30 thoughts on “MCM: Charles Dance

  1. His version of Phantom is actually not bad. They even filmed it in the actual Paris opera house which made it cool I though

  2. So very wrong as Buckingham! Dance was obviously born to play that Wiley survivor the Duke of Norfolk!

  3. I love Charles Dance, and even though he often plays complete bastards he is apparently an absolutely lovely person, with Miriam Margolyes describing him as “cuddly.” But I have to confess… my absolute favourite role of his is where he reads an excerpt from 50 Shades of Grey for a comedy quiz show, and says “kinkyfuckery” a lot.

      1. You can find all of the big fat quizzes on YouTube. Worth it just for Charles Dance’s dramatic readings, but newscaster Jon Snow’s pop song reports are also a highlight.

  4. He was such a hottie in his youth and continues to smoulder as he has aged, Dance has always delivered a good and intense performance. My faves? White Mischief and Rebecca. He seems to do well with that slightly sinister yet exudes charm kind of roles. And now I must see The Singapore Grip and a few others I have missed! Thanks Kendra.

    1. Msnomi, you took the words o/o my mouth. Kendra, thank you for posting that beefcake pic. Never seen him without a shirt – woah mamma!

  5. Jewel in the Crown was so wonderful. That’s the image of him I carry in my head, so I’m still always surprised when he’s older, and usually bad. But he’s so good at being bad.

  6. Thanks for including Child 44! I thought it was well done, but for some reason it flew under people’s radars. :)

    1. It was well done, Boxermom. I think it flew under the radar in part because it was a dark, slow-burn type movie with no major box office stars. Several of the actors ARE well known, but you know what I mean. Also, it felt to me like an 80’s noir thriller, but set in the past in Russia. That just doesn’t seem to get a lot of people excited.

      1. All good points! And, now that I think about it, it came out in April. Not really primo movie time. :)

  7. Charles Dance has been man candy since BIRTH! My only quibble with this MCM is the use of past tense in the intro, “…used to be considered quite the hottie.” He IS STILL a hottie! A mature hottie. Amen. Other than that, it’s impossible to answer your question about my favorite of his FrockFlick roles because I love him in EVERYTHING and thus I would name all his roles that I’ve seen so far. On top of looking good, he is a VERY good actor who ELEVATES anything he’s in. Plus, in my opinion, he has excellent taste in the projects he chooses. As a longtime fan of Charles Dance, I was disappointed that they made him look grotesque in Dracula Untold. I was like, “Why do that to his beautiful face?” And, yes, in Victor Frankenstein, he is Victor’s father. Thanks for this post including, as someone else mentioned, the shirtless pic. There’s a lot of his filmography I have yet to watch. This is an excellent list to work from.

    I also feel compelled to mention his association with another FrockFlick. He directed one of my favorite FrockFlicks–Ladies in Lavender–starring Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, and a myriad other wonderful actors.

  8. I was finally able to see the 1997 version of Rebecca (thank you, local library streaming site!), and my lord, his Maxim is horrid. I am sure it is more faithful to the book than the Hitchcock version from 1940, though Olivier did play the role well. I also found myself weirded out by his sleeping with Emilia Fox, but he really does well in every role he plays.

  9. Bless you for including that shirtless picture.

    I do think full-bottomed wigs suit him the best, some people look silly or self-conscious in them but he always looks great and also natural.

  10. I saw him do Coriolanus on stage back in (I think) the late 80s/early 90s. He was very good.

    Loved Jewel in the Crown, though a young Art Malik was the real heart-throb. (And Tim Piggot-Smith gloriously nasty.)

    As he’s matured he’s looked to me more and more like Ian Richardson (see the original BBC House of Cards) – I think he’d make a superb Lord Vetinari.

    1. “I think he’d make a superg Lord Vetinari.” If you’re talking about Prachett, he WAS Lord Vetinari — in Going Postal with Claire Foy.

  11. I love him in Rebecca. I think that’s the first time I really, really adored his performance, and since then my appreciation has only grown. He’s brilliant in the Agatha Christie (a morbid miniseries I watch at least every six months) and in many other roles, but the one thing I noticed while sewing one time, and having Bleak House on in the background is… when you aren’t watching him interact with Lady Dedlock, and are just listening to it, the creepy factor goes up by a LOT.

  12. If they ever do Grand Admiral Thrawn in a live action Star Wars thingy, he is 100% my choice.

  13. Not many men can look that good in a full bottomed wig. And as fore that shirtless image – Yowza!

  14. I think he is STILL a hottie. He has such presence in every role he does. When he is on the screen, he is the one you are watching.

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