LONDON – New Netflix TV show The Crown, which purports to show the life of Queen Elizabeth II of England, was made entirely with the blood of poor people.
Based on the hit play The Audience by Peter Morgan, The Crown tells the story of Queen Elizabeth II’s early reign. The Hours director Stephen Daldry explained EXCLUSIVELY to the Studio Exec the extraordinary process by which the show came to be made.
Everybody knows that the English Royal Family is extremely tied to its traditions and rituals. We wanted this show to be as authentic to their reality as it was possible for us to be and so we researched deeply and we found out that they have been sustaining themselves by regularly imbibing the red blood of the lower classes. At first when peter told me about this, I assumed it was some ghastly socialist metaphor but it turned out to be literally true and so there was nothing for it but to hire some poor people and use their blood.
You mean you drank…
Claire Foy who plays the young Elizabeth would drink about a quart a day for three months up until and during the shoot. Matt Smith, playing her Greek husband Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh, mixed his with vodka. John Lithgow plays Winston Churchill and he decided that he wouldn’t partake but he was allowed to occasionally shoot a live gun at poor people as they ran away.
But isn’t this all very illegal.
That’s the thing. Because we were telling the story of the British crown we were granted a royal prerogative which basically allows you to get away with murder. And I mean that quite literally. I can put my hand on my heart and say that there is nothing in this show that could have been done if we weren’t all regularly downing huge brimming beakers of what the crew began to call ‘crimson ale’.