Princess Diana Naomi Watts

Diana, a biographical movie of the last two years of Diana, Princess of Wales’ life, is set to be one of the most-talked about films of the year.

This August marked 16 years since the Princess’s death and saw a media storm surrounding rumors of fresh case evidence. Years on, it is clear that her death and legacy remain as topical as ever.

Australian actress Naomi Watts, 44, has bravely stepped up to play Diana, and has spoken of her determination to give a perfect portrayal. She revealed how she watched videos of television interviews with the princess obsessively in an attempt to capture her mannerisms.

‘I ran the Martin Bashir TV interview so often that it got to the point where I was watching it on my iPhone while I was out jogging,’ she said. ‘I had five minutes of her walk, five minutes of her wave, five minutes of her laugh that I’d watch again and again.’

The inspiration for the film comes from the book, ‘Diana: Her Last Love’ by Kate Snell, which details Diana’s private love affair with Dr Hasnat Khan and her public relationship with Dodi Al Fayed.

With the tragic events that unfolded still fresh in people’s minds, any interpretation of the event is bound to invite some criticism.

Dr Hasnat Khan, who has seen a poster for the film, was quick to describe the portrayal as ‘completely wrong’.

He went on to comment: ‘I could tell immediately those were never our mannerisms at all, with my hands folded behind my back.

‘You could tell from that picture that it is all just presumed about how we would behave with each other, and they have got it completely wrong.

‘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.’

Dr Khan has said he will not be watching the film.

On the lead up to the release date, it would appear that the pressure of appearing in such a controversial film was getting to Naomi, when she reportedly walked out of a BBC radio interview while being questioned about the film.

Interviewer Simon Mayo revealed on Twitter, ‘A first for me and @wittertainment as Naomi Watts walked out of an interview! She seemed a tad uncomfortable with the questions. Shame.’

Will you be watching the movie, or do you think it is still too soon?  

Diana is in cinemas 20 September 2013. 

By Jessica Beech


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