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Helen Mirren says people are 'angry' and 'cruel' on the Internet

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11/16/2010 by Corinne Heller

Helen Mirren says people appear to be "angry" and "cruel" on the Internet, which diminishes their sense of decency.

Mirren, a 65-year-old actress who was made a Dame in 2003 and who played the Queen of England in the film "The Queen", made her comments to the French magazine Paris Match.

"When we say, 'He's a very decent fellow,' it means that he is a man of honor," Mirren said, when asked what values British people appear to be losing. "I feel that this concept is disappearing from our society where conflicts are made worse in cinema and on television, where people are nasty and cruel on the internet and where, in general, everybody seems to me to be very angry. This causes me a lot of pain."

Mirren also said she prefers French humor, adding: "English humor is harsher, more scathing, more cruel and more surreal too, as illustrated by "Monty Python" and the TV series "Little Britain", where situations are far-fetched and over the top."

Mirren, who is married to American director Taylor Hackford, added that she once dated a French man, with whom she still keep in touch.

Meanwhile, the actress, an Oscar winner, is set to receive another prize next month - the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award, which is given to women who have built "unique" entertainment careers and who have made "significant contributions" to society.

Halle Berry, a previous recipient, will present the award to Mirren at the Women in Entertainment event on December 7. Others who have won the award include journalist and television host Barbara Walters and actresses Meryl Streep, Jodie Foster and Glenn Close.

Mirren recently starred in the action film "Red" with Bruce Willis and Morgan Freeman and can be seen next in the movie "Arthur" with British comedian and actor Russell Brand.

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