She plays the beloved Khaleesi Daenerys Targaryan in HBO's massively popular "Game Of Thrones," but Emilia Clarke's role as Holly Golightly in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" has disappointed many theater critics.
The actress tackles the iconic role, made famous by Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 film, in a new stage adaptation of Truman Capote's novella. The play opened in New York last night.
New York Times columnist Ben Brantley claims Clarke "comes across as an under-age debutante trying very, very hard to pass for a sophisticated grown-up" and criticizes a nude scene in which she steps naked into a bath, as "unnecessary." (Clarke appears to have no problem getting naked in front of audiences - she has done it several times in "Game Of Thrones.")
Linda Winer of News Day describes the production as "a bore," "dull" and "largely charmless." Ouch!
David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter writes, "The poignancy of both Capote's brilliantly succinct prose and (Blake) Edwards' delectable film have been expunged from this bloated rehash... Part of that is due to the miscasting of Clarke... It takes skill and subtlety for a British actor to play an American hillbilly who wears her acquired sophistication like a satin sheath, and Clarke's delivery mostly comes off as effortful (sic) over-enunciation... Ultimately, this translation is an inert substitute for both the written and filmed versions."
Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune says, "The central problem with this disappointing show has nothing to do with the ghost of Audrey Hepburn." He adds that the production is "misguided and miscast."
Clarke will be lucky if her play lasts longer than Katie Holmes' "Dead Accounts." It ended seven weeks ahead of its scheduled February 24 closure.