she needs to focus on her own self.

    Not that Faye was right TO SAY what she said, but what she said was right.

  38. Jenna • February 15, 2009 @ 12:20 PM

    Faye was only stating the obvious. Hilary Duff has been trying to act and sing for many years, but has never succeeded. She’s a bland, untalented Nickelodeon mannequin. And Faye, when she was younger, was a hell of a lot better looking than Hilary will ever be. Hilary looks and acts like every other teenage princess out there. There’s nothing unique about her and she has zero on-screen charisma. No one’s even going to remember her name in five years, let alone her misguided remake of Bonnie & Clyde.

  39. Justme • February 15, 2009 @ 11:06 PM

    Hilary Duff has never succeeded? She had the most popular show on Disney Channel for a couple of years – Hannah Montana was basically modeled on her but they made Hannah a singer on the show too. Hilary was a huge singing star not on the show, but in real life. And I have to disagree, Faye has never been pretty. And the first time I saw Hilary in a TV movie, I didn’t know who she was (it was during the time she was on Lizzie McGuire) but I couldn’t take my eyes away because she was so full of personality that I thought, who ever cast this movie was lucky to get this girl. I’m not a big fan of her singing, and I don’t know what her range is for acting, but in her late teens, she’d already made a fortune and that’s not because she “never succeeded” as you say. And she’s not a “Nickelodeon mannequin.” She was a Disney superstar and now she’s trying to present a more mature image. I remember when Heath Ledger was chosen to be the Joker in The Dark Knight and everyone scoffed. Well, he pulled it off, didn’t he?

  40. Gabrielle Ramkhalawan • February 18, 2009 @ 5:04 PM

    i think Hilary rocks!! however she should not have said anything about Faye because Faye is older. This goes to Faye, leave Hilary alone!! No one knows who you are. your time is gone and hers is here so why done you just lay off!!

  41. Aldo Micali • March 2, 2009 @ 9:40 PM

    Nobody cares if Ms. Duff and her legion of fans have unfortunately never heard of Faye Dunaway. We all know exactly what Ms. Dunaway meant. Ms. Duff should have just ignored Ms. Dunaway’s comment and concentrate on her performance on her own movie. Young actresses like Ms. Duff should get inspired by screen legends like Ms. Dunaway instead of making negative comments about what someone older than them looks like.

  42. Jo-Anne. • March 8, 2009 @ 6:32 PM

    Justme, I agree with your point that Duff was very successful in her career so far. For the record, I never scoffed at the suggestion Heath play The Joker, though…but I understand where you’re going with this comment.

    And Aldo, your last line is perfect, yes, totally agree on that one…

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