Naomi Watts usually makes excellent choices when it comes to her career, but 'Diana' was definitely an oddity on her resume. The film, which initially started out as an awards hopeful, eventually went on to become a critical and commercial disappointment. It only grossed $20 million at the worldwide box office.
We heard from many sources that the royal family absolutely despised the fact that they were making the movie, not least because they pulled a lot of fictional accounts of Diana's romantic liaisons and created a romanticized image of that part of her life. Of course, they needn't have worried considering the pitiful performance of the film.
Now, Naomi is also speaking up and admitting that she regrets doing the film. In an interview with Harper's Bazaar, Naomi explained, "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."
Well, at least she owns up to it. While Princess Diana definitely deserves a strong biopic that showcased her individuality and strength, Naomi should have known that 'Diana' was not it. The film was poorly written, so it was really doomed at the script stage itself. There wasn't much a director and a skilled actress could have done with it, no matter how hard they tried.