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23 August 2013 @ 01:22 pm
Moar Elementary Casting News  
Another canonical character gets cast for Elementary.

I'm so far liking these choices.
 
 
 
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on August 23rd, 2013 09:01 pm (UTC)
Ooh, yay for Lestrade! I don't know much about the actor, but I'm pleased to have the character. Hopefully he won't be a parody, and they'll keep him competent like they did for Gregson. I'm also hoping that he and Gregson hate each other, as per the books. :-)
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on August 23rd, 2013 09:53 pm (UTC)
I've liked Sean Pertwee since his Brother Cadfael days but my fondness for him was cemented when he played Dr. Owen Griffiths in The Moving Finger.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on August 23rd, 2013 10:09 pm (UTC)
I have seen The Moving Finger (it's my favourite Marple), but not recently enough to remember him, unfortunately. I have Cadfael on my Ziplist, but I haven't seen it yet.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on August 23rd, 2013 11:21 pm (UTC)
Toward Zero might be my favorite. But I also love 4:50 from Paddington. And Moving Finger. All three are my go to Marples.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on August 23rd, 2013 11:24 pm (UTC)
I liked Toward Zero as well. Is 4:50 from Paddington the same as "What Mrs McGillicutty Saw!"?

Coincidentally enough, I am once again making an attempt at my modern!Poirot crossover. I've abandoned my original idea (which was for a prompt that is now over a year old) and just going with what worked: John and Hastings bitching to each other.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on August 24th, 2013 04:49 am (UTC)
I am once again making an attempt at my modern!Poirot crossover.

Oooh! I totally did a Poirot marathon when I was visiting my parents recently. Hastings rapidly became my favorite again.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on August 24th, 2013 05:00 am (UTC)
My PBS station has been sadly lacking in Poirot lately. But I do love Hastings. I've had to modify him a bit to make him modem and make him more distinguishable from John, but I'm hoping he'll sound right. He is apparently played by Tom Hiddleston in the theatre of my brain.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on August 24th, 2013 05:05 am (UTC)
I've had to modify him a bit to make him modem

I'd be interested to see a modernized Hastings. So much of the character is his old school gentleman-like ways. I was often felt fond exasperation at how much Hastings would abide by the honor system even when dealing with criminals.

He is apparently played by Tom Hiddleston in the theatre of my brain.

I can see that. Hiddleston would do a good job playing a modern character that still hints at old school influences. If that makes sense.

Our brain theatres are perhaps a bit in sync. I had just cast him in my Human Nature story.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on August 24th, 2013 05:15 am (UTC)
Yes, John describes him as being quite old-fashioned, I've made him rather public school and just really very cheerful about everything to justify it a little. The harder part is justifying the age difference between Hastings and Poirot (which is something like thirty years in the books, though I've closed it up a few decades). It's hard to imagine an energetic young man running about after a fusty old obsessive-compulsive Belgian in modern times, let alone living with him. Plus I've had to get Poirot over to England without WWI to make him a refugee.

I've had Hastings lose a leg in Afghanistan, because that seems like a more realistic injury for a soldier to sustain in modern times, and I think his book injury was to the leg. I've used it as a plot point for how he met Poirot, but I don't know if I'm straying too far from canon. I'm trying to make him as not!John as possible.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on August 24th, 2013 05:17 am (UTC)
I'm trying to make him as not!John as possible.

This is probably really difficult given that Agatha Christie modeled so much of her Poirot after the Sherlock Holmes set up.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on August 24th, 2013 05:21 am (UTC)
Yes, she basically wrote Hastings to be Watson. I can only go on so much coincidence before it gets silly. I've just hung a lampshade on it and moved on. Hastings is quite good at that. *cheerful natter, plot point, subject change, cheerful natter*

formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on August 24th, 2013 05:23 am (UTC)
Hastings is quite good at that. *cheerful natter, plot point, subject change, cheerful natter*

Hee hee hee!!!
aelfgyfu_meadaelfgyfu_mead on August 24th, 2013 12:01 am (UTC)
Yes! Sean Pertwee was great as Hugh Beringar. Then they replaced him with someone else who was wrong for the role, and I didn't even keep watching (I was quite busy at the time, or I'd have surely watched just for Derek Jacobi as Cadfael).

I just looked him up on IMDb. He has been hugely busy! Does that man ever say no to a role?
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on August 24th, 2013 12:13 am (UTC)
I first came to Cadfael after the 2nd Hugh had taken over so I'd always assumed the show had made the character lightweight. Then I saw the ones with Pertwee and was all, "Hey! Hugh used to be smart!"
aelfgyfu_mead: Geoffreyaelfgyfu_mead on August 24th, 2013 12:27 am (UTC)
I couldn't believe what a difference the actor made! Because they didn't start writing him differently, did they? And the second actor was big, and Pertwee was not so much, and Beringar in the books is quite compact.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on August 24th, 2013 04:50 am (UTC)
I feel like Hugh deferred way too much to Cadfael when they switched actors. He basically did all his under sheriff-ing off screen and often looked to Cadfael to help him solve crimes. He was like the way a lot of adaptations portrayed Lestrade!