The Real Reason Why Princess Diana Was Assassinated. Ex MI Agent Testifies

The Real Reason Why Princess Diana Was Assassinated. Ex MI Agent Testifies

Director Oliver Hirschbiegel looks back on his Diana film and admits where the movie went wrong…

Director Oliver Hirschbiegel is the man behind the superb movie Downfall, and the less superb movie Diana. His new feature, 13 Minutes, is heading into cinemas very shortly, and as part of the promotion for that, he’s been chatting with The Independent as to just what went wrong with his loudly-lambasted Diana project.

Diana was, of course, based on the life of Princess Diana, with Naomi Watts in the title role. And Hirschbiegel is keenly aware that it was not a well-liked film.

The Princess of Wales, her son Harry and family friend approach Banana Beach in West Indies after a short boat trip from their hotel on nearby Nevis on January 4, 1993. Princess Diana is scheduled to leave the West Indies 05 January to return to London. AFP PHOTO PAUL J. RICHARDS (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
Princess Diana (back row, R), along with her friends Kate Menzies (back row C) and Catherine Soames (back row, L), rides 26 August 1993 the Splash Mountain ride at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom during the third day of their vacation. Front row left is Prince Harry, son of Princess Diana. Other passengers are unidentified. (Photo credit should read BOB PEARSON/AFP/Getty Images)

“When I read the script, I knew this was a very unusual story about Diana. It was a love story and I didn’t know about the story with Hasnat [Dr Hasnat Khan]. I thought – I want to do it”, he said. “Of course, you know you are taking quite a risk – it is Diana!”, adding “I like a good challenge”.

So what went wrong?

“The basic problem with Diana was that we just focused on the love story. That was a mistake. We should have shown the bigger picture. I think I should have dared to go deeper into the character. She was way more strange and twisted than you see in the film”, he said. “She had many sides – negative, weird ways of behaving… let’s say there were more layers to her character than we were able to show. Maybe it is not possible to do that in a movie in the first place”.

He confirmed that there was never any reaction from Princess Diana’s family over the movie, and he doesn’t agree with the negative reaction the movie got. “I still like it very much”, he said, noting that the bulk of the negative press wasn’t in the end turned on him, but “they hit incredibly against the writer and they were rather unkind with Naomi often”.

13 Minutes is released in UK cinemas this Friday. Early reviews? It’s a much, much stronger movie.

Princess Diana Fashion Icon Photo (C) Getty Images
Princess Diana Fashion Icon Photo (C) Getty Images

Article Source: The Independent, denofgeek com


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