I had a repetitive dream about living in a castle that was located on a film set. Today my pseudo actor/painter- hairstylist on 23rd explained the history behind a giant German castle he had painted a few years ago. It was the castle that inspired Disney World’s symbolic castle that Tinkerbell flies over every evening in Orlando. It’s the Neuschwanstein Castle, a royal palace in the Bavarian Alps of Germany, most famous as the sleeping beauty castle. My stylist read a book about the castle’s creator, and explained his thoughts that Johnny Depp should play the gay Prince, and Helena Bonham Carter the prospective fiance-to-be. Meryl Streep would even have a part as a sister or aunt or something. It was the story of this gay prince and his castle that really caught my attention. And revisiting these old posts about my castle dreams, I believe it may be a life purpose of mine to make this film idea become a reality. Who is this prince and why does he intrigue me?
Ludwig II (Ludwig Friedrich Wilhelm; sometimes rendered as Louis II in English) (25 August 1845 – 13 June 1886) was king of Bavaria from 1864 until shortly before his death. He is sometimes referred to as the Swan King in English and der Märchenkönig (the Fairy tale King) in German.
Ludwig is sometimes referred to as Mad King Ludwig, though the accuracy of that label has been disputed. Because Ludwig was deposed on grounds of mental illness without any medical examination, and died a day later under mysterious circumstances, questions about the medical “diagnosis” remain controversial.
Ludwig is best known as an eccentric whose legacy is intertwined with the history of art and architecture, as he commissioned the construction of several extravagant fantasy castles (the most famous being Neuschwanstein) and was a devoted patron of the composer Richard Wagner.
Ludwig supposedly went from handsome and dashing to fat and pompous hermit in ten years from excessive parties and alcohol. He then holed himself up in closets with trap doors, through which he had servants deliver his large quantities of food. According to this one authoritative book I have yet to check out form the library, Ludwig begged his doc to kill him, and the doc repeatedly refused. One day the doc was found drowned in a garden lake, it seemed his body was bloody and murdered, and Ludwig too was dead, possibly by his own hand. Did he kill the Doc who refused to kill him? And then himself? Was it a lover’s quarrel? I really need to find this book. He sounds a little King Henry VIII, but gay, and more mental, and I do believe Depp could do the job well.