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First off, let me say that I know of no plans to film the series. The conjunction just occurred to me: Scottish fictional character, Scottish actor. If it were ever to be filmed, and if he were offered the role, could he actually pull it off?

It wouldn't be a role he could play in the impetuous emotive style of the Doctor and Casanova. Lymond is a different style of man -- both quick- and deep-thinking, shrewd, ruthless, focused, and brilliantly charismatic. To make the audience care about the character, even as they question his allegiences and morality -- that would require a different style of acting entirely, a different approach to charming the audience.

What do you think? Good idea or tragic miscasting?


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Apr. 8th, 2008 11:53 am (UTC)
Hmmmmmm. That's intriguing casting. I read the Lymond books when I was a Buffy fan, 'cause quite a few people I knew in my circle of fans were advocating James Marsters for Lymond. I don't know if I can see DT in the role though; if nothing else, the fact that DT's not a blue-eyed blonde holds me back from that.

Dorothy Dunnett said that she was inspired by Peter O'Toole when she was writing, and honestly, that's always been the person I've seen in the part ever since. Since the books will never be made into movies (they'd have to get the LOTR treatment, but they're not well-known enough to get it) I can go ahead and imagine O'Toole in the role and be content. :-)

Gosh, now I really wanna re-read them . . . [sigh] So many books, so little time.
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