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28 April 2013 @ 07:02 pm
David Tennant on US TV Screens For a Bit  
David Tennant's all set to play a serial killer on NBC's Hannibal.

As much as I like Tennant, I'm really glad he didn't get the role of Hannibal Lecter. He feels a bit too young and I'm really loving Mikkelsen's performance. But at least Tennant gets to murder and murder after all!
 
 
 
The Writer They Call Tay: BB: Oh No!awanderingbard on April 29th, 2013 03:08 am (UTC)
Hannibal is one of those shows I absolutely cannot watch, but so want to watch. All the brilliant people, and I just can't watch that sort of show. Even cleolinda's recaps make me go 'eep!'

On well, I am pleased that Tennant is getting work on what seems to be a quality show on this side of the pond. I feel proud when my babies grow up.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on April 29th, 2013 03:21 am (UTC)
I really want all my friends to watch Hannibal but only a fraction of them could ever handle the gore on this show. It's not even the amount but just the way it's all done. I'm a horror movie veteran and I practically screamed during parts of the 2nd episode. Everything is so damn disturbing.

But yes, the actors on this show are amazing. I try to focus in on that and not so much the gruesome, GRUESOME murders. Although I am curious what sort of crazy hell Tennant's character is going to unleash.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on April 29th, 2013 03:30 am (UTC)
I am very specific about what I can handle, and though I think all the psychology stuff sounds very interesting, I know I could not handle the gruesome stuff. I can handle a decent amount of blood, but I can't handle cruelty or torture, or sort of...creative killing? Like I'm okay with a clean kill, but not prolonged stuff or ritualistic stuff.

I am concerned Tennant's style of scenery chewing might not work for American drama, though maybe it will work if the character is crazy enough.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on April 29th, 2013 03:35 am (UTC)
I can't handle cruelty or torture, or sort of...creative killing?

Creative killing is basically all this show does. I think they specifically hired writers who have a proven talent in writing creative killing sequences. Is there something in the water in the world of Hannibal? Why do ALL the killers insist on killing in the most creative, gruesome, mind-scarring ways?

I am concerned Tennant's style of scenery chewing might not work for American drama, though maybe it will work if the character is crazy enough.

His scene chewing is why I'm glad he didn't get the role of Hannibal Lecter. The brilliance of Mads Mikkelsen's performance is that it's so brilliantly understated. He manages to deliver lines like, "I'd love to have you both over for dinner" with a completely straight face and not even the barest glimmer of glee in the eyes. It's kind of amazing.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on April 29th, 2013 03:48 am (UTC)
My impression from the recaps is that Will specializes in weird cases, so perhaps there are other killers out there, but Will doesn't profile them? I mostly scan the recaps for the character stuff, and skip ove the killing parts. It's like watching with your hands over your face.

I sometimes feel like British actors should have more film training in school. Many of them seem to act like they're on stage, and forget they don't have to perform to the back row.

I'm not entirely sure I've seen Mikkelsen play a character who's face really moves. His characters are all eyes and growing voice. It's the Dane in him, I think. Viggo Mortensen is that way in real life, though he has a bit more of a facial range.

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formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on April 29th, 2013 03:53 am (UTC)
My impression from the recaps is that Will specializes in weird cases, so perhaps there are other killers out there, but Will doesn't profile them?

This is true. But the timeline of the show seems to suggest these weird cases are popping up every three days or so.

I'm not entirely sure I've seen Mikkelsen play a character who's face really moves. His characters are all eyes and growing voice. It's the Dane in him, I think. Viggo Mortensen is that way in real life, though he has a bit more of a facial range.

I saw one film with Mikkelsen where his character got to be comparatively pretty animated. It was...unexpected.

And to return to the Actor Mixing Game, if Viggo Mortensen and Christopher Walken got mashed up, they would look like Mads Mikkelsen.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on April 29th, 2013 04:04 am (UTC)
Ah, I see. Well, then yes, they might want to open an investigation into why all this shit is going down.

Hmmm, yes, I can see that.

I do sometimes wonder if people who aren't acting in their native language are hindered by that, but I saw Mikkelsen interviewed in Danish, and he pretty much sounds exactly the same. Though, I think most Danes are relatively fluent in English. I'm always impressed by how many languages Europeans can speak.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on April 29th, 2013 04:07 am (UTC)
I'm always impressed by how many languages Europeans can speak.

Me too. It makes me feel like the laziest person ever.

I watched an interview with Mikkelsen who talked about doing a German film in German and just kind of...learned it on the go.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on April 29th, 2013 04:22 am (UTC)
To be fair, a lot of European languages are similar. I can follow a lot of Romance languages because I speak French, and I'm sure the Scandanavian languages have a similar feel. Except for Finnish. They're just silly up there.

I remember watching an interview with Liev Scrieber about him learning Russian for a role. He apparently thought he'd just learn what he needed for each scene, but in the end found it easier just to learn Russian. That's one of the coolest things about acing, I think. You'd get to learn all sorts of new things all the time.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on April 29th, 2013 04:32 am (UTC)
That's one of the coolest things about acing, I think. You'd get to learn all sorts of new things all the time.

Tom Hardy and Alan Carr had a talk about this on Chatty Man. Hardy got to learn how to drive, how to ski, box, etc. thanks to various acting roles.