You might not want to face Helen Mirren in a rap battle any time soon. On Tuesday’s episode of The Late Late Show with James Corden, the British actress proved she’s got some rapping chops during Corden’s "Drop the Mic" segment.
Introduced as “the best rapper in this time slot,” Corden walked in, wearing a silver boxing robe, high-fiving audience members as he made his way to the ring. Given the title of the “dame who doesn’t give a damn,” Mirren strolled in, waving like the Queen of England, and sporting a blood red satin robe and royal blue crown. When she got to the arena, she even motioned for Corden to bow down.
The host was the first one to draw blood, as he made fun of Mirren's short fling with Liam Neeson, compared her to Meryl Streep, and teased her about the kinds of roles she’s played (she’s always the Queen). When it was Mirren’s turn, she came for Corden’s weight, the style of his chat show, and also hinted at Corden being attracted to her.
But the final blow came when Mirren delivered the last verse. “Off with his head,” she said, really staying on brand. “You fucked up, James, you desperate tater tot/A woman’s worth isn’t credits, or who says she’s hot/Boys club bullshit, I’m done with that crap/You’re welcome for this headline, ‘Helen Mirren can rap’/Compare me to Meryl, Judi, Maggie, but why?/They’re not my competition, they’re my ride or die/See, women are a force to be reckoned with, and I reckoned I wrecked you/You’ve been to Helen and back, bitch.”
Mirren clearly bodied the battle. She then proceeded to make a motion of chopping Corden’s head off.
Corden has hosted a few other A-listers on "Drop the Mic," including Anne Hathaway, Halle Berry, and Usain Bolt. Mirren appeared on The Late Late Show with James Corden to promote her new thriller, Winchester.