Madonna may be fuming about the unauthorised biopic about her life set to be produced by Universal, but one person is equality irate about the pop legends pop's own acting history. Patti LuPone has slammed the 58-year-old star's efforts on the big screen and stage.
During a recent appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, the two-time Grammy Award winner and two-time Tony Award winner made her thoughts on the Like A Prayer hitmaker clear.
Not only did 68-year-old LuPone accuse Madge of ruining 1996 film Evita, she said she should never have been given the opportunity because "she couldn't act her way out of a paper bag".
Fans may recall that Madonna bagged the lead role of Eva Perón – the same character LuPone played in the original 1979 Broadway production – in the film version of the Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical. The movie, which received mixed reviews, grossed $141m worldwide and earned Madonna the Best Actress gong at the Golden Globes.
"I thought it was a piece of s—. Madonna is a movie killer," American Theater Hall of Fame inductee told Andy Cohen. "She's dead behind the eyes. She couldn't act her way out of a paper bag. She should not be on film or on stage. She's a wonderful performer for what she does, but she is not an actress."
Considering her views on Madonna, it's not surprising that their one and the only meeting didn't go down well. "I did meet her after her opening night party, and the only thing that Madonna has ever said to me was, 'I'm taller than you.' Bada bing," she said.
The mother-of-five is yet to respond to the scathing attack – however, with credits in successful film ventures such as Desperately Seeking Susan, A League of Their Own and Die Another Day and Broadway appearances including Speed-the-Plow and Up for Grabs, she may have the last laugh.