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When The Crown‘s third season is released on Netflix, principal castmembers will be replaced, with Tobias Menzies taking over the role of Prince Philip from Matt Smith. Smith stopped by The Late Late Show on Wednesday to reveal the advice he gave to Menzies as he prepares to step into the role.
“Don’t do it!” Smith, who previously worked in theater with Menzies, joked. “I said a few things to him,” he continued, adding that he also recommended a book about Prince Philip for Menzies to read.
But as for real advice, Smith said, “God, make sure they pay you enough … and make sure it’s even.”
The actor was referencing a conference in Israel this March, where producers revealed that Smith earned more than Claire Foy for the first two seasons of The Crown, which quickly stirred controversy online.
Foy starred as Queen Elizabeth II in the first two seasons of the Netflix drama, and Smith came to the show after starring as the Doctor on Doctor Who, which Left Bank creative director and executive producer Suzanne Mackie later acknowledged fueled the salary disparity but then vowed, “Going forward, no one gets paid more than the queen.” Left Bank also apologized to both Foy and Smith.
In the Late Late Show clip, Smith also revealed to host James Corden that he was in Russia to cheer on his native England in the World Cup when he heard the news that he received a best supporting actor Emmy nod for the show. Though his team lost, he said the call “softened the blow.” However, when asked if he would swap his Emmy nomination for England to get into the World Cup finals, he said yes, without hesitation.
Watch the video above.
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