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January 30th, 2016


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04:44 pm - A Thing of Wonder, Post #8
Saturday is a thing of wonder. I have had time to decompress properly, including a lovely walk to the Downtown of my Small Town, where I bought a present for others and an item of utilitarian prettiness for me. The streets were crowded and merry downtown, because lo, it is the Best Weather. As I walked home, the streets were quieter -- but from a side-street came soaring Norteno music, fighting for dominance with a demi-murder of crows.

Also a thing of wonder: the fact that we're getting that six-hour miniseries of LeCarre's The Night Manager in April, both in the US via AMC and the UK via the BBC, the primary source of production funding. (I will be buying the episodes to stream, I imagine.) Hiddleston! Laurie! Harewood! And, indeed Olivia Colman, who rocks.

So today I learned that Colman's character in the LeCarre book is -- and I should have guessed -- a man. But THiddleston wrote a fascinating article in Harpers Bazaar UK about how the director, Susanne Bier (who's Danish), suggested during casting that the book's Leonard Burr should switch genders, in order that Colman could play the character. Colman was pregnant at the time, so the script was rewritten to reflect that.

Hiddleston's article isn't on the Harpers Bazaar UK site, but a Tumblr person has scanned it, to which I link now. It's a lovely testament to thinking beyond the surface, and to Colman. I recommend.

(Also, GREAT photo of Colman, not in character.)
(Also also, for USians, the AMC site for the show. UK folk, the BBC has you covered.)

Here's to good changes for all. May your weekend be filled with things of wonder.

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From:tx_cronopio
Date:January 30th, 2016 09:53 pm (UTC)
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So glad you've had a pleasant day! I had the sense yesterday that you sorely needed one :).
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From:laurawise
Date:January 31st, 2016 01:35 pm (UTC)
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I needed yesterday very badly indeed.

Happy Sunday, especially with great boots!
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From:paratti
Date:January 30th, 2016 10:02 pm (UTC)
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Go Hiddles:)
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From:laurawise
Date:January 31st, 2016 01:35 pm (UTC)
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He did a good job here. :)

Hugs!
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From:mamculuna
Date:January 31st, 2016 02:11 am (UTC)
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Now I can't wait to see this. I'm so glad that so many great actors and directors are involved when LeCarre's books are filmed, but the Olivia Colman idea sounds especially brilliant. I was glad to see that LeCarre himself agreed.
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From:laurawise
Date:January 31st, 2016 01:36 pm (UTC)
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I was v.v. pleased that LeCarre approved the change. The whole project looks A+. :)

Cheers for your Sunday!
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From:gwynnega
Date:January 31st, 2016 04:27 am (UTC)
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Happy weekend! :-)
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From:laurawise
Date:January 31st, 2016 01:36 pm (UTC)
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Happy happy Sunday! [hugs]
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From:roguedemon
Date:February 3rd, 2016 07:21 am (UTC)
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Oh wow, I am so looking forward to that miniseries. And I love that Hiddleston is one of a minority of actors who is really smart, thoughtful, and well-educated. Of course, he's British. In America we often seem to admire actresses like Jennifer Lawrence: high-school dropout, dim bulb, says stupid things all the time and is somehow admired because she's into Cheetos and fart jokes (just like us!).

I hope you're having a good week ((hugs))
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From:laurawise
Date:February 3rd, 2016 02:44 pm (UTC)
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Hiddleston is a rare bird indeed. :) And the mini-series looks really exciting, thoughtful -- and pretty! [am shallow]

Hugs hugs! Happy Wednesday!

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