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THE MOVIE: The Prince and Me

Julia Stiles • Luke Mably • Ben Miller • Miranda Richardson • James Fox
DIRECTOR: Martha Coolidge

The Prince and Me THE CONCEPT:
Paige Morgan (Stiles) is a pre-med student at the University of Wisconsin, who dreams of traveling the world helping the underprivileged. Eddie (Mably) is a disarming stranger who has just enrolled at the college – unbeknownst to Paige, he actually is Edvard Valdemar, the Crown Prince of Denmark. When Paige discovers Eddie’s real identity, she is torn between her desire to become a doctor, her love for Edvard, and the possibility of becoming the Queen of Denmark.

U.S. RELEASE: April 2 2004, Nationwide • Rated: PG


“I think I had more input on this movie than I have before. One of the things that I stressed for my character was her interest in joining Doctors Without Borders, and doing more humanitarian work, as opposed to being a private doctor. I just thought it was a nice contrast to the royal family, I was thinking along the lines of what Lady Di did.”

“When Luke walked in the room, I knew he was the right actor for Prince Edvard. There was an electricity, a sensitivity, an incredible intensity and creativity about him. I couldn’t take my eyes off of everything he did, ever choice he made. I immediately called the studio and said, ‘I got the guy.’”

“I based parts of the performance on Prince William. I couldn’t meet him, I couldn’t meet any of the royals, that wasn’t realistic, so I read a lot of books about him, I tried to get as much video footage as I could of him; the same with Prince Fredrick of Denmark as well. The film is so loosely based around him, it’s a fictional story, but I think people are making connections.”

“Martha scoured all of Europe to find an actor to play the Prince, and we were pretty clear that we wanted it to be a European as opposed to an American actor. I was asked to come in when she had narrowed it down to two guys. We screen tested together, because the entire movie hinges on our chemistry. Luke was wonderful. What was really great about him is that he’s totally unpredictable as an actor, so I had to constantly be on my toes and pay attention to what he was doing.”

MABLY on the day he and Ben Miller (who plays Soren, his personal secretary) spent a day in Toronto in character:
“I rang Ben and said, ‘Let’s go out for about three hours as our characters.’ We went to a restaurant, and Ben went up to the manager and explained, ‘I have the Prince of Denmark with me.’ They didn’t argue with us, and word got around and waitresses came up to me and didn’t know how to behave, if they should shake my hand or curtsy. It sounds cruel, but from an acting point of view it was good to know what it’s like to be treated like a prince, I had no idea. Even taking the taxi back to the hotel, the taxi driver said, ‘Who did I just have in my cab?’ Ben said, ‘The Prince of Denmark,’ and he said, ‘I knew it was somebody famous!’”

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