Thursday, November 20, 2008

Michael stands out in 'The Devil's Whore'

My patience will be tested on legendary levels as I await my first crack at seeing 'The Devil's Whore', which aired last night on Channel 4 in England. The New StatesMan posted a positive
article
about the mini-series, and they really were impressed with Michael as Thomas Rainsborough. Like duh - what did they expect?

Go to the link to read the entire article, but here is the meaty pro-Fassbender portion:


Even if I do miss this crucial moment, it is going to be excellent watching Charles I (Peter Capaldi) shiveringly walking to the block. Capaldi is perfect as the king, from the loamy hollows of his eyes to the pretty patrician lilt of his voice. West excepted, this series is nothing if not well cast. There is something especially magnetic about Michael Fassbender's Thomas Rainsborough, a man we non-historians might describe as the radical's radical (he and his friend Cromwell are on different paths, though they do not yet know it). Fassbender's eyes are lit from within, like gelatinous fairy lights, a trick of physiology that sets him wonderfully free to underact.


I don't know which Leveller our heroine, a fictional character called Angelica Fanshawe (Andrea Riseborough), is going to end up copping off with now that her fey royalist husband has been executed by the king for his cowardice, but I, for one, sincerely hope that it is Rainsborough who ends up throwing his billowing shirt on the bedroom floor (Ed: ditto). Fassbender's charisma combined with the parched Puritanism of Rainsborough's character - "You blaspheme by giving the Son of God a birthday party," he announced to a group of hymn-singing royalists whose church his men attacked on Christmas morning - is hotter than the fires of hell themselves.


Must.see.this.soon.

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