Sometimes when we watch a television program or a movie, we sometimes see actors who we think would really gel well with Patrick Malahide. We’ve done a post like this before. So why not do it again? 😉
The Wished For Co-Stars
Admin: Peter Capaldi
What is so special about him? He’s the Doctor! Well, he’s also super quirky, incredibly talented, extremely handsome, and has a nice Scottish accent. He’s perfect for a role alongside Patrick Malahide. OK, they’ve worked together before in Minder, The Secret Agent, and (although they had no scenes together) The December Bride. But, I think they need something where they would have loads of scenes together.
What sort of project? The easy choice is Doctor Who, of course. I am not really a fan of the Clara Oswald character (I preferred Rose Tyler, incidentally Patrick Malahide would be great in Penny Dreadful which features Billie Piper.), so I’d like it if the Doctor got a new companion. Maybe he could get over his military aversion and find himself a nice new Brigadier type. 😉
But, perhaps that is too easy a choice. I actually really love Capaldi’s Mr. Curry character in Paddington. Paddington isn’t a great movie (the books are better), but it is a very cute one and Mr. Curry is easily best thing in it. Mr. Curry is a weird, myopic, miserly sort, and he is very, very funny. I would love to see him and Patrick Malahide in a dark comedy or possibly a twisted (in the Roald Dahl or Lemony Snicket sense) family movie. It would be lovely! Maybe they could play a pair of crazy boney Munro baggers? 😉
Admin: Joel Tobeck
What is so special about him? Years and years ago, I used to enjoy watching Joel Tobeck as Ares’ punk rock looking nephew Strife on Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. If I knew Ares and Strife were going to be on (or for that matter Autolycus and Joxer, but I digress as those are different actors), I’d be extra sure to tune in. Years and years later, I started watching Australia’s The Doctor Blake Mysteries and was absolutely captivated by Mr. Tobeck’s portrayal of Chief Supt Matthew Lawson. Talk about stealing the show! He’s very, very close to being in the same league as DS Chisholm when it comes to show theft. 😉 With his intense blue eyes, stern features, and lovely 1950s uniform/wardrobe, Lawson quickly became one of my all time favorite characters. He looks a little scary, but he’s actually a very caring and compassionate man who shares the same values as the title character Doctor Blake, only Lawson is a lot more sensible and less annoying about it all. 😉 He’s a fantastic character, and I know a massive amount of that is down to Joel Tobeck.
What sort of project? The Doctor Blake Mysteries? Well, RFodchuk actually gave me a better suggestion with a wished-for spin-off for Lawson himself. 🙂 Either would be fine by me. Sure, it would probably have to take place in Australia, but if Miriam Margolyes can be a regular on Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (another fab Aussie show), then surely Patrick Malahide can work in the world down under for a spell.
RF: And my choices are:
RF: Bruce Campbell
What’s So Special About Him? He’s been in more cult classic and insanely hilarious movies and series than you can shake a stick at. He’s got an incredibly sharp, observant, and irreverent sense of humour about himself and seemingly everything around him, as shown by his autobiography If Chins Could Kill (a great read, by the way). Aside from that, I get the impression Mr. Campbell is just a very smart cookie generally. While he’s far better known for humorous or genre roles, lately he’s taken a turn for the more dramatic in the series “Burn Notice“, where he plays a mostly retired ex-espionage agent caught up in shadowy doings. But before that, coincidentally enough, he occasionally appeared with Joel Tobeck on both “Hercules” and “Xena” as the swashbuckling Autolycus, “King of Thieves”, as he was only too happy to remind you. And like Mr. Tobeck and Mr. Malahide, he’s also a frequent show thief. 😉
What Sort of Project? Well, I suspect the odds of Mr. Campbell appearing with Mr. Malahide in anything are astronomically vast. But they’ve both done comedies, including period comedies (“Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.“, anyone?), and they’ve both done adventure/detective and fantasy-ish shows (I include “The One Game” in there, as well as “Game of Thrones” for Mr. Malahide) – as well as their own versions of Elvis impressions – so I’m sure they could meet somewhere in the middle. I think something espionage-ish that would provide a plausible reason for an American and British agent to meet up and have to work together would have a lot of potential. I would love to see their senses of humour bouncing off each other. There would be a definite mix of contrasting styles, but that would be part of the fun.
RF: Ben Miller
What’s So Special About Him? I’m not as familiar with all of his work as I might like to be, but Admin and I have recently been enjoying his work in “Death In Paradise“, a light-hearted mystery/crime series in which Mr. Miller played D.I. Richard Poole, a reluctant transplant from the U.K. to the fictional island of Saint Marie in the Caribbean. Mr. Miller manages to combine utter straitlacedness (Poole refuses to leave off wearing wool suits and ties despite the tropical heat, avoids the local cuisine, and won’t even walk around in the sand without shoes) and a lack of social skills with an understated, very dry sense of humour and the confusion of a character who’s a fish out of water – or a man out of his time – in many, many ways. He reminds me a bit of D.S. Chisholm that way, in fact; they both seem extremely puzzled by basic social interactions. But they both have an inveterate sense of right and wrong and a desire to see the bad guys caught and punished.
What Sort of Project? At the risk of typecasting them both – although I swear it’s not intentional! – I’d love to see Mr. Malahide and Mr. Miller work together on some sort of mystery or police drama, preferably with a comedic edge to it. Perhaps Mr. Malahide as an older police superintendent showing his younger D.I. the ropes? Or even better, Mr. Malahide as a vastly experienced crim (although perhaps not quite as ruthless as Jack Turner) being pursued by an eager-to-make his name D.I.? There’s even enough of a physical resemblance that they could play relatives, or father and son. They’ve both done comedy, so I imagine they’d both have a light touch with whatever material they work with. In any case, I believe they could develop some extremely interesting (and highly entertaining) chemistry with each other.
Admin: And there you have it, four more fantastic actors worthy of gracing any screen with Patrick Malahide. 🙂