The fling list

The German blogger Die Singende Lehrerin has called for another blog challenge. I already participated in her Marry Me challenge a few months ago and figured this one would be fun as well. This time the challenge is to name 6 sexy fictional characters you wouldn’t mind diving into bed with. They aren’t supposed to be serious relationship material, just a bit o’ fun. This whole challenge is a little ‘thought expermiment’ as she calls it. So, it’s all about the character, not the actor, but for me the actor also very much helps with this thought experiment which means my thoughts mostly turn to characters portrayed by some of my favourite actors.

Before I get to my list, let me tell you that this is at the edge of my comfort zone as I am not a one-night-stand fling kinda girl in real life and so I never really think in those terms. In real life, if I’d want to dive into bed with someone, I’d want some longer-term potential attached to it and that transfers to my fangirl life as well. This doesn’t take away from the fact that there are some very sexy, fling-material characters out there that can also get into my head. So, here goes:

1- The first (and initially only) character that immediately sprang to mind was John Porter (Richard Armitage) in Strike Back series one, because well, someone so desperate for a lay to release some tension may be fun for a night and look at those arms – strong but not too much.

2- I really like but somehow don’t particularly fancy the actor Tom Ellis. However, his character Lucifer Morningstar in the TV series Lucifer might be a lot of fun to have a fling with, wings and all. He’s the king of flings and shows countless women a good time in bed, I suspect I could really learn something from him and have fun too…

3- Speaking of Lucifer, Mazikeen (Lesley-Ann Brandt) might be educational and fun as well for a little fling! I find her very beautiful, intense and sexy.

4- Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) in Suits before he finally came to his senses and chose Donna, just because he oozes sexy, and self-assuredness and knows how to show a woman a good time.

5- Jareth the Goblin King (David Bowie) from Labyrinth, because of reasons I once posted about before. It’s the gaze and the…erm…long legs that would make me curious.

6- Last but not least: I watched this older series called Single Ladies a while back because D.B. Woodside was in it. It’s a bit like Sex and the City, which was OK but not a fave of mine and neither was this series. However, D.B. Woodside as Malcolm Franks, a rich playboy business guy with some shady deals but a good heart underneath, was very sexy. So, yeah, I’d pick him as well for a little fling-fun…

That’s it, that’s my (not really surprising if you read here regularly) list. If you, dear reader, have any suggestions/additions of your own, feel free to let me know in the comments or on your own blogs.

On an end note: the Marry Me challenge was far easier for me than coming up with this list of flings without longer-term potential. Maybe if I considered it more, I could come up with more, but for now, I’m quite happy and comfortable with my six flings.

On the stairs

Guylty shared a video clip on her blog of Richard Armitage filming Stay Close. In that video there was this short little scene of Richard running down some stairs which immediately reminded me of a movie scene from 10 Things I Hate About You. I made a gif of Richard’s running scene (no spoilers) and slowed it down a little…

10 Things I Hate About You is a great little movie from 1999 starring Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger, it’s a modern retelling of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, set in an American high school. At one point Ledger serenades Stiles from the stairs overlooking the sports fields, which is just such a fun and lovely scene and it’s what I thought of when I saw Richard in the snippet above…

That in turn made me think of other dancing on the stairs scenes in movies, such as this iconic one of the Joker (Joaquin Phoenix) dancing on the stairs. I’ve yet to see the movie but have admired this scene already several times…

It also reminds me of Rocky running up the steps while training. I never liked Rocky, but the scene is quite nice,

I think of a few indoor dances on stairs scenes as well, like this one of James Cagney dancing down some stairs in a fictional White House…

If Richard wants to do some musical theatre, he could study the legendary Bill ‘Bojangles’ Robinson and his stair dance that he taught Shirley Temple in 1935.

Or from 2 minutes 30 in this video where Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dance ‘The Continental’ on the stairs…

I doubt that Richard’s snippet of running down the stairs will become as iconic as these scenes I have just mentioned but it’s fun how such a little Armitage snippet can lead to such nice free associations.

Gugu’s interviews for Loki

I posted about my love for her before a few years ago and still Gugu Mbatha-Raw is pretty much my fave current actress. Right now she is in the news a bit more as she is starring in the new Loki TV series with Tom Hiddleston. Although I love her work I don’t know that much about her, she is very private, so it was nice to see this recent video of her telling us viewers a little more about herself…

She does it with smiles and such charm and yet, again, she does not reveal much about her private life at all. When asked about love she vaguely says it is ‘everything’, when asked about what the most romantic gesture is that she has ever received she keeps it close to the chest but does give a sweet little story of an 11 year old girl giving her roses and when asked about who she feels most privileged to have worked with she mentions her recent role of working as a UN Goodwill Ambassador. Her dream role is to play Cleopatra one day which I think would be awesome too. In her interviews she seems to accept that due to being in the spotlight there is a certain expectation of revealing yourself, and she does reveal some things, looking very open, but she also knows her boundaries of what to share or not to share. She does it well and with ease again in this recent interview with Jimmy Kimmel…

And here’s another fun one she did with Wunmi Mosaku and Tom Hiddleston…

Since that post I wrote of a few years ago, I’ve seen her in some more roles (yes, she’s always good!) and now she’s in Loki, I’ll make sure to watch her in that as well. She plays a judge called Ravenna Renslayer who apparently gets in on the action as well…

I think Tom is absolutely brilliant as Loki and I was always going to watch this because of him but I confess that I am even more excited to see Gugu do her thing and hold her own in this blockbuster TV production.

Lucifer & a bit o’ Richard

So, this past weekend the second half of Lucifer season 5 dropped on Netflix. I didn’t really mean to binge the whole thing this past weekend but found myself doing so nonetheless. It was fun! I just loved Dennis Haysbert as God…

… and Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside) remains my favourite, especially when he is allowed to show a lighter side to his earnest self.

In season 5B he struggled with what kind of a father he wanted to be and also had to make a difficult angel career choice. Of course, I also really enjoyed the other characters. Tom Ellis does a good job playing both Lucifer and his über-baddie twin Michael and Lucifer needed to find out if he was worthy, of giving love and also of becoming who he needed to be.

I think this was one of my fave scenes from 5B, which made me laugh…

I love most of the other characters too, like tech Ella (Aimee Garcia) who had to deal with some of her darker side, therapist Linda (Rachel Harris) finding her way through mothering an angel’s son (I wish there had been more Lucifer and God therapy with her), demon Maze (Lesley-Ann Brandt) who struggles with having or not having a soul and Chloe’s daughter Trixie (Scarlett Estevez) who had some difficult things to deal with for one so young. I’ve never been a real fan of Chloe herself (Lauren German, even though she is the other lead) and Dan (Kevin Alejandro) was never a favourite either, although I did shed a tear due to a storyline concerning him.

Anyway, Lucifer season 5B was good and I was happy to get another D.B. Woodside fix. Looking forward to the final sixth season that has already finished filming but has yet to come to the small screen.

Speaking of fangirling, there was also the not so good this past weekend. I saw this image of Richard Armitage supporting the arts (which is good – the Royal Opera House in this case) on his instagram last night and, yeah, sadly that image (not so good) did nothing for me…

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It is apparent to me that even the handsomest of people can take weird looking selfies (the man always does something really weird to his mouth when taking seflies) and I even did a double take to make sure it really was him. That aside, it’s really great that he can go out and about to support the arts again and he is apparently in London too, one of the best places to experience the arts…

May we all be so lucky soon!

Persuasion adaptations

Jane Austen’s Persuasion is one of my favourite books. It’s a toss up for me whether I like Pride & Prejudice or Persuasion more. In 1995 there was a near perfect Persuasion adaptation made by the BBC, starring Amanda Root as Anne Elliot and Ciaran Hinds as Captain Frederick Wentworth.

I can’t tell you how often I have watched this version of Persuasion, I just love it. I also love how into the ending they also incorporated a little bit of the ending Jane Austen had orginially written before she changed it to the current ending (which is much better and contains that beautiful letter). If you’ve seen this adaptation, it’s the scene near the end where Captain Wentworth comes to speak to Anne in the name of his Admiral Croft and asks painfully whether Anne is indeed to marry her cousin Mr. Elliot. They are interrupted and she can never answer but that little scene is so nicely incorporated into the plot. I could go on about this adaptaion for ages, but I won’t right now.

In 2007 ITV made another adaptation with Sally Hawkins as Anne and Rupert Penry-Jones as Frederick.

While the main actors were lovely, some of the supporting cast was not (most notably the one who played Anne’s sister Mary) and they gave some good quotes out of sequence to other characters (why?). Also, what was up with the mad dash Anne did at the end through Bath? Despite it’s deficiencies I have gone back to this adaptation now and again and I like it well enough.

I even got my hands on a 1971 miniseries of Persuasion starring Ann Firbank as Anne and Bryan Marshall as Frederick.

Ann Firbank, by the way, was also with Richard Armitage in The Crucible.

That Persuasion version I only saw once, it was quite close to the book if I recall correctly but also slow moving and a little too serene. I did like Firbank and Marshall in their roles, though, with the right amount of unease and awkwardness and long silent looks.

There is also a 1960 miniseries, but according to Wikipedia that version is most likely lost. Seeing how popular Emma or Pride and Prejudice are, there haven’t been quite as many Persuasion adaptations but it looks like that is changing.

There is a new Persuasion movie in the making, starring Sarah Snook and Joel Fry. I’ve never heard of Sarah Snook before but I do ‘know’ Joel Fry from his supporting role in the fun movie Yesterday. The actors do look interesting, I hope they’ll be good and that the story/movie will be good as well.

There’s also a Netflix Persuasion movie in the making, starring Dakota Johnson as Anne Elliot. Apparently it’s a modern retelling of the story and just yesterday I read that it will also star Henry Golding as Anne’s cousin Mr. Elliot. Gotta say I could see him in the role of Frederick as well. I really like Henry Golding.

No mention yet on who will play Frederick, so I am very curious to find that out. I’m also feeling a bit iffy about this project. Will it be any good? I’m neutral on Dakota Johnson but not so neutral on modern setting remakes. I’ve seen a few and many are not so great. Most notably, in the recent two or three years, Hallmark has been making some modern setting Austen movies that are loosely based on Jane Austen’s novels (though no Persuasion as yet) and they are all terrible. Sometimes I only recognize the names, the characters just aren’t there and the stories are so bare bone Austen, you could hardly call them Austen either.

Yesterday I watched another modern Austen adaptation made last year, this time a Persuasion one which is not Hallmark, but not far off that mark either. It’s called Modern Persuasion (uninspired title) and nope, that movie really wasn’t it. It tried a little too hard to be witty (although some jokes did make me smile). The story was there, the characters sort of as well but I have no idea why it was necessary to change the names so much. Anne Elliot (played by Alicia Witt) was called Wren Cosgrove and Frederick Wentworth (played by Shane McRae) was called Owen Jasper (really, how is that an improvement?). Witt was alright, even if a little too pouty, but McRae sadly had no Wentworth charisma whatsover, he looked uncomfortable in the role.

I have a feeling that the man who played the Captain Benwick character (actor Dominic Rains), named Sam Benson here, would have made a much better Captain Wentworth or Owen Jasper as he was called here.

I found most of this movie to be awkward, I hope the modern Netflix version that is being filmed will be much better than this.

There are a few good modern adaptations of Austen novels out there. I quite loved the Bollywood meets Hollywood Bride and Prejudice, I loved Bridget Jones’s Diary, I loved the YouTube webseries The Lizzie Bennett Diaries and Clueless is a pretty good modern Emma adaptation. Heck, I even (very surprisingly) enjoyed Pride and Prejudice and Zombies that, despite being a costume drama, is very modern with the zombies added in. I so hope the new Persuasion set in modern times adaptation can fit in with those and won’t be like the Hallmark ones or the Modern Persuasion movie I just saw. The more traditional Persuasion that is being filmed has big shoes to fill and I have slightly higher hopes for that one. In any case, I am quite happy these adaptations are coming and I’m looking forward to seeing them.