While Mr. Malahide has played a number of interestingly flawed characters, Admin and I have also noticed that he frequently plays very confident ones – perhaps too confident for their own good in some cases. And his Confident Blokes can come from either the good or bad side of the aisle, but that just makes then even more interesting. Here are a few of our favourite Confident Blokes played by Patrick Malahide.
RF: My choices are…
Dr. Michael Harrison
(“Boon: In it for the Monet“, 1989)
Type of Confident Bloke:
A rather caddish one, I’m afraid. Dr. Harrison is utterly confident when it comes to his ability to charm his art students, especially the female ones. He’s utterly self-assured when it comes to his ability to dazzle them with all sorts of deeply meaningful, esoteric art history talk, and he backs that up by helping them – the attractive ones, anyway – get ahead in their studies. That he also combines it with a personal, romantic relationship never seems to enter his mind as inappropriate. Dr. Harrison probably thinks he’s just being very efficient by combining work with play.
Is His Confidence Natural or Cultivated?
Very cultivated, I think. You get the impression Harrison has had a long time to perfect his techniques and Isobel Sheridan (Clare Holman) is probably far from the only student he’s had success with. You also get the impression that he’s lining up Dominique Taylor (Pippa Haywood) as Isobel’s replacement when Isobel finally moves on to greater things. But I’d also have to say that Harrison’s confidence is so cultivated that it appears natural. He certainly doesn’t seem to be working all that hard at it.