Hugo Vickers sur les tensions sur le film "W.E.": "Madonna était dure''.
'Tough’ Madonna increases fears about Wallis Simpson film
Madonna is 'not a person you warm to', says Hugo Vickers, the historian who advised on her film, W.E.
Tim Walker. Edited by Richard Eden
6:30AM BST 10 Jun 2011
It is news that will send shivers down the spines of the courtiers who fear that Madonna’s forthcoming film about the Edward VIII abdication crisis will portray Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in a highly negative light.
Hugo Vickers, the respected royal historian, who was drafted in to give advice, has laid bare the tensions on the film, W.E. “She was tough,” he says of Madonna. “She’s not a person you warm to.”
The “Queen of Pop” is understood to be portraying Queen Elizabeth as an unfavourable influence in W.E., which is sympathetic to Wallis Simpson, the twice-divorced American socialite, who caused a constitutional dilemma when the king declared his desire to marry her.
Simpson became the Duchess of Windsor after the 1936 crisis was resolved by Edward’s abdication and the succession by his brother, George VI, who was the present Queen’s father.
“I don’t think she was responsible for getting me in,” Vickers says of the American singer, who has long been fascinated by Simpson.
“I only did two things for it. It was difficult because I think she disagrees with my portrayal of the duchess.” Vickers, who was speaking at The Oldie literary luncheon at Simpson’s-in-the-Strand in London, drew a distinction between Madonna and Louise Woodward, the British au pair convicted of the involuntary manslaughter of a baby for whom she was caring in America.
“When I met Madonna for the first time over 10 years ago, I met Louise in the same week and, I have to say, I much preferred Louise,” says Vickers, who helped Madonna buy Ashcombe House, Sir Cecil Beaton’s former home. “She was warm, intelligent and spoke with such poise — much different to Madonna.”
Last year, Natalie Dormer, the actress who plays Queen Elizabeth in the film, told Mandrake that she would portray her as “quite a savage and savvy game player”.
Source: Daily Telegraph.