The Wished for Co-Star: Ned Dennehy
Yet another “wished for” co-star for Patrick Malahide to work alongside. This time it focuses on one actor exclusively.
What is so special about him? Ned Dennehy is good-looking, talented, quirky and a guaranteed scene stealer. Oh, and he’s Irish 😉 He came to our attention during his brilliant performance as Ebenezer Scrooge in the ambitious and delightful BBC1 series Dickensian, a role for which was given an Irish Film and Television Award nomination. Initially, I thought he was perhaps too young and even too glam to be playing Scrooge. However, it didn’t take very long for him to grow on me with his dry and wry sense of humour. And, of course, it was alright for Scrooge to be young since this imagining predated the events in a Christmas Carol. I even learned to appreciate just how gosh darn glam he was for a miser. 😉
RF: I was absolutely floored by how good he was in “Dickensian”. I also initially thought he was too young for the role, but he proved me wrong. He struck exactly the right balance between sarcasm, dry humour, and being outright terrifying at times. You do not want to end up owing his Scrooge money! I’m a little less convinced on “glam”, though; I mean, how many pairs of fingerless gloves did he own? 😉
Admin: And of course Patrick Malahide excels equally with “sarcasm, dry humour, and being outright terrifying,” so it would be tremendous fun to see them playing off one another onscreen. As for glam, I’m reasonably sure he only has the one pair of fingerless gloves and they are just hanging on. So, perhaps he isn’t the most sartorially glamorous Victorian gentleman of all time. But, I still contend he was pretty darn glam for a miser named Scrooge. To quote Madonna: “Scrooge, Brando, Jimmy Dean On the cover of a magazine” 😉
RF: I don’t remember that version of “Vogue“… O.o
Admin: Scrooge quickly became my favorite character in the drama by far. I think the moment that truly clinched it was when Inspector Bucket put out his back removing a floorboard while investigating Jacob Marley’s death. Scrooge, who just stood casually watching, had the perfect combination of amusement and bemusement in his expression. After that I had to search out more projects involving Mr. Dennehy.
RF: That was a classic. 😀 My personal favourite scene was when that urchin brought him a message and waited, expecting a tip. Instead, Scrooge just gave him a look that must have frozen the poor little kid’s soul, and sent him away with nothing. Continue reading