Maggie Smith Wants the Downton Movie to Start With the Dowager Countess's Funeral
Rumors of a Downton Abbey film have been swirling for months, much to the excitement of the period drama's enormous fanbase.
But at least one person is less-than-thrilled with the prospect.
Dame Maggie Smith, who won several Emmys and a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Lady Grantham on the much-loved Masterpiece PBS series, isn't so keen on the idea.
"I just think it's squeezing it dry, do you know what I mean?" she said during an interview at the British Film Institute. "I don't know what it could possibly be. It was so meandering, what would you [do]? Anyway, that's not my problem. That's the Lord's problem." (The Lord, in this case, being Downton creator Julian Fellows.)
However if a film does happen—Smith wouldn't officially confirm whether or not a film is in the works—she thinks Lady Grantham's funeral would be a perfect jumping off point.
"I could croak it, and it would just start with my body. But I don't know. They talk about there being a film, but who knows? Who knows."
If only wishing made it so.
*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.