The Crown Season 6: Khalid Abdalla admits he was nervous about the new season revealing the deaths of Diana and Dodi | Interview | Special
I am one of the most famous relationships in the world: Dodi and Diana.
Unfortunately, their tragic death in a car accident in 1997 in Paris is even more well-known, and something that will play out again in the new series of Netflix drama The Crown.
British actor Khalid Abdalla, who plays Dodi Fayedadmits to 9Honey Celebrity there were some nerves about being part of the retelling of the story, which is the centerpiece of the sixth and final season of the show.
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“It’s a huge cultural trauma that millions of people around the world have been mourning so you feel a huge responsibility,” Abdalla told 9Honey Celebrity.
“First of all, the ways in which people have associated with him and then also the fact that, as you would anyone who lives and breathes on this earth, he has a responsibility Diana and Dodi.”
The 42-year-old actor says the weight of that responsibility was a big deal for him and for him Australian actress Elizabeth Debicki, who plays Princess Diana in season 5 and 6 of the series.
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“I feel like the journey I’ve been on with Elizabeth is a bit like a pilgrimage,” Abdalla told 9Honey Celebrity.
“And then for me, especially, you know, I’m playing Dodi who, although he’s been on people’s lips and on supermarket shelves for 26 years on the fringes of the scene, of course, nobody knows about it.
“So one of the things I’m most proud of is that finally after 26 years, he knows a little bit, hopefully he likes a little bit, and finally, after 26 years , he mourned.
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And that’s something co-star Jonathan Pryce (who plays Prince Philip) agrees with, praising The Crown creator and writer Peter Morgan for his portrayal of Dodi.
“I guess [the] The important thing that is shown is that Peter allows a lot of dignity and respect for Dodi Fayed, who was often dismissed as a kind of secondary character in this saga,” says Pryce tells 9Honey Celebrity.
“You can see their relationship grow and you can see why Mohamed Al Fayed was so angry at the time that his son’s death was not celebrated and recognized and that he was not grieved in the same way. “
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While the death of Dodi and Diana is at the heart of Part One of Season 6, Abdalla says there is also a story about two people falling in love.
The The Kite Runner the actor tells 9Honey Celebrity that he collected all the images of Dodi and Diana he could find and put them in chronological order – something he was surprised was nowhere to be found already.
He says that the story that unfolded, through the language of the body, speaks volumes about who they were as people and as a couple before they died in a short time.
But Abdalla says the key to discovering the couple’s love story, for him, was watching a seven-minute clip of CCTV footage.
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“The piece of footage that really sticks with me is the CCTV footage of them at the back of the Ritz, before they get into the car,” he told 9Honey Celebrity.
“What, why would anyone watch it, it’s long and boring, right? But there are seven minutes of second-by-second images of them there, as she holds Dodi’s hand behind her back, then gently taps their heads and this kind of gentle gesture in my hand.
“The offer in body language could only come from some kind of falling in love. “
And that’s the story the actors hope viewers will walk away with.
The sixth season of The Crown focus on the death of the People’s Princess and how it changed the royal landscape, covering what happened through the late 90s and ending with the 2005 wedding of Prince Charles and now Queen Camilla.
As it is the last series ever in the saga, it is expected to go on Netflix in two parts – Part One, which contains the first four episodes, can be seen from 7 p.m. show up.
While Part Two, showing the last six episodes of the drama, will land on the streaming service on December 14.
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