Dominic West says calls for disclaimer for new series The Crown are ‘flattering’

Dominic West has described the call for The Crown to issue a disclaimer before each episode as “quite flattering”.

the 53-year-old actor spoke on the red carpet at the world premiere of the fifth series of the hit Netflix series, in which he played then-Prince Charles.

When asked for his opinion about recent requests for the series to feature a disclaimer, West told PA news agency: “I think it’s actually quite flattering.


Olivia Williams as Camilla and Dominic West as Prince Charles later in the fifth series of The Crown (Netflix/PA)

“I mean the reason people think that is because The Crown clearly, more than all the thousands of movies and thousands of other columns, books and TV shows about this family, feels more real. for everyone.

“It impressed people and I think that’s because it was a great show.”

West’s comments come after Netflix faced requests to add a disclaimer at the beginning of each episode saying The Crown was a “fictional TV series”.

Dame Judi Dench and former prime minister Sir John Major recently criticized the reported plot in the upcoming episodes, which will premiere on November 9.


Jonny Lee Miller, Dominic West, Marcia Warren, Elizabeth Debicki, Imelda Staunton, Sir Jonathan Pryce, Lesley Manville and Claudia Harrison (Ian West/PA)

Last month, Dame Judi, 87, suggested that The Crown had begun to tend towards “gross sensationalism” and Sir John, 79, is said to have described some upcoming scenes as “nonsense”. toxic”.

Claudia Harrison, who plays Princess Anne, and James Murray, who plays Prince Andrew, also rejected calls for The Crown to issue a disclaimer while on the red carpet at London’s Theater Royal Drury Lane.

Harrison, 46, told PA: “I think it’s a dangerous area to step into as we appreciate art disclaimers.

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“This is a show made by a brilliant screenwriter and the role of the screenwriter is probably to imagine the conversations and imagine how things might feel.


Claudia Harrison at the world premiere of The Crown series five (Ian West/PA)

“And I think that’s why we watch, and I think it goes back to the intelligence of the audience. Never take it lightly.”

Murray, 47, described the controversy as the result of a “day without news”.

He told PA: “I think some of the press wanted to come see this performance because it was so close to the Queen’s death and everyone was raw and sensitive people.

“And I think, wrongly, they think it is insulting and demeaning to the monarchy, which in my view is not so.

“So it was a cheap shot. And I think just asking for a disclaimer is a patronage of the audience.


James Murray (Ian West / PA)

“I think the audience is fully aware, not only in this country but in other countries, that this is not a documentary or a political mission or religious teachings, this is a television program.

“So I don’t think it’s necessary but if they want to stick around, good for them.”

Netflix added a disclaimer to the description of its latest trailer but stopped short of adding the message to the trailer itself.

It has described the show as a “fictional drama” in its press materials, on social media and on The Crown’s landing page on its platform.

The Crown’s fifth series premieres on Netflix on Wednesday. Dominic West says calls for disclaimer for new series The Crown are ‘flattering’

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