Spencer is a biopic about the late Princess Diana. Directed by Pablo LarraÃn, it stars Kristen Stewart as the iconic Princess Diana. The film itself covers a period before her death, in which she decided to file for a divorce from Prince Charles. Diana, even two decades after her tragic death, still fascinates and haunts the world.
As details of his personal struggles and family came out before and after his death, the whole world wanted to know his story. Spencer tells the story of a long Christmas weekend in which the royal wedding finally fell apart. Kristen Stewart opens with the role of the iconic and tragic royal.
Stewart knows she can’t play the role perfectly
In her own words, Stewart says she would never be able to perfectly play the role of Princess Diana, and that’s okay with her.
Stewart had all the practical help in putting himself in the late Royal’s shoes. The hair and makeup, as well as the costumes, gave her the look. A vocal coach helped her pinpoint the British accent.
Stewart knew that representing the princess would be a challenge. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Stewart said that knowing there was no way to perfectly play the part actually helped him.
Knowing that, “â¦ was actually easierâ¦ not to be so intimidated,” said Stewart. Knowing that perfection was not going to be accomplished made the role less intimidating. Stewart recognized Diana’s larger-than-life personality and the mystery that still surrounds her.
She said “to catch something wild is to be that, and I could only be my version of it.” Stewart said she learned as much as she could from the late royal and that the on-screen version was a “fusion” of Stewart and Princess Diana.
The depression the late royal struggled with defined her character so much, and Stewart said that while she was similar, she was very different from her own experience.
âThe only difference between Diana and me, in particular, was that she was alone and not me. I had people holding me,â said Stewart.
Stewart worked closely with the director
Stewart said the opportunity to work closely with director Pablo LarraÃn was key to landing the role. Stewart praised LarraÃn.
She said he was able to get everyone to work at high levels without taking advantage of it. The team that LarraÃn put together was the same, said Stewart, and it was great to work with them.
Stewart said working with LarraÃn had “rekindled” her. LarraÃn’s approach to filmmaking was ambitious and committed. Stewart called him “cool” and “wild”.
LarraÃn’s commitment to his vision is what rekindled Stewart’s ambition for the films. She said these types of people are the only ones who should be making movies.
What are people saying about Stewart as Princess Diana?
There is a definite parallel between Stewart’s struggles with the limelight and Princess Diana’s struggles to meet the demands of the royal family and hyper-public life. Stewart relied on her own experiences, but for some it was a bit too much of Stewart in the movie.
Refinery29’s review mentions that all they see throughout the film is Stewart and her own quirks, rather than Princess Diana’s. For some viewers, it seems that Stewart’s attempt to blend in with the late royal has backfired.
Others, however, absolutely adored Stewart as Princess Diana. His performance has been described as everything from playful, to strange, to stunning. Rotten Tomatoes has the movie at 90%, and that’s mainly thanks to Stewart’s performance.
Spencer will be released in select theaters on November 5, 2021.
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