17 thoughts on “MCM: Rafe Spall

  1. Be thankful you blocked out the remake of A Room With A View. It was shit, and the ending was absolutely rage inducing.

    1. It was the first adaptation I watched, and when I saw the ending in the 80s version, I was so confused.

  2. “Desperate Romantics” looks like fun–is it? Spall the Younger has one of those baby-bird faces that really improves with age and a beard. (His dad used to be downright homely, and I love looking at him now–probably something to do with “Mr. Turner.”

  3. My only memories of Anonymous are going to see it the weekend my dad helped me move into my grad school apartment; I’m pretty sure he regretted his choice when I spent the entirety of dinner complaining about how they mucked up the history. I still think the best summation of it I’ve ever heard comes from Kyle Kallgren on YouTube: “Shakespeare must be posh dude because poors can’t art good.”

    1. Partway through watching it I realized, “Oh, it’s not just Shakespeare – they’re assassinating everyone’s character in the most over the top manner possible.”
      Then it became pretty funny.

      1. I lost it when they decided that not only was Elizabeth I in fact not a virgin, but she’d had so many bastard babies that she managed to lose track of at least one of them, only to end up incestuously banging him later in life.

        1. Yep, that’s the one – but it’s suggested that she actually might have known the Earl of Oxford was her son but wanted to marry him anyway.
          Plus the framing device where Derek Jacobi couldn’t get a cab is also amusing in its uselessness.

    2. Haha well put! David Mitchell on the same subject: “[Shakespeare’s] sort of, you’d think, exactly as far up the society as you’d expect a major writer to be. It’s not like now the best novels are written by the Duke of Westminster.”

      1. Kyle was going off an interview with director Roland Emmerich where he was basically was like, well why does Shakespeare feature so much royalty and things a POOR would never know about (like geography and history), unless he was secretly a well-connected rich aristocrat. 1) Because appealing to the royals meant patronage which meant more money so sure throw some characters of royal blood in your play and 2) Shakespeare routinely got a lot of stuff wrong so either he was a guy with a middle-class education winging the details he didn’t know about or an aristocrat who had some really, really bad tutors in his lifetime.

        1. Shakespeare’s geography of almost everywhere is really crap. Except, oddly enough, whenever Warwickshire is in a play. (Henry IV, for example.) THEN he gets it absolutely totally right.

          Strange, isn’t it? Almost as if he was born there.

        2. If the Shakespeare controversy (conspiracy “theory”) interests you, I recommend Kipling’s short story “The Propagation of Knowledge.” Oh, well played!

  4. He was truly awful in the English. Not bad acting wise, he’s very good actually. He just portrayed a really awful character. It is a very dark mini series.

    1. Wasn’t he? His acting was brilliant but his character is absolutely vile. I loved The English and am sad there won’t be more.

  5. I wasn’t really familiar with him until I saw “Trying” which is a modern day tv series where he plays a nice, decent fellow. But then there he was as a true villain in The English. He’s got range.

  6. I thought he was hilarious in Anonymous, which I thought was hilarious overall. Not a FrockFlick, but I thought he was good in What If (that’s the American title, anyway) in a charming little movie starring Daniel Radcliffe and Adam Driver. And since you brought up Wide Sargasso Sea, I have to campaign for a Man Candy Monday featuring Nathaniel Parker (who was in the original film), if he hasn’t yet been featured. Sons of Liberty will make you want to point a musket at your TV or die with laughter or both. Either way, Ben Barnes looks hot, but he always looks hot…

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