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Hugh Dancy was wonderful (and wonderfully handsome) as the Earl of Essex in the Helen Mirren Elizabeth 1 HBO miniseries. 

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Mads in After the Wedding will melt your heart.  He plays soccer with children.  Dances.  Acts paternal.  I highly recommend it.


I never  knew Helen Mitten played Elizabeth.  

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I've been reading the TWoP forums using the Wayback Machine, and came across someone's recommendation to watch Hugh Dancy in The Big C.

Well, thanks very much for that because Will with a buzz cut basically makes my day/week/etc.

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I'm working my way through Hugh Dancy's filmography. This weekend I watched Daniel Deronda and David Copperfield. I really enjoyed Daniel Deronda; George Eliot is an amazingly nuanced and clever writer, and the adaptation had a good script and an excellent cast. I found spoilt Gwendoline tedious, and thought we spent far too much time with her, but as egotistical, self-centred and selfish as she was, she certainly didn't deserve a husband like Grandcourt. I loved Daniel and his love Mira; Hugh and Jodhi May have the knack of playing people who are good but not priggish. I really enjoyed the unfolding of their story, and Daniel being a product of his times and his upbringing as an English gentleman, self-aware enough to regret when he couldn't transcend his nurture, or his nature. He was such a kind young man - a quality that's all-too rare in these days of anti-heroes. I would have liked to spend less time on Gwendoline and more time on Daniel and his friendship with Mordecai, see more of that spark of spirituality being lit in him. It was interesting that Daniel was relieved and grateful to discover his heritage was Jewish, that it gave him permission to have what he most desired - Mira's love and a worthy, engrossing history and culture to explore, a people and a future to embrace. Just a lovely story. I enjoyed it very much, as I have all the George Eliot adaptations I've seen, and will watch again. On a shallow note, Hugh was every bit the "beautiful creature" his mother saw him as when she finally allowed him to meet her. Delicious.

 

David Copperfield on the other hand....I'm not a Dickens fan. I've seen some good adaptations, but Dickens' particular literary excesses and exaggerated quirks don't work nearly as well for me as George Eliot's subtle skewering. This was a Hallmark adaptation and the cast, almost in its entirety, was happily chewing scenery and over-acting their little socks off. Baby actor Hugh included, in a couple of, er, heightened dramatic scenes. Peter Medak directed (he's also directed on Hannibal) and either did nothing to discourage the cast's worst excesses or encouraged them. Sally Field in particular was dreadful. Her English-accented enunciation was so strangulated I couldn't understand a good chunk of her dialogue, and I'm not getting over her repeatedly shrieking don-KEY don-KEY don-KEY any time soon. The guy playing Mr Micawber, Michael Richards, was a beat behind Sally Fields in the overacting stakes, and the accent he went with appeared to be indeterminately 'European' rather than English. I will give the adaptation props for not glossing over the fact that Copperfield's weakness led to a lot of awful consequences, usually for other people. I'm a romantic at heart, and Agnes was a lovely woman, so I forgave some of the excesses when David finally found his backbone, grew the fuck up, and finally became worthy of Agnes's love. On a shallow note, Hugh's hair appeared to be wearing him. 

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I watched Hugh Dancy in "Adam" last night and really enjoyed it. I felt it was a sweet movie. One of my favourite books of the last few years was "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime" and I enjoyed seeing some parallels between Adam and Christopher (from the book) and their Asbergers. I also saw some of Will's mannerisms in Adam as well.

 

I checked Wikipedia and saw the film didn't get great reviews or make back its budget but i thought it was a nice story and Hugh did well in the role. His American accent is spot on in the film as well.

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I enjoyed Adam. It certainly wasn't perfectly plotted, but Hugh gave a terrific performance as Adam and I found myself affected by his struggles to connect with other people and comprehend their behaviour, needs and choices. It was a bittersweet, touching film. I'm glad I have it on DVD because I'll happily watch it again. I liked the fact that Adam's victories in the end were small but real. 

 

I too can see how Hugh borrowed from this experience to inform his portrayal of Will, and his adoption of self-protective behaviours from the spectrum.

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I think Adam got him away from Rom Coms too.  I like that genre but he had bad ones.  Might not be his speed.  

 

Mads in Flame & Citron rocks a fedora.  He & Viggo Morteson need to work together.

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Hugh is currently in Southern Australia shooting a miniseries called "Deadline Gallipoli," one of the 100th anniversary celebration projects. He is playing English war correspondent Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett, credited with starting the legend of the Anzacs.

 

The Australian:

Sam Worthington’s Deadline Gallipoli miniseries begins shooting in Adelaide tomorrow with a stellar cast including UK actors Charles Dance — best known as Tywin Lannister in Game of Thrones — and Hugh Dancy, alongside Australian actors Ewen Leslie, Bryan Brown and Rachel Griffiths.

 

The four-hour TV miniseries co-produced by Worthington, tells the story of the Gallipoli campaign through the eyes of Australian war correspondents Charles Bean (Joel Jackson) and Keith Murdoch (Ewen Leslie), photographer Philip Schuler (Sam Worthington) and Britain’s Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett (Hugh Dancy). Charles Dance arrives next week to play the British General Sir Ian Hamilton who heads the British command at Gallipoli. Worthington is not expected in Adelaide until the following week.

 

In rehearsal late last week Hugh Dancy, who is married to US actor Claire Danes, said he came into the role knowing relatively little about the Anzacs. In his coverage of the Gallipoli campaign, British journalist Bartlett wrote of the bravery of the Australian soldiers and is credited with starting the Anzac legend.

 

“I am interested because the focus of this in particular is the myth makers,” he said. “For better or for worse we mythologise things because they’re remarkable and they deserve to be remembered, and also because they’re such horrific events we can’t think of another way to respond to them.”

 

Dancy will be in South Australia until August but will fly home for a two-week break in July to see Danes, who is currently shooting a fourth season of the US terrorist thriller Homeland.

 

 

If you're interested in more on Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett, I've compiled some links and info in this post.

 

I'm excited to see Hugh in a role like this :)

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I watched a French movie starring Mads today -- "Age of Uprising: the Legend of Michael Kohlhass." It's set in the 16th Century so you have Mads on horseback looking hot. Seriously, it's a very good movie, albeit a bit confusing at times.

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Caught Kacey Rohl (Abigail Hobbs) on her new show "Working the Engels" last night.  It was really weird seeing her playing a "normal" character -- laughing, smiling, singing... not bleeding.

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The cast for Mark Ellis and Stephanie Morgenstern's (Flashpoint) new tv show Camp X was announced today and Lara Chorostecki (Freddie Lounds) was named one of the main cast members.

 

Camp X will film in Budapest, apparently. Wow - I thought it was in Toronto

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Gillian Anderson is playing Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire on stage in London.  Phantom Events is taping and will be offering a viewing at movie theaters, I'll be seeing it at the AMC theater in Manhattan in September.  She's getting rave reviews.

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Sort of a reverse twist -- at least two minor characters have been played by actors from Justified.  (The twitchy animal collector and the orderly Will sent after Lecter.)

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Mads has quickly become my favorite actor. Right after discovering "Hannibal," I rented "Charlie Countryman." He is actually way scarier in that than as Hannibal! I've seen everything of his I could rent at Blockbuster (before they closed) or Redbox, and I've got a one or two more queued up on Netflix.  

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Raul Esparza is acting in Central Park in Shakespeare in the Park this summer. Cymbeline is the second production after The Tempest. Tickets are free if you get in line the day of or try for on line lottery. There is also a standby line daily, check out www.thepublic.org for more info.

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I just watched Mads in "Adam's Apples." He keeps telling people they are "just plain rude."

i loved that movie - so warped and screwy!

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Quite by accident last night, while flipping channels, I found Mads in Unit One which is airing on one of my PBS channels. It was filmed 2000-2004. I stopped while flipping because I recognized his voice, then watched and, by gosh, there he was. Mads looked younger but the same. it's a Danish series, sub-titled for airing here.

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This past weekend I watched "Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas" (2013) and "Torremolinos 73" (2003). He managed to be buck-naked in both. I'm not sure he's ever kept his shirt on through an entire movie. NOT THAT I'M COMPLAINING.

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This past weekend I watched "Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas" (2013) and "Torremolinos 73" (2003). He managed to be buck-naked in both. I'm not sure he's ever kept his shirt on through an entire movie. NOT THAT I'M COMPLAINING.

I've been putting off watching "Torremolinos 73", but I might have to watch it now.

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I've been putting off watching "Torremolinos 73", but I might have to watch it now.

He doesn't come in until more than halfway through. Good movie, though.

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I keep running into him because Casino Royale is on repeat on TNT, and every time I am astounded that M on M fetish porn was so lavishly displayed in a mainstream movie.

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I keep running into him because Casino Royale is on repeat on TNT, and every time I am astounded that M on M fetish porn was so lavishly displayed in a mainstream movie.

What?!? How have I never seen this??? I swear -  every time I go past TNT it's some shitty show like The Last Ship or Rizzoli and Isles never Casino Royale. 

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MM was fantastic in Casino Royale, and that scene in particular stuck out for me. There was another similar scene in Skyfall with Javier Bardem.

 

Crossbow,

it's when Bond is strapped to a chair, naked. The chair has no (or very little) seat, so basically Bond's testicles are exposed. Le Chiffre has a long knotted rope which he uses to swing and hit Bond under the chair.

Hopefully that jogs?

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I saw that movie but I don't even remember that.

 

 

 

Cast your mind back to a certain chair with the seat cut out, and a large knotted rope.

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I googled "Casino Royale Chair" and found it. I remember now. I actually didn't understand what was going on because I watched it on a really bad TV, from across the room.

 

Interestingly, I can't find anything about this ever being used in real life, either as torture or as BDSM. I did find this really interesting comparision between the book and movie:

http://www.jamesbondwiki.com/page/Casino+Royale+Comparison

 

•The torture scene is significantly different than in the film. In the novel, Fleming focuses on Bond's mind and the toll that the torture is taking on it. This is confirmed in CH 20, where we see Bond deciding to retire from MI6 because of the thinking he's done as a result of the torture. In the film, Bond is defiant to the end, as the focus is on the destruction of his body. This is a crucial difference that highlights the differences between the cinematic and literary Bonds. In the Book, Bond is broken by Le Chiffre.You don't get that sense in the movie. While he's being beaten, Bond is busy making witty comments. We don't see these comments in the novel. Bond is beaten, and then passes out. Rinse and repeat. He's beaten to the point where he's not able to draw enough moisture in his mouth to speak. Fleming tells us that Bond uses a number of mental strategies to survive the torture. In the film, we assume that Bond's survival is based more on his physical endurance.

 

PS. I forgot to say, I watched the movie with a guy who was really into BDSM but he didn't say anything about it. Shoulda asked at the time.

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I avoided Bond movies like the plague until I found out Mads was in "Casino Royale". I actually liked it! Favorite one of his is still "A Royal Affair". Close second is "Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky". Sorry to say I haven't seen many Hugh Dancy movies although I liked that Elizabeth I mini series he was in.

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Have you watched "The Hunt"? That's probably the best thing he's ever done. Not exactly enjoyable to watch, though. Very upsetting.

 

I've only seen Hugh in "Ella Enchanted" and "King Arthur." He didn't make an impression on me in either. I think he's amazing as Will though. He can play two personalities at once like nobody's business.

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I'd forgotten about "King Arthur". And I just watched it again a couple days ago! I have watched "The Hunt". I actually watched it in spurts. I agree, pretty upsetting, but phenomenal in terms of performance.

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I love Mads in King Arthur though - especially how Arthur keeps telling Tristan to scout ahead and Tristan keeps giving him indreasingly dirty looks.

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Can we begin speculating on new projects for them? I would love to see Mads as Odin in American Gods. Bryan Fuller clearly adores him.

Hugh Dancy....depends on his look. Scruffy Hugh is welcome to join the cast of Game of Thrones. Cleaned up Hugh...darn there are almost no shows I like anymore. Broadchurch? Hmmm. He is the same age as Olivia Colman and her character deserves an awesome guy.

I love Mads in King Arthur though - especially how Arthur keeps telling Tristan to scout ahead and Tristan keeps giving him indreasingly dirty looks.

Other than Keira Knightly' s insane costumes, I think this movie was very under rated. Great cast and fight scenes. Clive Owen was a perfect Roman trained Arthur.

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Can we begin speculating on new projects for them? I would love to see Mads as Odin in American Gods. Bryan Fuller clearly adores him.

This please. I read the book a few months ago and pictured Mads as Odin through the whole thing.

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Other than Keira Knightly' s insane costumes, I think this movie was very under rated. Great cast and fight scenes. Clive Owen was a perfect Roman trained Arthur.

 

The weirdest thing about her insane costumes is how much time and effort they put into researching and designing the costumes, and then they came up with THAT? (Also, Hugh Dancy should have been wearing trousers. But... no one's complaining.)

This weekend I watched Mads in "Flickering LIghts." Yes, he did contrive to be completely naked again.

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I saw Torremolinos 73 in theater, I guess I need to rewatch it!

 

Speaking of naked actors, I've been watching Peter Greenaway's The Tulse Luper Suitcases before it expires on Netflix, and Caroline Dhavernas is naked quite a bit. There's a lot of of naked men as well.

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I know some of you have seen Richard Armitage in North and South. He makes playing a factory owner sexy. Which seems impossible but there you go.

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Oh and I rented Season 2 of The Big C. I wish I liked this show more because Linney and Oliver Platt are the best. But Dancy shows up as a stage 4 cancer patient. He owns a wine bar in New Orleans. He runs marathons. His apartment is spare and Zen. He is a true "Cocksman". He looks and sounds like the healthiest version of Will. Plus he smiles. A lot. Linney lights up around him. He is so good.

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Sorry to say I haven't seen many Hugh Dancy movies although I liked that Elizabeth I mini series he was in.

I would highly recommend both The Jane Austen Book Club and Evening for Dancy-watching, and in general.

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