Wished for Roles 13: The Ned Dennehy Co-Star Edition

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.

Nominated for his portrayal of Scrooge.

Nominated for his portrayal of Scrooge.

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? 😉

He's glammer than Bucket! ;-)

Strike the pose!

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

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Patrick Malahide as Lord Willingdon in Indian Summers, S02E09

Indian Summers, S02E09:  “Winner Takes All”

They were doing <i>what</i> while I was away?? Patrick Malahide as Lord Willingdon in Indian Summers, S02E09

They were doing what while I was away??

It’s been two episodes of “Indian Summers” since we last saw Patrick Malahide’s Lord Willingdon, and quite a lot has happened in the meantime… most of it taking a turn for the decidedly weird.  I have to wonder if the writers weren’t asked to amp up the drama in the lead up to the series’ conclusion.  Sadly, we’ve recently learned this will be the conclusion, as “Indian Summers” has not been renewed for a third series.  Fortunately for the Viceroy, he should be back in Blighty by the end of episode ten.  But first, what’s been going on in the meantime?

Ralph and the Maharajah go on a tiger hunt

Ralph and the Maharajah go on a tiger hunt

In episode seven, in a desperate bid to secure Maharajah Shamy’s (Art Malik) support for the India Bill, Ralph Whelan (Henry Lloyd-Hughes) goes on an ill-advised tiger hunt.  Just before the tiger shows up, the Maharajah suggests swapping out the goat being used as bait for a child – specifically Ralph’s illegitimate son, Adam (Dillon Mitra).  Needless to say, Ralph is somewhat opposed to this but still wants to suck up to the Maharajah, so he helpfully suggests his faithful manservant Bhupi’s (Ash Nair) son instead – earning him the enmity of an increasingly resentful Bhupi.   The child survives the tiger hunt, but the tiger does not.  Later that night, the Maharajah and Sirene (Rachel Griffiths) drop over to Chotipool for dinner.  Knowing that the Maharajah wants to “spend time with” (make that, “have sex with”) his sister Alice (Jemima West), Ralph has carefully ensured that she’s out of the house for the night.  Much like the tiger hunt, the Maharajah decides to throw his weight around and demands the attentions of Ralph’s wife Madeleine (Olivia Grant) instead; and much like the tiger hunt, Ralph chooses protecting one person (Alice) to the detriment of another.  Facing undue pressure from all sides – Ralph won’t expressly forbid it, and the Maharajah and Sirene make it sound like the best thing she could do for Ralph’s career – Madeleine agrees.  Ralph is obviously enraged (he’s right downstairs while Madeleine and the Maharajah are upstairs and indulges in some creepy hate sex with Sirene, himself), but he still doesn’t try to stop things.

But in episode eight, we find out that Madeleine’s sacrifice was all for nothing.  The Maharajah leaves for Baden-Baden without telling anyone, and isn’t there to rally the princes or support the bill (and likely never intended to), which fails.  Ralph (who, it has to be admitted, is still suffering from a huge amount of self-disgust since discovering he was really the son of Cynthia’s late husband Reggie in episode five) realizes he’s been had, and sees his chances of becoming Viceroy melting away.  He then accuses Madeleine of… not doing her job well enough… for which she, quite justifiably, gives him a huge smack across the face.  She also asks Ralph, point-blank, why he wants to be Viceroy in the first place and Ralph can only vaguely reply that his father wanted him to be.  As I’ve mentioned to Fearless Admin, this makes Ralph seem like the kid who was forced by his parents into taking a major he didn’t want at university, but now is stuck with it; he’d love to be studying art history, but he’s forced to take business administration instead (no offense to either art historians or business administrators).  Anyway, Ralph’s chances of becoming Viceroy (again, ignoring the reality that he would never be a serious candidate in the first place) are becoming vanishingly small.

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Patrick Malahide as Balon Greyjoy in Game of Thrones S06E02

Game of Thrones S06E02 “Home”

Damn it!

Damn it!!

Well, the good news is we finally got to see our favourite Kraken Lord appear on Game of Thrones for the first time since 2013’s series finale “Mhysa”. The bad news is….well, you’ll find out if you keep reading, but I’m pretty sure everyone knows exactly how it all went down (not a pun) by now.

So, a few things have happened since 2013. Theon has been brutally tortured both physically and psychologically by Ramsay Bolton (ugh — words cannot convey how much I hate that Ramsay character). Ramsay married Lady Sansa Stark who grew up knowing Theon as her father’s ward. They were never close growing up, but “Reek” (Theon’s identity under Ramsay) feels protective of Sansa while she is in Ramsay’s abusive clutches. He reasserts himself as Theon throwing away the Reek identity and Ramsay’s hold over him and escaping the Boltons with Sansa.

Aided later by Brienne of Tarth, a lady knight who had sworn allegiance to Sansa’s mother, they defeat Ramsay’s men. Sansa will go to the Wall where she hopes to be reunited with her half-brother Jon Snow. Hopefully she’ll get there, but I’m sure you already know what has happened to Jon. Theon has no intention of going to the Wall because he is so deeply ashamed of his past deeds. Instead, he plans to go home. Presumably that means to Pyke where his father Lord Balon Greyjoy and sister Yara are.

So What is Going on at Pyke?

Balon learns they've lost Deepwood Motte.

Balon learns they’ve lost Deepwood Motte.

Balon and Yara (Gemma Whelan) receive word that the Ironborn have lost Deepwood Motte their last stronghold on the mainland. Balon being the most stubborn man in A Song of Ice and Fire is unfazed saying they’ll just take more. Yara is dubious. “Why? For more pine cones and rocks?” Balon turns around growling very dangerously, “Because I order it.” His fingers are twitching slightly as he says that. That makes me think of a gunslinger type maneuver. It is very evocative.

Yara tries to explain to him that while they are unbeatable at sea they can’t take on mainland armies. She’s being very reasonable, but that never works with Balon. He makes a very pointed comment about captains who abandon their posts to take on foolish missions.

She pushed too hard. "And I lost three sons."

She pushed too hard with the two brothers line. “And I lost three sons.”

Yara will not apologize for trying to rescue Theon.  She almost makes a dent by reminding Balon of his own failed rebellion.  But then she goes too far and says she remembers the day she lost two brothers. Balon, suddenly a lot more aggressive, reminds her right back that he lost three sons.  He’s counting Theon who is still alive.  Ouch!  Then it gets great with his next speech:

“The War of the Five Kings they call it. Well, the other four are dead. When you rule the Iron Islands you can wage all the peace you want but for now shut your mouth and obey, or I will make another heir who will.”

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Patrick Malahide Talks About Balon Greyjoy (Updated)

May 3rd Update:  There is another fantastic Patrick Malahide interview on Vulture.com, again it has spoilers if you haven’t seen “Home” yet.  In this one he talks about some of the specifics of filming his scene with Pilou Asbæk.  RFodchuk and I are really loving these interviews.  They are so interesting and it is brilliant to see that Mr. Malahide has a really fine attitude and a great sense of humour. 🙂

Stop skimping on those candles.

Stop skimping on those candles.

IGN has a lovely interview with Patrick Malahide talking about Balon Greyjoy and last night’s memorable episode of Game of Thrones as well as working with  his co-stars Gemma Whelan and Pilou Asbæk.  Beware, IGN is dark (not really) and full of spoilers if you haven’t seen S06E02 “Home” yet!

This little snippet isn’t really related to Game of Thrones, but rather Indian Summers.

He looks a lot different when he's not in Pyke.

He looks a lot different when he’s not in Pyke.

I think you’ll see it maybe not yet, but I just finished the second series of a series called Indian Summers. It’s about the last years of the British empire in India, and I play the viceroy of India, which is really nice. A very sympathetic character, which is nice for a change. I usually play hard-nosed bastards, but this is a very warm, complex character. That first series went out in the States toward the end of last year, and I think it will go out probably the same time this year.

Hard-nosed bastards 😀 But, I agree:  The Viceroy is a very decent man who genuinely wants to do real good.   He adds a tremendous amount of warmth to every scene he is in.

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A Clip from Indian Summers

Channel 4 put an Indian Summers clip on their YouTube channel featuring Patrick Malahide as the Viceroy.  The clip is from S02E03.  The poor Viceroy.  He really wanted a peaceful luncheon, but it wasn’t to be.  Still, he tries his level best to keep things pleasant.

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Patrick Malahide Returns as Balon Greyjoy to Game of Thrones

Winner of the War of the Five Kings!  Source: HBO

Take your sweet time entertaining that proposal, Balon. 

Balon Greyjoy will finally re-appear on the May 1st S06E02 episode of Game of Thrones.

Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) trains with the Three-Eyed Raven (Max von Sydow). In King’s Landing, Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) advises Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman). Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) demands good news, but has to make his own. At Castle Black, the Night’s Watch stands behind Thorne (Owen Teale). Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) proposes a plan, and Balon Greyjoy (Patrick Malahide) entertains other proposals.

Source: Winter is Coming

I can’t wait to see him! It will be great to have a return to the Iron Islands.  Of course, this being Game of Thrones, I’m going to be all worried about Lord Balon’s longevity on the show, but maybe (I write ever so hopefully) he’ll continue to surprise with his kraken-like tenacity for life.

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Patrick Malahide as Lord Willingdon in Indian Summers S02E06

S02E06, A Gift for the King

Watching the revelers arriving with trepidation.

Watching with trepidation as the revelers arrive.

Thankfully we saw considerably more of the Viceroy this week than we have for a couple of weeks now, and he is in fine form.   This was an extremely intense and eventful episode with the Banerjee storyline culminating in tragedy.

Feeling Invaded

"I'm well aware of that, Whelan, but one does feel rather invaded." Irony!

“I’m well aware of that, Whelan, but one does feel rather invaded.” Irony!

Preparations are underway for King George’s Silver Jubilee.  The Viceroy,  posing picturesquely, has clearly had his fill of festivities.   I can’t blame him.  They seem to have some sort of a to-do every week in Simla.  It must be exhausting having regular Mad Tea Parties with the likes of Charlie Havistock and the Maharaja.

“Good grief!  Another damned party,” he growls as the crowds descend upon the Viceregal lodge once more.  Ralph gamely reminds him that this is the King’s Silver Jubilee.   “I’m well aware of that, Whelan, but one does feel rather invaded.”  Invaded? I believe that is what they call irony.

Ralph: "You just speak into it as you..." Viceroy: "Yes, yes, yes...thank you....

Ralph: “You just speak into it as you…” Viceroy: “Yes, yes, yes…thank you….

They go look at the nice deco microphone where the Viceroy will deliver his speech over the wireless.  Ralph helpfully tells the Viceroy that he should just speak into the microphone.  That’s a bit cheeky! Don’t let his old-fashioned duds fool you, the Viceroy knows all about modern technology and snaps back at Ralph, “Yes, yes, yes.  Thank you, I’ve had my fill of advice from Her Excellency,”  then he storms out giving the microphone a very hard stare indeed.

Her Excellency  I would presume is the Vicereine.   The Vicereine figures more prominently this week, so she finally gets an IMDB billing (Annette Maria White).  RFodchuk and I were pleased about that because we have been wanting to know since series one who plays her.  The real Vicereine Willingdon (link goes to a very interesting article in The Hindu, “Madras pushy first lady”) was a fascinating and formidable lady, so it is nice that she now has a casting credit.

Another to-do and another no-show from the Maharaja.  However this time he at least sends a present for the King.   They, the Viceroy and Ralph, are still trying to curry the Maharaja’s favor so his no-show is a disappointment, but more on that in a bit.

Ralph talks about how he should say the King stands apart..

Ralph talks about how he should say the King stands apart..

Whelan meets up again with the Viceroy who is going over his speech with one of his guards.  He hands it over to Ralph, “Here it is, my tribute to the King…that blasted thingmie.”  Ralph informs him it is called a “wireless.”  “The broadcast, yes, I am familiar with the terms.”  The Viceroy is being very prickly today.

He wants to know what Ralph *really* thinks of the speech, so he welcomes helpful criticism as opposed to that speak into the microphone guff.  Ralph suggests they tackle the nationalist issue head on.  They decide to reinforce the idea of the King being a constant presence, standing above them all, and how without his presence they would all be poorer.  The Viceroy likes all that and swipes the paper back and zooms off for some last minute revisions. Just then “Munshi” (Aafrin) walks in to have a word with Ralph. Continue reading

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Patrick Malahide as Lord Willingdon in Indian Summers, S02E05

Indian Summers, S02E05:  “Hide and Seek”

The Viceroy is just passin' through. Patrick Malahide as Lord Willingdon in Indian Summers, S02E05

The Viceroy is just passin’ through.

We only saw a little bit of Lord Willingdon (Mr. Malahide) in the latest episode of “Indian Summers“, due to the fact that so many soap opera-y things happened in the previous ep (which he wasn’t in) that a lot of clearing away of stray storylines needed to happen.  It seems that everything goes a bit squirrely whenever Lord W. isn’t around to keep an eye on things.  I also thought there was a lot of missed potential to get his take on events, rather than just having him appear for an official announcement.  But first, the soap opera!

Leena Prasad (Amber Rose Revah) has been arrested and imprisoned, still in her fashion show gown (yes, they had a fashion show at Cynthia’s club for some reason, vaguely explained as “for charity”) for attacking Lord Hawthorne (James Fleet) with a hurricane lamp when he attempted to molest her.  In reality, Hawthorne’s attacker was Ralph’s illegitimate son Adam (Dillon Mitra), who was attempting to rescue Leena from Hawthorne’s increasingly forceful attentions.  Hawthorne knows this very well and wants Adam caught and punished, while Ralph Whelan (Henry Lloyd-Hughes) will do just about anything to protect him, including sending Adam out of Simla with missionary Dougie Raworth (Craig Parkinson) while blaming Leena for the crime.  When Superintendent Rowntree (Guy Williams) comes looking for Adam at Chotipool, Ralph’s wife Madeleine (Olivia Grant) covers for him with a believable lie about his whereabouts, proving she’s especially adept at thinking on her feet.

A Mysterious Photograph

Baby Ralph with his happily smiling mother and a disembodied hand.

Baby Ralph with his happily smiling mother
and a disembodied hand.

But just because Adam should be on the run doesn’t mean he and Ralph can’t do some bonding, looking over old photographs and keepsakes from Ralph’s childhood.  Strangely enough, for a man who spent most of series 1 trying to keep Adam’s existence secret, Ralph seems to have taken to his son with a rarely shown warmth in series 2.  He even shows Adam one of his baby pictures, depicting Ralph’s mother smiling happily as she cuddles an infant Ralph  (hmmm, not too many Edwardian photos where people grinned like that; the long exposure times tended to preclude it).  But who belongs to that disembodied hand on her left shoulder??  And why is the photo torn in half?  There’s only one other torn-in-half photo that’s been prominently displayed in the series, so the answer is a wee bit telegraphed… but we’ll soon find out for sure.
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Random Malahide Picture 14: Inspector Alleyn

Here’s a rather nice picture I stumbled across on Amazon:  a publicity still from “A Man Lay Dead“, S01E01 of the “Inspector Alleyn Mysteries” (1993), in which Chief Inspector Roderick Alleyn (Mr. Malahide) has just encountered the very first victim of the series:

"Hold still or I'll thump you a second time." Patrick Malahide as Inspector Alleyn in "A Man Lay Dead"

“Hold still or I’ll thump you a second time.”
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It’s rather unusual in that we don’t usually have the victim just lying around on the floor in these pictures while Alleyn looks ravishing.  And he does look ravishing, if very, very serious, with a very intense gaze.  Perhaps he’s worried about ruining the crease in his trousers, or whether Troy (Belinda Lang) liked the birthday present he got her (you can find out all about it in my review here).  I also feel a bit sorry for the victim, who had to lie motionless under that blanket for a while.  Anyway, most of the publicity stills I’ve seen have been black and white ones distributed to PBS as part of their Masterpiece Theatre series, so it was a refreshing change to see one in full colour (I particularly like the rich blues of Alleyn’s lovely double-breasted suit), with the evocative lighting we’ve come to expect from the “Inspector Alleyn” series.

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Patrick Malahide as Lord Willingdon in Indian Summers S02E03

He's trying very hard to keep in a good humour.

Cricket whites!!

Hooray! We get to see those cricket whites in action. S02E03 of Indian Summers is particularly noteworthy because the highly enjoyable cricketing aspect comes from Patrick Malahide’s suggestion that the real Lord Willingdon’s love of cricket be acknowledged. You can read all about that here.

A Visiting Maharaja

Simla has two very intriguing guests in the form of a visiting Maharaja (Art Malik) and his lover Sirene (Rachel Griffiths). Glamorously decadent, they lounge in their opulent tent smoking hashish. Well, I guess it is hashish.  The Viceroy wouldn’t approve either way.

"He is our best chance to get the other princes to support the bill."

“He is our best chance to get the other princes to support the bill.”

The Viceroy has the task of winning the Maharaja around to the British view of supporting the contentious bill. The Viceroy reckons this Maharaja has influence and is their best chance of getting the other princes’ support. He is emphatic and gives Ralph a very penetrating blue eyed stare.

While he’s speaking, one of his many crimson attired attendants slips a

And he's off just as it slipped on.

And he’s off just as it is slipped on.  No dilly-dallying!

gorgeous frock coat on him. It is nice to see the Viceroy in some new duds especially in such handsome attire as frock coats and cricket whites.

The Viceroy and Ralph continue discussing the importance of getting princes to support bills as they stomp out. The Viceroy gets his stick, gloves and pith helmet from yet another crimson attired attendant who is standing outside holding them. RFodchuk and I always find these

He basically just whisks by, grabbing everything.

He basically just whisks by, grabbing everything.

elements really intriguing with their over-the-topness. I fully expect it is a pretty good representation of what Viceregal life was genuinely like.  It shows how the Viceroy was truly the Royal representative in India.

Not impressed with it only being a five-gun salute.

Not impressed with it only being a five-gun salute.

Ralph tells the Viceroy that the guards are preparing a five-gun salute. “Five?” Uh-oh. The Viceroy is unimpressed. He’d rather have seven or nine. “The more the merrier.”  I love the way his frock coat flares out as he briskly zooms along. Continue reading

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