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Finding Comfort in Beauty

Just a quick¬†one today ūüôā

I have so many other posts, some inspired by that mega conversation we had a few days ago, all floating around in my head, in need of constructing and scheduling.

They are coming, along with a mini tutorial and a post/message I want to dedicate to an online¬†friend who’s struggling.

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This post was inspired by an exchange I had with Morrighansmuse regarding what we watch when we need to find some beauty to counterbalance the blues or some drama you may inevitably be dragged into.

Morrighan mentioned that Thorin was her go-to, and I can see why he would be, although I hope she might elaborates on the topic more in future.

Yesterday I needed to catch my equilibrium and take my mind off things, so I started with a few documentaries, but they didn’t engage me.

Then I thought surely The Forsyte Saga¬†would do the trick, but I just couldn’t focus fully and Damian Lewis’ Soames deserves my full attention ūüėČ

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I found myself reaching for an oldie but goody.

Out came my trusted North and South DVD.

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Isn’t there a limited to the amount of times you can watch it and be mesmerized by Mr Thornton?

How can I still find little details that captivate me.

I don’t know how you do it but, Mr Thornton, you make any bad day so much better ūüôā

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So, what is your go-to viewing when things just aren’t going your way and you need a pick-me-up?

What lightens your mood when the dark clouds above your head don’t want to dissipate?

Talking about things that are an immediate boost in happy feels, anyone up for one of these?

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I’ve tried to find the¬†author of this beauty, but to no avail.

Whoever you are, you’ve created something that most RA fans desperately want¬†and producers/companies don’t want to supply us with.

Update: Just found out it was Jonia who visualised my dream!

Please check out the whole post as she’s come up with many other wonderful suggestions!

Happy Sherlock Day! Now give me some smutty M/M fanfics to make it all better…

The post title refers to it being 02/21/13 (as written in the US) today, meaning 221 13 (B) meaning the house number of Sherlock’s residence on Baker St.

Most people don’t know that I’m actually quite¬†a¬†potty mouth¬†in RL, but¬†I don’t really feel like going back and deleting.

Not today anyway…

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It never ceases to amaze me, at the same time freaking me the fuck out, how life, and the way you look at it, can change in a matter of minutes.

Things are definitely pants right now¬†and I’m still figuring out how to cope with certain situations.

I know some of my fellow RA blogger find comfort in writing posts, either as a way of escaping RL crap, or as a means of actually understanding the whirlwind events in life.

I’m not sure I’m able to do that (or maybe not just right now…), not because I don’t believe that I would find comfort in my online friends or doubt the sincerity of their words and wishes.

It’s just that I have a very hands-on approach to any crises situation, not allowing myself a moment of¬†weakness.

OK, I did totally lose my shit when I called my BFF¬†to tell him what was going on, probably freaking him out as I doubt he’d ever witnessed me crying during our 12+ year friendship…

When you insist on being strong for everyone else, there comes a moment when you have to react, and passivity is my way out.

Tumblr is perfect for that, impersonal, somewhat smutty, not too challenging.

Escapism at it’s best.

It’s not so much the need to run away, at least for some time, but what I find most soothing, that has raised my internal eyebrows (whatever the fuck internal eyebrows are…).

You’d think I would retreat to RA, his characters, The Hobbit, Aidan Turner, or something down those lines.

I really can’t explain my sudden interest BBC’s Sherlock.

I think it was spurred on by a Hobbit/Sherlock crossover fanfic I had encountered, but not bothered to read.

I’d seen the series a while ago and absolutely adored the modern¬†take on my beloved Doyle stories, not to mention how lovable I found¬†Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock and Martin Freeman’s Watson.

It’s not the series¬†itself, however,¬†that seems to capture my interest.

I’m so much more interested in Johnlock¬†(a combination of John and Sherlock).

Now, I blame Durincest¬†and Bagginshield¬†for my sudden interest in: fanfiction in general, ¬†M/M character pairing specifically, usually of explicit nature, but I’ll go for some angst every so often.

Damn you: Peter Jackson, Hot Dwarf Armitage and Hot Dwarf nephews, and especially talented smutty fanfic authors who know no boundaries!

What can I say?

There’s nothing like a character played by Martin Freeman finding himself utterly wrecked by another male character to brighten up an altogether grim day.

For the record, as much as I like¬†Freeman as an actor with¬†his wicked sense of humour, and he’s appeared in some of my favorite TV series (UK The Office) or films (The Hobbit), I’ve never really found him attractive as a man.

So how does he end up popping up in my favorite fanfics, usually in some compromising position (and I¬†AM smiling and smirking as I¬†type this…)?

Anyway, the first Johnlock¬†fanfic I’d read, and one that I’m afraid has ultimately spoilt me for all others,¬†¬†is A Cure For Boredom written by emmagrant01.

Just so we’re clear, this is definitely explicit and covers a range of topics of a sexual nature that some may find disturbing, but I found wonderfully distracting.

Just when the author deserved an online hug from me for perfectly capturing the characters of Sherlock and John while still managing to place them in the smuttiest¬†(and sluttiest) of circumstances, it turned out¬†she’d also written¬†Alternate and Missing Scenes from “A Cure for Boredom”.

These extra chapters are mostly written from Sherlock’s¬†perspective and it was just what I needed to find¬†today.

Oh, it was like finding a banknote stuffed in the pocket of an old jacket when you thought you were skint.

‚ÄúI was Wats-off, but then you turned me Wats-on.‚ÄĚ

My delightfully weird escape, which I can’t explain, even if I tried.

BTW, the way I’m feeling now, I’d sacrifice¬†Martin flying all the way to New Zealand to continue filming¬†The Hobbit just to have him stay in London to¬†film season 3 of Sherlock¬†and provide a new fix.

That should tell you something about where I’m at at the moment.

I’d still love for Richard Armitage¬†to make an appearance in the BBC series though, so maybe I’m not a hopeless cause…

It’s Shameless how good British TV is!

I had mentioned that James McAvoy had me ‘at hello’.

The first time I consciously saw him on screen was in the UK version of Shameless.

This comedy-drama follows a group of siblings, living on a council estate in Manchester, who are basically abandoned by their parents, and develop mechanisms to survive.

Frank Gallagher (David Threlfall), an intelligent but wasteful alcoholic and his large, dysfunctional family, struggle to make ends meet by coming up with schemes.

The series is now in its 9th season, however it has fallen victim to the curse of actors who move on to bigger and better things.

This is the case with James McAvoy, who plays the role of Steve, a middle-class guy from a good family who falls in love with Fiona (Ann-Marie Duff), the oldest sibling of the Gallagher Family.

I especially recommend the first two seasons, after that characters leave the show and by season 4 the focus shifts when new characters are introduced.

There’s something beautiful about the relationship between Steve and Fiona, and when they leave the series suffers.

Nothing is ever as it seems with the Gallagher’s, and the twists and turns in the plot keep you glued to the screen.

I dare you  not to fall in love with the Gallagher Family!

Despite their illegal activities and inappropriate behaviour, you find yourself rooting for the siblings.

This series is a strange twist on the concept of family and drawing strength from those closest to you.

There’s a US version of the show.

I haven’t seen it, but I hear it doesn’t hold a candle to¬†the UK equivalent.

You can watch entire episodes on YT.

If you Love British Actors, get in line because you’re not the only one…

There really hasn’t been any Black Sky in the fandom for a while now, as far as news is concerned.

It’s been RAining Armitage, however the following picture has reminded me how neglectful I have been of my other crushes.

The image comes from The Hobbit Book Tie-In.

Check out other Hobbit pictures at TORn.

I’ve spent the morning analyzing whether fancying both the uncle and his nephews wasn’t too weird.

I can conclude it’s morally OK in my book!

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As the summer is coming to an end, and so are the days of freedom to do whatever I want, I decided to continue on my quest to immerse myself in the best British actors have to offer.

It actually turned into a triple bill, but about that a little later.

The first film I decided to watch was Third Star,  a 2010 British comedy-drama film directed by Hattie Dalton, staring Benedict Cumberbatch.

It tells the story of James, a young man terminally ill with cancer, who sets out on a last hiking trip with his three best friends, Davy, Bill and Miles.

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I won’t go into details as to the plot, as I found it quite predictable.

This is a touching comedy drama which focuses on friendship and love against the backdrop of suffering and loss.

In many ways, it follows the path of other road trip adventure movies.

What is interesting to see is the different ways people deal with the inevitability of death.

Some are repulsed by the illness, others sacrifice their own plans and ambitions to a point where they almost become a martyr to it.

By the end my eyes were puffy from crying, but this definitely¬†isn’t so much about cancer as it is about friendship, and the sacrifices we make for those we love.

There’s a quote from James¬†that particularly resonated with me:

So I raise a morphine toast to you all.

And if you should happen to remember it’s the anniversary of my birth, remember that you were loved by me and that you made my life a happy one.

And there is no tragedy in that.”

Here’s the trailer:

I also found it on YT in parts with subtitulada¬†en espa√Īol ūüôā

Please do yourself a favour and watch this movie.

It won’t disappoint!

To balance things out, I decided to watch Penelope, a 2006 fantasy/romantic comedy directed by Mark Palansky  next.

Call me jaded I’m not a big fan of the fairytale genre.

If it wasn’t for James McAvoy, I wouldn’t even give it a try.

The film tells a story of a young girl¬†from a wealthy family, who, because of a curse, has a pig nose and ears (no info regarding the tail…).

It is said that the curse can only be lifted if ‘one of her own’ learns to love her, which her parents interpret as meaning that Penelope must marry a man of noble birth.

The thing that aggravated me the most is that Christina Ricci’s¬†character¬†is supposed to look like a monster, hideous¬†enough to scare away any prospective husband.

I think she resembles a young Victoria Beckham (and I mean that in the nicest way possible).

I’d (semi) recommend this film for three reasons.

Firstly, as always, James McAvoy gives a powerful performance amidst all the bubbles.

Although he’s Scottish, and very often uses a British accent when he plays parts, here has an American one.

It’s not my favorite as one of the main attractions of loving a British actor is that they sound like they’ve just had tea with the Queen.

But there’s an intensity about McAvoy¬†I find irresistible.

He’s not remotely my type (in oppose to you Mr Armitage, you check ALL my boxes), but the passion he installs into his characters make them sexy as all hell.

The second aspect I found adorable is Penelope’s wardrobe.

I know, I’m shallow, but the costume designer really did a great job putting together adorable retro outfits for the female protagonist.

I’m jealous and I want it all!

Last, but definitely not least, Peter Dinklage¬†plays Lemon, the demonic paparazzi who’s on a mission to hunt down Penelope.

There’s a scene in prison with him¬†that desperately needs to be turned into a gif ūüôā

Is this the best movie I’ve ever seen?

Not by a long shot!

It wasn’t even the best movie on the day.

But if light and fluffy is what you’re after, it’ll fit the bill.

Here’s the trailer:

After the sickly sweetness of the previous film, I really needed to cleanse my pallet, and I think I made the perfect choice.

The Last Station is a¬†2009 biographical drama¬†about the final months of Leo Tolstoy’s life,¬† directed by Michael Hoffman.

The film¬†follows the battle between Sophia, Tolstoy’s wife (Hellen Mirren)¬†and his disciple Vladimir Chertkov for his legacy and the copyright of¬†Tolstoy’s works.

¬†James McAvoy plays Tolstoy’s new secretary Valentin Bulgakov, who finds himself mediating between the two sides.

It’s an interesting commentary on love, marriage, ideology and passion.

This film displays two of my favorite features.

Firstly, it’s based on fact.

I found the authentic footage of Tolstoy featured at the end to be haunting.

I also felt quite sentimental every time they drank tea.

It was served in glasses placed in little metal ‘baskets’, just like I remember from when I was a child.

They’d also sweeten it with jam instead of sugar.

Secondly, it takes place in Russia at the start of the twentieth century.

Trouble is brewing, the time for change is near, yet it’s filtered through the rural existence of Tolstoy and his disciples.

This movie is a must!

You can watch in movie in parts on YT:

McAvoy’s Rory O’Shea Was Here, and it made me think…

When the news spread about Richard’s first post-Hobbit project, I was less than thrilled.

I’ve written a post about the¬†Category Six¬†before, making light of it, but I found it difficult to express why I was a tad disappointed.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ll go see it with an open mind.

It just that I wanted… more.

A while back¬†I saw, and wrote about, ¬†“Van Gogh. Painted with Words”, with the wonderful Benedict Cumberbatch playing the part of Vincent Van Gogh.

It inspired me to search for other projects he had been in.

Cumberbatch is hailed as the hottest actor around, appearing in both independent films, but also being scooped up by the big name directors.

It would seem that appearing in blockbusters and playing ambitious parts is not mutually exclusive.

On my British Actors high, I also started collecting films with James McAvoy, and yesterday I watch him in, what the critics call, one of his best roles.

“Inside I’m Dancing” also known as “Rory O’Shea Was Here”, came highly recommended by Joanna.

We both have a thing for British actors (who in their right mind wouldn’t?), and she suggested I give it a try.

As open-minded as I am, I sometimes feel prejudiced against some books or films, especially when the subject matter isn’t something I would ordinarily pick.

Michael (Steven Robertson), who suffers from cerebral palsy, has spent all his life in residential care.

He has spent his whole life at the Carrigmore Home for the Disabled (“a special home for special people”).

His life is structured and safe, and he’s sheltered from everything that is happening beyond the walls of the home.

In comes new resident Rory (James McAvoy), a rebel determined to gain freedom and independence despite his Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Rory and Michael become friends, and eventually persuade the authorities to give them a personal living allowance.

They create their own ‘cripple heaven’, with the help of a beautiful personal assistant Siobhan (Romola Garai).

The story has you laughing out loud, crying like a nut, but it also makes you pause and think what freedom and independence really means.

It was this film that summed up why I was disappointed with RA’s new project.

Don’t get me wrong, I understand that Richard is testing out international waters, and he probably chose the part with care, but I would love him to be able to play such a challenging character.

The much loathed season 9 of Spooks proved that Richard can play a character unravelling, falling apart at the seams, and this was with some extraordinary dodgy writing.

We all know he can do it, as he attacks each part with an intensity, and ends up adding a third dimension to a character that would ordinarily be as flat as a pancake (Porter, anyone?).

Maybe producers and directors see him as an action hero, but I don’t doubt he would be able to give any character the¬†vulnerability needed.

How about giving Richard Armitage a chance to be more than that?

Anyway, as always, YT gives you the opportunity to see “Inside I’m Dancing”.

Here is the first part.

Vincent Van Gogh, in His Own Words

“To suffer without complaining is the only lesson to be learnt from this¬† life”: Vincent Van Gogh

Some of you may know how much I adore dramatized shows about the life and work of artists.

They may not always be accurate, but they give the viewer a chance to glimpse at life and times of a painter, as well as the back story of the creation of their most famous work.

We have “Desperate Romantics”, about the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, “The Impressionists”, “Frida”, and many more.

I’ve long wished for someone to make a film about Tamara Lempicka, but a few years ago Madonna showed interest, so maybe it’s best to leave well enough alone.

Another dramatization I can recommend is ” Van Gogh: Painted With Words”, a BBC production (who else?).

Benedict Cumberbatch portrays Vincent Van Gogh, and his performance is haunting.

It once again made me wonder what it was about the British actor’s craft that makes them such exquisite performers.

What is special about this program is that the dialogue is taken from authentic letters and documents.

Every word spoken by the actors in this film is sourced from the letters that Van Gogh sent to his younger brother Theo, and of those around him.

We see the journey of a complex man, tormented by his own mind, and by the world around him.

You can watch “Van Gogh: Painted With Words” on YT, sliced into 6 parts.

Here is the first:

On Richard Armitage and Lee Pace

I was going to write a post on Lee Pace, and how his friendship with Richard Armitage made me want to learn more about him as an actor.

He’s playing Thranduil the Elven King in the Hobbit, and I remember him from Pushing Daisies.

They seem to have become friends during the filming in NZ, and were even seen catching the movie Prometheus together (oh shock, oh horror! Actually seeing a movie WITH ANOTHER PERSON! Unheard of!).

In my na√Įvety, I ventured out to see what was the buzz online.

Big mistake!

I mean ‘gouge my eyes out so I don’t have to read your¬†nasty malice, but it’s etched on my brain’ mistake!

Apart from the obvious, and predictable, gay rumours, there are whole strings of bitchiness and inappropriate comments, both about Richard Armitage in relation to Lee Pace, and about the RArmy (rabid is the word used).

I found it quite ironic that, although RA fans were portrayed as hormonal loonies, I saw lines crossed that would NEVER have been in our fandom.

I’m not¬†linking the¬†forum, becasue I don’t want to give them a wider audience.

Before I go any further, let me make this point clear.

I don’t care either way if there’s something more going on.

That’s because:

1. It’s none of anyone’s business.

2. If they are together, they make an adorable couple, but see point 1.

3. Two men being friends doesn’t mean they are romantically linked, but see point 2 and point 1.

Seriously, what’s wrong with people?

Is it the anonymity of the internet that switches off the natural censor buffer between the brain and the gob?

I don’t want, or need Richard Armitage to have to explain or divulge his sexuality!

He doesn’t have to justify any friendship or relationship to me as a fan, or to anyone else.

If you feel the need to speculate, at least have the decency to conduct it in a polite and respectful manner!

I’m leaving comments open, although I ask that this doesn’t become a “is he gay?’ discussion.

I think we can all agree that it’s none of our beeswax!

The Casualties of The Hobbit Part 1. Aidan Turner in Being Human

Word of warning: This post may contain spoilers about ‘Being Human’ series 1-3.

I finally finished season 3 of ‘Being Human’ yesterday.

To be honest, I still don’t really know what to think about it.

In some ways I wish they would have kept the atmosphere of the first season, where the aspect of a ghost, a werewolf, and a vampire living a normal human life was at the foreground.

Vampire politics were always in the background, but the character’s plight to appear ‘normal’, hold jobs, fall in love, form bonds with others, was the main theme.

By season 3, it’s just madness and¬†mayhem.

Blood-spilling and bone-breaking galore.

The reason for such an evident turn is obvious.

Aidan Turner, who played the vampire John Mitchell¬†was moving on to greener Kili¬†pastures, and I’ll give it to the writers that they used the whole season to give him an exit worthy of his talent.

This, of course means plenty of torment for the character, moral dilemmas and difficult choices.

It’s a countdown the an inevitable end.

Long gone is that beautiful smile, expect it to be exchanged for a painful grimace.

This lead me to think about the other casualties of the Hobbit, which will be the theme of a series of posts titled: The Casualties of The Hobbit.

Just for the record, I’m writing¬†about the characters that got left behind due to the commitments of the Peter Jackson project.

For obvious reasons, once an actor was cast for a part in Sir PJ’s double whammy, all other obligations had to be dropped.

Aidan Turner and ‘Being Human’

If you’ve seen the¬†last episode with Mitchell¬†the vampire, you will know that his exit is pretty much final.

Back in February 2011, Turner gave an interview to EW, where he talks about his plans for the future.

Here’s a fragment of the conversation:

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After the premiere aired in the UK, and Mitchell found out about his imminent death, the Internet went wild with speculation that this was a set up for you to depart the show now that you’re starting a film career.

Well, that’s what the Internet does, isn’t it? It fuels gossip and stuff. It’s a long shoot over here for The Hobbit. It’s two movies. We haven’t talked yet about dates for series four of Being Human. It’s so up in the air and it’s so far away that I can’t really commit to anything. And they need to plot out storylines and see how long they need Mitchell for, so I guess we won’t know until a later date what’s going on.

So, you are planning on returning to the show.

Yeah, if it all works out. The BBC needs to talk to me about dates. All the boring stuff needs to be cleaned up, and then I guess we’ll see.

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From this interview I gather that the biggest problem was scheduling.

I would imagine that Jackson’s Hobbit is a jealous and demanding mistress, so any other projects would have to adjust to the scheduled shooting in NZ.

The creator of the series, Toby Whithouse, who gives the full story of Turners departure:

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From the first moment we met Aidan, we knew we were really only borrowing him from global super stardom. The same goes for all our cast. You can’t have actors as good as Aidan  and Russell and Lenora and Sinead and Jason, and not expect someone  else to notice.

I guess it really hit me back when we were doing series 2, and perhaps unconsciously I shifted the stories in a way that paved Mitchell‚Äôs exit. I thought it‚Äôd be better to have him go out in a scripted satisfying way, rather than lose him between series and open up with the rest of our heroes standing over a grave, with one of them saying ‚ÄúWow, who‚Äôd have guessed Mitchell was SO allergic to bee stings‚Ķ‚ÄĚ

The consequences of the Box Tunnel Massacre were always going to be the cause of his demise, but whether that happened at the end of series 3 or series 33 was never defined. Contrary to a lot of the posts on the blog assuming that we’d chosen to kill him off, I didn’t want to write him out until I had to. And certainly right up until the shooting script of episode 8, Mitchell was still going to be undead and kicking when the credits rolled.

But then Peter Jackson came along. And it turns out he’s a fan of the show. Oh Irony, I could punch you in the neck.

Once we‚Äôd all stopped congratulating Aidan and envying him we had to decide what to do with our favourite vampire. Despite his commitments to Middle Earth, we were still planning to keep Mitchell ‚Äėalive‚Äô. Perhaps, we thought, Wyndham could dispatch him back to Bolivia and maybe (though we had to concede it was pretty unlikely given what Aidan‚Äôs schedule would be for the next 3 years) we could get Mitchell back for an episode of series 7‚Ķ?

But y‚Äôsee, that Turner fella is smart. He knew that ending, while leaving the door open for him to return one day, would be ultimately unsatisfying. And so it was his decision ‚Äď and with his encouragement ‚Äď that we ended Mitchell‚Äôs story there.

It was like one of your children leaving home. You’re excited for them and wish them all the best… even though you really want them to stay with you forever. But like I said, with actors of that quality, it’s inevitable that they’re going to be offered other extraordinary opportunities.

Nonetheless, we shouldn’t let the end of Mitchell’s story define all that’s gone before. For me it’s been an honour to work with Aidan over the last 3 years. Watching him mature as an actor has been one of the great pleasures of working on this show. And aside from his skill and professionalism and talent, he’s also a ridiculously nice and funny guy, and…

Actually, damn him. Seriously. I’m glad he’s dead.

So let’s raise a glass to Aidan Turner. It’s been a blast. You appallingly talented man.

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Losing an actor like Aidan Turner must be difficult for a show. I’m not sure if I’ll be moving on to season 4 of Being Human.

I think the nasty experience of episode 1 of Spooks season 10 has taught me that even the best series can suffer from the departure of a beloved character.

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If you’re a fan of the show, I encourage you to watch the pilot episode of Being Himan, where the part of John Mitchell is played by Guy Flanagan, and Annie the ghost¬†is played by Andrea Riseborough. As much as the latter casting was, in my opinion, much better than Lenora Crichlow, Flanagan’s vampire didn’t work for me.

There was a strange ‘blokey’ feel to the character, and it lacked any sort of sex appeal.

What was supposed to be an air of vampire mystery, actually came off as a poor man with constant constipation.

No offence but he seemed like the third Gallagher brother, of Oasis fame.

Russell Tovey as George the werewolf, was the only character to remain from the original casting.

  Adrian Lester plays Herrick, the vampire leader and main antagonist of the first season and returning for the third. Dominique McElligott plays the recent vampire convert Lauren, made into a vampire by Mitchell.

 Except for the character of George, all these parts were recast when the series went into full production.

In my opinion, the casting revolution worked out for the best.

Drowning Mulligan

I re-watched  Moving On: Drowning not Waving yesterday, and I can only conclude that anything that features Richard Armitage needs to be seen at least twice.

I’m not referring to the man himself. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen N&S just to see him smouldering on my screen.

This is related to the fact that when you watch something with RA acting, you’re so focused on him, you miss many nuances of the plot.

I had a similar thought when I re-watched Sparkhouse.

 It turned out, there was a plot besides Poor John Рa very interesting one indeed.

John Mulligan (played by Armitage) is hot beyond anything. I admire the cheeky grin, the smart casual clothes, the adoration of Fish & Chips.

Once you look beyond that, you learn that John is a predator.

He preys on the weak and the injured.

Elie¬†(Christine Tremarco)¬†has reached a deadend in her life. She’s heavily in debt, living well beyond her means.

She’s lonely, which is exemplified by the seemingly perfect life her best friend leads.

She seems discontent. Worse still, she is waiting for a Prince Charming to swoop in and save her.

This notion is particularly painful to watch, and more than a bit annoying. If she had been stable in her life, if she realised that salvation is within herself, the charminly dashing John would not have been able to take advantage of her.

John dones a mask to become all that she feels she needs.

¬†In many ways he is the perfect con artist. He’s able to create an environment in which she discards her basic survival instinct, silences her intuition.

One could say it is not only human nature, but the nature of all social primates to have contradictory emotional impulses toward the weak.

On the one hand, John seems genuinely willing to offer Elie support, to help her with her financial woes.

On the other, he takes advantage of her weakeness. Perhaps he felt that altruism was beyond his capabilities as a human being.

What happens when we dismiss the notion of taking advantage as an aspect of human nature?

This would mean that it is a sign of the corruption of human nature.

This certainly fits in with what we know about Mulligan.

He was the bad boy of the school, the troublemaker, raised in a rough neighborhood, in less than perfect circumstances.

Elie is weak, there can be no doubt about that, but John could also be seen as such.

He doesn’t believe he can sustain himself through honest actions.

 One may argue that only the weak prey on the weak.

John’s weakness is most evident in the last scene. It’s not that he’s in police custody. It’s the fact that he tries to place blame, to share the responsibility for his actions. His logic is that Elie had also enjoyed the benefits of the drug money.

He doesn’t try to exonerate himself. He needs her to be as bad as he is.

 He tries to make her an active participant in the corrupt system.

Images: RANet

If you haven’t seen it, here a clip to whet your appetite:

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