The Crownlike other well-known productions such as James Bond or Harry Potterhave several rules to carry out their story, one of them is the hiring a british cast. the acclaimed historical drama Netflix broke this rule when it hired John Lithgow for a fundamental role, that of Winston Churchill. Now the great actor reveals how was he booked.
the series of Peter Morgan is responsible for telling the story of the British royal family, its first season begins in the 40’swhen Elizabeth Windsor get married with Philip of Edinburgh. The action of this first part also included a historical figure, vital at that time, especially for the Second World War, Sir Winston Churchill. For this important role, the production cast aside its rule of British stars and summoned Lithgow.
Recently John was part of the classic GQ videos where the stars talk about the most important roles of their career. The 76-year-old actor reviewed his most iconic characters from Lord Farquaad in Shrek, George in the beloved comedy Harry and the Hendersonsamong others, including his portrayal of Churchill for The Crown.
Lithgow said that the production of the series had in mind wanted an American actor due to the minister’s connections with the country, for example, Churchill’s mother was a native of the United States.
“I went to drama school in London many years ago. So there is this type of thread in English. I’m as English as an American actor can get to a point of pure pretense”, recalled the actor. “You know, when you think of Churchill, he’s as different from any other Englishman as he is from any American. He is an eccentric. They just loved the idea. They said we’ve seen everyone play Churchill. We’ve seen Burton do it and Albert Finney does it. And there were a lot of them that year. And all of them English. Churchill’s mother was American on the one hand. That’s the first thing Steven told me when I asked why he chose me. And he had this affinity for AmericaJohn added.
As Lithgow says, at the time there were many interpretations of the prime minister. The choice of The Crown was correct, since it served for John to demonstrate all his abilities and also to verify that for the first time that they broke his most important rule, things turned out for the best.
The Crown this will come back 2022 with the expected fifth and penultimate season. At the moment Netflix has not revealed the release date, but se presume what can it be for End of the year.
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