The role of Bosie … reading about him leaves us believing he was often unkind, selfish, and manipulative of Wilde. Hard to imagine Colin making him likeable as he has done with every other role thus far. Colin as a scoundrel. How will we absorb that? He not only challenges himself, he is challenging us as well. We seem to continue to learn from him, and our affection grows ever deeper.
This is an interesting departure for Colin. A character very hard to like or embrace. Lord Alfred Douglas, nicknamed ‘Bosie’, became Oscar Wilde’s constant companion, the love of his life and his downfall. By all accounts, Bosie did not treat Wilde well. From their meeting in 1891, the attachment grew. They traveled together and, when apart, corresponded frequently. These letters were not guarded well, and some were later used to incriminate Wilde for his trial. There are stories of Bosie’s gambling and extravagant tastes, relying on Wilde to come to his rescue … a spoiled young man who used his influence with Wilde to benefit himself with little regard for his patron.
Thanks to United Agents for this look back at a bit of Colin’s world. Victor, Leo, Cathal, Tom, Frankie, and Jimmy. Memories to savor, enjoy and reflect upon.
While we are pulling up our chairs preparing to view, at last, Season 02 of Humans, Colin is happily skipping on down the road …. Our Pied Piper of Future Events!
It will be 2017 before The Happy Prince appears in its finished form and finds a distributor to bring it to our screens. Will it show up in America, we wonder. We will, of course, expend all efforts to find it when the time comes. 🙂
We are certain better photos will emerge later. In the meantime, we can enjoy some brief glimpses of this new project. 🙂
News from the wonderful world of Colin Morgan. Below an article about a filming underway as we speak. Some very familiar and exciting names listed there! It’s hard to be patient … this will probably spill over to 2018. 🙂 The future continues to be bright for our serious, dedicated thespian. 🙂
Filming underway on Rupert Everett’s Oscar Wilde biopic The Happy Prince
September 29, 2016 by Gary Collinson 0 Comments
Screen International is reporting that principal photography is now underway on The Happy Prince, a biopic of Oscar Wilde starring Rupert Everett, who also writes and directs.
The Happy Prince “tells the story of the last days of famed playwright Wilde. As he lies on his death bed, the past floods back to him, transporting him to other times and places.”
Everett is joined in the cast of the film by Colin Firth (The King’s Speech), Edwin Thomas (Churchill: 100 Days That Saved Britain), Colin Morgan (Merlin), Emily Watson (War Horse), Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton), Miranda Richardson (Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1).
Does get your vote?
Radio Times Audience Award 2016
The Radio Times Audience Award is the only prize at this year’s House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards chosen by the public. The shortlist was drawn up by a panel of top TV critics but the final decision lies with you. Voting closes at 4pm on Thursday, 5th May 2016. Your winner will be announced on Sunday 08 May 2016.
Entries are: Doctor Foster, The Great British Bake Off, Humans, Making a Murderer, Peter Kay’s Car Share, and Poldark.
Where the bee sucks, There suck I. In a cowslip’s bell I lie
There I couch when owls do cry; On a bat’s back I do fly.
After summer merrily …
Merrily, merrily, shall I live now
Under the blossom that hangs on the bough …
The Tempest … (dvd) … Beautifully done. One can see how exciting it must have been to be a “groundling” at The Globe. The music is delightful, and somber, and sweet … backing up the scenes wonderfully. It is colorful and exuberant. All the actors are excellent. Roger Allam is a tour-de-force as Prospero.
There is a gift for us ! Colin has a solo during the last act. His voice is sweet. The song is poignant and melancholy. It is quite short … but so worth watching again and again.
And, where Ariel is coming from? He can be sitting silent, or swinging, or running up the stairs. His entrance is as flying in from above … though we cannot see from where. Those who have seen the play at The Globe and have now also seen the dvd … have very good things to say. Being at the Globe for this performance would have been the best of all possible worlds.
With the dvd, however, we can savor these moments over and over again. There is a particular moment in the last act, at the end of Ariel’s song, where it seemed to me that Ariel movingly displayed that brief moment of looking forward to his freedom while understanding that this would mean separation from Prospero. It was an almost imperceptible change to that malleable face which reveals more than words, lasted only an instant, and spoke again to the talent we witness.
(photo credit: shakespeare.globe) (gif via King and Lionheart)