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Fabled Mr. Charm
As a boy in Fife, Scotland, Dougray Scott never gave Cinderella a moment's thought. "We guys watched football and played in trees," says the 30-year-old actor, who portrays Prince Charming (actually Prince Henry) to Drew Barrymore's spunky commoner in the new Ever After, a costume-drama adaptation of the classic story. "We weren't thinking about fairy tales." In fact, all Scott knew of the yarn came from a local tradition of enacting fairy tales onstage at Christmas—with a twist: "The ugly sisters are played by guys, and Prince Charming is played by a girl," says Scott.
Ever After didn't require Scott, whom Barrymore calls "masculine and magical," to don petticoats—though the married Londoner and father of 7-month-old twins didn't escape ribbing from pals. "I'd never worn a codpiece before, and I don't think I will again," he says. Scott, who costarred in 1997's Twin Town, next plays a cop in the thriller Frequency, directed by Primal Fear's Greg Hoblit, in which he'll face a new challenge: a Noo Yawk City accent.