Murray Fraser, who plays Prince Harry in Lifetime's movie, almost didn't take up the role due to anxiety
Murray Fraser, who got the part of Prince Harry in Lifetime's much-awaited film on the royal romance, said he almost backed out before saying yes to the project.
In many ways, the pressure to stay true to a real-life character is enormous. In fact, it was this stress that almost impelled Murray Fraser to say no to Lifetime's upcoming film, 'Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance.'
Fraser, a relatively new face in Hollywood, thought twice before he played the part of the British royal- a role that ultimately cast a spotlight on him.
Now, the actor is basking in his newfound success, but the months during the film's pre-production were rather traumatic.
Fraser, who got the part after he sent an audition tape, sat down with his friends and family because he had "serious doubts" about playing Harry.
In Fraser's words, he weighed the pros and cons before stepping into the shoes of the world's once most eligible bachelor.
Fraser said, "Then chatting to the director made my decision a lot clearer because I was going to talk to them about how I don’t want to mimic him [and] be an impersonation of the guy."
Director Menhaj Huda agreed to the actor's vision and allowed Fraser to re-imagine Harry while retaining the royal's energy and spirit. Fraser said this freedom was invaluable as he didn't want to play a "copy cat," according to Entertainment Tonight.
The actor, who has previously starred in 'The Loch,' confessed that he was a bundle of nerves when it came to acting with co-star Parisa Fitz-Henley. In fact, both actors were anxious because they had to remain true to Harry and Meghan's story, a narrative that's been followed minutely across the world. In the end, they found their own way to represent the royal couple on-screen.
According to Fitz-Henley, similarities between her and the American actress helped her understand the future royal.
She said, "There were a lot of similarities and that was really heartwarming. She’s way classier than me. She’s actually a lady [and] super cool and I’m a dork, but there are a lot of similarities too in our experiences, in particular dealing with race. I completely related to a lot of [her] feelings about the world, about women and our place in the world."
If there's one thing the actors have to say to Harry and Meghan, it is this: "Forgive me."
Fraser joked that he wants the royal's forgiveness as he perhaps expects another raised eyebrow situation. Nevertheless, Fraser, who seems to have an intimate understanding of the royal, said he'd be with the crowds in Windsor when Harry and Meghan say their vows on May 19 at St. George's Chapel.
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