Spencer: Official trailer for new Princess Diana film
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The latest Diana, Princess of Wales biopic hits cinemas today and tells the story of the late royal over a Christmas in 1991. Spencer has Twilight star Stewart in the shoes of Princess Diana who is dealing with the breakdown of her marriage to Prince Charles. After learning so much about her, Stewart found herself feeling “protective” over the star.
Stewart explained: “We absorbed her the best that we possibly could, read everything, looked at everything.”
Of course, Princess Diana’s tragic story is renowned for having a dismal end when she died in a car accident in 1997.
This story left Stewart feeling quite attached to her.
She went on: “I emotionally connected with her. I love her. I’m not alone in that. She is loveable.” (Via Vancouver Sun)
Stewart added: “She is very easy to feel protective over.”
The 31-year-old actor also mused about the story that she told on the big screen.
She revealed: “There are things that we just can’t know but we’ll be endlessly curious about.”
Despite not having the entire story at her disposal, Stewart was keen to do the best she could on the picture.
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Stewart went on: “Even if people hated it and it ended up being like a sort of misfire, we tried the best we could.
“This wasn’t something I could pass up. I had to give it a shot.”
Writer of the film, Steven Knight, had similar thoughts about Diana’s on-screen journey.
The Peaky Blinders writer confessed his perception of the late Princess has now “evolved” after learning so much about her.
Knight explained: “It’s not like looking at a statue anymore. You know, it’s not like looking at an ‘other’.
“Because she’s not particularly [an ‘other’]. If you lived in London in the 1990s, you sort of shared her experience – minus the millions of pounds.
“She got the Tube, she went to the cafés and all of that stuff. I think that’s the thing: she’s taking us into palaces and castles, she’s taking us with her, in a sense. And I think that’s probably what the connection was, that people felt.”
Stewart’s performance as Lady Diana has been revered worldwide, with many calling it a triumphant display of her acting prowess.
The Spectator’s Deborah Ross said: “Stewart both carries the film and the day. She looks nothing like Diana but is somehow Diana. I think it’s called great acting.”
Entertainment Weekly’s Mary Sollosi added: “For all of Larraín’s artistry, Spencer would crumble in the hands of the wrong actress, and Stewart gives one of the best performances of her career so far as this highly subjective version of Diana.”
Spencer is in cinemas now.
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