michael dudley


“Harry Potter” mistakes…

Scenes from: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

The day I hung out at Prince’s house, talking fame, disguises and Michael Jackson’s death
The author went to Paisley Park for a photo shoot, and it turned into a dinner party.

Hadn’t read this before.  Nice piece - here are my fave parts:

Two hours passed before Prince strode into the room to meet us, wearing fairly casual clothing, in his own unique style, of course: fitted black button-up shirt and black slacks, accented by Lucite-soled sneakers inset with lights that blinked on his every step. His walk was more of a “pimp,” really — partially due to a recent hip surgery, but also because Prince just had incredible swag. (Note: this was in 2010 - also mentioned in a Rolling Stone piece.)

He was small, very small — but not fragile. He was accommodating, but also a bit guarded. After zooming through small talk, he wanted to get down to business. He guided us over to a dining room area, containing a table and chairs cut in the shape of chess pieces. He took a seat and without blinking asked, “So what do you want to do?” Ruiz quickly went into a creative spiel, while Prince nodded slightly in approval — quickly processing each suggestion and idea. We talked for 20 minutes before he suddenly said,  “Okay, I got it. I’ll be back.” He shortly returned, pulling a rack of clothes that he selected specifically for this particular shoot and concept. He was totally cooperative. Not quite the guy that I had read about. (My italics)

The death of Michael Jackson (at one point another devout Jehovah’s Witness) was still fresh on everyone’s minds, and Prince admitted the two had talked about the challenges of mixing fame with a religious journey. He said that it was difficult for both of them, and he personally couldn’t have done it at a younger point in his life. He wished he could have talked to Michael more about it before he died.

Prince invited us to stay for dinner, along with Smiley, Larry Graham (the bassist for the band Sly and the Family Stone) and his wife, and Bria Valente, Prince’s girlfriend at the time. He cracked jokes about youthful times spent with high school friend Morris Day, leader of the R&B band The Time. He talked about his concern for the future of musicianship, after government cuts in school band programs. He applauded his own musical influences, showing respect for Carlos Santana and his reverence for the band-leading prowess of Ike Turner. He warned about the Minneapolis police department and the easy risk of being ticketed for driving while black.

In film, you have to sort of push things a bit. It’s not like writing a history book in which you can stand back and be cool, and say, well perhaps and perhaps not. There’s plenty of circumstantial evidence that she did sleep with Dudley. I mean, in so far as she moved his bedroom next to hers in the palace, and she openly flirted with him at court, but there’s no proof, and neither is there proof the other way. But obviously, I needed to push the piece forward. I needed to push the drama, and the attention, and the love. You know, it was clear to everyone that they behaved like lovers, whether they were lovers or not, and that was really the point. That what made it dangerous for her was the behavior. What made it dangerous for her was that if she had given herself to Dudley, then she’d given away something that she might regret, that she had to take it back. To be the Queen, she had to take that back, that Dudley wasn’t worthy of it. And I have said elsewhere, that I only wanted to make this point, although there’s been a fuss about the virginity issue, that by putting them in bed together, I haven’t changed the course of English history, and I haven’t proven that Elizabeth slept with the historical Dudley. It was just a small nudge in the direction of romanticism. And Elizabeth did whisper Dudley’s name on her deathbed.
—  Michael Hirst, on his portrayal of Elizabeth I & Robert Dudley’s relationship for the film Elizabeth