Actress Naomi Watts has shrugged off the box office failure of her Diana, Princess Of Wales biopic, insisting she knew “there were problems” with the film. The Impossible star played the tragic British royal in Diana, which failed to pull in audiences on both sides of the Atlantic following its release last year (13), making less than $65,000 (£43,600) in the U.S. in its opening weekend.
Watts has now opened up about the movie’s disappointing performance, and compared the film to a “sinking ship”. She tells Australia’s Harper’s Bazaar magazine, “I got seduced by the fantastic character. Diana did a lot of things that had positive and negative results. She was multifaceted… But ultimately there were problems (with the film) and it ended up taking a direction that was not the one I was hoping for. With risk there is every chance it’s going to fail. If you have to go down with that sinking ship, so be it.”
The film focused on the princess’ love life in the years leading up to her death in a car crash in Paris, France in 1997.