Naomi Watts rejected Diana role twice

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A British biopic detailing the last two years of Princess Diana's life, as told by her lifelong bodyguard Ken Wharfe. Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel and starring Naomi Watts as the title character, the film focuses on the Princess of Wales' relationships with heart surgeon Dr. Hasnat Khan (played by Naveen Andrews) and Dodi Fayed (Cas Anvar).
August 27th, 2013

Naomi Watts snubbed the lead role in 'Diana' ''twice'' before accepting the part.

The 44-year-old actress admitted she was worried it would be career suicide but couldn't bring herself to completely walk away from the biopic after she first rejected it.

Speaking to the Sunday Times newspaper's Style magazine, she said: ''I thought that too, believe me. And I turned it down twice.

''I was a little bit torn, but once I'd said no, I wasn't completely at peace.''

While the star usually feels content after turning down a role, she explained this felt different and she was drawn towards learning more about Princess Diana.

She added: ''Sometimes when you say no, you feel free, but this just wasn't the case. There was something very intriguing about this woman's life. It was extraordinary.

''She always lived a privileged life, but there was nothing ordinary about the construct she moved into. I liked the idea that there was this fame - no one at that level can really survive it, I think. It's a very dark thing, but it's kind of true.

''I think there's also something going on with playing real-life characters. People are drawn to that, and audiences. For actors, it's definitely interesting.''