Kevin McCann on casting Colin Morgan in the Lead Role of “The Rising”

We thought it would be timely to re-publish this (slightly edited) post from the archives.  We love Mr.McCann’s observation of Colin’s work after he had been introduced to the idea by fans of Colin.

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The award-winning producer revealed he first considered US Transformers star Shia LaBeouf as the film’s hero Sean MacDiarmada, but he soon changed his mind after social media users backing the film’s Kickstarter campaign suggested Merlin star Colin Morgan for the huge part.

“We have a very good social media team and we were asking people, who do you think could play Sean Mac Diarmada? We posted it, and Colin Morgan came to the fore.

“So I said, OK, let’s have a look at this. I hadn’t watched Merlin and I don’t watch a lot of TV, but I watched a couple of episodes and you only have to watch about 10 seconds of Colin Morgan to know that there’s something going on there.  (emphasis mine!)  And then I met him.

“We spent hours and hours talking about McDermott and I couldn’t ask for a better actor.”

It’s really wonderful to see the effect Colin has on those who take the moments necessary to really watch his portrayals in any role he has taken on. Merlin was the beginning for many of us … which is why we will continue to “re-discover” it here on these pages. We are glad to welcome you, Kevin McCann, to our opinion … to our insight into the phenomenal ability, intelligence, and dedication that resides in Colin Morgan.

(archives January 2015)

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8 comments on “Kevin McCann on casting Colin Morgan in the Lead Role of “The Rising”

  1. AwenFound says:

    Suntse, thank you so much for posting this. I had not seen it before. So, Colin was actually cast by the fans. 🙂 Love it!

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  2. “We spent hours and hours talking about McDermott”

    Again we see how prepared Colin is when he meets to discuss a possible role.

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  3. AwenFound says:

    It would be interesting to know which episodes of Merlin Kevin viewed.

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