It's a role that could be coveted among actresses, the chance to play a woman who people around the world were fascinated by, at times hated and yet loved in more than equal measure, but for the woman playing Princess Diana, Naomi Watts, the part is proving a heavy burden.
The actress, who made her breakthrough in 2001's 'Mulholland Drive' told how she was "dreading the public's reaction to her portrayal of Diana, dubbed "the people's Princess" after her death.
Watts told The Sun: "I am dreading the reaction amongst the pubic to my playing her, you know that people will complain that you don't look enough like her, that you're not tall enough, all those things.
It seems that Diana being seared on the nation's psyche seems to make it very difficult for the actress, certainly more troubling than a fictional role.
Naomi Watts as Diana on her fateful las night (Photo: Greg Sirc/WENN)
Watts said: "It's very difficult to play someone who had such a deep impact and left such a lasting memory on the public."
Further complicating matters was the fact that Diana's death is still a recent event, and Watts said that memories of Diana were "very fresh".
Adding to that is that two of the people who knew Diana best - her sons Prince William and Harry are such prominent figures in modern Britain.
Watts mused: "It's also more complicated and sensitive when you take into account her two boys - William and Harry, but I want to do her justice and help tell her story truthfully."
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