The long-awaited Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie finally opens in Australian cinemas today.
Creator and star Jennifer Saunders and co-star Joanna Lumley attended the film’s Sydney premiere on the weekend dressed as themselves, and Jennifer said dressing in character as Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone wasn’t an option.
“The drag queens are always much better versions of [Eddie and Patsy]. They have better legs,” she told Channel Ten’s The Project this week.
At the film’s Brisbane premiere at Palace Cinemas, Ab Fab fans donned Eddie and Patsy face masks and the champagne flowed as local drag stars Candy Surprise and Tall Jan introduced the film and took photos with attendees.
It’s been four years since Jennifer and Joanna last appeared as the hard-partying fashionistas on the small screen, and their first big screen outing has been a very long time coming.
“We’d been talking about this movie since 1995, so it was a little bit slow off the ground!” Joanna told The Project, adding she confirmed to the press that the film was in the works to motivate Jennifer to write it.
“I thought if I just announced it to the press it would become reality. And Jennifer loves a deadline, so it was really a caring thing to do,” she said.
The movie is filled with dozens of celebrity cameos, from Aussie stars Rebel Wilson and Barry Humphries to Joan Collins, Stella McCartney and Jerry Hall, and of course Kate Moss, whose accidental disappearance into the river Thames in the film sends Eddie and Patsy on the run.
But Jennifer Saunders said she didn’t have a backup plan if Kate didn’t want to be in the film.
“I nearly forgot to ask Kate Moss, it was touch and go,” she told The Project.
“When I sold the film, they said, ‘Is Kate alright with that?’ I said ‘Yeah, she’s fine.’ I went home and thought ‘I haven’t asked her.’ I had to get on the phone.”
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie is in cinemas now.