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Starring as the People's Princess in "Diana" will undoubtedly prove to be a crown jewel in Naomi Watts's already impressive career, especially now that the biopic has scored a prime Oscar-baity November release date. However, Watts didn't sign on without some reservations, especially given the intimate nature of the film.
Watts was especially worried about the reaction of Diana's two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry. (Let's not even think about what the Queen Mum and her Corgis will have to say about it.) The actress told UK's The Sunday Times, "There was actually quite an eerie moment in London when I did see Prince William in a restaurant, and I got very nervous, because if I caught his eye, I didn't want to interpret a look and think he had a negative feeling about this idea, so I made sure not to look." Watts reportedly turned down the role of Diana twice because of her concerns.
Meanwhile, the former paramour of Princess Diana is none too pleased with the film, which focuses on his two-year relationship with Lady Di. Dr. Hasnat Khan, who is played by Naveen Andrews in "Diana," has refuted a statement by one of the movie's producers that he'd given the project "tacit acceptance."
Producer Robert Bernstein had said that Dr. Khan had met with author Kate Snell in the past. (Snell wrote the book "Diana: Her Last Love," which the screenplay is based on.) "He trusted her to the extent that he allowed her to meet his family and his friends and it's through that relationship that we were able to move forward, and we're confident that there is a sort of tacit acceptance from his family and Hasnat that what we are doing is OK," Bernstein explained, per the Daily Mail.
Well, not exactly. "It is a complete lie," Khan told the Daily Mail. "I have never given any approval."
Khan then put the movie on total blast, saying, "It is based on gossip and Diana's friends talking about a relationship that they didn't know much about, and some of my relatives who didn't know much about it either. It is all based on hypotheses and gossip. ... [I]f I watched it I would be sitting there saying, 'That's wrong, that's wrong, that's not right' every second. I couldn't put myself through that. It would be absolutely terrible."
Audiences will be able to see for themselves when the movie opens in limited release on November 1.
[via Deadline, The Sunday Times, People, Daily Mail]