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Helena Bonham-Carter backs ‘drama’ delineation

“I do feel very strongly, because I think we have a moral responsibility ," says Crown's Princess Margaret.'

Actress Helena Bonham-Carter, who plays Princess Margaret in The Crown, is the latest to back Netflix clarifying its elements of fiction.

She said that producers have a “moral responsibility” to tell viewers that it’s a drama.

Speaking on a newly-released episode of an official podcast for the show, she claimed there was an important distinction to make between “our version” of the events depicted, and “the version.”

“It is dramatised,” she said. “I do feel very strongly, because I think we have a moral responsibility to say, ‘Hang on guys, this is not… it’s not a drama-doc, we’re making a drama.’ So they are two different entities.”

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Netflix wouldn’t comment on the culture secretary’s comments, but a spokesperson noted that had already been widely reported that The Crown was a drama based on real-life events. You think?

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7 Responses

  1. Perhaps it’s me but some episodes of The Crown series do seem to play Devils Advocate, like the writer is developing a case for Britain to eventually becoming a Republic.

    Versatile actors like Helena Bonham Carter will feel compelled to defend their own artistic integrity, especially if some criticism of her Princess Margaret role in the series develops.

  2. And maybe Helena can wear a sign around her neck saying: “I’m not really Princess Margaret; I’m just playing dress-up!”
    How patronizing can ‘the powers that be’ be – that we are all too stupid not to be able to tell a documentary from fiction/drama.
    Do they want a similar ‘warning’ put on “The Queen”, “The Iron Lady”, “Elizabeth”, “Gandhi” and “The Adventures of Bazza McKenzie” (OK, that last one was absolutely true to life!!)
    Where will the madness end???

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