Patti LuPone Says Madonna "Should Not Be on Film or on Stage"

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Patti LuPone

"She's dead behind the eyes. She couldn't act her way out of a paper bag," the Broadway actress told Andy Cohen of the Queen of Pop. "She's a wonderful performer for what she does, but she is not an actress."

Patti LuPone is not a Madonna fan, clearly. The Broadway legend went off on Madge during Tuesday's episode of Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen, where she made it clear she doesn't care for Madonna's singing, acting or anything else, really.

The American Theater Hall of Famer took particular issue with Madonna's portrayal of Argentina's Eva Peron in the 1996 movie musical Evita, a role LuPone originated on Broadway in 1979. "I thought it was a piece of shit," she told host Cohen. "Madonna is a movie killer."

That hurt, but LuPone was not nearly done: "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."

The two-time Grammy and Tony Award winner (also a Tony nominee this season for War Paint) went after Madonna when a caller asked if the two had ever spoken about their shared performances as the late first lady of Argentina.

LuPone explained that she was performing in Anything Goes while Madonna was making her Broadway debut in David Mamet's Speed the Plow in 1988 when a press agent put a sign up that said "there was only one diva allowed" in the theater at a time.

LuPone got a snicker out of that, but quickly followed up by saying that the only words Madonna has ever spoken to her were, "I'm taller than you." A spokesperson for Madonna could not be reached for comment.

This story first appeared on Billboard.com

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