… pursuing those scary, challenging characters”
Excerpts from Belfast Telegraph interview:
“I never choose a genre over quality,” “I never think, ‘I want to do that’, and sacrifice the fact it might not be very good.
“I always look for the character that gets into your guts and tells you, ‘You have to play this’. You have to be brave enough to let everything else go and let the character guide you. When I read a script, I look for that kind of pull.”
At the forefront of the unexplainable is Nathan, who Morgan claims possesses that “damaged character” element he enjoys tackling.
“First and foremost, he’s a healer. He sees hurt in people, he sees the pain and there’s something about him that wants to take that away from people. He’s fiercely passionate, so there’s a lot of love, especially for his wife.
“He’s determined to have a good future, but a big theme of the show is what lies beneath, and his reasons for doing things are unresolved, unhealed.”
“Every role dictates a different way, but for some reason on this project, I stayed in an accent the whole time. A lot of people didn’t know I was from here until we finished shooting,” he adds, chuckling. “The only time I didn’t stay in accent was when I was talking to my family, because they would have been saying, ‘What are you doing?'”
But point out that he’s garnered a lot of praise …. “Generally people are very nice,” he says, blushing.
“I think there are pros and cons to social networking, but on a social, personal level, it’s just not for me” –
In spite of our many questions and interest in pursuing Nathan’s story, we will not be treated to a Season Two. Sadly, our wishes cannot all be met.
From Digital Spy: News and Current projects:
• August 12th 2016 – The Living and the Dead will not be returning for a second series …
The BBC has opted not to bring back Ashley Pharoah’s spooky drama, which launched on iPlayer on June 17 and later aired on BBC One. “We are very proud of The Living and the Dead and would like to thank Ashley Pharoah and the fantastic cast and crew,” “However, in order to create room for new series and to keep increasing the range of drama on BBC One it won’t be returning.”
We must ask what effect this early announcement might have on viewers in countries still waiting for this series. Australia coming up soon. The U.S. in October. Will they still be drawn to watch it with the same enthusiasm?
We think it was too early to jump in, yes, even BBC, with opinions or announcements that serve to color or influence future interest. This also happens in the first episode of any series … with viewers who are not content to watch the story play out … who are not patient enough to give the groundwork time to establish the story line.
We think BBC should have waited to see the reaction in Australia and the U.S., among others, before making their final decision.
photo (C) BBC and Robert Viglasky)
If anyone wonders why we call Colin Morgan brilliant and truly gifted, they need to look no further than E06 of The Living and The Dead.
This scene is chilling, devastating and desperately sad for us, for him, and especially for Charlotte, who loves him so absolutely.
(screen cap: bbcdiscovery (c) BBC)
Too many ghosts? Some reviews cause us to lose hope that these viewers will ever lose themselves in an intriguing story. 😦
Is it so difficult to understand that each of these stories, each of these ghosts, each of these steps in building Nathan’s awareness, is one more chink in the armor of a man determined to find logic in everything? And that this determination, this unbending stance, has been the very obstacle keeping him from connecting with his son, Gabriel?
Listen closely … Gabriel, himself, reveals this truth to his father. “You didn’t want to see me.”
(photo C) BBC and Robert Viglasky)
Some interesting remarks from Colin about his relationship with the characters he inhabits.
The character doesn’t know it’s an unreal situation. You have to find that truth for them, and live in that world. (Making the unreal real.) Yeah, for them, for the character, I think.
Always it’s the script, always it’s the characters. It’s a guttural instinct sometimes when you read something, there’s an unspoken sort of calling, I think, that comes from the character.
And they’ve got to intimidate you. They’ve got to make you a bit scared, yourself, to do it. Because, I think that’s the driving force behind things, the challenge behind it.
( Posted by Merlin Stars via YouTube)