Let’s forget for a moment, shall we, that Alan Rickman is doing a serious Ibsen play in Brooklyn. This scene from Harry Potter, when Neville Longbottom reinvents Snape in his grandmother’s clothing, is far too short.
I’ve decided that the character Adrian from ‘After the Rain’ [left, as played by Ian Cusick] is my new imaginary high school boyfriend that I never had. Actually, I shouldn’t say that. I had one great boyfriend in High School. His name was Richard, and he didn’t even go to my school–he went to the tony private school down the street–but some weeks we still saw each other almost every day. We lost touch when we all went away to college. I think by then we were mad at each other over something–I can’t remember what, though. Richard K., you know who you are–so where are you now??
Let’s have one last look at Brianna and Roger, they are so lovely. And I have one last bit of business in the casting department–Fergus, the feral young lad that Jamie takes on as a spy in the court of Louis XV. Fergus is a real piece of work, and his boyish energy [read that ‘trouble-making] is the catalyst for several big scenes. Since we’re just dreamin’ here anyway, I’m going to reach back in time to escort tiny Daniel Radcliffe from his role in ‘David Copperfield’ to the cast of ‘Outlander.’
I’m rather proud of this bit of amateur casting: Eddie Argos as Roger Wakefield and Rebecca Mader [formerly of LOST] as Claire’s daughter Brianna. Eddie-as-Roger is the inspiraton for the theme of my posts this week. I’ve been reading the Outlander series for some time now, and Roger, a professional historian much like Claire’s twentieth century husband Frank, is a pivotal character in the second book as well as the third which I’m reading right now. Roger was Eddie in my imagination from the beginning, and once you have a picture in your head of Roger, it follows that you start to wonder who Brianna would be….
I want to start today’s post with a disclaimer. With the exception of Dan Radcliffe, I’ve shown every actor in character this week, a character that hopefully presages what they would be like in a film adaptation of ‘Outlander’. For example, I know that Alan Rickman is not Rasputin, and I know the difference between Christian Bale and Bruce Wayne. This, moreover, is a picture of Henry Ian Cusick playing Desmond Hume, in a universe where Henry Ian Cusick is not identical with Desmond Hume. Got that?
OK, work with me here. I’m casting Christian Bale as Bonnie Prince Charles Edward Stuart from the second Outlander novel. I know this picture is anachronistic to the Uprising of 1745, but you know darn well that a would-be Scottish monarch exiled in France would have worn Armani if he could have. And nobody wears an Armani suit like Bruce Wayne.
Christian Bale has graciously stepped aside for the day to allow James Blunt to bring his ‘plus one’. I don’t know if the gentleman who is seated is his producer, an engineer, or a band mate…but isn’t that recording studio, with its natural light flowing through the big French windows, the one of your dreams? Hands in pockets, it seems like a moment of peaceful accomplishment for James Blunt.