By now Matt Smith should be familiar with handing over a part to another actor after four years of playing The Doctor he left the role to next be embodied by Peter Capaldi. And now after two season of playing Prince Philip on the Netflixs The Crown hes stepping aside to let Tobias Menzies take over. The entire cast is being reimagined for the third season including Olivia Colman as the monarch.
But hes getting quite the exit package Along with costars Claire Foy Vanessa Kirby and Matthew Goode he earned an Emmy nomination. Its nice to be invited to the party. Im usually at the party having not been nominated he says. Im really pleased for everyone Vanessa particularly Claire Matt Goode. Were proud of the show and I think some of the performances in it are really strong but then they are across all categories really. So it wont be easy to win but its nice to be invited to the party.
Smith whos planning to bring his mum as his date to the Sept. 17 awards says hes looking forward to seeing how Menzies and Colman reinvent the royal couple as well as Jodie Whittaker whos the new and first female Shell be brilliant says Smith. I think shes got great humor but a real depth and sort of pathos and humanity that I think will lend itself to the character. Im really excited as a fan actually. Game on!
Here Smith talks to Variety about and why he likes Prince Philip whether hed be willing to return to the series and his reaction to the pay parity dispute.
Ultimately I feel proud of the body of work. I think if you look at it from episode one season one to episode 10 season two then hopefully you see a sort of gradient in the character and the person on screen and a change and a transformation. You learn a lot more about Philips personal history and how that informs him now. But hes still cantankerous old crazy Philip whom I rather like. I know not many do. I think its definitely changed the perception of the royal family. I think its been pretty good PR for the royal family to be honest with you. And Meghan [Markle] can play Meghan! One of the interesting challenges for me was that I felt there was a sort of a misconception and a preconception about him which reduced him a bit. And actually all the research I did found him to be brilliantly funny very clever very popular. In the royal house hes the most popular of all of them.
If youve talked to any of the staff Philips the one they all love really. I think more than a lot of them hes a bit more of a man of the people. The royal protocol hasnt dogged him in quite the same way his whole life and theres a sort of rebellion in him and a naughtiness and a cheekiness. I think hes quite affable and open by all accounts with the staff. They all love him. What happened was apparently there was a dinner [party] and a friend of mine asked him if hed watched The Crown and he turned around and said Dont be ridiculous. Which I thought was very good. But apparently the Queen has we are told but we dont know. Well never know. But I think Im pretty sure some of them have.
God where would I begin? I wouldnt ask him if hed watched The Crown! Laughs. Ive met a couple of them. I met William and I met Harry. Ive met Charles. And the thing is when you meet a member of the royal family it doesnt really work like that. They talk to you and you respond. Theyre the ones asking the questions generally. And if you are asking them a question that is probably not one of the questions that you want to ask.
Put it this way In episode 10 in that last scene hes fighting for his life but regardless of all of that theyve endured and theyre still together. Its funny isnt it. The thing is we know what happens. We know that they stay together but when I read [the script] I was like oh actually I didnt know that happened. I didnt know that happened. Its the angle with which [Morgan] approaches the story. He picks these very interesting and obtuse angles to tell the story from. And I think its very clever. Ive just played Charles Manson. That was hard. I didnt know where to begin on him but I sort of loved Phillip and there was a lot that I could identify with the competitiveness the sporting nature the battle the defiance and the maleness.