Dame Judi Dench admitted that giving up driving & # 39; one of the most traumatic moments of my life & # 39; while fighting a degenerative eye disease.
The actress, 84, can no longer read and is worried that people will be offended that she does not recognize them.
In a new interview with the Radio Times, the discussion discussed her struggle with macular degeneration – as well as her friendships with controversial figures Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein.
Frankly, Dame Judi Dench, 84, admitted that giving up driving was one of the most traumatic moments of my life & # 39; while fighting a degenerative eye disease
The James Bond star suffers from age-related macular degeneration, for which there is no cure, and has eight eye injections to slow the rate of deterioration.
& # 39; It was absolutely horrible. But I just know I will kill someone if I am behind the wheel of a car. & # 39;
The Oscar winner learns her lines with the help of an assistant and also uses a script written in giant one-sentence types.
Close friends: The star also discussed her close friendship with two controversial entertainment figures, dishonored producer Harvey Weinstein and actor Kevin Spacey (photo)
& # 39; I can't read the newspaper now, I can't do the crossword puzzle, I can't read a book & # 39 ;, she said.
& # 39; But you know, you deal with it. I have people who read for me and coach me with my rules. You learn where everything is on a film set. It's good if you get away with it. After all, it's all acting. Fooling people. It is what I do. & # 39; She also expressed her concern that people might think she's aloof, not that she just can't see them.
& # 39; What worries me is that some people don't know, and they think, "Ooh, grab her – she cut me to death!" when I didn't see them at all & # 39 ;, she admitted.
The star also discussed her close friendship with two controversial entertainment figures, the unjustified producer Harvey Weinstein and actor Kevin Spacey.
Fear: the actress can no longer read and is worried that people will be offended that she does not recognize them
Suffering: & # 39; What worries me, some people don't know, and they think, "Ooh, grab her – she cuts me to death!" when I didn't see them at all & # 39 ;, she admitted
Weinstein has been accused of dozens of stories of sexual harassment and robberies spread over three decades, while Spacey has been brought to court for sexual battery charges.
Dame Judi said she believes their art should be considered separately from their alleged crimes, but said she & # 39; shocked & # 39; was by the charges against Weinstein.
& # 39; Are we going to deny for ten years in the Old Vic and everything he has done (Spacey as artistic director) – how wonderful has he been in all those films?
& # 39; Are we not going to see all the films that Harvey has produced? You can't deny someone a talent. You might as well never look at a Caravaggio painting (he was a murderer). You might as well never have seen Noël Coward (accused of predatory behavior). & # 39;
The pair is one of Dame Judi's best friends, with her recognition of Weinstein with her Hollywood breakthrough and thanking Spacey for being a great support for her when her husband, Michael Williams, died in 2001.
Defense: & We are going to deny for ten years in the Old Vic and all he has done (Spacey as artistic director) – how wonderful has he been in all those films?
She called it a & # 39; moral maze & # 39; and said she was worried about Spacey's & # 39; s films searching history, & # 39; while he was on hold all the time. What kind of pain is that? & # 39;
In 2017, actor Anthony Rapp claimed that a drunken man sent Kevin sexually to him in 1986, when he was only 14 and the star of the House of Cards was 26.
In June of this year, Kevin made an unexpected appearance in court, where his lawyer requested access to the phone from the man who accused the actor of catching him at a bar at the Nantucket resort in 2016.
The 59-year-old, who has not pleaded guilty of indecent assault and battery, is imprisoned for up to two and a half years in prison if he is convicted.
Terrified: & # 39; It was absolutely horrible. But I just know I will kill someone if I am behind the wheel of a car & # 39;
Meanwhile, Judi shows no signs of a delay in her 80s, and has already made six films this year, including a comedy version of the stage musical Cats.
She will play cat patriarch Old Deuteronomy, but has changed the role gender.
& # 39; I call her Trans Deuteronomy, & # 39; she joked.
& # 39; I don't think Brian Blessed (who played the role in the original show) will be completely satisfied. & # 39; But she admitted that she never watches her own films and says that she & # 39; the reality & # 39; want to see her aging on the screen.
& # 39; I don't see any of my movies after I make them, unless I was made to go to a premiere, & she said. & # 39; There are masses of & # 39; s films that I have done that I have never watched.
& # 39; You see, in my mind I'm still a tall, slender, 39-year-old blonde. I don't want to see reality. I really have a touch of Queen Elizabeth the first. She forbade mirrors in her old age. & # 39;
Judi opens in this week's Radio Times, now for sale.
Revealing everything: Judi imagines her condition and her controversial friendships in this week's Radio Times
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