Tim Burton tells the Los Angeles Times blog Hero Complex that the White Queen in his Alice in Wonderland film was based on Nigella Lawson:

“‘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 comely author and television personality sometimes referred to as the ‘queen of food porn.’

“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, 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.'”

At one point in the movie, the White Queen (Anne Hathaway) makes a magic potion with worm fat, urine, and a dab of spit in it. Burton says that was meant to be a clue as to Nigella’s influence. Knowing that, doesn’t it give you a thrill when Hathaway says, Nigella-like, “That should do it!”

Via The Food Section

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