Oscar-nominated actress Naomi Watts walked out of a U.K. radio interview on Sept. 5, 2013, as her movie "Diana" (in which she portrays Princess Diana) is getting slammed by critics. "Diana" arrives in U.S. and Canadian cinemas on Nov. 1, 2013. In the U.K., the movie's release date is Sept. 20, 2013.
WENN reported that Watts walked out of a scheduled prerecorded interview on BBC Radio 5's "Kermode & Mayo" show. The show's co-host Simon Mayo tweeted on Sept. 5, 2013: "A first for me... as Naomi Watts walked out of an interview! She seemed a tad uncomfortable with the questions. Shame."
When one of Mayo's Twitter followers asked when the aborted Watts interview would air, he replied, "It's for next week I think. Ron Howard this week. He stayed for the full interview... The honest answer is I have no idea [how I upset Watts]. You know my hectoring style is always a problem... Didn't express any opinion [about 'Diana'']. So still baffled."
Watts has not publicly commented on the interview walkout.
"Diana" (directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel and written by Stephen Jeffreys) has been getting extremely negative reviews from critics. The movie is based on Kate Snell's 2000 book “Diana: Her Last Love,” about Princess Diana's failed romance with Dr. Hasnat Khan, a heart surgeon whom she secretly dated before she got together with Dodi Fayed. Diana and Fayed tragically died in a car crash in 1997. In "Diana," Khan is portrayed by Naveen Andrews, who is best known for co-starring on the TV series "Lost."
"Diana: Her Last Love" claims that Diana was deeply in love with Khan and wanted to get married to him, but he ended the relationship because his desire to live a private life clashed with Diana's very public life. The book also claims that Fayed was a rebound relationship for Diana, who allegedly loved Khan more than Fayed.
Princess Diana and Prince Charles were married in 1981, separated in 1992, and officially divorced in 1996. The former couple had two kids together: William and Harry (whose birth name was Henry).
Watts turned down the role of Princess Diana several times before she agreed to do the movie.
At the London premiere of "Diana" on Sept. 5, 2013, Watts made these comments in an "Access Hollywood" interview: "It's a nerve-wracking evening because any time that you finally get to the point where you're presenting a film to people is scary, but it's out of my control. All the reasons I was afraid of doing it were about the fact that she's the most famous woman of our time and everyone remembers her so well and loved her so much and would I be able to deal ... with the comparisons and everybody's opinion if I got it right or not.
"So that was a scary challenge, but ultimately, I felt that it was an opportunity. This was a fascinating character and it's quite hard to find complex, rich, interesting women. And, of course, the sensitivity of it was something that was a concern as well."
Watts has been nominated for an Oscar twice so far (for 2003's "21 Grams" and 2012's "The Impossible"), but her career seems to have hit a rough patch with her movies released in 2013. She appeared in the raunchy comedy "Movie 43," which was a major bomb with audiences and critics. Her erotic drama "Adore" (in which she and Robin Wright play best friends who become sexually involved with each other's college-age sons) got mixed-to-negative reviews. "Adore's" provocative subject matter and limited release in theaters make it very unlikely that it will be a hit.
Most of the criticism about "Diana" has said that the movie is cheap-looking, tacky and filled with bad dialogue.
Here is a sampling of reviews:
"'Diana' can only be described as a fabulously awful film. The Queen of Hearts has been recast as a sad-sack singleton that even Bridget Jones would cross the street to avoid. Charting the two years leading up to her death in 1997, the film’s a cheap and cheerless effort that looks like a Channel 5 mid-week matinee. Director Oliver Hirschbiegel ('Downfall') should know better ... Naveen Andrews, playing Khan, looks as if he’s just stumbled on to a movie set while Watts (last seen in the execrable 'Movie 43') displays little of Diana’s nervy fragility. Despite a peroxide hair-job, she looks, sounds and acts nothing like the Princess of Wales. Wesley Snipes in a blonde wig would be more convincing." (Rating 1 out of 5 stars)
"Poor Princess Diana. I hesitate to use the term 'car crash cinema.' But the awful truth is that, 16 years after that terrible day in 1997, she has died another awful death. This is due to an excruciatingly well-intentioned, reverential and sentimental biopic about her troubled final years, laced with bizarre cardboard dialogue – a tabloid fantasy of how famous and important people speak in private." (Rating: 1 out of 5 stars)
"There are a number of lines you never, ever want to hear Diana, Princess of Wales say, and they include: 'I love feeling your hand there,' and 'Yes, I’ve been a mad bitch.' Even when these lines are delivered by the fragrant Naomi Watts, doing her level best with a squirmingly embarrassing script, this film is still atrocious and intrusive." (Rating: 1 out of 5 stars)