VIDEO: Madonna Booed At 'W.E.' Premiere
Madonna, 53, finds herself, once again, the object of public displeasure, this time for W.E., the movie she co-wrote and directed about the romance between Wallis Simpson (Andrea Riseborough) and King Edward VIII (James D'Arcy), resulting in the latter's abdication of the throne of England.
Though the movie has been getting less-than-favorable reviews at its various film festival debuts, it was the Material Girl's negligent behavior — not her movie — that got her booed on the red carpet of the BFI London Film Festival, where W.E. premiered at the Empire Cinema in Leicester Square on Sunday night.
After fans waited for hours on the red carpet to see Madonna, she spent only a few minutes with them, before refusing to greet more people or give more interviews. So the retaliatory fans booed her, before her movie was ever even screened.
As for reception of the film itself? "It's slightly nerve-wracking," said Madonna about premiering the film in Britain, reports the U.K.'s Telegraph. "It's about a British king, it's predominantly filmed in Britain, it's a British production, most of my actors are English, and I know the British can be tough critics," she acknowledged.
One person who wasn't in attendance at the big event was Anthony Ciccone, 55, Madonna's older brother, who recently went public saying that he had been living on the streets in Michigan for the past 18 months. "My family turned their back on me, basically, when I was having a hard time," he said, reports UK's Daily Mail. "You think I haven't answered this question a bazillion times — why my sister is a multi-bazillionaire and I'm homeless on the street? Never say never. This could happen to anybody."
That doesn't mean that Ciccone wants a piece of his younger sister's fortune. "I'm not looking to get a free handout because of my sister," he said. "I'm not looking for any publicity."
Watch Madonna talk about W.E. here: