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Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on January 24, 2016, 09:47:21 pm


London Spy
on BBC2

Ben Whishaw is Danny.
His parents threw him out when he was 16 because he was gay.
He lives in a bedsit and works in an Amazon-like warehouse.
He is tenderhearted and very truthful. He thinks he is not innocent because he is no virgin.
Jim Broadbent is his mentor and friend.


Ed Holcroft is Joe. Or Alex. Or Alistair. Or no, Alex. Or not.
He is an orphan. Or no, his mother is a very chilly Charlotte Rampling. Or not.
He lives in a beautiful London terraced house, and he is an investment banker. Or not.
He is a genius. He is a virgin. And very, very lonely.

Danny and Alex meet by chance, and they fall in love.

And then Alex disappears--

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Ed Holcroft, left, and Ben Whishaw in London Spy


Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on January 24, 2016, 09:52:37 pm



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Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
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Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
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Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
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Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
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Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
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Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
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Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on January 25, 2016, 12:22:53 am
http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2015/nov/10/london-spy-tv-review-thriller-love-story

London Spy
Last night's TV

London Spy review
Compelling new thriller with a love story at its handsome heart
Ben Whishaw’s Danny bumps into Edward Holcroft’s Alex,
and they find happiness – but why is there a body in Alex’s loft?


By Lucy Mangan
10 November 2015

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Ben Whishaw and Edward Holcroft in London Spy.  Photograph: Ed Miller/BBC/WTTV


The season of glossy, dark autumnal treats is upon us. Conkers (chestnuts). Hot toddies. Meaty stews. And proper dramas on TV. The BBC has gathered up its money and its writerly and actorly talent and poured it all into London Spy (BBC2), an unutterably delicious, satisfying dish served up over the next five weeks in portions you will wish to savour.

Ben Whishaw plays Danny, a lonely hedonist who bumps into a handsome jogger the morning after another disaffected night before and experiences something of a coup de foudre. The series is billed as an espionage thriller, but most of this first episode is about the unfolding, in heartbreakingly slow and tender fashion, of their love story.

The great dramatic problem of our age is how to keep people apart. How to infuse such stories with tension. There are so few credible barriers to togetherness any more. You want to have sex? Have sex. You want to leave your wife/husband/children/job/life? You can, and people do, with nary a thought for the poor dramatist who is suddenly bereft of conflicts, frustration, anticipation, yearning and all the other things we long for in our hearts and our stories. London Spy solves this brilliantly and believably by having Alex (the jogger, played by Edward Holcroft) be an investment banker, a genius with numbers and child prodigy who went to university at 15 and has all his life been slightly out of step with everyone else. Danny is his first sexual partner, his first boyfriend, his first everything. “How do you admit you’ve never been in a relationship?” he replies when Danny wonders how he reached this point. “And when you do, who wants to stay?”

Danny does, and for a while the two are blissfully happy. It becomes clear-ish that Alex is not an investment banker and that he gives away little of himself, apart from the fact that his parents are dead, but Danny is not the kind to worry about details. Scottie (Jim Broadbent, in fully teddy-bear-carrying-a-switchblade mode), who works in Whitehall and stands in loco parentis to and in unrequited love with Danny, harangues him brutally but Alex does not flinch. However much love he is capable of, it has found its home in Danny.

Alex suddenly disappears. Danny blames himself for telling Alex about his darkest time, from which Scottie saved him, but when someone mysteriously furnishes him with the keys to Alex’s flat Danny finds in the loft an array of S&M equipment, a laptop and a trunk, the last of which contains a dead body which may or may not be Alex. He smuggles a key hidden in the laptop out after calling the police – who discover that Alex is not Alex but a man called Alistair whose parents are definitely not dead and who is definitely not an investment banker. Scottie’s Whitehall-honed instincts say that he is very definitely a spy.

The thriller has begun and no doubt will be as rich and rewarding in its own way as the love story, courtesy of a script from Tom Rob Smith that I’m sure will remain as handsome and elliptical as Alex and as tender and compelling as Whishaw, who remains the most powerful actor ever made out of thistledown and magic. But the love story was beautiful and I hope it returns.


Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on January 25, 2016, 01:29:21 am
http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2015/nov/09/london-spy-ben-whishaw-jim-broadbent

TELEVISION
Ben Whishaw and Jim Broadbent on
London Spy
‘It’s not a gay story. It’s about
guys who happen to be gay’

Part romance, part chilly thriller, the new BBC espionage drama is
taking the genre into bold new territory. We go on set with its stars


By Huw Oliver
9 November 2015

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Jim Broadbent and Ben Whishaw in London Spy.  Photograph: Joss Barratt/BBC/WTTV Limited


Braving the wintry weather, the London Spy crew have set up camp in a deserted box building off a side street, south of the river in Kennington. Supermarket bags snagged in dead trees, sirens wailing in the distance, the clanging of corrugated iron: the scene overflows with just the kind of iconography you might associate with a traditional British spy drama.

But never trust appearances, is what I’m told. Ben Whishaw, who is currently juggling shooting this five-part BBC2 series with his role as Q in Spectre, has just come off set and is adamant that this is the least spy thriller spy thriller you can imagine, a far cry from Bond.

“It doesn’t really feel like a spy thriller to me, although it sort of is,” he says, distractedly cradling a hot-water bottle. “It’s broader than that, because it’s about a character who’s not within that world, about somebody who stumbles into it and to whom it’s alien and mystifying. So it doesn’t feel like a traditional spy drama in that sense. It’s more about his mind.”

Whishaw clasps the puzzles page of this morning’s Metro under his arm, bearing traces of fatigue and a ruffled Ian Brown haircut. “This has been very full-on,” he says of filming the series. “I don’t think I’ve ever done anything as intense and demanding as this.” In what has effectively become a character piece for Whishaw, London Spy’s early starts and heart-rending monologues have clearly taken their toll.

Subtler and more romantic than your usual spook fare, the plot spirals out of a gay love story – surely the first such intrigue in a mainstream TV spy drama – and is propelled by Whishaw’s perpetually downtrodden Danny. Working in a stock room by day and frequenting Vauxhall’s clubs by night, Danny is, says Whishaw, a bit lost. But everything changes when he bumps into the beneficent, enigmatic Alex (Edward Holcroft) on Lambeth Bridge in the early hours after a night out. The two characters are vastly different: Alex is an awkward and eloquent maths genius; Danny is, despite his circumstances, cheeky, charming and boyish. But they click and a relationship blossoms. All this time, Danny believes Alex to be an investment banker, but he is in fact a gifted MI6 spy. And when the latter suddenly disappears and the police start asking difficult questions, Danny gets sucked into the shadowy, subversive, terrifying world of espionage.

Today’s scene involves Danny trying to crack a code left behind by his partner. The deserted building is one of Danny’s old hangouts, somewhere he hopes won’t be bugged or watched, and he’s invited three aides along: closest friend Scottie (Jim Broadbent), Alex’s former maths teacher Marcus (Adrian Lester) and Scottie’s university companion Claire (Harriet Walter). All four characters are very real and recognisable human beings, worlds away from your typical trope-riddled spooks-in-suits, chasing each other over the tops of buildings, and they’re all the more appealing for it.



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Spooks: Ben Whishaw and Edward Holcroft in London Spy.  Photograph: Joss Barratt/BBC/WTTV Limited



Walter, who is currently doing just what you might expect her to do to relax away from the camera – drinking tea – was drawn to the drama because of the relatability of the individuals in Tom Rob Smith’s script (the first the Child 44 author has written for television). “This isn’t just a spy thriller,” she says. “It focuses more on the characters and their exclusion from certain normal areas of life because of their personalities, rather than because they’re spies or not spies. The characters are more unpredictable, more unusual.”

Smith, for his part, explains that the encounters between Danny and these various characters provide the motor for the plot as he tries to unpick the enigma of Alex’s life. Intimacy, and whether you can trust even those closest to you, is a major theme throughout.

“Danny’s journey is essentially one of meeting people who are extraordinary in some particular way,” he says. “He’s trying to decode what part these people play in the conspiracy, if there is one. People are very ambiguous and Ben as Danny is looking to figure out what roles these people play. It’s basically a thriller that explores the uncertainty of people, not the uncertainty of institutions.”

Feeding off this ambiguity, the direction of Jakob Verbruggen (The Fall, The Bridge) conveys a constant sense of paranoia through long, languid shots, uncomfortable silences and suggestive camerawork. Grey, hodgepodge cityscapes reinforce this sense of unease: London is a city that’s constantly in flux, a collision of old and new. Most scenes are filmed in the half-light or dark, painting a remarkably eerie portrait of the capital, one that’s heaps more believable than, say, Sherlock’s fetishised depiction of “modern London”.



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Eye Spy: Ben Whishaw  Photograph: Ed Miller/BBC/WTTV Limited



“It’s all about observing everyday activity in naturalistic situations,” says Lester, whose cold-yet-suave maths professor eventually manages to crack the code. “That’s what espionage is: gleaning very important information from almost nothing, and that’s what the script does. It invites you to look at the way someone’s blinking or the way they move their hand; that’s how you’re supposed to get your information and follow the plot.”

After Alex vanishes, the main relationship we follow is between Danny and Scottie, Jim Broadbent’s character. An elderly, wise but wounded figure, Scottie used to work in the secret services, and acts as a kind of mentor to Danny. For writer Smith, Scottie represents someone he never had growing up: “I really envied people who had that figure,” he says. “So this is my version.”

There are also hints of unrequited love between the pair, an original set-up for the typically macho world of the spy thriller. But although these gay relationships are at the heart of it, Broadbent stresses “it’s not a gay story” as he stares me down with his quizzical blue eyes. “It’s not about that. It’s about these particular guys, who happen to be gay, who are in the midst of this maelstrom of an unfolding tale.”

Speaking to Smith, it transpires that much of London Spy was written and rewritten with Whishaw in mind, making Danny his perfect suit. Whishaw was sent an early draft of the script a long time before shooting, and immediately jumped on it. Smith knew that the actor was playing the role when finishing up the final scripts, with the result that “he’s very much in the DNA of the character”. The actor has always managed to strike a careful balance between film (most recently Spectre, The Lobster and Suffragette), theatre (starting out with Hamlet at the Old Vic) and TV (Criminal Justice, The Hour), but never has a specific part been so thoughtfully tailored to his qualities: sweet yet melancholy, and always slightly mysterious. All this fuss, and it turns out he isn’t even much of a spy drama fan. “Although I might seem to be in a lot of spy things, I don’t actually watch them,” he admits.

Still, what Whishaw lacks in espionage smarts, he makes up for in creating intriguing, empathetic characters. “He’s totally truthful,” says his co-star Walter. “You don’t quite know when he’s practising and when he’s just thinking and when he’s acting. And I constantly, still, need to learn from people like that. We always need to do a check on ourselves about truthfulness because every acting generation has a different conception of it.”

Likewise, every generation has a different concept of the spy drama and this series feels like the most contemporary version to date. You might not be able to trust appearances, but you can bank on there being more than meets the eye.


London Spy starts Monday 9 November, 9pm, BBC2


Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on January 25, 2016, 02:25:19 am
http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2016/01/london-spy-the-great-gay-espionage-story-almost/425112/

TELEVISION
London Spy
                                                     London Spy
The Great Gay Espionage Story, Almost
The BBC miniseries starring Ben Whishaw is gorgeous, terrifying, insightful, and way too slow.

By SPENCER KORNHABER
JAN 21, 2016

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Ben Whishaw in London Spy.  BBC



“No plot but lots of disco dancing!” That was the headline for Christopher Stevens’s deliciously deranged Daily Mail review of the BBC five-part miniseries London Spy when it premiered in the U.K. in December. Some sort of unfortunate natural law dictates that exactly this kind of review must be written by someone, somewhere, for any new show with gay characters. “It’s become impossible to switch the telly on without seeing two men locked in a naked clinch, or in drag, or snogging,” Stevens carped, a statement that takes a certain amount of cognitive dissonance to make when only now, and only on some networks, is TV beginning to reflect the percentage of queer people in the general population. You can see evidence of this cognitive dissonance in the aforementioned headline: There is no actual disco dancing in London Spy.

Stevens’s review already received some backlash. But it’s worth noting that one argument supposedly in the show’s favor isn’t quite accurate. In an interview with The Guardian, the supporting star Jim Broadbent summed it up: “It’s not a gay story … It’s about these particular guys, who happen to be gay, who are in the midst of this maelstrom of an unfolding tale.” There are, to be sure, many stories where the presence of same-sex romance is merely incidental. But London Spy, which debuts on BBC America tonight, isn’t one of them. Its gayness is the most interesting thing about it.

Ben Whishaw, reconfiguring the ratio of nervous anxiety to dreamy self-possession he displays as Q in the recent James Bond movies, plays the hero, Danny. His drug use, promiscuity, and aimlessness fit the archetype of a “party boy”; the show wants viewers to see those traits as coping mechanisms for something. He meets the mysterious and handsome Alex, who more fits the Alan Turing mold: His long-ignored desires coexist with and maybe even fuel savant-like brilliance (Edward Holcroft’s deep voice and heavy-tongued speaking style even recall Benedict Cumberbatch, who played Turing in The Imitation Game). The two strike up a yin-yang love affair featuring beach walks and slow sex and very laconic conversations. Then something horrible happens, and the show turns from muted romance to terrifying mystery.

Both characters have been deeply shaped by the closet and social expectation, though in Alex’s case there are quite a few more layers of repression to peel back. That’s also true of Danny’s mentor, Scottie (Broadbent, kindly menace incarnate), a bureaucrat whose life story would have been very different had he been straight. All three men are terminally lonely for different reasons with similar root causes; the show’s plot is plausible only because of the palpable desperation that has led them to form iron commitments to one another. There are other sexuality-related factors here, too: the effects of AIDS in the past and present, the exploitative dynamics created when a group must exist on society’s margins, and the eagerness of the mainstream to lump all gay people into one amoral, kinky mass.

On TV, it’s rare for all these currents to converge so smartly. But the medium, at least as it’s approached here by the creator Tom Rob Smith and the director Jakob Verbruggen, doesn’t quite work to London Spy’s advantage, even though the show is visually gorgeous, wonderfully performed, and competently written. The need to occupy almost a full hour per episode seems to have resulted in lots of filler, presented, unconvincingly, under the guise of artful mood-setting. Outside of having potential screensaver value for Whishaw superfans, there’s nothing useful about seeing Danny wander idly through a hedge maze, or gloomily swim in slow motion, or contemplate the Thames over and over again. The time-killing isn’t justified by the central mystery, the solving of which turns out to be neither very shocking nor complex: Of all the possibilities suggested by the show’s inciting incident, one of the least interesting ends up being true. Five episodes might sound like a perfect, lithe treatment for such a tale, but the truth is it really only needed two or three. London Spy should have been a movie.  

To be fair, the storytelling does pay off frequently enough that I don’t regret having sat through the whole thing. Those strong character relationships feel all the more real because of the amount of time spent with them. And the drip-drop pacing allows for some exquisitely terrifying climaxes. The twist of the first episode really isn’t hard to guess at (and has been mentioned in some of the show’s advertising)—and yet it’s unveiled with such deliberation and patience that it feels like something from a great horror film.

Given the potential, though, the show’s flaws are frustrating. London Spy’s innovation is in the way that the sexuality of its characters intersects with a standard spy mystery to explore some concepts that popular culture hasn’t yet fully reckoned with. Yet its lethargy and the unremarkable nature of the underlying plot allow people like Stevens to maintain a false dichotomy: inclusive storytelling vs. entertaining storytelling. Both can coexist. Even within the slog of London Spy, there are plenty of times when they do.


Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on January 25, 2016, 02:47:52 am
AT THIS POINT: POSSIBLE SPOILERS


London Spy Closer Look:
Scottie (Jim Broadbent)

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An increasingly paranoid Danny asks Scottie for help.
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Scottie reveals the unnerving hidden message behind a joke.
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Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on January 25, 2016, 02:58:41 am
AT THIS POINT: POSSIBLE SPOILERS


London Spy Closer Look:
Marcus (Adrian Lester)

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Marcus confronts Danny with a different side of his lover's life.
Published on Nov 24, 2015
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Marcus tells Danny to destroy his copy of Alex's research.
Published on Dec 2, 2015
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Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on January 26, 2016, 05:15:04 pm


London Spy

Alex (Ed Holcroft)

"I was that man. And you
were that someone."
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Published on Nov 26, 2015


Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on January 29, 2016, 01:55:10 am




Gay spies are people, too, after all.




http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2016/01/london-spy-bbc-america-ben-whishaw

PREMIERES JANUARY 21, 2016 12:58 PM
London Spy
Is a Gay Twist on a Well-Worn Genre
BY RICHARD LAWSON

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Gay spies?? Yes, gay spies.

In the new BBC America mini-series London Spy, premiering on January 21, two people leading very different lives—one a secretive, buttoned-up type, the other an aimless, hedonistic clubgoer—meet, fall in love, and then are thrown into a knotty intrigue after one of them disappears. As the series’s title would suggest, this is a spy story, and its early beats have the familiar rhythms of many a stately, Graham Greene–ish mystery before it. Only, well, this time the two lovers torn apart by shadowy forces are both men, giving London Spy a fascinating, decidedly modern extra dimension.

What’s satisfying, and commendable, about this series is that it doesn’t simply graft a gay romance onto a traditional spy story, but presents something whose gayness and spyness are wholly intertwined and inseparable—it’s a narrative for which the gay aspect is integral rather than incidental, which feels rare even in our progressive age of television. It certainly doesn’t hurt that the wounded club kid is played by everyone’s beloved British beanpole Ben Whishaw, or that the strapping Edward Holcroft plays his shifty new boyfriend. But the eye candy is beside the point. (Though, gird yourself for Episode 1’s sex scene—yowsers.) The point is that London Spy, which was created by novelist Tom Rob Smith, does not shy away from the particulars of gay male life—sexual mores, H.I.V. fears, various potently lingering prejudices—while also creating a compelling mystery suitable to more than a niche audience. (Indeed, when the series premiered in the U.K. late last year, it earned high ratings.)

I recently spoke with Smith on the phone, curious to hear his take on the gayness and the spyness of it all, and he explained to me why the series’s love affair, between Whishaw’s Danny and Holfcroft’s Alex, had to be built the way that it is. “Clearly the gay thing is central to the story. Not because of any particular agenda that I had, but because I thought the most interesting version of this story is to have a gay couple. Because it’s about someone’s love story being attacked by stereotypes. And I can’t see how that would work with a straight couple, in a straightforward sense.”

As Smith sees it, London Spy’s twisty secret-agent intrigue, particularly involving M.I.6, is a good metaphorical fit for the series’s social themes. “If I was being neat, that’s a way of talking about the show itself: you flip [the M.I.6] building around, on the rear of it, it’s not as iconic, but you have this high wall with security cameras and then directly opposite you have these [Vauxhall] clubs that open at 10 and close at 10. It’s interesting that all the people going into this world, into this very discreet door, are in a sense oblivious of the world opposite them.” But at a time when at least parts of the world have made great strides in advancing gay rights, is homosexuality still something that can be wrapped in that particular metaphorical cloak, something clandestine and secretive, and possibly troubled?

“I have friends whose daughter was struggling with being gay,” Smith told me. “And they’re the most wonderful parents, and they’re living in London, which is now a very tolerant and welcoming city. And they’re struggling to understand why she might be struggling with it. I just said to them, ‘There’s a big difference between a theoretical position of equality and coming to terms with it on a personal level, working out the difficulties and trying to overcome it.’”

In London Spy we see the different sides of that continuing struggle played out not just by closeted Alex and the more free-wheeling Danny, but by Danny’s friend and perhaps lovelorn mentor, Scottie, an aging spook who experienced an altogether more repressive kind of discrimination in his would-be salad days. (Scottie is played—note-perfectly, with a sad sort of wisdom—by Jim Broadbent.) Through its tale of murder, cover-up, and cruelly exploited stigma, London Spy avoids any heavy, obvious messaging, while still remaining unflinching in its queerness. Which, in turn, becomes its own kind of message: yes, gay stories can be vital, and accessible, because they are gay stories, and that’s something we should be O.K. with admitting, and, as the BBC has done, comfortable sharing with a larger audience.

As a mystery-thriller, London Spy might take a few too many contemplative pauses or moody digressions to satisfy viewers simply looking for a by-the-book spy caper, but even as the series veers from internal angst to a modest bit of camp—mostly involving Charlotte Rampling’s wonderfully frigid and withholding lady of a faded house—it maintains its urgency, its value as something odd and alluring and, in its somber way, hopeful about how representation in media might look in the future.

The U.K. and the United States are different countries, of course, but if Britain’s response to London Spy has been any indication, we have reason to hope that the needle on what American audiences will accept from television that features overt, fundamental gay themes could move, or already has moved, to accommodate this series. “We had some articles saying there were all these calls to Ofcom, which is [Britain’s television] regulator, about the sex scene in Episode 1,” Smith explained. “That ran as a big story, and then it turned out there was one complaint to Ofcom. Literally just a single person complained to Ofcom about the scene. So there was a slight discrepancy between the coverage, which implied there was this mass outrage, and the reality, which is that there wasn’t any outrage.”

If there is any genuine outrage to be had, it might be about where the series takes Danny as he is plunged into a web of deceit and coldhearted machinations he’s not well equipped to navigate. By the end of London Spy, some viewers will likely have strong opinions about how the series handles the issue of H.I.V., and how it handles its many red herrings. Though they might gripe about the wild places the series ultimately goes (the implications of its central mystery turn out to be rather grand), hopefully they can still appreciate how the series maintains its admirable sense of conviction—to its strangeness, to its romantic and social inquiry—throughout. London Spy is sad and grim and messy. But there is a crucial bit of real humanity reflected in all that, which makes London Spy as worth watching as any more “traditional” mystery series, for any kind of viewer. Gay spies are people, too, after all.



Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on January 29, 2016, 04:47:40 am
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A  MOST WANTED MAN
Whether conducting his dangerous liaisons on screen or on stage,
London Spy seducer Edward Holcroft is about to blow his cover

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FILMING London Spy took Edward Holcroft into uncharted professional territory. The drama, based loosely on the case of Gareth Williams, the MI6 agent found dead in a sports bag, demanded Holcroft’s first ever sex scene - and it was to be with Bond star Ben Whishaw. His approach? “Just jump into it. So I literally jumped on to the bed and was like, ‘Let’s go!”’ recalls Holcroft, who made his name in projects such as Wolf Hall and Kingsman: The Secret Service. “We  had become quite close by that point, so it was quite special. Of all the people I could have dreamed of having a gay sex scene with, Ben would be my number one.”

Holcroft’s lack of inhibition has served the 27-year-old well in his career - he took up acting on a whim after a  university friend suggested he’d be good in a play - but in his younger years it landed him in trouble. “I was f***ing naughty at boarding school.” His escapades included all the classics: creeping out at night, turning up drunk to prayers and getting caught in a girl’s bedroom (despite taking refuge behind a pair of curtains). “It was a Catholic school so that was like the eighth deadly sin.”

Now with a slate including this month’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses at the Donmar Warehouse and a starring role in the upcoming film adaptation of Julian BarnesThe Sense Of An Ending, he is one of a crop of new British actors to emerge from the public school system (indeed, this year he briefly dated Prince Harry’s ex, Cressida Bonas, with whom he’s “still very good friends”). Does his background afford an unfair advantage? “I think you get a lot of opportunities that other people don’t, it would be foolish to pretend otherwise,” he says. “But I’m not taking it for granted. I work hard and that’s the best I can do.”

GQ UK, January 2016, p. 45

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Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
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Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
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Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
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Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
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Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
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Magic!

Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on January 29, 2016, 11:07:55 pm
Magic!


Thanks, Lee, I think it's pretty magic too. Hugely sad also--very Brokeback. I'm watching London Spy via Amazon, and I've seen two of the five episodes--the third one will not be released until next Thursday, so I'm very frustrated, and trying NOT to read too much past what I've already seen. The British fans (who saw the series on BBC 2 in November and December) are brokenhearted and insanely creative, doing fanart and fanfic--alternate time-times and what-might-have-beens; again, so Brokeback! Ah, the pain, the anguish, we knew it well, and I feel for them, poor things!

 :'( ::) :-* ;D


Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on January 29, 2016, 11:26:02 pm
The British fans (who saw the series on BBC 2 in November and December) are brokenhearted and insanely creative, going fanart and fanfic--alternate time-times and what-might-have-beens; again, so Brokeback! Ah, the pain, the anguish, we knew it well, and I feel for them, poor things!


I'll just add--if you are thinking about checking out the series--there really are a lot of Brokeback parallels, so much so that London Spy almost seems like one of those alternate reality Brokeback fantasies--imagine Ennis del Mar (Alex Taylor) is apparently a young, rich investment banker (!) who is actually a mathematical genius MI6 spy (who still don't talk too much) and Jack Twist (Danny Holt) is a London gay club kid (well, slightly aging club kid) with doe eyes and a rather feminine intuition. In this case it is Jack, not Ennis, who survives, and one day he visits and asks Ennis's mother if he could see Ennis's bedroom. With a surreal 'twist'--this happens twice! Two scary Pa del Mars--but ONE of the Ma del Mars is the scariest of all! Well, it's Spy Stuff after all, and I better say no more for the present. Just remember--like Jack was, Danny is fearless.

 :o ::)


 

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Alex's two--"fathers". Not!



Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on January 30, 2016, 02:58:29 pm



Perhaps the greatest compliment that can be paid to the show is that images and moments from this distinctive story are likely to linger in the memory for days. Danny can’t give up the search for what he knows to be real, and London Spy pays tribute to that resilience by offering indelible moments of discovery, romance and fury.






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TV REVIEWS
By Maureen Ryan
Chief TV Critic
@moryan
JANUARY 18, 2016 | 09:30AM PT

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U.K. writers regularly churn out well-wrought drama series with top-notch casts, and London Spy has all the usual things going for it — smart writing, evocative use of locations, an atmosphere of yearning, erudite suspense. And yet there is something singular about this terrific program, a spare, off-kilter intensity that sets it apart from its peers.

The series is lean, enigmatic and not that interested in linear storytelling; it’s a sensitive exploration of emotional truth and of the complexities behind elaborate performances of identity. It’s elliptical and indirect at times — and sometimes a little too enigmatic — but its narrative drive is strengthened by a percolating anger at injustice, fear-mongering and prejudice. This haunting drama becomes more captivating over the course of its five installments, thanks in large part to sensational performances from Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling.

London Spy could have gone terribly wrong, given the luridness of its real-life source material: In 2010, a dead man was found locked inside a gym bag in an apartment connected to the U.K.’s security services, and the British press had a field day speculating about the mix of spycraft and sexual practices that may have led to the man’s death.

The good news is, though elements of a similar story are threaded through London Spy creator Tom Rob Smith has not come up with an exploitative, “ripped from the headlines” riff on a tabloid tale. He’s much more interested in what it costs people to be true to themselves, and how easy it is for the powerful to demonize and shame people for what transpires in their personal lives, even in this supposedly more enlightened age. Threaded through this hall-of-mirrors spy story is the deep irony of a government using lies, subterfuge, manipulation and outright persecution to get at — or invent — “truths” that are supposed to protect their citizens.

The fulcrum of the story is Whishaw’s Danny, who, after a late night of partying, encounters Alex (Edward Holcroft), who couldn’t be more different from the dissolute Danny. Whishaw’s character is a warehouse worker living an aimless life, but his instincts and powers of perception come to the fore when something goes awry in his relationship with Alex, a restrained and buttoned-down banker. Jim Broadbent plays Scottie, an old friend who helps Danny when he runs into serious trouble. It would be unfair to say much about Charlotte Rampling’s complicated role, but every one of her scenes with Whishaw crackles with the electricity of skilled performers working at the top of their games.

Given that much of the enjoyment of the opening episodes has to do with the way the series keeps the viewer pleasurably off balance, the less said about the plot, the better. But what gives this drama an exceptional amount of richness and impact is the way that its meditations on reality and identity are tied to Danny’s very concrete emotional concerns. Despite the best and most duplicitous efforts of an array of powerful forces, a desperate Danny continually insists that whatever Alex’s hidden agendas and identities, their relationship has been truthful and real on some level. Danny’s credibility and even his life are often at stake, but the way that Scottie, a well-connected bureaucrat, helps him dig up some of the truth is generally depicted believably.

It’s no wonder that Whishaw (Spectre) is appearing constantly in film and television; he’s clearly one of the finest actors of his generation. He plays Danny’s doggedness and confusion with unwavering conviction, and it’s hard not to admire the character’s devotion to the facts, whatever the cost. The security services, the media and even Scottie are continually surprised by Danny’s persistence, but Whishaw makes Danny’s disdain for his personal safety somehow seem winning, and there’s an innocence about the character that offsets some of the darkness and turbulence of his past. Danny may not have much in the way of money, power or education, but, as the story progresses, his integrity exceeds that of almost everyone involved in Alex’s life.

Occasionally, the show veers into overly enigmatic preciousness; one scene set in a bathhouse is shot from an odd and distracting array of angles. But when Broadbent, Rampling and Whishaw are given confrontational conversations to dig into, London Spy is nothing short of mesmerizing. Broadbent is wonderfully subtle throughout, so when he goes big in a scene in which he recounts the security services’ persecution of gay employees, it’s impossible to take your eyes off him. Smith does a generally fine job of exploring the ways in which spy agencies have used the sexual identities of their agents to cow, manipulate and harass them in the past, and London Spy implies not much has changed since the discriminatory “mole hunts” of the past.

The narrative goes a bit Gothic as it enters the home stretch; it’s a bit on the nose for characters in a twisty spy story to wander through a hedge maze on a country estate. That said, this cast — which included Mark Gatiss as a memorably decadent music producer — would be gripping even if its members were reading the phone book. Perhaps the greatest compliment that can be paid to the show is that images and moments from this distinctive story are likely to linger in the memory for days. Danny can’t give up the search for what he knows to be real, and London Spy pays tribute to that resilience by offering indelible moments of discovery, romance and fury.




TV Review: 'London Spy'
(Series; BBC America, Thurs. Jan. 21, 10 p.m.)


Production
Filmed in London and Kent by Working Title Television, BBC America, BBC Two, NBC Universal and BBC Worldwide.

Crew
Executive producers, Tom Rob Smith, Juliette Howell, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Polly Hill, Hilary Salmon, Liza Chasin; producer, Guy Heeley; director, Jakob Verbruggen; writer, Smith; camera, Gerry Vasbenter; production designer, Lisa Hall; editor, Victoria Boydell; music, David Holmes; costume designer, Suzanne Cave; casting, Nina Gold, Robert Sterne. 60 MIN

Cast
Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling, Adrian Lester, Mark Gatiss, Edward Holcroft


Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on January 30, 2016, 07:27:46 pm
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Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on January 31, 2016, 11:28:46 am

London Spy
Episode 2
"Strangers"


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In the Dining Room, at dinner

Danny (Ben Whishaw):
Your son was murdered.
The attic was staged.
And everything you've read about his death is a lie.


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Frances (Charlotte Rampling):
After dinner, perhaps you will join me for a drink.


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After dinner, in the Library:

Frances:
My son wasn't gay.
Before you hold some sort of parade through the house, hear me out.
Alistair didn't think like ordinary people.
He didn't feel what ordinary people feel.
In his eyes, everyone was a puzzle.
He took immense satisfaction figuring out what a person wanted and then giving it to them.
As if we were all computers, waiting for the correct code.
Alistair could be anything a person wanted him to be.
In your case, it appears you craved romance, a good old-fashioned love story.
He gave it to you.
Meanwhile, he continued giving other kinds of stimulation to other kinds of people, men and women.
If he was involved with someone who hankered after risk, he would have provided it.
Danger, pain, submission, domination.
Alistair was as precocious sexually as he was intellectually. To him, they were one and the same.
Sex was just another form of decryption.
You think I'm cruel? Perhaps I am.
But not in this instance.
I wanted to preserve your illusions.
We had hoped that you would go home and mourn in the belief that your relationship was perfect.



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You loved him, I see that.
However, I cannot allow you to be unaware of the facts, in case you blunder further into a situation you simply do not understand.
I'm not surprised he used a different name. He was playing a part.
The part of a conventional lover.



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Danny:
I haven't read many books.
I haven't been to many places.
But I have--fucked a lot of people.
And there's one thing you just can't fake.
Inexperience.


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The body's tense when it should be relaxed.
It hurts when it should be fun.
And it's dirty when it should be clean.
I don't care how smart you are, your muscles can't lie.
I'm talking about feeling his--inexperience--as clearly as I can feel this glass.


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So I know for a fact you're lying.
I know for a fact that your son, the man I loved, was a virgin.
What I don't understand is why you're so keen to convince me otherwise.
When he told me you were dead, he wasn't lying, was he?


Frances:
Amongst all the lies you've heard here this weekend, recognise one truth-- "no fuss" is the best piece of advice you will ever be given.




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Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on January 31, 2016, 12:10:08 pm
London Spy
Episode 2
"Strangers"


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At Hampstead Heath


Scottie (Jim Broadbent):
Journalists make difficult bedfellows. You can't just tell them what to print.
You didn't want to discuss it with me first?


Danny (Ben Whishaw):
I knew you'd try and talk me out of it.
Make me think what a dumb idea it was.


Scottie:
What is this? Mistrust?
It is.
I see.
You trusted me with your life, but not now, not with this!


Danny:
My life is small, this is organisations, institutions.


Scottie:
You see me as one of them, don't you?
The suit, the education, the job - I'm part of the Establishment.


Danny:
Well, aren't you?


Scottie:
How dare you, young man! How dare you presume to know me.
I know you because I've heard every secret you have to tell.
What do you know about me? Answer me.


Danny:
- I know -


Scottie:
You know where I live.
You know what films I like, you know what music I listen to.
Did you know that I suffer from depression?
Did you know that in the past I drank every night, every day, every morning, I drank until a stranger could smell it on me!
Do you know just how fucking far I am from being part of the Establishment?
How dare you mistrust me when you don't know!
You want to know who I am, who I really am I'll show you.


Danny:
Where we going?


Scottie:
Come on.
Then you can decide whether you trust me or not.


At a different part of Hampstead Heath, in a wooded, if bleak, area


Scottie:
This is the spot where my career as a spy came to an end.
I was a spy a long time ago.
In a world very different to this one.
I was recruited at Cambridge.
I said yes partly because it wouldn't be a normal life, with regular hours.
I was desperate to avoid the five o'clock home time whilst not being bohemian enough to imagine life without a proper profession.
Not very patriotic motives, I suppose.
But they rather liked that about me, an utter lack of idealism.
Romantics make unreliable spies.



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It was my third year with MI6.
I was travelling back to London on the night train.
A handsome man entered my carriage sat opposite me.
The tips of our shoes touched.
Our eyes chanced.
He asked the most mundane questions in the most exciting way.
When we arrived at Paddington, I went to the gentlemen's and waited in a cubicle, door ajar, hoping.
I can't tell you how happy I was to see him.
It meant that I hadn't been wrong.
And that for the next 15 minutes or so, I wouldn't be alone.

After all these years, prudishness runs deep.

The next day, I was approached by a Soviet operative who described how the Soviet Union welcomed "Men like me".
"Under Communism we're all equals.
"And once I'd completed my mission here, in a country that would always hate my kind, I could set up home in Moscow and be free."

Some "men like me" actually believed that lie, but I was not one of them.
So all that remained was a blackmail.
I'd be exposed.
Arrested.
Disgraced.
So that night I bought a rope and came here.

But sitting on that branch, noose ready, I thought to myself, "There is another way."



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Danny:
You told your bosses you were gay.


Scottie:
(explosive laughter)
What a remarkable wrong answer!
However, the option did not yet exist.
No, I explained to my section head that I'd been approached by a Soviet operative and I detailed the nature of the blackmail.
He asked if the allegations were true.
I admitted that I'd made a mistake with a man and that the operative probably had evidence of that mistake.
But it was only once.
An act of disgusting madness.
"I'm not a homosexual. And I'm not a traitor."



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Hard for them to believe the second statement when they knew that the first was a lie.
So I proposed, preposterously, they employ someone to follow me for the rest of my life, photograph my every move, I would never touch another man.
I didn't discover until later that there haven't been a Soviet operative.
There'd been an internal investigation.
You've heard of a mole hunt? Well, this was a fag hunt, which they saw as more or less the same thing.
Her Majesty's Secret Service had had its fingers burnt by one too many queer spies.
But my prompt confession saved my life.
I was moved from MI6 into what was then named Ministry for Transport where I was little more than a penpusher, whispered about by those in the know.
Out of gratitude and fear, I kept my end of the bargain.
And for 11 years, I did not touch another man.



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(That night, in Scottie's house, in the Dining Room)


Scottie:
Will you sleep?


Danny:
(shakes his head wordessly "no".)


Scottie:
Then I propose we stay up all night and wait of the morning papers together.



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None of the respectable papers print a word--



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--instead, only this tabloid--



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https://newspapersinfiction.wordpress.com/2015/12/13/sex-spies-salacious-front-pages/



(Afterwards--unutterable sadness--)



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Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on January 31, 2016, 01:55:53 pm
London Spy
Episode 1
"Lullaby"


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In an older gay bar in Drury Lane; a drag Geisha lip syncher is miming Takeda Lullaby, a sad Japanese folk song.


Danny (Ben Whishaw):
You excited that you are gonna meet? I should've organized it sooner.


Scottie (Jim Broadbent):
A month or two, I could understand.
I'm not so old I can't remember what it's like to be smitten.
But eight months listening to you declare how wonderful
he is while failing to introduce us seems willful.


Danny:
Sorry.


Alex (Edward Holcroft):
Enters the club.


Danny:
Scottie, this is Alex.


Alex:
As usual, Alex is as wordless as he is polite, shaking hands and sitting down at the table.



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Scottie:
Gesturing towards the drag Geisha lip syncher.
What did you make of her? Too much? That doesn't surprise me.
Danny's always preferred his men to be as straight as possible, a tedious form of self-loathing that I've unsuccessfully tried to wean him off.


Danny:
Embarrassedly attempting to fend off the attack
Scottie, I was telling Alex--


Scottie:
I hope you told him this is where we first met?
You must be wondering how an old queer like me ended up friends with a handsome young man like him?
19 years old, he walked through that door.
As lost as a person could be.
I saw him, in his tatty jeans, with his cropped hair, and his puppy dog eyes.
I could guess his sad story without hearing a single word.
I presumed, if I bought him a drink, there wouldn't be a single second when he wasn't hoping for someone better to come along.
What can I say, I'm a soft touch. So I bought him that drink.
And to my surprise, he talked to me for the whole night.
He didn't leave, even when others stalked him.
A small gesture, but it meant a great deal, and we have been friends ever since.
I'm the one he comes to when times are tough.
And they often are.
Poor Danny has a terrible track record for picking the wrong man.
He's an insufferable romantic, one of the last.
Does it fall to me to say--don't break his heart?



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Alex:
I could never hurt Danny.



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Scottie:
May I ask, as someone who has been witness to the breaking of many a heart--how you can be so sure?


Alex:
Because he is the only friend I have.



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Danny:
Wordless, shocked, touched



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Scottie:
Touched, pleased, and yet jealous
I'm pleased for you. I'm pleased for you both.



Outside on the street after they have left Scottie



Danny:
Had you two met before?

Alex:
No.




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Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on January 31, 2016, 04:24:39 pm

London Spy
Episode 1
"Lullaby"


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Same evening after meeting Scottie, Danny's bedroom


Danny (Ben Whishaw):
You know Scottie asked if you knew how I became his friend?


Alex (Edward Holcroft):
You don't need to tell me.

I love you.


Danny:
And I need you to know.
I was 19. Like he said. It was a bad time.
I left home. I was doin' a lot of drugs.
And one night I was wired.
Not happy. Not high. I was numb.

And I posted an ad online
saying that anyone could come round.

I mean anyone.

My only condition was that they didn't speak.
And people showed up.
I didn't turn them away.
I didn't ask anything of them.
And they must have thought their luck was in, cos' they didn't make a sound.

And the next day, I couldn't stop crying.

And I went to see Scottie.

I didn't know him very well,
I'd only met him a couple of times, but he was the only person I could trust.
And he took me straight to the hospital.
And I was put on a course of PEP, which is emergency medication.
I was on the drugs for 28 days and Scottie looked after me.
And 16 weeks later I had an HIV test...and it was clear.

(cries)

We were friends...

(cries)

I've never done anything like that again.
I swear I was out of my mind.
I'm always safe. Always!
I don't know what happened to me that night.
I look back, I don't recognize that person.

And I've never cheated on you.
I don't want to have any secrets from you.
I never want to have any secrets ever again.



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Still later--



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Danny:
What are you thinking?


Alex:
Say it again?


Danny:
What are you thinking?


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Alex:
Nothing.



Next morning, Danny's Kitchen



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Danny:
Let's go away for the weekend.

Alex:
Sure.

(He turns and raises the volume on the radio;
Alex always plays classical music, preferably Bach.)


I have to buy a battery for my laptop, I can't go without replacing it.


Danny:
I understand.



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Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on January 31, 2016, 08:28:48 pm
London Spy
Episode 1
"Lullaby"


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In an older gay bar in Drury Lane; a drag Geisha lip syncher is miming Takeda Lullaby, a sad Japanese folk song.




https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takeda_Lullaby
Takeda Lullaby
(Japanese: 竹田の子守唄 or Takeda no komoriuta)
is a popular Japanese cradle song. It originated in Takeda, Fushimi, Kyoto.


This song has long been sung among the people in the burakumin areas of Kyoto and Osaka in a slightly different form for a long time. During the 1960s, it was picked up as a theme song by the Buraku Liberation League, particularly its branch at Takeda.

Burakumin (“hamlet people”) were an outcast community at the bottom of the Japanese social order that had historically been the victim of severe discrimination and ostracism. These communities were often made up of those with occupations considered impure or tainted by death – such as executioners, undertakers, workers in slaughterhouses, butchers or tanners. Professions such as these had severe social stigmas of kegare, or “defilement”, attached to them. A burakumin neighborhood within metropolitan Tokyo was the last to be served by streetcar, and is the site of butcher and leather shops to this day.

In this lullaby a young girl comforts herself with singing about her miserable situation. One day she was forcibly sent away to work for a rich family at a village across the mountain. Every day as she works with a baby on her back she is reminded of her family, looking at the silhouette of the mountains in the direction of her homeland.

In 1969, the folk song singing group Akai Tori made this song popular, and their single record, recorded in 1971, became a million seller in three years. The song has also an additional history that NHK and other major Japanese broadcasting networks refrained from broadcasting it because it is related to the burakumin activities, but this ban was stopped during the 1990s.



English Translation:

I would hate baby-sitting beyond Bon Festival,
The snow begins to fall, and the baby cries.

How can I be happy even when Bon Festival is here?
I don't have nice clothes or a sash to wear.

This child continues to cry and is mean to me.
Every day I grow thinner.

I would quickly quit here and go back
To my parents' home over there,
To my parents' home over there.



(Strange note: for some reason--probably MONEY--the BBC America/AND the Amazon Streaming versions BOTH have removed the vocal track of the Takeda Lullaby during the scene in the club--you can only hear it during the final credits. I realized that the vocal track was missing when I found it in a youtube clip posted before the BBC America premiere--that original British clip has since been deleted. JG)
Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 01, 2016, 08:35:20 am
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/nov/12/london-spy-real-life-murder-gareth-williams

The Guardian
London Spy
Opinion

Drama feeds off real-life crime, but has
London Spy gone too far?
Our entertainment is filled with fiction spawned
from tragedy, but writers must respect the real
victims, such as the late MI6 spy Gareth Williams


By Boris Starling
Thursday 12 November 2015


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‘The similarities between the real-life Williams and the mysterious character named Alex played by Edward Holcroft are hardly subtle.’
Photograph: WWTV/BBC


The death of Gareth Williams five years ago was always going to attract the attention of fiction writers. It seemed one part John le Carré (he was a GCHQ codebreaker), one part Agatha Christie (his body was found in a padlocked holdall) and one part E.L. James (he’d visited bondage websites not long before his death). The surprise is therefore not that London Spy, which began on BBC2 this week, has used the case as inspiration but that it has taken this long.

Tom Rob Smith, who wrote London Spy, has said it’s “entirely a work of fiction: none of the characters are real”. Maybe not, but the similarities between the real-life Williams and the mysterious character named Alex played by Edward Holcroft are hardly subtle.

Both men were fitness fanatics. Williams was a keen cyclist: the first time we meet Alex, he is sweat-drenched, running along the Thames. Both men were child maths prodigies. Williams took a first from Bangor University aged 17; Alex went to university aged 15. Both men were solitary. Williams’s landlady said he never had anyone back to his Cheltenham flat in the decade he lived there; Alex says he has no close friends. Both men were gay. And both men were found dead in similar conditions. Williams in a holdall, Alex in a trunk – and each time with the heating turned up high, presumably to speed the decomposition process.

All of which begs the question: if you were a relative or friend of Gareth Williams, how would you feel watching it? Probably not too thrilled, in all likelihood. The case is still unsolved, the press picked over the prurient details of it, and now a thinly disguised version of a person you loved is appearing on TV.

But London Spy isn’t sensationalist. Quite the opposite. It places great emphasis on the relationship between Alex and Ben Whishaw’s Danny: two fragile souls seeking a connection to each other, an anchor in a stormy world.

When Danny discovers a sex room in Alex’s flat, the focus is more on his reaction to the betrayal it apparently represented than on it per se (though you can imagine a number of awkward conversations taking place up and down the country. “Is that the murder weapon, dear?” “No, Mum, that’s a butt plug.”)

The truth is, writers are magpies: we take, steal, distort and mould endless things from real life in service of our stories. Over the years I’ve cribbed the autopsy reports of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman for the victims of an Aberdeen serial killer, transposed the case of the child murderer Peter Kuerten from Düsseldorf in 1929 to Moscow in 1992, and included the real-life figures of Rosalind Franklin and Linus Pauling in a novel set in the great smog of London. And so on.

Even the most heinous crimes are not off limits to writers. Many people said in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 that it was too horrifying for any fiction writer to ever use, but of course hundreds have done just that. The Irish-Canadian author Emma Donoghue took the Josef Fritzl case – surely as close to the heart of darkness as most people could imagine – as inspiration for her magnificent Room, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize, and has been adapted into a film.

And it was impossible to watch last year’s The Missing, which this newspaper described as “hauntingly brilliant television”, without thinking of Madeleine McCann and the never-ending nightmare of her parents.

A writer has only one real obligation when using real-life cases, and that’s to respect them. Don’t sensationalise; don’t cheapen. Use what those cases say about life and the human condition, about our hopes and fears and dreams and neuroses, to produce something that resonates.

The makers of London Spy may have used the story of Gareth Williams and, even in the narrowest sense of the word, exploited it. But they have not traduced it.



Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 02, 2016, 02:46:46 am



[youtube=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgjx1uUaGDU[/youtube]
Published on Feb 1, 2016

Music: Ain't coming back--LIVE
written, sung by Edward Holcroft who plays Alex in London Spy
Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 02, 2016, 03:00:09 am

                        
                         "I don't want you to stay with me just because I'm the first.  
                  So--you should see other people. You should."

        
                        "I don't want to. I don't need to."
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Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 02, 2016, 04:43:12 am

Music: ain't coming back--LIVE
written, sung by Edward Holcroft who plays Alex in London Spy

                 

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Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 02, 2016, 11:24:40 pm

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bsl.io/ZNi
http://www.bustle.com/articles/136010-who-is-alex-on-london-spy-edward-holcroft-is-due-to-make-waves-in-hollywood


Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 03, 2016, 12:22:23 am
Although this is out of sequence,
in Episode 4, I believe this particular
excerpt is not really a spoiler but
an illuminating flashback--
London Spy
Episode 4
"I Know"


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Under a starry night, a campfire idyll starts happily, but--


Danny (Ben Whishaw):
Do you believe in soul mates?


Alex (Edward Holcroft):
No. Not only do I not believe in them... it's not even a nice idea.



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Danny:
Not a nice idea?


Alex:
That there's only just one other person out there for you. What are the odds this person would be in the same country? Or the same city? That their paths would even cross? It would mean almost everyone in the world is with the wrong person. If it's a way of saying, "we're good together", why not just say... "we're good together"? But if you mean it literally...



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Danny:
You think there are better people out there for you?


Alex:
There might be. For both of us. But since we don't know them, it's just a theoretical.



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Danny:
Yes. It's... a sentimental idea. The maths doesn't add up.  
But... we're by the fire, we're under a night sky. Couldn't you just have said "yes"?



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(Alex's face falls as Danny speaks)



Alex:
Is that what your soul mate would've done?



They are back in the city, the evening rather spoilt--



Danny:
Oh, I've done a lot of things with a lot of different people and... that's part of the reason I'm sure... that we're something special.
But, for you, it... I don't want you to stay with me just because I'm the first.
So, you should see other people.
You should.



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Alex:
(Suddenly, Alex is shocked and tearful.)
I don't want to.


Danny:
I only meant...


Alex:
(Speaking very quickly)
I don't need to.



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http://cinematic-literature.tumblr.com/post/136418754562/because-you-wanted-him-to-be-perfect-romantic
Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 03, 2016, 12:36:10 am
From a blog entry found on tumblr:
http://mynameisalexx.tumblr.com/
“I don’t want you to stay with me just because I’m the first.
So, you should see other people.
You should.”


“I don’t want to.”
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“I only meant…”
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“I don’t need to.”
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From a blog entry found on tumblr:


https://www.tumblr.com/search/london%20spy%20i%20know

http://cinematic-literature.tumblr.com/post/134335106677/do-you-believe-in-soul-mates-romanticism-vs

“Do You Believe in Soul Mates?”
Romanticism vs Rationalism in London Spy

Dec 1, 2015


The fourth episode of London Spy has finally made me realize why I’ve fallen in love with the show since the first episode. It has triggered something in me and now I know what it is. I’m a very private person, but this time I need to open up to make you see my point.

One of the most intense moments of Episode 4, "I Know", are flashbacks of Danny and Alex, showing their love story is not as perfect as we thought. The contrast between their characters - Danny’s romanticism and Alex’s rationalism - creates tension because they’re using completely different languages, there’s no common ground here. Danny gets things started: he asks Alex if he believes in soul mates, because HE obviously does: Alex is his soul mate.

Alex’s answer crushes the romantic atmosphere Danny is trying to establish.

He goes on, and it’s his rational mind speaking: they’re good together, so why should they say they’re soul mates? Since there’s no soul mate, to be “good together” is the right way to put things.

Alex is all about rationalism: how can you be sure someone was “made for you”? Just think of how many people are in the world. There could be someone else right for you out there. Since we don’t know these people - Alex adds - “it’s just theoretical”. Alex is not being un-romantic or cynical: he’s just using his rational mind and matter-of-factness. This explanation should show Danny there are no hidden messages: Alex loves him and doesn’t want anybody else.

Danny doesn’t get the meaning of his boyfriend’s speech. He’s on the beach, under a starry night, with his soul mate: he wants his damn romantic dream. As a reaction, he mortifies Alex: if he loved him, he should pretend and say “yes”. They’re clearly speaking two different languages and each one is now closed to the other: both are hurt.

We understand how bad Danny is hurt later in the episode: he thinks there’s something special between them, but Alex doesn’t feel the same way because he doesn’t believe in soul mates. Alex has crushed his romantic dream. The solution: telling him to date someone else. Seeing other people will make him understand his mistake: he will see how special their relationship is.

Alex is desperate. Why is this happening? Why should he see other people? He doesn’t want to, he doesn’t need to. His rationalism has been crushed by Danny’s romantic vengeance. Again, they’re using two different languages, so one can’t understand the other.

I can relate on a very deep and personal level to both scenes: I am a hopeless romantic, just like Danny, while my husband has the mind of a mathematician, like Alex. I’m surprised when people wonder why Danny and Alex fell in love with each other: sure, they are very different, communication can be hard at times, but the attraction you feel for someone who’s your opposite is irresistible. I totally understand Danny’s act of spite, but I feel sorry for Alex: he’s the one who’s emotionally unprepared to deal with the thunderstorm of romantic feelings coming from Danny. Oh, I asked my husband the soul mate question. No need to tell you what he replied.   ;)







LONDONSPYFANARTJO

From a blog entry found on tumblr:



http://j000000.tumblr.com/post/138359077496/poor-baby-alex-pls-dont-cry-he-makes-me-wanna
Poor baby Alex, pls don’t cry. He makes me wanna cry all the time.T_T


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Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 03, 2016, 12:52:24 am




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I was that man, and you were that someONE.



Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 03, 2016, 01:01:53 am
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Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 03, 2016, 10:06:19 am

London Spy
Episode 4
"I Know"



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ALEX: …that there’s only just ONE other person out there for you.





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ALEX: Because he is the only friend I have.





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DANNY: I don't want you to stay with me just because I'm the FIRST.
 

ALEX: I was that man, and you were that someONE.





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Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 03, 2016, 09:47:54 pm
LONDONSPYFANART


The Ties that Bind--


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Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 03, 2016, 10:55:12 pm
LONDONSPYFANART


An Imaginary Conversation:
(Translation from the Korean--I hope!)
 
Q (Blue Speech Bubble):                                             DANNY (Brown Speech Bubble):                                   BOND and ALEX (Green Speech Bubble):
I'm going crazy because of that person...Does               Look here, I have no idea what MINE is thinking about--   ". . . ."   (scroll to see below)
HE know how many nights I've stayed up making that?   EVER.                                                                          (Translation from the Korean--maybe):
HE never tells me when HE is coming and always                                                                                             These two do not have such a good
disappears randomly. I can't stand it.                                                                                                              relationship. Is there a dynamic hatred?
 
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Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 04, 2016, 04:29:01 pm
LONDONSPYFANART


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Danny’s eyes in London Spy // doodling in Starbucks
by arteristic
DECEMBER 3, 2015

http://arteristic.tumblr.com/post/134449114349/dannys-eyes-in-london-spy-doodling-in
http://spies-and-partyboys.tumblr.com/post/134449601959/arteristic-dannys-eyes-in-london-spy

Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 05, 2016, 02:08:33 am
London Spy
Episode 1
"Lullaby"



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Text from Episode 1 shooting script by Tom Rob Smith
b+w/sepia gif sequence taken from blog:
http://lilbasthet.tumblr.com/post/134327086101/justgot1-being-alone-has-a-rhythm
Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 05, 2016, 03:26:15 am
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Left image with caps from
http://mynameisalexx.tumblr.com/post/134137519183
Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 05, 2016, 03:30:06 am



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Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 06, 2016, 12:08:03 am

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“Being alone has a rhythm, like running.
It’s when you stop that you realize how tired you are.”


London Spy, 1x01: Lullaby (2015)




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Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 06, 2016, 12:10:45 am



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Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 06, 2016, 10:51:02 pm


London Spy
Episode 1
"Lullaby"




DANNY: So Joe, are you--are you--I've run out of questions--

"JOE" (ALEX): Ask me. Please.

DANNY: Are you out?

"JOE" (ALEX): No. If you want to go, I can understand that reaction.

DANNY: I don't want to go.




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Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 06, 2016, 11:38:36 pm


London Spy
Episode 1
"Lullaby"




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"JOE" (ALEX): I work for an investment bank. It's their apartment. Security is a concern.

There's a terrace... If you want to smoke, I mean. I'm going to take a shower.




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DANNY: (innocently snooping)


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DANNY: I'll let you get dressed.



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"JOE" (ALEX):(Now at the restaurant: kindly, gentle humor)

Did you look through my clothes?




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Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 06, 2016, 11:43:07 pm

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Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 07, 2016, 12:20:33 am


London Spy
Episode 1
"Lullaby"





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"JOE" (ALEX):(Now at the restaurant, Alex realizes Hixter, Southbank, is a bit pricey for Danny)

I can pay.


DANNY: No, it's fine, I'm... I must be easy to read.



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"JOE" (ALEX): You are.


DANNY: Is that bad?


"JOE" (ALEX): Makes a change. The people I work with... are inscrutable.


DANNY: I can be inscrutable.



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"JOE" (ALEX):(Kindly, gentle humor)

Did you look through my clothes?



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DANNY: (laughs)




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Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 07, 2016, 01:01:36 am

London Spy
Episode 1
"Lullaby"



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(After a week of silence, Alex shows up very early, without any warning, at Danny's flat. They drive East, through Kent, and end up walking along the water in the slightly unearthly, spare, sparse, quiet, empty landscape of the Isle of Grain, which is all gravel and pebbles. Alex is stylishly equipped with thermos and carefully numbered and organized ordnance maps in his rucksack--he is a serious walker.)



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DANNY: So you turn up, on my doorstep--which is wonderful! Except I never told you where I live--and I was wondering--and I should say in advance that I don't mind--but--did you carry out some kind of background check on me?


"JOE" (ALEX): The way we met was--unusual.



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DANNY: Right. So--you thought--stranger! Seduction! Not that, uhm, I'm presuming you were seduced by me. That's--a process ongoing--what was I saying? Yeah, so you thought, our meeting was part of--a set-up? It's fine. It's fun. I just--I thought you said I was easy to read?



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"JOE" (ALEX): (Lightly, with some humor)
That would have been the reason you were selected. The appearance of innocence.



DANNY: I'm not innocent.


"JOE" (ALEX): (Still lightly, but directly, seriously)
You might be the only innocent person I know.



DANNY: (A beat)
Can you tell me what your real name is now?



ALEX: (A beat)
My name is Alex.




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Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 07, 2016, 01:50:20 am


London Spy
Episode 1
"Lullaby"


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DANNY: So grown-up. You drink tea out of a thermos, and you go for country walks.
I must seem young compared to the people you work with.



ALEX: You do.


DANNY: You're not joking, are you?


ALEX: I started university when I was 15.


DANNY: So you never... messed around?


ALEX: In what sense?


DANNY: Any sense.


ALEX: I've been serious for a very long time.


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DANNY: What made you change your mind? About me?


ALEX: I wondered what it would be like to do these walks with someone.


DANNY: I was worried that you were going to say it was cos' I made you laugh.


ALEX: I don't think you've ever made me laugh. It's not that you won't--


DANNY: I understand.


ALEX: I'm sure you will--


(Alex is beginning to learn to smile and then laugh easily--and is falling in love.)


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Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 07, 2016, 04:06:05 am

London Spy
Episode 1
"Lullaby"


(Back in London, outside Danny's flat in Vauxhall,
same evening after their wonderful day in Kent.)




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DANNY: I'd like you to come up--if you want, obviously.
And if you don't want, that's cool--



(Suddenly they are speaking at the same time with crossed signals,
talking over each other; Alex is nervous and hesitant, Danny is frustrated.)



DANNY: I didn't mean to say cool--
ALEX: I want to--


(They pause--there is a gulf.)


DANNY: You want to--


(Alex is smiling, but nervously shaking his head--he is losing his nerve. There is a pause.)


DANNY: But--


(Awkward beat.)


ALEX: It's a little fast.


DANNY: Well, maybe next time.
(Frustrated and a bit annoyed, Danny starts to hug Alex goodbye,
but Alex awkwardly reaches out to formally shake hands.
Now really annoyed, Danny says--)

You've gotta stop shakin' my hand.



ALEX: I'm sorry. I'm sorry.
(Alex feels utterly mortified and out of his depth.
Suddenly everything has gone completely wrong.)



DANNY: Ok.



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(Danny leaves Alex on the street and goes upstairs.
His flatmate is boredly stirring something on the stove.
Danny's wonderful day and evening has crashed.)





DANNY: Fuck!



(Danny clatters down the stairs and runs towards the downstairs door--
through the glass he sees Alex still there,
turned away, head bowed.)




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DANNY: It's normally tidier than this...
(Then truthfully, he says)
No, it's never tidier than this.





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(Sometime later, Alex is in the filled bathtub, seemingly exhausted and sad.
Danny is still fully dressed, shoes off, sitting on the floor of the bathroom next to the tub.
Alex slowly slips under the still water, eyes open, and Danny gently touches his chest.)





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ALEX: Had you guessed?


DANNY: I'd guessed you hadn't slept with guys before.
I thought maybe you'd slept with a couple of women. Can I ask you a question?



ALEX: (Near silent grunt of assent.)


DANNY: What's stopped you? You don't have to answer.


ALEX: How do you admit to someone you've never been in a relationship?
Who wants to hear?
And when they do, who wants to stay?





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DANNY: I do.


ALEX: (Wearily)  At school I was old. At university I was young.
I've always been--like a step from people around me.
In the end, I left it so late--I gave up. I told myself I was all about the mind.
And people found me odd. It grated on them. I could see it in their eyes.
Rather than change, I started playing the role, more and more. I didn't need anyone.
That's what I told myself: "I didn't want anyone."





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DANNY: Did you imagine you'd spend the rest of your life alone?


ALEX: Yes.





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DANNY: I can't begin to understand what that must feel like.


ALEX: You always knew you would find someone?


DANNY: Always.





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ALEX: I can't imagine what that must feel like.





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(Alex starts to make a small, rueful smile--and then a larger smile as Danny smiles broadly.)


ALEX: I'd like to try again.


DANNY: We don't have to.


ALEX: You don't want...?





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DANNY: We can wait.


ALEX: I've waited long enough.





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ALEX: Drugs?


DANNY: I've been using them to make me believe the sex was special.
That the person I was with was special. But--I'd like to know what it feels like for real.
Because I bet it's the best feeling in the world.





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ALEX: Will you stop worrying about me?





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DANNY: Will you stop worrying about ME?





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Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 10, 2016, 07:59:43 pm




A tragic love story masquerading as a spy thriller, this five-part drama is a terrific tour de force for Ben Whishaw.




http://www.tvinsider.com/article/67437/roush-review-london-spy-dcs-legends-of-tomorrow-baskets/

Roush Review
London Spy
Dazzles
By Matt Roush
January 21, 2016 9:45 am

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London Spy: Quantum of Solace

It's a safe bet you've never seen a sex-pionage yarn quite like BBC America's wildly original and deeply moving London Spy, from novelist Tom Rob Smith (Child 44). A tragic love story masquerading as a spy thriller, this five-part drama is a terrific tour de force for Ben Whishaw (Spectre, Broadway's upcoming The Crucible revival) as Danny, a romantically wishful, wistful and emotionally fragile drifter who falls for the strong and silent investment banker Alex (Edward Holcroft)—which may not be his real name, and almost surely isn't his true profession.

Their eight-month courtship is captured in passionate and moody detail, although Alex's guarded nature makes him an unending enigma to Danny, a puzzle that only deepens when Alex suddenly disappears. Spy quickly becomes a brooding, haunting and surreal mystery of identity as well as a poignant study of lives lived in the shadows: those of spies as well as homosexuals.

"Romantics make unreliable spies," says Danny's protector/mentor Scotty (a moving Jim Broadbent), a former agent who knows only too well the toll of blackmail and self-denial. But Danny is resolute in pursuing the truth surrounding Alex, despite one contact's warning that "You have the very particular stink of a man out of his depth." The further Danny descends into a rabbit hole of secret conspiracy and paranoia, the more he realizes almost no one is who they seem and that his enemies will go to extraordinary lengths to protect their lies. (The tremendous supporting cast includes, in episodes to come, Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling and Adrian Lester as pivotal figures from Alex's cloudy, troubled past.)

"You're looking for answers, but are you ready for them?" a voice on the phone taunts Danny. A warning viewers might heed as well, because the audacious revelations in the final chapters are shattering and disturbing reminders of the cost of truth in a world built on deception.



Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 10, 2016, 10:15:37 pm


"JOE"/ALEX/ALISTAIR/ALEX


The First Interview with the Police:

Danny (Ben Whishaw):
His name's Alex.
He's my partner.
It's his apartment.
He disappeared two weeks ago.

Do you think it might not be him? (Danny hoping against hope.)



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Detective Taylor (Samantha Spiro):
Tell me what you know about... Alex.


Danny:
He's a genius. He went to university at the age of 15.
He's got no family. His parents are dead. Uhm...
He works for an investment bank. What else do you need to know?


Detective Taylor:
Do you know... this man?



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Danny:
That's... This is Alex.


Detective Taylor:
Your partner?


Danny:
Yeah.


Detective Taylor:
What kind of relationship did you have with him?
Did it involve sadism? Drugs?


Danny:
(Incredulous, shocked, disgusted)
No!


Detective Taylor:
You see? It's hard for me to believe you were in a serious relationship... when you don't even know his name.

This man is called Alistair. His parents are alive.
He did not work for a bank.
Is it possible... you enjoyed extreme sexual encounters with someone who didn't want you to know their name? Is it possible?



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After a disastrous meeting with journalists in the 'Blue Fin Building' in Southwark:

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Ben Whishaw and Michaela Coel filming London Spy in Southwark
19 October 2014



Journalist 2 (Michaela Coel):
You don't use his name.
Is it true you didn't even know it?
Did he ever tell you he was in danger?


Danny:
No.


Journalist 2:
OK, I get it. He's a spy, he needed to be careful.
You met by chance. First day, he lied.
But eight months later you want to spend the rest of your lives together and you're still using the wrong name to say how much you love him?


Danny:
He told me his name was Alex.


Journalist 2:
People lie, Danny. And they lie well.



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* * * * * * * * * * * * * * *





The second, more threatening interview with the Police:



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Detective Taylor:
What happened that night, Danny?



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Detective Taylor:
He asked you to lock him inside the trunk. You obliged. You sat on the bed waiting for his high.
Only yours came first. It came stronger.
You pass out. Nothing could wake you. Not his cries for help, the movement of the trunk.
You sat up. You saw the trunk. On its side. Halfway across the attic.
Now you're panicking. You open the locks. You touch his cheeks. He's still warm.
You consider calling an ambulance... of course you do.
But it's too late. You look around at the remnants of your night.
The drugs. The kink. A jury's going to hate you.
You close the trunk and you leave.
After all, the guy slept around. You didn't even know his name. There were others.
Maybe we'd think it was one of them.



Danny:
Why would I have told you that? There WERE no other people!



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Detective Taylor:
There are always other people. Exclusive. Discreet. A specialist escort agency, for the very rich.


Danny:
Alex didn't use escorts.


Detective Taylor:
Could we at least use his real name?


Danny:
Alistair didn't use escorts.


Detective Taylor:
You both enjoyed the company of strangers, it would seem.

(She shows a card for escort service that Alex/Alistair supposedly used, as well as evidence that Danny,
before his relationship with Alex/Alistair, had had a promiscuous past.)



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* * * * * * * * * * * * * * *





In a handwritten letter, Danny is sent return fare rail tickets to meet Alex's "parents" in Oxfordshire.


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Waiting on the platform for the "parents", Danny is working on a crossword puzzle;
he is filling in all the squares with the names 'Alex' or 'Alistair'.






* * * * * * * * * * * * * * *





After meeting Alex's second 'real' set of parents in the second 'real' house, and waking in Alex's second 'real' bedroom
(grand yet forlorn and desolate), Danny ignores the place setting in the otherwise empty upstairs Dining Room and goes
down to the kitchen to see Nanny (the 'fake' mother in the first house the previous night); she is cooking his breakfast,
and he sits down at the kitchen table.


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Danny:
I prefer it down here.


"Mrs Turner"/Nanny (Lorraine Ashbourne):
She won't like it.



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Danny:
No. I don't think she will.

You cared about him. You cared for him. If he had a problem, he came to you, didn't he? Not her. You loved him.


Nanny:
(still facing the hobb/range, she sobs)
Alex!


Danny:
Alex.
(Danny receives confirmation at last what he had already felt to be the truth--that Alex was his lover's true name--and that Alex had not lied to him.)


Nanny:
(She turns to Danny, crying and laughs, slightly hysterical)
He hates the name Alistair!



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Danny:
What happened here?


Nanny:
Get as far away from these people as you can!
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Wishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on February 11, 2016, 03:36:31 pm
OK, well, some of those clips were NSFW. Lovely, but NSFW.  ;)
Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 11, 2016, 06:05:07 pm
OK, well, some of those clips were NSFW. Lovely, but NSFW.  ;)


Well, you know, Jeff--
If the BBC says it's ok,
it MUST be 'proper'--
isn't it? It's the BEEB
after all, right??!!

 ::) ::) :laugh: :laugh:

(https://i.ytimg.com/vi/51P0RTVWV0g/maxresdefault.jpg)

Though I guess BBC2
is just a teeny bit less
staid--it just isn't
your father's BBC
anymore....

It's amazing--the series premiered in the UK in November-December 2015, and now it is being released by BBCAmerica, week by week, in the States--tonight, Thursday, February 11, 2016, 10PM, it's Episode 4 out of a total of 5 episodes--and I'm watching it (devouring it?) via Amazon ($13.00 and change for all 5 episodes)--and I don't even have a television--I haven't had one for 20 years! For me it really is like living in the future--

 :) ;)

Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Wishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on February 11, 2016, 08:21:21 pm

Well, you know, Jeff--
If the BBC says it's ok,
it MUST be 'proper'--
isn't it? It's the BEEB
after all, right??!!

 ::) ::) :laugh: :laugh:


Somehow I don't think my employer would buy that argument.  :laugh:
Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 11, 2016, 10:13:03 pm
Somehow I don't think my employer would buy that argument.  :laugh:


Ok, tell them to close their eyes and think of ENGLAND and EMPIRE--
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 :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:


Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 12, 2016, 12:41:37 am


Behind the Scenes:
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Ben Whishaw (Danny), Edward Holcroft (Alex) and director Jakob Verbruggen, Albert Embankment/Lambeth Bridge





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The star gets the umbrella!                     Ben Whishaw (Danny) and Edward Holcroft (Alex), Albert Embankment/Lambeth Bridge





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Edward Holcroft (Alex) and Ben Whishaw (Danny) Isle of Grain, Kent





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Edward Holcroft (Alex) and director Jakob Verbruggen, London location





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Ben Whishaw (Danny), creator/writer/executive producer Tom Rob Smith and Jim Broadbent (Scottie), Hampstead Heath





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Director Jakob Verbruggen and Charlotte Rampling (Frances)  





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Ben Whishaw (Danny), Thames foreshore





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Ben Whishaw (Danny), 'London Spy'





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Ben Whishaw (Danny) and director Jakob Verbruggen





[youtube=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sA_vfADuB0[/youtube]
Get a closer look at London Spy and director Jakob Verbruggen
Published on Feb 12, 2016.
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'London Spy'
(Series; BBC America, Thurs. Jan. 21 - Feb. 18, 10 p.m.)


Production
Filmed in London and Kent by Working Title Television, BBC America, BBC Two, NBC Universal and BBC Worldwide.

Crew
Executive producers, Tom Rob Smith, Juliette Howell, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Polly Hill, Hilary Salmon, Liza Chasin; producer, Guy Heeley; director, Jakob Verbruggen; writer, Smith; camera, Gerry Vasbenter; production designer, Lisa Hall; editor, Victoria Boydell; music, David Holmes; costume designer, Suzanne Cave; casting, Nina Gold, Robert Sterne. 60 MIN

Cast
Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling, Edward Holcroft, Mark Gatiss, Samantha Spiro, Adrian Lester, Lorraine Ashbourne, Harriet Walter
Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 12, 2016, 12:23:57 pm


I wish I could have been there!
 :D
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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Wishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on February 12, 2016, 12:40:07 pm
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Director Jakob Verbruggen and Charlotte Rampling (Frances)  

OMG, Charlotte Rampling looks like somebody's grannie. I think I'd rather remember her from the days when I couldn't decide who was the most beautiful woman in the world, her or Jacqueline Bisset.
Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 12, 2016, 01:12:33 pm
OMG, Charlotte Rampling looks like somebody's grannie. I think I'd rather remember her from the days when I couldn't decide who was the most beautiful woman in the world, her or Jacqueline Bisset.




Remember she was 'Mean Girl' Meredith to plain Lynn Redgrave's Georgie Girl? When she was in Zardoz?? ( I LOVED Zardoz!)


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(http://www.movieactors.com/photos-stars/charlotte-rampling-zardoz-08)



Well, she is a perfect Gorgon now in London Spy--very scary!


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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Wishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on February 12, 2016, 02:48:57 pm

Remember she was 'Mean Girl' Meredith to plain Lynn Redgrave's Georgie Girl? When she was in Zardoz?? ( I LOVED Zardoz!)


Actually, I've never seen either of those films. I live in a cave. ...  ::)
Title: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 13, 2016, 12:12:07 am
Actually, I've never seen either of those films. I live in a cave. ...  ::)


No. more likely it's just that you're not as goddamn OLD as I am-- ::) ::) ::) :P :P :P


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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on February 13, 2016, 12:51:47 am



( I LOVED Zardoz!)

Hmm. With a well-built Sean Connery in a red bikini, as in the poster, who wouldn't?  8)


Quote
Well, she is a perfect Gorgon now in London Spy--very scary!


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She looks like Lillian Hellman when I saw her on Merv Griffin's talk show when I was just a lad.  ::)
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 13, 2016, 01:24:47 am
Hmm. With a well-built Sean Connery in a red bikini, as in the poster, who wouldn't?  8)


Have a cookie!!  :laugh: :laugh:
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She looks like Lillian Hellman when I saw her on Merv Griffin's talk show when I was just a lad.  ::)

Believe me, in London Spy, Charlotte Rampling is MUCH MUCH SCARIER than Lillian Hellman--"including 'and' and 'the' "!   ::) ::)  :laugh: :laugh:


Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 13, 2016, 01:31:27 am


London Spy
Episode 1
"Lullaby"
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London Spy
Episode 2
"Strangers"
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London Spy
Episode 3
"Blue"
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London Spy
Episode 4
"I Know"
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And now, the last episode--
London Spy
Episode 5
"If This is a Lie--"
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[youtube=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7duEFh3Uvw[/youtube]
"You fail to grasp what has been done to you."
Don't miss the London Spy finale Feb 18 at 10|9c.
Published on Feb 11, 2016.
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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 13, 2016, 01:54:51 am

London Spy
Episode 4
"I Know"
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This 4th episode, "I Know", is tragically sad and bleak. It is also, with some of the mystery revealed, extremely interesting, even electrifying. The horror of the first episode, though, how it happened, is still largely hidden. I'm afraid that the 5th and last episode next week--might be hard to take.

However: Whishaw, Broadbent, Rampling, Holcroft--everyone--are amazing, Whishaw and Broadbent especially, and the story--and the love story (both love stories??)--is hugely affecting, heartbreaking. Someone in the UK, during the initial release, cleverly renamed the story "London Cry". Very clever--considering I've been crying in the shower in the morning for days. Awfully Brokeback, circa November-December 2005!



Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 13, 2016, 03:03:43 am

Sob!  :'(
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Oh, thank goodness all three of them are ok (if only in real life  ::) )--
Well, if they can, maybe I guess I can survive London Spy after all!




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See how easy that is?  :D


Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 13, 2016, 11:18:09 am


London Spy
Episode 3
"Blue"



[youtube=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2M8taMNwUd0[/youtube]
"I know how they did it... I KNOW!!"   London Spy: Episode Three Teaser
Published on Jan 29, 2016.
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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 13, 2016, 11:34:49 am


London Spy
Episode 4
"I Know"


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EXCLUSIVE: Things Take an Unexpected Turn for
Ben Whishaw in 'London Spy'
Published on Feb 11, 2016.
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(Mobile phone rings)

Distorted voice: You're looking for answers. But are you ready for them?
Get in the hotel. Room 116.




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Distorted voice: The bathroom. Get in. Clothes on.



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Distorted voice: Now you're clean, we can talk a little freer.
Get changed.
Outside.


Danny: Where are we going?

Distorted voice: Do you want to know who Alex was or not?

Distorted voice: The doors are locked, Danny.
No way out.
No way back.
I want to take you on a journey... into Alex's past.


Distorted voice: Remember this place?
Are you sure you know what really happened in there?
Walk. (Distant laughter)




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Distorted voice: A reservation. For two. (Phone beeps)

Waitress: There you go. Menu.

Doppelganger: Here I am. Alex's past.
(Separate from the surreal shock of the situation, it becomes apparent that,
in person, the accented, foreign voice of the Doppelganger is quite different
than the distorted voice on the phone--or on both phones?)




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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on February 13, 2016, 01:18:38 pm

Have a cookie!!  :laugh: :laugh:
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 :laugh:  :laugh:
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 13, 2016, 01:45:10 pm



Have a cookie!!  :laugh: :laugh:
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:laugh:  :laugh:


I think they needed to put more chest hair in those cookies....    ::) ::) ::) ;D ;D ;D


Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on February 13, 2016, 02:03:57 pm
I think they needed to put more chest hair in those cookies....    ::) ::) ::) ;D ;D ;D

 :laugh:  :laugh:
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 13, 2016, 02:06:41 pm


London Spy
Episode 3
"Blue"
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"You fail to grasp what has been done to you."
Published on Nov 24, 2015.

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Oh my.

I never before noticed the flash/streak of red
in the opening credits--at the 0.23 second
mark--under the submerged and drowning
figure (obviously Alex)--or the sudden hail
of red splotches on the London skyline as
Danny emerges, a failed Orpheus--so sad.

 :( :( :(


Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 16, 2016, 06:59:47 pm


London Spy
Episode 2
"Strangers"


Hammershøi by another name....


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Although, of course, Jack--or rather, in this alternate universe, Ennis--didn't have a slew of post-graduate degrees like poor, murdered Alex.
As this is London Spy, Danny discovers that the first of Alex's two boyhood bedrooms is a 'fake', but the props--his diplomas (to 'Alistair Turner')
and his VERY precocious model of a Ferris wheel--are 'real'.)



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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 16, 2016, 07:10:00 pm
Déjà vu all over again Dep't


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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 16, 2016, 08:55:06 pm
Poor Danny/Orpheus and
his beloved Alex/Eurydice--

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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 16, 2016, 09:56:36 pm




There is a brief stand-off between Ben Whishaw’s character and Charlotte Rampling’s mysterious character that discusses sexual intricacies while outing a lie that might be the most honest and fantastic five minutes you’ll see on screen all season.






http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/london-spy-tv-review-857785

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London Spy
TV Review
Great acting, wonderful cinematography shape a love story
at the center of a spy story in BBC America's languid miniseries


The Bottom Line:
Acting, writing, visuals flourish in this spy in the house of love story


by Tim Goodman
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @BastardMachine
3:34 PM PST 1/20/2016

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BBC America’s London Spy is one of those miniseries that only remotely relates to what you initially think it might be. For starters, yes, it’s a spy story – but almost reluctantly. It’s a kind of love story, really, or many kinds of love stories – including ones where love has either been snatched away or botched entirely. Ultimately, if there’s a pressing need to know about intent, London Spy has a moral or seven to be had about secrets and lies. You will be left thinking, which a good spy story achieves. Almost every spy story has that, but few have what comes before it.

This five-part BBC America series is filled with excellent performances – Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling are standouts – and it wallows in that genre almost completely missing from American television these days save for Sundance Channel’s Rectify, and that’s the meditative Slow TV movement.

Beautifully and seductively shot by director Jakob Verbruggen (The Fall, The Bridge), London Spy is one of those rare series (like Rectify) that is perfectly willing to sit still while two people talk – or rather, don’t – about difficult topics. The emotion comes from what’s not said, pictures of how they’re thinking about replying or how they drift off in sadness or fritter around the edges of some painful memory for a while before they actually answer. It should come as no surprise then that Verbruggen also likes to shoot lengthy scenes – swimming underwater, smoking pensively at a window sill, overhead shots of two lovers walking lengthy expanses of countryside.

But here’s the thing – it all works, as counterintuitive to a spy story as it might seem. Mostly because novelist Tom Rob Smith (Child 44) came up with a dandy-enough spy-level hook revealed in the latter episodes that allows him to focus on the relationship between Danny (Whishaw) and Alex (Edward Holcroft) first and foremost. The two are polar opposites. They meet by accident when scraggy Danny, up all night at a club, dehydrated and strung out – as he’s been most of his adult life – is barely functioning one cold morning after dancing and/or sedating himself from the world all night. Alex, fit and Adonis-like, is out running before most others are awake.

Credit Smith for making this essential meeting both a perfect chance encounter that strikes within Danny some long forgotten notion of love at first sight, and the perfect dubious – in retrospect – “set up” encounter that fuel many spy stories. Much of London Spy makes you wonder which version is correct – in fact, hinges on that rarest and most foreign of rainbows and unicorns moment Danny has ever felt in his life (thus always imploring his more natural and cynical side to doubt it) and the heart crushing other option that what he experiences with Alex is, in fact, amazingly true and real.

London Spy is a love story, then, between Danny and Alex first and foremost – one of the most intimate and nuanced of gay love stories put on TV in some time.

Smith’s precision in this arena is at the heart of what makes London Spy so good. There is a brief stand-off between Whishaw’s character and Rampling’s mysterious character that discusses sexual intricacies while outing a lie that might be the most honest and fantastic five minutes you’ll see on screen all season.

Danny’s sexual history is long and sometimes sordid – the latter part one he deeply regrets, but was pulled from it and helped by his much older former partner and now confidant Scottie (Broadbent).

Alex, on the other hand, was a genius savant growing up (especially with numbers) but has no ability to navigate intimacy – he’s not out when he meets Danny and has dubious sexual experience. All of this gets muddied – and not in the unclear sense, but in the dirty sense – as London Spy shifts dramatically in the early going and Danny’s more sordid past acts as a list of morally perceived crimes against his personal character. Smith’s ability to make London Spy both about sexuality/sexual choice and also a broader spy story keeps it working on two fronts.

It’s even deeper than that, as secrets mix with shame throughout. As mentioned above, the getting there is more contemplative than traditionally conspiratorial in a spy story sense. It’s a languid, beautiful contemplation of lies before it’s any kind of pulse-pounder about spies.

Not all of it works, however. There are constructs that strain belief. There is convenience in how fast damage (and damage control) happens.

That said and even though it can be (purposefully) slow going, London Spy is particularly effective at making each hour-long installment be different from the next. When it feels like a love story it then because an oddly structured hour where you’re sure something weird will happen, then morphs the next hour into a traditional spy story and in the next hour into something about wealth and family secrets and so on. Even in its slowness, there are impressive feints and dodges.

Whatever your ultimate take-away becomes when all is revealed, like Rectify and other Slow TV stalwarts of the recent American television past, this British import proves that the real joy of the journey is in getting there, not what’s revealed when you arrive.

Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 17, 2016, 09:17:54 pm
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CULTURE
SPY GAMES
EDWARD HOLCROFT
IN LONDON JANUARY 2016
By HALEY WEISS
Photography HANS NEUMANN

Published 02/04/16



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Actor Edward Holcroft isn't interested in typical tales and happy endings. This is apparent in his choice of roles to date: as failed intelligence recruit Charlie Hesketh in Kingsman: The Secret Service he was a posh bully-turned-villain; in the Golden Globe-winning miniseries Wolf Hall he was George Boleyn, accused of incest with his sister, Queen Anne Boleyn, resulting in him going toe-to-toe with Thomas Cromwell (Mark Rylance). Holcroft's disinterest in the standard is equally apparent in his demeanor. When we caught up with the 28-year-old London native over the phone, he transitioned seamlessly between sarcasm and sincerity, his wry, British humor taking hold before giving in to thoughtful, conversational tangents on acting and what he's looking for in it.

"Ideally, you want to be doing something that you really want to do," he tells us. "And that always comes down to the writing and the role. For me, something has got to really draw you to the character. You've got to really want to play it otherwise there's a better person out there to play it. I always think that there's no point in doing something unless you're going to give it everything," he continues. "There is still a lot to learn on camera that I haven't learned yet. I would like to keep exploring."

Currently, Holcroft is a spy once more in the BBC America mini-series London Spy. As Alex, he's a mathematical prodigy with an unclear lineage and allegiances to MI6. He falls for Danny (Ben Whishaw), his first true love and relationship, after a chance meeting—and a second, orchestrated one on Danny's part—on London's Lambeth Bridge. The pair's story, one of two young men unsuited for each other in lifestyle but fitting against the odds, proceeds quickly. At the end of the first episode, which aired two weeks ago, the untimely death of Holcroft's character was revealed. The circumstances surrounding it, however, remain foggy until the show's finale—for both the viewer and Danny alike.

As London Spy airs in the United States, Holcroft is performing onstage at London's Donmar Warehouse in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, a play based on Choderlos de Laclos' 18th century epistolary novel. He recently wrapped The Sense of an Ending, a feature film based on the eponymous Julian Barnes novel, earlier in 2015, and is also preparing to film the Kingsman sequel.




HALEY WEISS: Alex, your character in London Spy, is frequently described as enigmatic. How would you characterize him?

EDWARD HOLCROFT: I think he's lonely. For me, that was the biggest part of his character. What is it like for somebody to be really alone in the world? To have no friends, to have never had a relationship, never really talked to anyone outside your work? And [to have] this want to find something, but not have the social ability to because he's never practiced it? He's never been in social situations and he doesn't know how to socialize. It was more about being lonely, rather than enigmatic. I just think he doesn't know how to show emotions or how to convey it.

WEISS: While the story isn't based on the life of Gareth Williams, [an MI6 agent whose suspicious death has been surrounded with speculation], the circumstances of Alex's death do echo his. Did that inform your role at all?

HOLCROFT: Not really. When I read it, I thought of Gareth Williams pretty quickly but I didn't go any farther than just the thought. I didn't research him because they're different people and although the idea may have some connection to it, the individual of Alex is a fictitious character, and a very different character. I didn't want to get sidetracked by someone real.

WEISS: Would you consider the show a love story, a spy thriller, or both?

HOLCROFT: I think it's both; it's a spy thriller that is motivated by a love story. At the crux of the story is the relationship between Danny and Alex, and without that, there wouldn't be the story.

WEISS: Most of your scenes are one-on-one with Ben Whishaw. Had you worked with him prior to this show?

HOLCROFT: No, I had never met him.

WEISS: What was that experience like?

HOLCROFT: Terrible. [laughs] It was awful. He was one of the worst people to work with in the world. I mean, he's a real diva, such a bad actor. [laughs] No, it was great. He, as I'm sure you know, is a very talented individual and also a very decent, kind, fun person. We got on really well and as a consequence we're now very good friends.

WEISS: I know you're also in a play right now, Les Liaisons Dangereuses. How has that been for you?

HOLCROFT: It has been a brilliant experience. I've never done theater so it's new ground. It's scary; there is nowhere to hide on a stage. On camera, you can hide, you can cut, you can shoot again and do it until it's good, whereas in theater you can't hide. Once you walk on you have to be believable the whole time otherwise you get found out. It's a great skill to learn as an actor. It's very important and I've now seen that. So it's been a very good thing.

WEISS: Have you enjoyed being able to return to the same lines and scenes night after night?

HOLCROFT: It's hard. It provides challenges, there's no doubt. You've got to find ways of keeping it fresh, but it's a good discipline. And it's always different because every audience is different. Some audiences are half asleep, some are shouting, and your performance changes in accordance to what you're getting back. The great thing about theater is that it's a two-way thing, you get energy from the audience and the audience gets energy from you.

WEISS: You were able to work with Charlotte Rampling and Jim Broadbent again in The Sense of an Ending. Was filming more comfortable having known them from London Spy?

HOLCROFT: No, it was terrible.

WEISS: Everything is terrible.

HOLCROFT: Everything is terrible! [laughs] I didn't actually have much to do with them in The Sense of an Ending. I know that they're in it, but my scenes weren't with them. But I did see Jim. Charlotte and Jim are kind of brilliant examples of not only very talented actors, but just such nice people. I can't begin to tell you. They're so unfazed by the industry side of it, they don't really have time for it, which is such an admirable quality when people are really talented. They don't buy in to some of the bullshit that comes with it. They have very quiet lives and they're great.

WEISS: I read that you think it's important to maintain a certain air of mystery as an actor. Can you tell me a little bit about that?

HOLCROFT: I don't think it's a new concept. I should think most actors probably think this, but I know that when I watch actors, the actors who I know least about I buy into more because I can imagine them as the character. It's as simple as that. If you lead a very high profile life—and of course, it's easy to say this, and if you become incredibly famous because of your work some of that is unavoidable—but if you can do as much as you can to keep away from some of that limelight then you just help yourself when it comes to your work. You have a blank canvas, as it were, to work with, rather than people knowing a whole bunch about your life or what you get up to, what you had for breakfast. Everyone is different, and each to their own, as they say, but for me that's what I would like to try and establish.

WEISS: You live in London now, but did you grow up there as well?

HOLCROFT: I did, I grew up here. I was sent off to boarding school when I was eight until 18. That was outside of London in the countryside, so I sort of took a break and came back. I am a Londoner but boarding school makes you feel a bit [pauses] I don't know what the word is, but you're sort of a traveler, as it were. Boarding school is a very... It's not a harsh environment, but you have to be quite tough and that probably put me in quite good stead for this profession. You need to have a thick skin.

WEISS: Were you acting at all when you were in boarding school?

HOLCROFT: No, no. God no. I did a tiny, tiny bit. I used to play girls because I had killer legs. [both laugh] No, I didn't. I was terrible but I looked the youngest so I played the odd woman, but in short, I never had the dream of being an actor until I was at least 22.

WEISS: What was your first role then?

HOLCROFT: In my whole life? I was at school when I was 12 and I played Curley's wife in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, who gets killed by the lead character, Lenny. She gets murdered. So I was a girl who got murdered! [laughs] They obviously saw me doing big, big things.

WEISS: What made you decide to pursue acting seriously later on in life?

HOLCROFT: Lack of options? No, I don't know, I was just sort of drawn to it, I think. It was not a life-long ambition. I saw Mark Rylance] in a play called Jerusalem, which was seven or eight years ago now, and it was the first time that I had been really moved by something on stage. I had loved theater but I had never really fully bought into it. I always knew I was sitting in a theater and I was next to people and it never had quite the same impact that film did. But then I watched him. It was so electric and I could feel it. I had never had that before and I remember thinking, "I've got to do that. I've got to try that." I was just drawn to it and I don't really know how to put my finger on it, but anyway after that I sort of thought, "Right, there's that and a lack of options." [laughs]

WEISS: So it must have been exciting to be George Boleyn and play across [Mark Rylance] in scenes [while filming Wolf Hall].

HOLCROFT: Yeah, it was great. I like those moments in life, where life completes little mini stories. It started when I saw him on stage and life thought it would tie the knot in a circle and finish it when I met him on set for Wolf Hall. It was wonderful.

WEISS: You attended drama school at the Drama Centre. What made you choose that program in particular?

HOLCROFT: Michael Fassbender and Tom Hardy had just been there. Literally, that was the reason. I didn't know much about acting, I didn't know much about the drama schools. I knew that there were sort of four or five really good schools, like RADA and LAMDA, and Drama Centre was one of them, and I didn't know how to pick because I didn't know what I wanted from each school and I didn't know what I was doing. So I just picked actors who I had seen around that time who I thought had been brilliant. I remember I had seen Fassbender in Hunger and I thought, "Where did he go to school?" I looked it up and it said Drama Centre so I said, "Right, I'm going to go there." And that was that. I turned up and then I got in.

It's probably the most unromantic reason to go to a school, most people wanted to go to RADA since they were three. But all I knew was what I liked. I knew that I didn't know anything else about acting; I just knew that I had liked Mark Rylance and I had liked what I saw in Hunger with Michael Fassbender. That's all I had, really, was an instinct. So I thought I'd just tread in their footsteps and do what I can.


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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 17, 2016, 11:06:50 pm
LONDONSPYFANART


(http://orig11.deviantart.net/2c42/f/2016/035/b/d/alexalistair_by_iliaalexei-d9qi7nd.png)



(http://41.media.tumblr.com/863406a8caac82213f064450b4e279ce/tumblr_o0sfsgKl8I1s5l8vqo1_1280.jpg)


Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 17, 2016, 11:44:09 pm


London Spy
Episode 1
"Lullaby"




Alex: This is us.
(This is what Alex habitually says when pointing at their location on the numbered ordnance map, and "this is us" makes London city boy Danny feel very, very happy.)



(http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-IDuxxK97Mc0/VlBZTUTu8nI/AAAAAAAADwI/S3wXKDtoTiM/s640/blogger-image-424374401.jpg)(http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-IDuxxK97Mc0/VlBZTUTu8nI/AAAAAAAADwI/S3wXKDtoTiM/s640/blogger-image-424374401.jpg)
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(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j174/jmmgallagher/LondonSpyThisIsUs_zpsqdvev7gs.jpg)(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j174/jmmgallagher/LondonSpyThisIsUs_zpsqdvev7gs.jpg)






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(http://kentfilmoffice.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Danny-BEN-WHISHAW-Alex-EDWARD-HOLCROFT-c-BBCWTTV-Limited-2.jpg)
(http://49.media.tumblr.com/c215d5d735013b0f6fcb36f2392cd2f7/tumblr_nxklvbRvgD1sonqjko6_400.gif)(http://49.media.tumblr.com/c215d5d735013b0f6fcb36f2392cd2f7/tumblr_nxklvbRvgD1sonqjko6_400.gif)






(http://www.theartsdesk.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/mast_image_landscape/mastimages/Ben%20Alex%20main_0.jpg)






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(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j174/jmmgallagher/LondonSpyIsleofGrainThermos_zpshkdlmshj.jpg)




Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 18, 2016, 12:30:28 am
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CV-6TKYWEAAMREn.jpg:large)
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: CellarDweller on February 18, 2016, 09:52:44 pm
really loving the images being posted here!
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 19, 2016, 04:59:06 am
really loving the images being posted here!



Thank you very much, Chuck, you are very kind!  :-*


FYI, since the beginning, I have been going back to the earlier posts, searching and finding new images on line to add them here to fill in gaps and strengthen the continuity/commentary, so--if you have the time, scroll up and check the early pages to see what you might have missed--


Like this, for example--




Alex (Edward Holcroft):
Enters the club.


Danny:
Scottie, this is Alex.


Alex:
As usual, Alex is as wordless as he is polite, shaking hands and sitting down at the table.



(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j174/jmmgallagher/LondonSpyAlexDruryLaneLullaby_zpsh0nxkjvh.jpg)



Scottie:
Gesturing towards the drag Geisha lip syncher.
What did you make of her? Too much? That doesn't surprise me.
Danny's always preferred his men to be as straight as possible,
a tedious form of self-loathing that I've unsuccessfully tried to wean him off.


Danny:
Embarrassedly attempting to fend off the attack
Scottie, I was telling Alex--


Scottie:
I hope you told him this is where we first met?
You must be wondering how an old queer like me ended up friends with a handsome young man like him?
19 years old, he walked through that door.
As lost as a person could be.
I saw him, in his tatty jeans, with his cropped hair, and his puppy dog eyes.
I could guess his sad story without hearing a single word.
I presumed, if I bought him a drink, there wouldn't be a single second
when he wasn't hoping for someone better to come along.
What can I say, I'm a soft touch. So I bought him that drink.
And to my surprise, he talked to me for the whole night.
He didn't leave, even when others stalked him.
A small gesture, but it meant a great deal, and we have been friends ever since.
I'm the one he comes to when times are tough.
And they often are.
Poor Danny has a terrible track record for picking the wrong man.
He's an insufferable romantic, one of the last.
Does it fall to me to say--don't break his heart?



(http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-Hs6ke--xlCI/VlBkSn4ExEI/AAAAAAAADyQ/p0fkab98A_E/s640/blogger-image--2030066685.jpg)



Alex:
I could never hurt Danny.



(http://40.media.tumblr.com/3ec1ba0ed932b34ad0fdf3848f6c901e/tumblr_ny18dmfR471ufqf11o5_540.png)



Scottie:
May I ask, as someone who has been witness to the breaking of many a heart--how you can be so sure?


Alex:
Because he is the only friend I have.



(http://40.media.tumblr.com/15c3f885dce71b0132efcd631510ba0e/tumblr_o0cgucEl4h1ufqf11o2_540.png)
(http://logoonline.mtvnimages.com/uri/mgid:file:http:shared:newnownext.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/london1118.png?quality=0.8&format=jpg&width=1500)

(http://57.media.tumblr.com/19838baeb984fa29d97a8887b690db05/tumblr_nxq31wizDW1qzupkqo2_250.gif)    (http://45.media.tumblr.com/6df366a28d6caa819d0bc0280503c02d/tumblr_nxq31wizDW1qzupkqo4_250.gif)

(http://49.media.tumblr.com/8d6d7ef4476b5659879bd21b381a9f3c/tumblr_nxq31wizDW1qzupkqo5_250.gif)    (http://49.media.tumblr.com/c6e596c7a9d12e271a0e0a6cc78efa5e/tumblr_nxq31wizDW1qzupkqo3_250.gif)



Danny:
Wordless, shocked, touched



(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j174/jmmgallagher/LondonSpyScottieJealousDruryLaneLullaby_zps40rd6owf.jpg)



Scottie:
Touched, pleased, and yet jealous
I'm pleased for you. I'm pleased for you both.





or this--





Still later--



(http://45.media.tumblr.com/b4578108eb965805eb8e7fbb8e550fa1/tumblr_nyp4w5b8jc1qf34gmo1_500.gif)


Danny:
What are you thinking?


Alex:
Say it again?


Danny:
What are you thinking?


(http://41.media.tumblr.com/a124fc0d509af7e90367574daa8550f4/tumblr_nypavf04hW1ufqf11o2_540.png)

(http://49.media.tumblr.com/8a0026553550bd6de9466369f424f93a/tumblr_nypgj31MhE1qcggyvo4_r1_540.gif)

(http://49.media.tumblr.com/e202ce06abefaeb70913bf9cd8b4f2cb/tumblr_nypgj31MhE1qcggyvo5_r1_540.gif)

(http://45.media.tumblr.com/5f7645fcbe624534b42994f3fee33a73/tumblr_nypgj31MhE1qcggyvo6_r1_540.gif)

(http://49.media.tumblr.com/3c47b630e729c5a9dc60491b92f665aa/tumblr_nypgj31MhE1qcggyvo2_540.gif)

(http://57.media.tumblr.com/37ea3510a04f63bab2f50f65d8a651b0/tumblr_nypgj31MhE1qcggyvo1_540.gif)

(http://49.media.tumblr.com/c5e907b9f108821df9b951ab49be6ec9/tumblr_nypgj31MhE1qcggyvo3_540.gif)

(http://41.media.tumblr.com/17bede3e61a7859a299991fe77316018/tumblr_nypavf04hW1ufqf11o3_540.png)


Alex:
Nothing.



Next morning, Danny's Kitchen



(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j174/jmmgallagher/LondonSpyBatteryforMyLaptopBreakfastLullaby_zps4yaivzvn.jpg)



Danny:
Let's go away for the weekend.

Alex:
Sure.

(He turns and raises the volume on the radio;
Alex always plays classical music, preferably Bach.)


I have to buy a battery for my laptop, I can't go without replacing it.


Danny:
I understand.




(http://45.media.tumblr.com/6146a6ddae23002cc1c2fe40d254792e/tumblr_nxma7xwn8y1qdhps7o10_r1_250.gif)
(https://secure.static.tumblr.com/e6db7b15cea4c97bda0fc67cccd12906/mb89kwr/vYHny42hv/tumblr_static_c6kfzrw2e28sc4o0ococso848_640_v2.png)
(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j174/jmmgallagher/LondonSpyAlexINeedaBatteryforMyLaptopLullaby_zpswzzvhifz.jpg)
(https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/hphotos-xtp1/t51.2885-15/s640x640/sh0.08/e35/12277586_1491932657803559_1909634286_n.jpg)
http://www.instagram24.com/tag/londonspylullaby



or this--




DANNY: So you never... messed around?


ALEX: In what sense?


DANNY: Any sense.


ALEX: I've been serious for a very long time.


(http://36.media.tumblr.com/759869f74a10c43deeccd24522661756/tumblr_ny18dmfR471ufqf11o1_540.png)


DANNY: What made you change your mind? About me?


ALEX: I wondered what it would be like to do these walks with someone.


DANNY: I was worried that you were going to say it was cos' I made you laugh.


ALEX: I don't think you've ever made me laugh. It's not that you won't--


DANNY: I understand.


ALEX: I'm sure you will--


(Alex is beginning to learn to smile and then laugh easily--and is falling in love.)


(http://49.media.tumblr.com/9447658ef9952ca7b49c652176ecc8fa/tumblr_nyamfk3igO1ufqf11o1_r1_400.gif)(http://49.media.tumblr.com/9447658ef9952ca7b49c652176ecc8fa/tumblr_nyamfk3igO1ufqf11o1_r1_400.gif)
(http://45.media.tumblr.com/95eddff6480879136347e60b8779f7e6/tumblr_nxntvnFQza1s3r5nlo1_250.gif)(http://45.media.tumblr.com/53a1b1182cd10506ba50270a1ab1eaa5/tumblr_nxntvnFQza1s3r5nlo4_250.gif)
(http://45.media.tumblr.com/7c2f29140229a0e98488b175c95c151f/tumblr_nxntvnFQza1s3r5nlo2_250.gif)(http://49.media.tumblr.com/be8d374f6b74eb8292fb0674cd44d168/tumblr_nxntvnFQza1s3r5nlo3_r1_250.gif)
(http://49.media.tumblr.com/9447658ef9952ca7b49c652176ecc8fa/tumblr_nyamfk3igO1ufqf11o1_r1_400.gif)(http://49.media.tumblr.com/9447658ef9952ca7b49c652176ecc8fa/tumblr_nyamfk3igO1ufqf11o1_r1_400.gif)




or this--




DANNY: It's normally tidier than this...
(Then truthfully, he says)
No, it's never tidier than this.





(https://41.media.tumblr.com/4041766eaa0b8d064dfacd1be827be0d/tumblr_nxodnjCZUY1qzy9fyo1_500.png)
(http://49.media.tumblr.com/a65ad7457b7c06020a5f7c7f50f05e1d/tumblr_o0ujk8qKbj1tf0xalo2_500.gif)




(Sometime later, Alex is in the filled bathtub, seemingly exhausted and sad.
Danny is still fully dressed, shoes off, sitting on the floor of the bathroom next to the tub.
Alex slowly slips under the still water, eyes open, and Danny gently touches his chest.)





(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j174/jmmgallagher/LondonSpyAlexBathtubSubmergingLullaby_zpslnjjkzzm.jpg)
(https://40.media.tumblr.com/7b0fa93c02b4d67892e9c039179e6c96/tumblr_nztrxbcUTA1shx30co1_500.jpg)(https://40.media.tumblr.com/7b0fa93c02b4d67892e9c039179e6c96/tumblr_nztrxbcUTA1shx30co1_500.jpg)
(https://49.media.tumblr.com/df788f2c898338107b5d3347e52b8943/tumblr_o2wrl7REpn1uzgesmo6_250.gif)(https://49.media.tumblr.com/df788f2c898338107b5d3347e52b8943/tumblr_o2wrl7REpn1uzgesmo6_250.gif)
(http://41.media.tumblr.com/1fb115646bb2cd797f4036a837e0cb57/tumblr_nypavf04hW1ufqf11o1_540.png)(http://41.media.tumblr.com/1fb115646bb2cd797f4036a837e0cb57/tumblr_nypavf04hW1ufqf11o1_540.png)
(http://40.media.tumblr.com/9d319a5b22fbeddcbb4526e7cf627fef/tumblr_nymixtwiGa1ufqf11o5_1280.png)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CTpSfFcVAAEbp5C.jpg)
(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j174/jmmgallagher/LondonSpyAlexBathtubFullLullaby_zpsbnk8jpdk.jpg)




ALEX: Had you guessed?


DANNY: I'd guessed you hadn't slept with guys before.
I thought maybe you'd slept with a couple of women. Can I ask you a question?



ALEX: (Near silent grunt of assent.)


DANNY: What's stopped you? You don't have to answer.


ALEX: How do you admit to someone you've never been in a relationship?
Who wants to hear?
And when they do, who wants to stay?





(http://40.media.tumblr.com/1830d9f8ebef13ae1482c9ab8cc67d58/tumblr_nysxbiJjEZ1ufqf11o2_540.png)




DANNY: I do.





And there's much more!  :laugh:  ::) Oh well, obviously I'm obsessionally following the series and dreading the last episode, which will be released on Amazon sometime tomorrow. I love the writing (Tom Rob Smith), I love the images (director Jakob Verbruggen), but especially love Ben Whishaw and Ed Holcroft and Jim Broadbent and scary, scary Charlotte Rampling and--

Well, you get the idea--


 ::) :-* :laugh:

 ;)

Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: CellarDweller on February 19, 2016, 09:11:22 am
The kissing gifs are great!
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 19, 2016, 11:17:44 am

The kissing gifs are great!

Unfortunately, I only 'found' them rather than 'made' them--

But--(sigh)--if only he (Mr. Holcroft) were real rather than in GIF form!   ::) :laugh: :-*

(http://45.media.tumblr.com/6146a6ddae23002cc1c2fe40d254792e/tumblr_nxma7xwn8y1qdhps7o10_r1_250.gif)
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: CellarDweller on February 19, 2016, 01:01:42 pm
dare to dream
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 20, 2016, 06:50:54 am
dare to dream

 ::) ::)

Oh well, in the meanwhile--
(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j174/jmmgallagher/LondonSpyLetMeAloneToMourn_zpszetuf1ie.jpg)
However ungrammatical,
this pretty much says it--

Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 20, 2016, 10:26:28 am



(http://thetvshows.us/albums/Uploads/London%20Spy/Season%201/Opening%20Credits/London_Spy_S01E01_TheTVShows_Us_mkv_20151126_195854_574.jpg)

(http://ultraimg.com/images/1f2a3f.jpg)

(http://thetvshows.us/albums/Uploads/London%20Spy/Season%201/Opening%20Credits/London_Spy_S01E01_TheTVShows_Us_mkv_20151126_195855_619.jpg)

(https://i.ytimg.com/vi/g26ZXL2PxFg/hqdefault.jpg)

(http://thetvshows.us/albums/Uploads/London%20Spy/Season%201/Opening%20Credits/London_Spy_S01E01_TheTVShows_Us_mkv_20151126_195859_330.jpg)

(http://thetvshows.us/albums/Uploads/London%20Spy/Season%201/Opening%20Credits/London_Spy_S01E01_TheTVShows_Us_mkv_20151126_195900_914.jpg)

(http://thetvshows.us/albums/Uploads/London%20Spy/Season%201/Opening%20Credits/London_Spy_S01E01_TheTVShows_Us_mkv_20151126_195901_998.jpg)

(http://thetvshows.us/albums/Uploads/London%20Spy/Season%201/Opening%20Credits/London_Spy_S01E01_TheTVShows_Us_mkv_20151126_195902_498.jpg)

(http://thetvshows.us/albums/Uploads/London%20Spy/Season%201/Opening%20Credits/London_Spy_S01E01_TheTVShows_Us_mkv_20151126_195904_626.jpg)

(http://pds.exblog.jp/pds/1/201510/28/81/d0160581_1233674.jpg)

(http://thetvshows.us/albums/Uploads/London%20Spy/Season%201/Opening%20Credits/London_Spy_S01E01_TheTVShows_Us_mkv_20151126_195907_797.jpg)




(http://serialtime.ru/images/stills/1739-londonspy/1/s1.e2-episode-2_2.jpg)

(http://ultraimg.com/images/13535d.jpg)

(https://s3-eu-central-1.amazonaws.com/centaur-wp/creativereview/prod/content/uploads/2015/12/LONDON_SPY_4-1200x675.jpeg)

(https://i.vimeocdn.com/video/548479129.jpg?mw=1920&mh=1080&q=70)

(https://i.ytimg.com/vi/zlw8OCDPFFQ/maxresdefault.jpg)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CVn_lUVWwAAkhJX.jpg)

(http://videoth.uloz.to/e/Y/x/xeYxLwkd.640x360.0.jpg)

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(http://videoth.uloz.to/v/T/6/xvT6BRSm.640x360.0.jpg)

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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: CellarDweller on February 20, 2016, 05:13:26 pm
::) ::)

Oh well, in the meanwhile--
(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j174/jmmgallagher/LondonSpyLetMeAloneToMourn_zpszetuf1ie.jpg)
However ungrammatical,
this pretty much says it--


Reminds me of....


(http://in1.ccio.co/uB/EE/o6/501729833197189440wWjqW7dc.jpg)
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 20, 2016, 05:17:20 pm



Reminds me of....
(http://in1.ccio.co/uB/EE/o6/501729833197189440wWjqW7dc.jpg)
:laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:


Hey, godammit. I'm in PAIN!!   ::) ::)




Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: CellarDweller on February 20, 2016, 05:26:51 pm
OH.....so sorry!

*offers some cake and coffee  to soothe the pain*
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 21, 2016, 12:27:20 am
OH.....so sorry!

*offers some cake and coffee  to soothe the pain*

Oh, thanks, I'll be ok--

(http://cdn.thedailybeast.com/content/dailybeast/articles/2015/11/19/can-you-die-from-a-broken-heart/jcr:content/image.crop.800.500.jpg/48265391.cached.jpg)

(Do you have any thing stronger?)
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: CellarDweller on February 21, 2016, 01:14:35 pm
(http://screencapped.org/movie/b/albums/brokebackmountain/brokeback_01020.jpg)
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 21, 2016, 01:37:09 pm
(http://screencapped.org/movie/b/albums/brokebackmountain/brokeback_01020.jpg)


Perfect. Thanks!

In London Spy, Episode 4, the character Scottie (actor Jim Broadbent) goes on a bender (he has good cause).

So I looked for 'London Spy Scottie drunk' on Google images, and I found:

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/--nHzYAoVtu0/ToIr7PDU1BI/AAAAAAAACrE/87h0aRmILgY/s1600/scotty%2Bdrunk.jpg)


which means our Cybernetic Overlords aren't quite there--yet.

 ::) :laugh:
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 21, 2016, 02:10:18 pm

Perfect. Thanks!

In London Spy, Episode 4, the character Scottie (actor Jim Broadbent) goes on a bender (he has good cause).

So I looked for 'London Spy Scottie drunk' on Google images, and I found:

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/--nHzYAoVtu0/ToIr7PDU1BI/AAAAAAAACrE/87h0aRmILgY/s1600/scotty%2Bdrunk.jpg)


which means our Cybernetic Overlords aren't quite there--yet.

 ::) :laugh:




Oh NO! They ARE! This following photo was NOT there--and now suddenly--it is!


London Spy, Episode 4, the character Scottie (actor Jim Broadbent) goes on a bender:
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-gNJWyCjMMAQ/VmMkK8XxdKI/AAAAAAAAD3Y/gljIb-rjtJ8/s640/blogger-image--1508132675.jpg)


Shudder! Then everything that happens in London Spy is real--

 :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o




Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: CellarDweller on February 21, 2016, 07:43:05 pm
Oh NO! They ARE! This following photo was NOT there--and now suddenly--it is!


London Spy, Episode 4, the character Scottie (actor Jim Broadbent) goes on a bender:
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-gNJWyCjMMAQ/VmMkK8XxdKI/AAAAAAAAD3Y/gljIb-rjtJ8/s640/blogger-image--1508132675.jpg)


Shudder! Then everything that happens in London Spy is real--

 :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o


Oh my!!!
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 21, 2016, 10:21:18 pm
Oh wow, this is a gorgeous, gorgeous thread! Thank you so much for all the reviews, images, scenes, fanarts and gifs.


Thank you, Michaela!  (And thank you for stopping by!)



I watched this show when it aired in Sweden (last episode aired two weeks ago.) And I must say it's been difficult to get it out of my mind since.


Exactly. I'm a bit on the obsessional side normally  ::)  but this is quite something--beyond.



The acting was phenomenal, - Ben Whishaw should win ALL the awards!


Yes. And so many moments--so hard to pick which are the best, but one on particular, in episode 5, when Danny is with Frances
in Alex's 'blackboard room' completely covered with equations--


(http://i1.wp.com/reelmockery.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/london-spy-finale-alexs-room.png)


Ben Whishaw/Danny is repeating/reciting something that we have already seen, in flashback, more than twice:
Alex said to Danny (and now Danny says to Frances): "I want to tell you a story--"

Look at Ben Whishaw's face when, speaking to Frances, he says, while remembering/reliving/reciting poor dead Alex's words:


(https://yodabor.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/london-spy-1.gif?w=440)(https://yodabor.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/london-spy-1.gif?w=440)
(http://45.media.tumblr.com/7ddbbaebbe301cbbb8f8ba78a4523910/tumblr_nz1vd7cwC61tm9xg8o1_500.gif)(http://41.media.tumblr.com/bdede707c67e93b8cf3bab1f5aad9673/tumblr_nz0g9cktci1ufqf11o1_540.png)
(http://dl9fvu4r30qs1.cloudfront.net/b0/c2/f6eeac7d4174a9707a3c0d3a2f63/london-spy.jpg)



Danny: And while he did everything to signal to the world that he wanted to be left alone--

Alex: More than anything, he hoped that someone passing would understand that what he really wanted was the exact opposite....and that this someone would sit next to him--

Danny: --and strike up a conversation.



And after those short words strike up a conversation--the pain in his face. Ben/Danny's face. Because it was Danny who was that
'Someone' who did strike up that conversation.

And, he realizes, in the end, striking up that conversation eventually meant--Alex's death.

Ben's face--or rather, Danny's face. Four or five seconds. Devastating. Just devastating.

Ok, one other moment. The tone, the pitch, the timbre, the catch in Ben/Danny's voice when, in episode 4, identically dressed, facing the literally surreal, shockingly bizarre Doppelganger/escort in the Southbank restaurant, Hixter, where, eight months prior, Danny had had his first date/meal with Alex:


(http://36.media.tumblr.com/45f954bc5763cc78246f1dd4a6feaa34/tumblr_nynl5fcG9L1ufqf11o1_1280.png)



Danny: Why did they hire you?

Doppelganger: I don't know, I don't care. It's just a job.

Danny: He's dead. Your job. He was murdered. You think you're not involved? Because you seem like a loose end to me.



"He's dead. Your job."  The voice. No change in volume, no change in speed, but--the catch in the voice. How does he do it? Simply amazing.


-- and the dark, depressing, enigmatic tones and nearly glacial plot movement in many scenes are strangely captivating even if frustrating. I realize I did believe 100% in the love story, but not in the insanely convoluted and complex secret plot set in motion against Alex and Danny - but I somehow didn't care about that. So captivating.


Glacial? What can I say, I like glacial. And yes, the love story. Oh my god Yes. The plot was less so--at first. It will take me quite some time to explain to anyone else that--well, what I first thought was over-the-top/jumping the shark is now, to me--completely believable. Those holes no longer look like holes.

Ok, maybe one hole--after his (fake/forced 'suicide') we learn that Scottie sent Danny's precious notebook to Claire (the president provost of the University of London!) with a note appended saying: 'Ambition, no conviction.' Really? How--how mean. Yes, he had said it to Danny himself (frankly but not meanly), but to say it/send it to Claire--hmmm. Yet--maybe *they* did it, and once again the holes start to close.

Perhaps it was Whishaw, Broadbent and Rampling's sheer talent, or Holcroft's beautiful face, but--now I *believe* the crazy plot (within the bounds of the story). In a world in which Alexander Litvinenko, Gareth Williams, Edward Snowden are real people, not characters in some crazy spy thriller--why not?



You've seen the whole show, I assume, John? The final episode was very tough to take, but I am firmly in the 'Alex's brilliant mind was too valuable to be wasted so he's alive under lock and key in the US' camp. One day Danny will find him. <3


First episode--I saw the first 40 minutes, until Danny rang the doorbuzzer at 71-80 Prince of Wales Drive, Battersea (yes, like other crazy people like me, I found the building with Google Maps/Street View) and then I STOPPED. Couldn't go any further. Saw the first 40 minutes over and over, maybe five times--then, a week later, watched the last 20 minutes. Like Danny, I have visited the attic Once only. Yet.

Last episode, same thing. When once again, that same fated night, Danny walks up to the door, with his small rucksack/backpack on his shoulder, knowing that he and Alex will soon be leaving for their planned weekend in the country--and then, for the first time, we see Frances is waiting in a car across the street, and I just--STOP. I know everything, I've read everything, I know what happens, but I just CAN'T. I thought I could watch it tonight, but I still can't.  I will. But.
 
Re: (as poor Scottie once blithely said) "possibilities and dreams"--there was a Fanart cartoon that I saw at least twice and thought I could easily find it again before saving, but now seems lost--I think it was made by one of those lovely/completely bonkers Korean girl/artists--it showed the happiest of scenarios: Alex, confused and uncomprehending, sitting in a half-opened packing crate (NOT that tragic trunk), and Danny, knowing and happy, trundling up with his wheeled carryall case with USA visa/passport in hand. Wishful Sigh (Found it! see next page in this thread, Page 12, Reply 112.)



Different cartoon--
not the one I'm still hoping
to find, unfortunately:
(https://41.media.tumblr.com/936b0da3e7e2ab7692ce93f95c7ba1f8/tumblr_nzc4x8lbqB1s8vk64o1_500.jpg)
http://mogamoka.tumblr.com/post/135170921220/alex-in-the-box-from-london-spy

The missing cartoon
might have been done
by this artist--it had
that same tone/feeling--
very optimistic!

(http://40.media.tumblr.com/8225e77effb554f3584a256f7905e980/tumblr_ny5k63zWVf1swi6umo1_1280.jpg)
http://wilberia.tistory.com/m/post/11
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 21, 2016, 10:47:13 pm
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Oh my!!!


Yes!  :o  :laugh:
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 22, 2016, 12:16:14 am
Time for more
LONDONSPYFANART


(http://40.media.tumblr.com/6c6d5bc41b6426f1384fa819ca7ae099/tumblr_nzglzwRq7J1rf6qyfo1_500.png)



(http://41.media.tumblr.com/e200dad15a63149a73de396f8312ca1f/tumblr_nxn3kxVVjh1raoedko1_500.jpg)



(http://www.ballet-de-marseille.com/IMG/jpg/1-5.jpg)
Someone has rendered my
conceit as Poor Danny/Orpheus
and his beloved Alex/Eurydice
(http://41.media.tumblr.com/580f99eccb25bff3668551015015a232/tumblr_nxyxluPASE1rv2boio1_500.jpg)



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http://wilberia.tistory.com/m/post/17


Oops! More Korean--and I cannot bother a very, very busy friend who has to
then ask his colleague for a translation--yet.

(Looks like another schizoid conversation with two of Ben Whishaw's characters,
fictional character Danny Holt of London Spy and real historical poet John Keats of Bright Star)


Late addition:


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http://wilberia.tistory.com/m/post?categoryId=662185
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Mikaela on February 22, 2016, 06:48:33 am
Oh, thank you so much for this long and thoughtful reply!  :)


Glacial? What can I say, I like glacial. And yes, the love story. Oh my god Yes. The plot was less so--at first. It will take me quite some time to explain to anyone else that--well, what I first thought was over-the-top/jumping the shark is now, to me--completely believable. Those holes no longer look like holes.

Maybe glacial was the wrong word. Challenging might be better. The slow pace and the riddles within riddles require something of the viewers. You don't get to follow this story lightly while your mind is partly on other things... At any rate, I came to appreciate the pace, even as it was frustrating because I am. Conditioned by so many shows and stories to wanting All The Answers Now!!

Quote
Perhaps it was Whishaw, Broadbent and Rampling's sheer talent, or Holcroft's beautiful face, but--now I *believe* the crazy plot (within the bounds of the story). In a world in which Alexander Litvinenko, Gareth Williams, Edward Snowden are real people, not characters in some crazy spy thriller--why not?

This is the most compelling argument I've seen! Yes, the spy world moves in mysterious ways, and yet - if Danny posed such a treath, I do think there would be "easier" (for them) and more permanent ways to deal with him than the conspiracy they inveigled him in. This does not in any way detract from my appreciation of the story, though. It creates a world of its own.

I have more to say but will have to continue later.


But before I go... You are aware that Ben Whishaw is coming to NYC to perform on stage this spring, I assume? Are you going to see the crucible?
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: CellarDweller on February 22, 2016, 09:25:15 am
I'm really liking the fan art!
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 22, 2016, 07:31:59 pm
Oh, thank you so much for this long and thoughtful reply!  :)


 ;) :-*



Maybe glacial was the wrong word. Challenging might be better. The slow pace and the riddles within riddles require something of the viewers. You don't get to follow this story lightly while your mind is partly on other things... At any rate, I came to appreciate the pace, even as it was frustrating because I am. Conditioned by so many shows and stories to wanting All The Answers Now!!


As an aphasic, I like a slow pace. I don't want "the answer" to come too quickly because it might just whiz by and I won't have time to process it. When there are frustrations, I am much more likely to find relief by seeking extracurricular info like MAPS and TIME LINES--thank you, Google! (If only the now out-of-date words "Don't be Evil" were true when, unfortunately, Google is more likely one of *them*--)



This is the most compelling argument I've seen! Yes, the spy world moves in mysterious ways, and yet - if Danny posed such a threat, I do think there would be "easier" (for them) and more permanent ways to deal with him than the conspiracy they inveigled him in. This does not in any way detract from my appreciation of the story, though. It creates a world of its own.


The Nearly Omniscient and Clever may not (almost certainly not!) be 'logical'. *They* can be mean, or whimsical, or--jealous.

Or occasionally--helpful?

After the confusing return to London from the 'visit with the Parents' in Oxfordshire, that very short, chilling scene on the river with "the American" who so frightened poor Danny--and the malign sign (or--benign warning??) of the HIV medication inside the practically glowing, enrobed blood-red sweet--something the Evil Queen could have conjured up--all mixed up with the Wachowskis' Matrix--a Blue Pill inside the Red Pill--how crazy was that?? (Actor Clarke Peters was terrific in those few minutes!)



(http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-iQguPKq-zzI/VlBjWSYorBI/AAAAAAAADxo/RI7tLm3bNR4/s640/blogger-image--1351966932.jpg)(http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-Shq80jmVzdA/VlBjEzeY6WI/AAAAAAAADww/MvtAd1tW58E/s640/blogger-image--2139334887.jpg)
(https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQM8fbkP1y1pVW3Zs8Upn6djlzsDkhqLIIEsPjGQCiX_Wbdb9VqBg)(http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-01uue_lLmlM/VlBjbL1XA4I/AAAAAAAADx4/XLBnE1u6yUk/s640/blogger-image-78377359.jpg)
(http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-KrYiXQZhfbE/VlBjf6WmkCI/AAAAAAAADyI/dCksCTPvboE/s640/blogger-image-1982954930.jpg)(http://www.radiotimes.com/uploads/images/Original/90851.jpg)


Like Scottie, we love Danny because he is foolishly brave--


(http://45.media.tumblr.com/9a81245bcdf6f765f0a28d0a17f63f3f/tumblr_nomccri4Qa1uv9wl5o1_500.gif)
(https://yodabor.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/london-spy-2.gif?w=440)




But before I go... You are aware that Ben Whishaw is coming to NYC to perform on stage this spring, I assume? Are you going to see the crucible?


I know this will sound stupid, but--I can't watch John Proctor/Ben Whishaw/Danny Holt be hanged next week--the previews start March 1. Too much, too soon!

 ::) ::) ::)


Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 22, 2016, 07:45:12 pm
I'm really liking the fan art!


Coming right up! (Though we're going to have to learn Korean, I'm afraid--)   ::) ::) ::)



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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 22, 2016, 07:46:56 pm
More:
LONDONSPYFANARTIDOWHATIWANT!
                                                     http://vipadafai.tumblr.com/


(http://40.media.tumblr.com/0664a5be4f60911a0ba5f74c7c13b2d5/tumblr_nxv7c98rwd1raoedko1_500.jpg)
Spy Husband Nov 15 2015  http://vipadafai.tumblr.com/page/4

(http://40.media.tumblr.com/d5f703c9bbee8701c3ba3fc7ec2eb1aa/tumblr_nxx2j3TZHz1raoedko1_500.jpg)
Spy Husband Nov 16 2015  http://vipadafai.tumblr.com/page/4

Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 22, 2016, 09:48:14 pm
Re: (as poor Scottie once blithely said) "possibilities and dreams"--there was a Fanart cartoon that I saw at least twice and thought I could easily find it again before saving, but now seems lost--I think it was made by one of those lovely/completely bonkers Korean girl/artists--it showed the happiest of scenarios: Alex, alive, confused and uncomprehending, sitting in a half-opened packing crate (NOT that tragic trunk), and Danny, knowing and happy, trundling up with his wheeled carryall case with USA visa/passport in hand. Wishful Sigh.

I just found a different three panel cartoon version of the Happy Ending (maybe it's the same one?)--anyway, I think it's adorable:


LONDONSPYFANARTWILBERIA.TISTORY
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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 22, 2016, 11:23:35 pm
LONDONSPYFANART


Same cartoon--
(https://68.media.tumblr.com/936b0da3e7e2ab7692ce93f95c7ba1f8/tumblr_nzc4x8lbqB1s8vk64o1_500.jpg)
http://mogamoka.tumblr.com/post/135170921220/alex-in-the-box-from-london-spy

Different carton--
Different tone, different vibe
different ending--


http://vipadafai.tumblr.com/post/134848873299/london-spy-final-episode-tt-no-more-tear
(http://68.media.tumblr.com/1cb3abfea1e204d97c8c5d6f9dda311d/tumblr_nz36ekb8g21raoedko1_500.jpg)
(https://68.media.tumblr.com/2ce0e4e3f08a5ba9bd7eca2cbcc787cd/tumblr_nznyeu1uwK1rkjw6xo6_500.jpg)
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 22, 2016, 11:40:54 pm


London Spy
Episode 4
"I Know"

(http://filmreviewonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/London-Spy-104-011.jpg)

  


Marcus (Adrian Lester): You didn't know, did you?
How smart he was?


Danny (Ben Whishaw): I knew.

Marcus: But not really.

Danny: Not in the way you did, no.

Marcus: His partner... without any appreciation of his intellect.
Beyond some generalised idea that he was good with numbers.
Love without knowledge.
Popular culture might depict that as a romantic notion, I suppose.



(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-kbnSLcIHCEs/VmMj0zAiRXI/AAAAAAAAD2Q/njkhnde6yFU/s640/blogger-image-826750617.jpg)



Danny: He never spoke about his work.

Marcus: What did you talk about?

Danny: Everything else.

Marcus: I see.
No, I don't.
I don't see at all.


Danny: Well, what did you two talk about? Outside of work?

Marcus: We didn't.
Look, try to understand.
I was sure, absolutely certain that--
he was going to change the world in some way.
Not my world.
THE world.
Can you imagine the enormity of that feeling?
Being in the company of someone like that?


Danny: We knew different people.

Marcus: The man I knew was exceptional.
The man you knew was not.
Unless you're going to tell me how many sugars he took in his tea
or how he liked to be fucked.
Are these the details that define us?


Danny: I think that being admired is--lonely.



(https://41.media.tumblr.com/2ed6c8e276b9d02622145f92ff23cfa4/tumblr_nybs7y2GRV1u4qtnbo2_r1_540.png)




Marcus: You're right, I'm sure.
But that was the price he had to pay.
The ordinary world wasn't for him.
And his flirtation with it--was always going to end badly.


Danny: Professor? I miss him too.



Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 23, 2016, 05:32:40 pm
LONDONSPYFANARTJOHANIRAE


NSFW (well, no, this is SFW, just)

Actually, there is London Spy Fanart
that is risqué  ::) ::) ::)

and there is London Spy Fanart that is
pornographic,  :o :o :o

so--this is pretty SAFE, considering.....


(http://41.media.tumblr.com/5137a7739055c415c79a8f3ec58f09f7/tumblr_nyiztzYdOe1qm7vhlo2_r1_1280.jpg)

http://johanirae.tumblr.com/tagged/fanart/


Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: CellarDweller on February 23, 2016, 09:34:27 pm
risque is good  :)
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 24, 2016, 12:35:15 am
risque is good  :)

 8) ;D
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 24, 2016, 12:36:01 am
Oh my--

(http://45.media.tumblr.com/6df366a28d6caa819d0bc0280503c02d/tumblr_nxq31wizDW1qzupkqo4_400.gif)(http://45.media.tumblr.com/6df366a28d6caa819d0bc0280503c02d/tumblr_nxq31wizDW1qzupkqo4_400.gif)(http://45.media.tumblr.com/6df366a28d6caa819d0bc0280503c02d/tumblr_nxq31wizDW1qzupkqo4_400.gif)
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 24, 2016, 12:49:24 am

(http://57.media.tumblr.com/19838baeb984fa29d97a8887b690db05/tumblr_nxq31wizDW1qzupkqo2_250.gif)    (http://45.media.tumblr.com/6df366a28d6caa819d0bc0280503c02d/tumblr_nxq31wizDW1qzupkqo4_250.gif)

(http://49.media.tumblr.com/8d6d7ef4476b5659879bd21b381a9f3c/tumblr_nxq31wizDW1qzupkqo5_250.gif)    (http://49.media.tumblr.com/c6e596c7a9d12e271a0e0a6cc78efa5e/tumblr_nxq31wizDW1qzupkqo3_250.gif)
   
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Mikaela on February 24, 2016, 07:24:53 am
Quote
First episode--I saw the first 40 minutes, until Danny rang the doorbuzzer at 71-80 Prince of Wales Drive, Battersea (yes, like other crazy people like me, I found the building with Google Maps/Street View) and then I STOPPED. Couldn't go any further. Saw the first 40 minutes over and over, maybe five times--then, a week later, watched the last 20 minutes. Like Danny, I have visited the attic Once only. Yet.

Last episode, same thing. When once again, that same fated night, Danny walks up to the door, with his small rucksack/backpack on his shoulder, knowing that he and Alex will soon be leaving for their planned weekend in the country--and then, for the first time, we see Frances is waiting in a car across the street, and I just--STOP. I know everything, I've read everything, I know what happens, but I just CAN'T. I thought I could watch it tonight, but I still can't.  I will. But.
 

Oh. There's both a blessing and a danger in knowing what you're in for, I suppose.

I didn't - not really, beyond strong recommendations from friends and general warning signals of tragedy.

The ending to episode 1 had me completely disbelieving and questioning what I'd actually seen. And yes, the ending to the final episode was very tough on the heart. Such cruel, cruel irony that Alex's work ended up being used like that and spelling his doom.


Except he's alive somewhere in the US, of course.
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Mikaela on February 24, 2016, 07:34:47 am
Quote
I know this will sound stupid, but--I can't watch John Proctor/Ben Whishaw/Danny Holt be hanged next week--the previews start March 1. Too much, too soon!

 ::) ::) ::)

I do understand. It's unfortunate that THIS is the role he's playing when stepping onto the stage at your doorstep. :-\

I saw Ben on stage a couple of years ago in London's West end, in 'Mojo'. He was wonderful in that, with such a magnetic stage presence.
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 24, 2016, 07:58:52 am
Except he's alive somewhere in the US, of course.

Of course he is!  :laugh:
                                (http://cfile29.uf.tistory.com/image/24296A395669C0701B13D5)  

Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 24, 2016, 08:22:48 am
I saw Ben on stage a couple of years ago in London's West end, in 'Mojo'. He was wonderful in that, with such a magnetic stage presence.


I saw him more than 12 years ago in His Dark Materials at the National, which I loved--however, at the time I was not enamored of/with/by Mr Whishaw in his double (or triple?) role as Brother Jasper/a Witch/(a Daemon? a bear?)--love came late, I fear!

re that inauspicious beginning, I've just discovered this interesting note (in a very long interview with lots of lovely photos)--it seems he hated his witch as much as I did!



http://www.wonderlandmagazine.com/2013/05/flashback-friday-ben-whishaw/

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: BEN WHISHAW
MAY 16TH, 2013
In this interview from the archives, a pre-fame Ben Whishaw talks Keats, Jane Campion and his unexpectedly “humiliating” cameo as a witch in His Dark Materials.

This interview was first published in Wonderland Nov/Dec 2009.

When you came out of RADA, you played Hamlet straight off the bat. It’s the role that every actor wants to play at some point in their life and you’ve already crossed it off the list…

It was about eight months after I’d left college. I was doing a play at the National Theatre where I was playing a bear and a witch. And then I got Hamlet.

You were in His Dark Materials at the National!? Playing a bear?

[laughs] Yeah, I was a few parts. One of them was bear and one of them was a witch. There was a gaggle of witches, all played by women, and because they were a bit short on women in the cast and I was very skinny – and still am – they dragged me in to being a witch.

Did you enjoy it?

It was one of the most humiliating experiences of my life. I still can’t believe that I did it. There were several other guys who were dragged into being witches as well but they were too masculine-looking and were jettisoned. Whereas I was kept on for the entire run.


Poor Ben!   :laugh:
(http://www.wonderlandmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Untitled-4-e1368459941948.jpg)(http://www.wonderlandmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Ben-Whishaw-Wonderland-Ph.-Toyin-e1368458686235.jpg)(http://www.wonderlandmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Ben-Whishaw-Wonderland-Ph.-Toyin-3-e1368458348258.jpg)
(http://www.wonderlandmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/ben-whishaw-23909452-e1368458762157.jpg)
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 24, 2016, 08:54:10 am
The ending to episode 1 had me completely disbelieving and questioning what I'd actually seen. And yes, the ending to the final episode was very tough on the heart. Such cruel, cruel irony that Alex's work ended up being used like that and spelling his doom.


Therefore--
(https://45.media.tumblr.com/9da7e7bd1566779094405cc22abad156/tumblr_o01rawzF5j1uurfdvo4_r1_500.gif)
(https://49.media.tumblr.com/a9c9d5d7965b850ae9d107ae149244fd/tumblr_o01rawzF5j1uurfdvo3_r1_500.gif)
::)
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 24, 2016, 10:13:56 am


Just because--a lovely, happy photo--
Ben Whishaw and real life husband
Australian composer Mark Bradshaw

(https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/40/ea/4b/40ea4b15176e1b3e849355cb9d69d0eb.jpg)
"Too bad, girls, he's married!"

 :laugh:
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 24, 2016, 04:29:48 pm


(http://68.media.tumblr.com/6df366a28d6caa819d0bc0280503c02d/tumblr_nxq31wizDW1qzupkqo4_400.gif)(http://68.media.tumblr.com/6df366a28d6caa819d0bc0280503c02d/tumblr_nxq31wizDW1qzupkqo4_400.gif)(http://68.media.tumblr.com/6df366a28d6caa819d0bc0280503c02d/tumblr_nxq31wizDW1qzupkqo4_400.gif)



London Spy Quotable Quote:

http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/shortcuts/2015/dec/07/is-the-final-episode-of-london-spy-doomed-to-let-us-down
(https://d1mbyzj6lih1pj.cloudfront.net/getasset/e9cee02b-2e7a-471e-819c-3921c6fdcbce/)
Jack Seale
Monday 7 December 2015



The thrill of London Spy has been how confidently it has put a few sparing strokes on the canvas: the stunning shots of dusky Vauxhall and Waterloo; the supporting cast of elegant ghouls and demons; the glimpses of the desire, compassion and understanding between Danny and Alex that included few specifics, but made us share Danny’s aching loss. It was inevitable that, when prosaic explanation finally had to intrude on all this elliptical artistry, the spell was partly broken. A thriller hasn’t so boldly made the genre beautiful since The Shadow Line.

(....)

London Spy has lived in the gap between plot and subtext – between what it’s about, and what it’s really about. It’s really about self-knowledge, and how lovers try to know each other while lying about themselves. It’s about hoping you’ll one day know yourself well enough to step out and take on a cruel and scary world. It’s not really about whether anyone would actually stash the world’s biggest secret behind a combination lock with the code 00000001.

How can London Spy get over lifting its storytelling skirts too high, too early? By sticking to its beguiling emotional aesthetic. If it delivers more gorgeously intimate dialogue, more profound closeups of Ben Whishaw’s endlessly expressive features, and more blinding imagery and astonishingly well choreographed one-takers by its brilliant Belgian director Jakob Verbruggen, that’s all the pay-off fans will need."





(http://49.media.tumblr.com/c215d5d735013b0f6fcb36f2392cd2f7/tumblr_nxklvbRvgD1sonqjko6_400.gif)(http://49.media.tumblr.com/c215d5d735013b0f6fcb36f2392cd2f7/tumblr_nxklvbRvgD1sonqjko6_400.gif)
(http://www.theartsdesk.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/mast_image_landscape/mastimages/Ben%20Alex%20main_0.jpg)


Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: CellarDweller on February 25, 2016, 09:57:52 am
they do make a cute couple.
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 25, 2016, 10:36:53 am
they do make a cute couple.


Ha! Which cute couple?


(http://commanderbond.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Screen-Shot-2013-08-05-at-23.22.55.png)    or    (http://apaixonadosporseries.com.br/wp-content/arquivos/2015/11/danny-e-alex-london-spy.jpg)

Ben'n'Mark (real-life) or Danny'n'Alex ('fictional')?

(Damn you, Ben Whishaw, damn you!)

Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 25, 2016, 07:30:12 pm
Quote
I know this will sound stupid, but--I can't watch John Proctor/Ben Whishaw/Danny Holt be hanged next week--the previews start March 1. Too much, too soon!


I do understand. It's unfortunate that THIS is the role he's playing when stepping onto the stage at your doorstep. :-\


Ok, I'm going, Tuesday night. (It's easier to delay watching the end of episode 5, London Spy.)


(https://hamiltonhodell.files.wordpress.com/2015/10/untitled-15.jpg?w=662&h=758)(http://www.btchflcks.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/unnamed1.png)

Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Mikaela on February 25, 2016, 08:24:30 pm


Ok, I'm going, Tuesday night. (It's easier to delay watching the end of episode 5, London Spy.)




 :D I really don't think you will regret that! Ben does angst so well.

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: CellarDweller on February 26, 2016, 09:44:55 am
they're both cute!
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 26, 2016, 01:59:57 pm
they're both cute!


Mix'n'match!
(http://40.media.tumblr.com/3b70cdf02a058fa6aaf622ee29d7e948/tumblr_nyoyw8dbqT1ularroo2_1280.png)

Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 26, 2016, 02:08:17 pm
Another just because:
one is always showing Ed Holcroft's
noble nose, so--here's to show Ben
has a very pretty fine profile himself--
(http://images6.fanpop.com/image/photos/33700000/Ben-ben-whishaw-33740615-499-750.jpg)
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 26, 2016, 03:01:05 pm

 :D I really don't think you will regret that! Ben does angst so well.

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.


In the meanwhile--
[youtube=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2kxURKKWDM[/youtube]
(http://a1.nyt.com/assets/foundation/20140108-142003/images/logos/nyt-logo-185x26.svg)
Uploaded on Mar 29, 2010
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 26, 2016, 06:43:05 pm
LONDONSPYFANARTHOLCROFTED


(http://68.media.tumblr.com/a7a698e60f8b5852f3c2056aca832895/tumblr_nq98tenmjD1uwihr1o1_1280.png)
http://holcrofted.tumblr.com/post/122013961125
http://holcrofted.tumblr.com/image/122013961125






LONDONSPYFANFIC

Just fucking
WOW.
http://seugene793.tumblr.com/post/139839048561/danny-writes-a-letter-to-alex
Danny writes a letter to Alex
23 February 2016


My dearest Alex:

My beautiful genius, I have a question: how do we live without the people that we love?
 
I don’t want to know how to live without you, my love. It’s been months since I last saw
your face. There is no day I don’t think about you, and there is no night I don’t dream of
you. I can’t wait to see you, my love. I can’t wait to see your smile, I can’t wait to have
you in my arms, I can’t wait to kiss you, I can’t wait to make you laugh again. You can’t
imagine how happy you made me when I heard you laugh for the first time, I don’t believe
I’ve ever seen anything more beautiful. I know your opinion on soul mates, but know this:

I want to spend the rest of my life with you, I’m sure that we’re something special, and I
don’t believe it was a fluke that we met that morning on the bridge. You saw me, Alex, and
you changed me. You made me a better man, you made me stronger.

I know you are the one for me.

Why didn’t you tell me? something… anything! We could’ve have dealt with it together.
But I understand, you were worried that I’d end up hating you. Silly boy, my love, how
could I ever hate you for loving me? I wish I could’ve told you that none of it mattered…
the lies… the mistakes. That I loved you, just the same. That I love you still, now,
knowing it all. I wish you could’ve heard me say it. But I’m going to find you, and once
we’re reunited again, I promise I will tell you every day, for the rest of my life, how much

I love you.

Alex, I always knew I’d find someone, and one day, when I least expected it, I found you.
And then they took you away from me, but not for long. Those systems of oppression, as
ruthless as they appear, as unbeatable as they seem, never hold, never last, never survive.

I will not live in fear, my love. I’m going to find those bastards, I’m going to burn them
down at all costs, no matter what. They destroyed our lives, they hurt us, now I’m going to
show them what it feels like. I know I don’t stand a chance, it is impossible, I might lose,
but I will fight. Sometimes you have to take a chance, right? Otherwise, how do you know?

So wait for me, Alex. I’m on my way. I will fight for us, or die trying, but I’m not giving up
on you, Alex Turner. Not now, not ever.

We’ll meet again soon.

Yours forever

Danny

P.S. I can be inscrutable too.



(http://40.media.tumblr.com/bbdea3256e487c7d777d839e7323d6a8/tumblr_inline_o2zp00F1zC1twc953_1280.jpg)
#london spy  #danny holt  #alex turner  #ben whishaw  #edward holcroft  #meta
#cloud atlas  #the hour  #I HAD TO  #ALEX IS ALIVE  #DANNY TO THE RESCUE


http://seugene793.tumblr.com/post/139839048561/danny-writes-a-letter-to-alex

Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 26, 2016, 07:37:19 pm
LONDONSPYFANART


                                                                                                                         http://seugene793.tumblr.com/post/139839453201/tarunko-are-you-ok
23 February 2016                                                                                                               http://tarunko.tumblr.com/post/139830935133/are-you-ok
(http://68.media.tumblr.com/a35a3cf0af0ba3299d87787b1b4691df/tumblr_o2zgfcNSmB1v7zynpo1_1280.jpg)
Are you ok??


Possibly taken from:

(http://68.media.tumblr.com/cc23c85f2c2109aad634e433d91f92da/tumblr_nyrbst7Xag1sggu6lo1_1280.jpg)
By Hannah December 03 2015 12:53 AM                   simplywalkintomordor                   http://sherlocksbuttonhole.tumblr.com/post/134430538439
                         http://sherlocksbuttonhole.tumblr.com/tagged/%28and-that%27s-the-name-i-use-for-my-art-btw%29


Taken from:
(http://www.radiotimes.com/uploads/images/Original/90852.png)
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 26, 2016, 08:20:34 pm
THEOTHER LONDONSPYFANART


Q/BEN'n'BOND
JAN 2016                                       http://beginte.tumblr.com/post/137427297969/00q-sharing-a-sofa-at-work-my-art-for-the-00q
(http://68.media.tumblr.com/69e876900ba8630df8c28d4e33d7b3e4/tumblr_o128zokC0J1ttbf4so1_1280.png)
Sharing a sofa at work


just to reference:

An Imaginary Conversation:
(Translation from the Korean--I hope!)
 
Q (Blue Speech Bubble):                                             DANNY (Brown Speech Bubble):                                   BOND and ALEX (Green Speech Bubble):
I'm going crazy because of that person...Does               Look here, I have no idea what MINE is thinking about--   ". . . ."   (scroll to see below)
HE know how many nights I've stayed up making that?   EVER.                                                                          (Translation from the Korean--maybe):
HE never tells me when HE is coming and always                                                                                             These two do not have such a good
disappears randomly. I can't stand it.                                                                                                              relationship. Is there a dynamic hatred?
 
(http://68.media.tumblr.com/78b9d5a46e200aa8ae9343861f976ea2/tumblr_nxspy2BBhe1swi6umo1_1280.jpg)
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 27, 2016, 03:06:07 am
LONDONSPYFANART


I was that man
(http://40.media.tumblr.com/3cd83a5b03abf46d0affbc9573506b03/tumblr_ny53u5vPis1qhqk7jo1_500.png)
and you were that someone
(http://56.media.tumblr.com/dd1e0c1296c04c73e34507c709a3ab54/tumblr_ny53u5vPis1qhqk7jo2_500.png)

21 NOV 15

BY THE LADY IGRAINE

http://theladyigraine.tumblr.com/post/133624867528/i-was-that-man-and-you-were-that-someone
http://londonspys.tumblr.com/post/133642464123/theladyigraine-i-was-that-man-and-you-were




clearly referencing
(and how frighteningly!)
I love you
(http://40.media.tumblr.com/eec3273fb5fd0e0406df039eba02b465/tumblr_nyl0b3wGRF1r11p9to1_500.png)

by greensun (http://55.media.tumblr.com/avatar_33164e1b66f9_64.png) November 29, 2015

http://illilis.tumblr.com/post/134196640301/i-love-you-the-words-strike-danny-his-reaction
http://londonspys.tumblr.com/post/134199542788/illilis-i-love-you-the-words-strike-danny-his



referencing/similarly


Quote from: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 06, 2016, 12:10:45 am
(http://68.media.tumblr.com/4a4d9ad2a093b0790e10beca8278f6eb/tumblr_nyj06qEh7G1r11p9to1_500.png)
http://illilis.tumblr.com/post/134121520476/being-a-l-o-n-e-has-a-rhythm-like-running-its


and also referencing/similarly


Quote from: Aloysius J. Gleek on January 30, 2016, 07:27:46 pm
(http://68.media.tumblr.com/56c8c38205d6819325a3400bfb40e4eb/tumblr_ny66awPj231r11p9to1_500.png)
http://ldnspy.tumblr.com/post/133667141915/illilis-alex-danny
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 27, 2016, 03:35:13 am
LONDONSPYFANART


Alex looking very Bowie-like here!
Coincidental or very timely?
(http://68.media.tumblr.com/420b53bda5f9744d790067cc6f788eb6/tumblr_nzk6nlC2qV1sji70to1_500.jpg)
http://ohtoomanyfandomfeels.tumblr.com/post/135729319731/oh-cmon-match-made-in-heaven

referencing/similarly
Quote from: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 22, 2016, 12:16:14 am
(http://68.media.tumblr.com/580f99eccb25bff3668551015015a232/tumblr_nxyxluPASE1rv2boio1_500.jpg)

and also referencing/similarly
Quote from: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 22, 2016, 12:16:14 am
(http://68.media.tumblr.com/e200dad15a63149a73de396f8312ca1f/tumblr_nxn3kxVVjh1raoedko1_500.jpg)



Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 27, 2016, 03:44:19 am
LONDONSPYFANARTJO


(http://68.media.tumblr.com/b461cd03dbc64a4a8c0f30a88967fe84/tumblr_o237flAnir1rf6qyfo1_1280.png)
(http://40.media.tumblr.com/6e548cd9f58cfc1effe9a91fa2f6c3f8/tumblr_o237flAnir1rf6qyfo2_500.png)
(http://56.media.tumblr.com/976b52b44025cbbae054f0d49aa59f47/tumblr_o237flAnir1rf6qyfo3_500.png)

referencing

Quote by Aloysius J. Gleek on Jan 29/Feb 12, 2016, 11:17:38 pm
(http://68.media.tumblr.com/d141fc8b12bc3a2ca6cf31ad8665f3f5/tumblr_o237flAnir1rf6qyfo4_1280.png)



By Jo http://j000000.tumblr.com/page/2
http://seugene793.tumblr.com/post/138777394586/j000000-i-am-that-someone

Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 27, 2016, 09:29:22 am

(https://40.media.tumblr.com/202ecdab15bbe324b694c33ad09f862b/tumblr_o33r0pwUPJ1tbgj5lo1_1280.jpg)
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 27, 2016, 10:17:01 am
LONDONSPYFANARTANDSLASH LONDONSPYFANART


Asking friends for help!
 :D :laugh:

January 29, 2016 by Chestnut NOLA                                                                      http://chestnutnola.com/2016/01/29/london-spy-the-birth-of-a-fandom/
(https://chestnutnola.files.wordpress.com/2016/01/find-my-love-banner.jpg)
(https://secure.static.tumblr.com/9ae6462882a6127cfea0b76856991b82/ljcci6z/6dhnzaofq/tumblr_static_tumblr_static_etjgydj5xmo0440wo84owgwcs_640.png)(https://secure.static.tumblr.com/9ae6462882a6127cfea0b76856991b82/ljcci6z/6dhnzaofq/tumblr_static_tumblr_static_etjgydj5xmo0440wo84owgwcs_640.png)



and very similarly

(http://68.media.tumblr.com/1c73a7165ec03ca27ddf14b6333f20aa/tumblr_o35whdHW3X1txrl1to1_500.jpg)

Person of Interest Xover London Spy
What if Alex is saved by Reese and Finch?
They might even cooperate on SAVING DANNY!


By Pantie2 Feb 26, 2016

http://pantie2.tumblr.com/post/140032609572/person-of-interest-xover-london-spy-what-if-alex
http://ldnspy.tumblr.com/

Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 27, 2016, 11:22:22 am
LONDONSPYFANARTANDSLASH LONDONSPYFANARTJOHANIRAE


(http://40.media.tumblr.com/f6fccb2b0a1f4c90a561530503d3a374/tumblr_nyksg3L8ac1qm7vhlo1_1280.png)

London Spy Danny / Alex | The relationship in their imaginations
You thought - stranger, seduction!
Not that I’m presuming you’re seduced by me - process ongoing…

(http://68.media.tumblr.com/42a4b6931600d3d8f88523814313bba2/tumblr_nyksg3L8ac1qm7vhlo2_1280.png)

By johanirae
http://johanirae.tumblr.com/post/134190208751/london-spy-danny-alex-the-relationship-in
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: CellarDweller on February 27, 2016, 12:35:44 pm
I have two faves that you've posted so far.


This one......


(http://41.media.tumblr.com/d141fc8b12bc3a2ca6cf31ad8665f3f5/tumblr_o237flAnir1rf6qyfo4_1280.png)[/center]

Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: CellarDweller on February 27, 2016, 12:36:41 pm
........and this one


(http://41.media.tumblr.com/69e876900ba8630df8c28d4e33d7b3e4/tumblr_o128zokC0J1ttbf4so1_1280.png)

Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 27, 2016, 12:45:23 pm
ANDSLASH LONDONSPYLIKEFANART


Ok, Just Over the Top Dep't
 ::) :laugh:
(http://40.media.tumblr.com/df71818943596a7305dc4b3720eff50f/tumblr_nmw3spTn0k1qgw8ozo2_400.jpg)
Breeana; 18; bi-romantic ace; f; mostly shitposting,
gay, and occassionally classic Hollywood appreciation.
Also Hartwin/Kingsman trash



(http://56.media.tumblr.com/eeebca4c96d584c0d07de527a2a46487/tumblr_nmw3spTn0k1qgw8ozo1_400.jpg)
(http://40.media.tumblr.com/df71818943596a7305dc4b3720eff50f/tumblr_nmw3spTn0k1qgw8ozo2_400.jpg)
(http://56.media.tumblr.com/5e0faa2913cd96e1ca3033350b589c8c/tumblr_nmw3spTn0k1qgw8ozo3_500.jpg)
(http://40.media.tumblr.com/f489087b93837862b367ad39a6feeee1/tumblr_nmw3spTn0k1qgw8ozo4_400.jpg)
#edward holcroft #flower crowns #charlie hesketh #someone help me

4:05am 16 Apr 2015

I am such trash for Edward Holcroft it’s not even funny
Also, first attempt at any sort of edit. like, at all. woooo



http://persephoneggsy.tumblr.com/post/116541664328/i-am-such-trash-for-edward-holcroft-its-not-even
http://kingsman-junkie.tumblr.com/page/869
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 27, 2016, 12:54:28 pm
I have two faves that you've posted so far.


This one......                                                                                                         By Jo http://j000000.tumblr.com/page/2
(http://68.media.tumblr.com/d141fc8b12bc3a2ca6cf31ad8665f3f5/tumblr_o237flAnir1rf6qyfo4_1280.png)



........and this one
                                                                                                                    http://beginte.tumblr.com/post/137427297969/00q-sharing-a-sofa-at-work-my-art-for-the-00q
(http://68.media.tumblr.com/69e876900ba8630df8c28d4e33d7b3e4/tumblr_o128zokC0J1ttbf4so1_1280.png)


Thank you so much, Chuck!
Yes, I especially love this one a LOT too--just gorgeous! (http://41.media.tumblr.com/69e876900ba8630df8c28d4e33d7b3e4/tumblr_o128zokC0J1ttbf4so1_1280.png)
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 27, 2016, 02:15:17 pm
(http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/480xn/p039cqkb.jpg)(http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/03496/london-spy-ben-whi_3496185b.jpg)(http://49.media.tumblr.com/ba90e7bd12361fe78003204a40627efc/tumblr_nxq0jpldRa1rc7ay5o2_400.gif)


London Spy Quotable Quote:

http://www.vulture.com/2016/01/london-spy-recap-season-1-episode-1.html
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Jack Mirkinson
January 21, 2016 11:19 p.m.



(....)

--Cut to the morning. Danny exits the club, looking decidedly worse for wear. He's jittery, high, and lost. We follow him down to the edge of the Thames, where he shatters his phone into pieces. As he slumps to the ground, a beautiful man runs by. He stops, then picks up the pieces of Danny's phone. Their eyes meet. You know the rest.

If you're thinking that this handsome stranger would turn out to be important, you're correct. (How did you know?) His name is "Joe". He's closeted, he's an investment banker, and he lives a regimented life in the kind of gleaming fantasy flat that either inspires jealousy or revolutions. The two make an intriguing pair. Edward Holcroft has that overripe, full-lipped, halting delicacy a besotted Victorian might extol in a love poem; Ben Whishaw is a bedraggled alien with a heart of gold. Danny, who works in a warehouse, is also living a decidedly boho-scrounger life, whereas "Joe" is possibly the poshest person in London. No matter, though. Both are thunderstruck.


(....)



(http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/480xn/p039cqkb.jpg)(http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/03496/london-spy-ben-whi_3496185b.jpg)(http://49.media.tumblr.com/ba90e7bd12361fe78003204a40627efc/tumblr_nxq0jpldRa1rc7ay5o2_400.gif)
(http://41.media.tumblr.com/2771ec0add39beb6ea1739edee969ef9/tumblr_nzrf0lRSSJ1shx30co3_1280.jpg)
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: southendmd on February 28, 2016, 01:56:30 am
London Spy?  London EYE!


(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j174/jmmgallagher/LondonSpyAlexsFerrisWheel_zpsphyro0eb.jpg)

[youtube=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vagHcOCwjE[/youtube]
(There it is, in the background, right)
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: southendmd on February 28, 2016, 02:10:37 am
And this:


(http://i1.wp.com/reelmockery.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/london-spy-finale-alexs-room.png)

reminded me of this:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51YmhwDIDkL._SY300_.jpg)
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: southendmd on February 28, 2016, 02:27:24 am
I've been avoiding this thread (fearing spoilers, which, can really ruin a thriller) until now, as I just finished watching episode 5.  Oh boy.

John, thank you, thank you, thank you for all your work on this thread.  Such riches here!

Wow, so much to think about.  Don't know where to start. 

Ben Whishaw and his helmet hair?  I'll admit I disliked him in that awful Brideshead, and also as Keats. But here, he is something else again. 

All those Brokeback connections!  I especially liked the ascending the staircase to the (second) bedroom. 
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 28, 2016, 08:55:04 am
I've been avoiding this thread (fearing spoilers, which, can really ruin a thriller) until now, as I just finished watching episode 5.  Oh boy.

John, thank you, thank you, thank you for all your work on this thread.  Such riches here!

Wow, so much to think about.  Don't know where to start. 

Ben Whishaw and his helmet hair?  I'll admit I disliked him in that awful Brideshead, and also as Keats. But here, he is something else again. 

All those Brokeback connections!  I especially liked the ascending the staircase to the (second) bedroom. 



Thanks so much Paul! Welcome to the 'club'!

(But--uh-oh! The trials and intricacies of 'Clubland' are far more perilous and mortifying than trying to avoid Joe Aguirre in his trailer!)





London Spy
Episode 3
"Blue"

(http://40.media.tumblr.com/6273409eecbf11e13491a8c0856861b4/tumblr_nzxqhddmBf1ufqf11o5_540.jpg)

 


Club attendant: If I could ask you to settle up, Sir?

Scottie (Jim Broadbent): Yes, of course, yes.

Danny (Ben Whishaw): What did it mean?

Scottie: That my membership has been cancelled with immediate effect. A pity.
They do a marvelous Eggs Benedict.




(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-YEV6pN9eE0U/Vku2RXO-QoI/AAAAAAAASF0/HXXYCNEhqgQ/s1600/London%2BSpy.jpg)

Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 28, 2016, 09:17:43 am
I've been avoiding this thread (fearing spoilers, which, can really ruin a thriller) until now, as I just finished watching episode 5.  Oh boy.

(....)

Wow, so much to think about.  Don't know where to start.  

(....)

All those Brokeback connections!  I especially liked the ascending the staircase to the (second) bedroom.



Yes! A month ago I said to Lee--



Thanks, Lee, I think it's pretty magic too. Hugely sad also--very Brokeback. I'm watching London Spy via Amazon, and I've seen two of the five episodes--the third one will not be released until next Thursday, so I'm very frustrated, and trying NOT to read too much past what I've already seen. The British fans (who saw the series on BBC 2 in November and December) are brokenhearted and insanely creative, doing fanart and fanfic--alternate time-times and what-might-have-beens; again, so Brokeback! Ah, the pain, the anguish, we knew it well, and I feel for them, poor things!

 :'( ::) :-* ;D



and



I'll just add--if you are thinking about checking out the series--there really are a lot of Brokeback parallels, so much so that London Spy almost seems like one of those alternate reality Brokeback fantasies--imagine Ennis del Mar (Alex Taylor) is apparently a young, rich investment banker (!) who is actually a mathematical genius MI6 spy (who still don't talk too much) and Jack Twist (Danny Holt) is a London gay club kid (well, slightly aging club kid) with doe eyes and a rather feminine intuition. In this case it is Jack, not Ennis, who survives, and one day he visits and asks Ennis's mother if he could see Ennis's bedroom. With a surreal 'twist'--this happens twice! Two scary Pa del Mars--but ONE of the Ma del Mars is the scariest of all! Well, it's Spy Stuff after all, and I better say no more for the present. Just remember--like Jack was, Danny is fearless.

 :o ::)

(https://theconsultingdetectivesblog.files.wordpress.com/2015/11/9493180-low-1.jpg?w=628&h=353)
Alex's two--"fathers". Not!



So many Brokeback allusions (and I am convinced  Tom Rob Smith included some of them on purpose!) like Jack's whittled horse and rider and Alex's hand made toy/fetish/model Ferris wheel--



Hammershøi by another name....

(http://klipd.com/screenshots/8d27e5d5b534ea0e74a2aae70a42ee43-1.jpg)(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j174/jmmgallagher/LondonSpyAlexsFerrisWheel_zpsphyro0eb.jpg)

Although, of course, Jack--or rather, in this alternate universe, Ennis--didn't have a slew of post-graduate degrees like poor, murdered Alex.
As this is London Spy, Danny discovers that the first of Alex's two boyhood bedrooms is a 'fake', but the props--his diplomas (to 'Alistair Turner')
and his VERY precocious model of a Ferris wheel--are 'real'.)

Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 28, 2016, 09:26:04 am

Wow, so much to think about.  Don't know where to start. 

Ben Whishaw and his helmet hair?  I'll admit I disliked him in that awful Brideshead, and also as Keats. But here, he is something else again. 



HA!!




I saw him more than 12 years ago in His Dark Materials at the National, which I loved--however, at the time I was not enamored of/with/by Mr Whishaw in his double (or triple?) role as Brother Jasper/a Witch/(a Daemon? a bear?)--love came late, I fear!

re that inauspicious beginning, I've just discovered this interesting note (in a very long interview with lots of lovely photos)--it seems he hated his witch as much as I did!



http://www.wonderlandmagazine.com/2013/05/flashback-friday-ben-whishaw/

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: BEN WHISHAW
MAY 16TH, 2013
In this interview from the archives, a pre-fame Ben Whishaw talks Keats, Jane Campion and his unexpectedly “humiliating” cameo as a witch in His Dark Materials.

This interview was first published in Wonderland Nov/Dec 2009.

When you came out of RADA, you played Hamlet straight off the bat. It’s the role that every actor wants to play at some point in their life and you’ve already crossed it off the list…

It was about eight months after I’d left college. I was doing a play at the National Theatre where I was playing a bear and a witch. And then I got Hamlet.

You were in His Dark Materials at the National!? Playing a bear?

[laughs] Yeah, I was a few parts. One of them was bear and one of them was a witch. There was a gaggle of witches, all played by women, and because they were a bit short on women in the cast and I was very skinny – and still am – they dragged me in to being a witch.

Did you enjoy it?

It was one of the most humiliating experiences of my life. I still can’t believe that I did it. There were several other guys who were dragged into being witches as well but they were too masculine-looking and were jettisoned. Whereas I was kept on for the entire run.


Poor Ben!   :laugh:
(http://www.wonderlandmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Untitled-4-e1368459941948.jpg)(http://www.wonderlandmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Ben-Whishaw-Wonderland-Ph.-Toyin-e1368458686235.jpg)(http://www.wonderlandmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Ben-Whishaw-Wonderland-Ph.-Toyin-3-e1368458348258.jpg)
(http://www.wonderlandmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/ben-whishaw-23909452-e1368458762157.jpg)
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 28, 2016, 11:19:29 am
LONDONSPYFANFIC
(https://33.media.tumblr.com/1bd6685a374c9e6b52f562c8e406efb6/tumblr_inline_mvpqi9Xyaw1s18nho.png)(http://40.media.tumblr.com/1e033a3014c361b5d64cd718fe4e1e04/tumblr_nzoveo6ekV1s86krzo1_400.png)(http://40.media.tumblr.com/e807072e3a3b73c8151ac544ee711323/tumblr_nzoveo6ekV1s86krzo2_250.png)
LEFT IMAGE ONLY https://www.tumblr.com/tagged/edward-holcroft-icons credit to @iconsdhampir BOTH RIGHT IMAGES onlybluecould and skylocked-angulema-warrior




Chapter 1: Halloween 2015
By onlybluecould and skylocked-angulema-warrior
Published: 02-24-2016
Updated: -02-25-2016

http://archiveofourown.org/works/6102361/chapters/13988029
http://archiveofourown.org/users/onlybluecould/pseuds/onlybluecould
http://onlybluecould.tumblr.com/
http://onlybluecould.tumblr.com/post/135687175176/skylocked-angulema-warrior






'I'm not wearing those, nor am I painting whiskers on my face,' Alex asserts, as he gazes down at the pair of cat ears Danny has just purchased.

Playfully, Danny pleads, 'I think it would be about the cutest thing in the whole world.' As he speaks, Danny wraps his arms around Alex's waist, one hand slipping beneath his shirt, thumbing the dimple in the small of Alex's back.

Alex exhales, and rests his head on Danny's shoulder, hugging him as tightly as possible. 'I don't know. I've never been to a Halloween party.'

'That's okay. It'll just be me, Sara, and Pavel. A few drinks, and hopefully you in some cat ears.'

And Alex laughs. He can't help it now. It happens, like breathing. He doesn't stop to think about it, doesn't hold back, not with Danny. All of the previous moments when Danny would pinch or tickle him, tell some crap joke, or give a colorful retelling of a night out, these moments had accrued in Alex and had given him courage to be more open, to laugh, and to hold Danny without being afraid that he'd somehow evaporate in his arms, without being afraid that these past few months hadn't been some prolonged delusion. So Alex laughs.

'Does that laugh mean yes?'

Alex laughs again, 'Yes, but no whiskers.'

Danny jerks back, hands on Alex's hips, 'Oh no that's the best bit!'

Alex smiles, 'Maybe after a shot of that awful liquor you have in that mermaid bottle.'

Danny grins, 'Hey! Don't knock it. It helps, does it not?'

Alex presses a quick kiss on Danny's lips, 'Yes, it does.'


********************


After consuming far too many nachos, Cadbury chocolate bars, and commencing the annual re-watch of The Night of the Living Dead, Alex, drowsy from food, and yes, a couple shots, agrees to let Danny paint on some whiskers, and even a little cat nose.

'Oh you love perfect!' Sara says.

'Yeah, very cute,' Pavel teases.

Alex blushes, 'Oh no, I'm not sure.'

'One sec!' Danny says as he runs back to his room.

'Doesn't it look a bit ridiculous?' Alex asks cautiously. His stomach began to hurt. Whenever he was feeling anxious or nervous, it tended to do that. He hated feeling cagey, like he could be laughed at. Alex felt he had been fighting that nervous sickness all his life, trying to keep calm, maintain control, keep whatever of himself to himself that he could.

'Turn round!'

Alex, surprised, twists his body immediately, and sees a camera flash.

'Yes! This is now documented forever,' Danny says triumphantly.

Alex covers his face with his hands. 'No no. Please don't post it anywhere.' He brings himself to look at Danny, whose face has turned serious at the tone of Alex's voice.

Danny cozies up to Alex on the couch. 'Of course not. I promise. This picture is for me. Is that all right?'

Alex exhales, and nods. Being with Danny never felt like giving up something. It never felt like he was giving himself away. It never felt like he was being taken from. Remembering that, his stomach settles a bit, and his cheeks turn a bit rosier.

'I promise,' Danny repeats, and gives Alex a lingering kiss.

'All right you two,' Sara moans, 'back to the film!'

Danny breaks away from Alex, 'You do look very, very cute.'

Alex laughs again, pressing his body into Danny, and turns to the television screen.


********************


Eventually, Danny develops the picture, using it as a bookmark for whatever he's reading, so that he's always carrying it. The edges become worn. The color fades. It's been bent here and there. Danny takes other pictures of Alex over the years, many, of course, taken by surprise, and so many more when Alex is not paying attention, and when Alex presents himself willingly to the camera, knowing that Danny would never selfishly take from him. But this first one will always be Danny's favorite. A reminder of those first few months when they were simultaneously feverishly learning everything about each other, and slowly revealing and understanding all of their insecurities and fears and desires. It was luminary in a way nothing else can be.




Summary:

A collection of the ficlets I've posted on my tumblr (http://onlybluecould.tumblr.com/). I've been meaning to do this for awhile. I've edited them, and added and subtracted parts here and there, since these were written more quickly and less thoughtfully than the fics I've previously posted here.


Notes:

This was originally posted here: http://onlybluecould.tumblr.com/post/135687175176/skylocked-angulema-warrior
I've edited it to clean up mistakes and some serious tense issues, because I don't really have an ear for tense. I tried my best. I've also added bits.
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 28, 2016, 11:52:22 am
Alex isn't in the US--he's in the Czech Republic!
 :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

(angulema-warrior/It's raining elves
is from Belarus--the link is originally
sent by someone in the Czech Republic.)

[youtube=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=MVmsBvUc-po[/youtube]
(https://yt3.ggpht.com/-JO3DGk0dfT4/AAAAAAAAAAI/AAAAAAAAAAA/x5pqrVvpvcw/s88-c-k-no/photo.jpg)
Published on Nov 30, 2012
Nová reklama na Sedlčanský Hermelín
http://angulema-warrior.tumblr.com/


I need to share this gem with you guys, cause I’ve had a little heart attack,
when I once woke up, joined my grandparents having breakfest and this
thing was on our telly. Edward Holcroft perfectly lipsyncing my language…
Why did czech people hire an english men to play someone czech in cheese
commercial? I have no idea, but I’m very happy about it!
lol I can’t xd
angulema-warrior
It's raining elves
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: CellarDweller on February 28, 2016, 05:20:58 pm
London Spy
Episode 3
"Blue"


wasn't there a tv show that had an episode about two gay officers, called "blue"?
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Mikaela on February 28, 2016, 06:42:18 pm

wasn't there a tv show that had an episode about two gay officers, called "blue"?

Yes, an episode of Cold Case. It had a lot of Brokeback similarities, IIRC.
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 28, 2016, 07:24:24 pm

wasn't there a tv show that had an episode about two gay officers, called "blue"?



Yes, an episode of Cold Case. It had a lot of Brokeback similarities, IIRC.



Thank goodness for Michaela--I know nothing. I was already typing, saying Nope, I dunno, how many US TV cop shows have the word 'Blue' in the titles? Seems like scores, hundreds of them!

HOWEVER, although I've never watched, there is/was a British gay cop show (or with gay characters if not the leads) called CUFFS
( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuffs_(TV_series) ) with only eight episodes, from October to December 2015 that was just cancelled end of 2015--but the actors and fans are rallying, starting a petition hoping it will be reinstated. The two gay characters are Simon Reddington (Andrew Hawley), a 'duty solicitor' (whatever that is) and Jake Vickers (Jacob Ifan) a very young rookie cop (and son of the Chief Superintendent). Jake and Simon are a Very Attractive Couple who meet cute! (but then have Problems--)



[youtube=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lM75JELm5jo[/youtube]
CUFFS: Jake & Simon, Episode 1 (Shower)
Published on Jan 29, 2016



[youtube=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8822NXqJszI[/youtube]
CUFFS: Jake & Simon, Episode 2 (Kiss)
Published on Jan 29, 2016



[youtube=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HN5Kvn3FpmI[/youtube]
CUFFS: Jake & Simon, Episode 3 (Kiss)
Published on Jan 29, 2016



[youtube=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xczgoKHPJUY[/youtube]
CUFFS: Jake & Simon, Episode 4 & 5 Kiss
Published on Jan 29, 2016



[youtube=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzoNb0zxsl8[/youtube]
CUFFS: Jake & Simon, Episode 6 & 7 Kiss
Published on Jan 29, 2016



[youtube=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ch_zzYGDKs[/youtube]
CUFFS: Jake & Simon, Episode 8 Shirtless
Published on Jan 29, 2016
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 28, 2016, 08:03:15 pm
Not your BLUE, but this is new....



http://www.advocate.com/arts-entertainment/2016/1/22/ray-liotta-surprises-same-sex-kiss-j-los-new-show

SHADES OF BLUE
Ray Liotta Surprises
With Same-Sex Kiss
on J. Lo's New Show

The veteran actor known mostly for his masculine roles surprised viewers
on last night's episode of the Jennifer Lopez-led NBC drama Shades of Blue


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BY RAFFY ERMAC
JANUARY 22 2016 12:34 PM EST



Last night’s episode of the NBC cop drama Shades of Blue (which stars pop music icon Jennifer Lopez in the lead role) had a few big surprises for its viewers, the biggest one being a completely unexpected same-sex kiss between two main characters.

Ray Liotta (who plays Lopez’s corrupt New York Police Department colleague Matt Wozniak) shared an on-screen kiss with costar Michael Esper (who plays a fellow cop named Donnie Pomp) despite already being married to a woman. The queer plot line in Shades of Blue comes as a pleasant surprise from the show’s creators, especially considering the usual heteronormativity and masculinity that is so typical of crime dramas.

The idea to make Liotta’s character bisexual came as a spur-of-the moment thing during the writing of the script, reports film and television news site The Wrap.

“I never envisioned him as a gay character but I was writing a scene between him and Donnie Pomp, the two heavies, and it was, to be honest, a really fucking boring scene between two macho guys explaining things to each other,” Shades of Blue creator and executive producer Adi Hasak told The Wrap. “The characters had no vulnerability, especially the character of Wozniak. So he just leaned forward, and I had the two men share a kiss. Once that happened, the character of Wozniak was really born.”



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The Wrap also reports that Liotta knew of Wozniak’s bisexuality before he committed to the role and that the kiss was originally intended to be featured in the pilot episode of the series.

“Ray can do no wrong by me,” Hasak continued. “Wozniak is not defined by being a macho character who’s also gay. This is the beginning of unraveling several levels of the psyche of this character.”


Also see:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shades_of_Blue_(TV_series)
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Sophia on February 28, 2016, 08:17:00 pm
 Darn. That look so hot. I can feel the passion all the way to Sweden. Thanks John.
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 28, 2016, 09:36:01 pm
Darn. That look so hot. I can feel the passion all the way to Sweden. Thanks John.


Hi Sophia! Hope you are well! Warm and sunny today, some people (not me!) in (yes!) t-shirts today--fingers crossed!!  8)

Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 28, 2016, 10:51:19 pm
Ok, back to London Spy's Blue,
which is rife and rich with blue allusions:

London Spy
Episode 3
"Blue"

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(Scottie's house. It is raining. Scottie is sadly staring out the window.
After just learning the horrifying discovery that Danny, unbelievably, is HIV seropositive,
Danny is desperate and crying; he has realized what has been done to him.)




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Danny (Ben Whishaw): When they took--my blood at the police station,
they must have injected me at the same time.




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Danny: The--the virus can't--can't survive outside the body. They must have, um--
They must have kept it heated?
And I, I, I, I know that--it takes more than six weeks for it to show up on the test and--
it wasn't that long ago but they must have--I don't know, I don't know how they did it. I--
(He sighs.)
But they did it! They did it.
(He sniffs and then sobs.)
Scottie--you have to believe me! Please. Please!
 



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Scottie (Jim Broadbent): I remember taking you to hospital--all those years ago.
There was a chance you'd been infected. We barely knew each other.
You were so young. More child than adult.
I made you promise never to take a risk like that again.


Danny: Scottie, I swear!

Scottie: You promised. You promised me.

Danny: I never broke that promise. I swear to you!
If you don't believe me, I don't have anyone else, Scottie, I don't have anyone else!
You have to believe.


Scottie: I believe you. I knew you were a young man who'd make a lot of mistakes.
But never the same one twice. I believe you.
I believe they deliberately infected you. Not to kill you, obviously.
With medication, you'll live a long and normal life.
They did it to discredit you.
They'll say you took risks with your own health.
You were reckless--and irresponsible.
Perhaps they'll even say that you infected Alex.


Danny: No. He, he was--

Scottie: He was negative. But what will the test say?
The story of you two has been written. It was written many months ago.
A sordid tale--the details of which will leak out into the public sphere.
People will recoil.
Many will think you got what you deserved.
No one will campaign for answers. No one will demand justice.




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Danny: These people--

Scottie: Yes.

Danny: They'd do anything.



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Danny: These people--

Scottie: Yes.

Danny: They'd do anything.

Scottie: Yes.

Danny: I can't--

Scottie: No.

Danny: I loved him. I loved him very much. I can't fight them.

Scottie: A long time ago, I had a lover. He was an aspiring artist.
Quite promising. Extraordinarily beautiful.
1983. He was one of the first in London to fall ill.




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Back then, it didn't even have a name.
There was no information. No leaflets. No warnings. No answers.
You'd watch the news and hear no mention of it. A secret plague.
I'd visit him as often as I could, with as much fresh fruit and vegetables as I could carry.




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He'd been given a book on colour therapy.
In it, blue was described as having healing properties.
Blue... blue alone, was able to fight infections. Blue... blue alone, could save him.

Blue.



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No doubt the idea appealed to his artistic sensibilities.
Back then, mysticism and magic stood in for medicine.
He wouldn't accept the fresh fruit and vegetables because they weren't blue.
But, since water was blue, he eventually agreed to take a bath.




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I told him that he'd given up. He must fight.
He refused.
He said that I'd never faced the inevitability of defeat.
He was going to die. He was going to suffer, suffer terribly.
There was nothing he could do. There was nothing anyone could do.




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He was right. On both counts. He did suffer terribly.
And I have never faced the inevitability of defeat.
It is impossible.
We will lose.
But we will fight.




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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 29, 2016, 12:24:01 am
LONDONSPYFANMERCH

Woah!
The Merch has arrived!  
:o
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Now THIS one
I can USE!
Hope it gets
restocked soon!!
 :laugh:
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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 29, 2016, 01:19:12 am
LONDONSPYFANARTBLUE

Oh dear!


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http://wilberia.tistory.com/m/post/15




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I DO WHAT I WANT! http://vipadafai.tumblr.com/post/133791065439/london-spy Nov 23 2015
Just--wow.

Sigh.
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 29, 2016, 02:12:42 am
LONDONSPYFANARTJOHAPPY!

I mean,
really,
THANK GOD!
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https://twitter.com/tomrobsmith
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WHEW!
Well, I hope so!
 :D
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 29, 2016, 02:23:20 am

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like an eagle in a dove-cote
aaron-symons: Ben Whishaw photographed by Blair Getz Mezibov for Esquire November 2015
anigram.tumblr.com

Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 29, 2016, 03:20:26 am
http://www.esquire.co.uk/culture/film/news/a9101/ben-whishaw-if-i-had-a-career-plan-itd-stop-feeling-like-an-adventure/

CULTUREFILM
Ben Whishaw
"If I Had A Career Plan, It'd
Stop Feeling Like An Adventure"

Ben Whishaw has stolen scenes in five of the biggest films of the year,
including playing Q in a certain spy movie currently in cinemas.
For Esquire, he takes centre stage in winter’s most desirable overcoats


By Sam Parker | Photographs by Blair Getz Mezibov | Fashion by Catherine Hayward
NOV 11, 2015


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When it comes time for the customary year-end lists of the biggest and best films of 2015, a good starting point will be Ben Whishaw’s filmography. In recent months, the Bedfordshire-born actor has appeared in – deep breath – Suffragette, Abi Morgan's all-star retelling of the women’s liberation movement; In the Heart of the Sea, a blockbuster from Ron Howard about the origins of Moby Dick; The Lobster, a bizarre and brilliant art house hit; The Danish Girl, a timely drama about a transgender pioneer; and finally, Spectre, the latest in a reasonably popular spy franchise and follow-up to the biggest British film of all time (he starred in that, too).

In other words, a succession of critical and commercial hits that would make all but the world’s A-list consider sacking their agents in a fit of envy. So, we ask the 35-year-old over coffee in a London restaurant, quite a career-defining year for you, then?

“I guess so,” Whishaw says, brushing a few strands of unruly black hair from his eyes, reclining in his chair, glancing out at rain-splattered Piccadilly. “But then I don’t really have a grand ‘career plan’ for myself. I think if I did, it would stop feeling like an adventure. I would stop being fascinated by all these things I have found myself doing, things I never thought I’d find myself doing.”

Thoughtful, polite and unaffected – he’s one of those actors who finds his modest level of fame a bemusing by-product of his job, rather than the point of it – Whishaw would probably be the last to elaborate on these experiences, so allow us.

He has kissed his Oscar-winning peer Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl (“We’d met before for a beer, which doesn’t make it any less peculiar, to be honest”), read all of Moby Dick and perfected an American accent to play Herman Melville in In the Heart of the Sea (“a posh New England one, which is the easiest”), and, of course, returned as Q to swap quips with Daniel Craig in Spectre, an inspired bit of casting with, we point out, the unfortunate side-effect of ruling him out of ever playing 007 himself: “I don’t think that was very likely anyway,” he replies dryly.

Keeping with the Bond theme, next up Whishaw plays Danny, a Londoner who falls for a secret agent in new BBC miniseries London Spy.

“Danny reminds me of a lot of people I know, of how easy it is when you’re young and living in the capital to lose your way and feel directionless,” he says.

It is in part a love story, though Whishaw promises the drama, written by Child 44 author Tom Rob Smith, “has a lot of twists and surprises, and nothing is quite what it appears.”

Despite professing to dislike clothes shopping, it is noted that during his Esquire shoot, Whishaw took a particular shine to a pair of double-pleated Giorgio Armani trousers. How does he approach style in general?

“I do like wearing a lot of black,” he deadpans, nodding at today’s ensemble of skinny black jeans and a casual, you might even say faintly natty, black shirt.

“I am quite fussy about colour, so I stick to a small palette. A little red, some blue, maybe a khaki green. And I try to always have at least one leather jacket and a big trench coat. Oh, and I’ve developed a love for a good pair of shoes – like these,” he says, lifting a leg to reveal a pair of well-polished Church’s oxford lace-ups (black, of course). “I went through a long phase of just wearing Vans and having wet feet all the time. But I had to get out of that habit now I am in my mid-thirties. Some things start to be a no-go, don’t they?”

In 2016, Whishaw is heading to Broadway for a 20-week run playing John Proctor, the doomed lead in Arthur Miller’s witch-hunt classic, The Crucible.

“It’s more nerve-wracking than being on set,” he says of theatre. “But it’s always more pleasure than pain. The best piece of advice I ever got was from [director] Jane Campion. She told me: ‘Stop trying so hard’. I am still trying to live that way.”


London Spy airs on BBC2 on Mondays



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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 29, 2016, 11:06:31 am
An Obvious Allusion, I Guess.


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The Death of Marat by Jacques-Louis David (1793)




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Marat in the Bath and Charlotte Corday by Edvard Munch




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No doubt the idea appealed to his artistic sensibilities.
Back then, mysticism and magic stood in for medicine.
He wouldn't accept the fresh fruit and vegetables because they weren't blue.
But, since water was blue, he eventually agreed to take a bath.




(https://borntobeunicorn.files.wordpress.com/2015/11/londonspy_s01e03_bornunicorn.png?w=788)




I told him that he'd given up. He must fight.
He refused.
He said that I'd never faced the inevitability of defeat.
He was going to die. He was going to suffer, suffer terribly.
There was nothing he could do. There was nothing anyone could do.




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He was right. On both counts. He did suffer terribly.
And I have never faced the inevitability of defeat.
It is impossible.
We will lose.
But we will fight.







(Sometime later, Alex is in the filled bathtub, seemingly exhausted and sad.
Danny is still fully dressed, shoes off, sitting on the floor of the bathroom next to the tub.
Alex slowly slips under the still water, eyes open, and Danny gently touches his chest.)





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ALEX: Had you guessed?

Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 29, 2016, 02:10:01 pm
But before I go... You are aware that Ben Whishaw is coming to NYC to perform on stage this spring, I assume? Are you going to see the crucible?



Ok, I'm going, Tuesday night. (It's easier to delay watching the end of episode 5, London Spy.)


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:D I really don't think you will regret that! Ben does angst so well.

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.



I'll let you know!  8)



http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/28/theater/the-crucible-returns-to-broadway.html

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THEATER
The Crucible
Returns to Broadway
By JASON ZINOMAN
FEB. 25, 2016


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Ben Whishaw and Saoirse Ronan are set to star in “The Crucible.” Credit Jan Versweyveld


It’s turning into the season of the witch. Earning the kind of raves for a horror movie not seen since “It Follows,” the period piece “The Witch” takes audiences back to the days when people thought covens were not just the stuff of spooky stories. The finest satire in Judd Apatow’s new Netflix show, “Love,” takes place on the studio lot of a tween-courting television series about witches with the spectacularly awful title “Wichita.” And there’s a new Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible,” the most famous play about the anxiety of witchcraft this side of “Macbeth.” The last time this was on Broadway, in 2002, Richard Eyre directed a worthy production starring Laura Linney and Liam Neeson. Expect something more adventurous from the director Ivo van Hove, who staged the stripped-down revival of Mr. Miller’s “A View from the Bridge.” He has an equally impressive roster to work with, including Saoirse Ronan, Ben Whishaw and Ciaran Hinds. (Previews begin March 1 at Walter Kerr Theater; http://thecrucibleonbroadway.com )
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: CellarDweller on February 29, 2016, 04:22:56 pm
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cute!
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on February 29, 2016, 05:52:33 pm
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/28/theater/the-crucible-returns-to-broadway.html

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THEATER
The Crucible
Returns to Broadway
By JASON ZINOMAN
FEB. 25, 2016


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Ben Whishaw and Saoirse Ronan are set to star in “The Crucible.” Credit Jan Versweyveld


It’s turning into the season of the witch. Earning the kind of raves for a horror movie not seen since “It Follows,” the period piece “The Witch” takes audiences back to the days when people thought covens were not just the stuff of spooky stories. The finest satire in Judd Apatow’s new Netflix show, “Love,” takes place on the studio lot of a tween-courting television series about witches with the spectacularly awful title “Wichita.” And there’s a new Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible,” the most famous play about the anxiety of witchcraft this side of “Macbeth.” The last time this was on Broadway, in 2002, Richard Eyre directed a worthy production starring Laura Linney and Liam Neeson. Expect something more adventurous from the director Ivo van Hove, who staged the stripped-down revival of Mr. Miller’s “A View from the Bridge.” He has an equally impressive roster to work with, including Saoirse Ronan, Ben Whishaw and Ciaran Hinds. (Previews begin March 1 at Walter Kerr Theater; http://thecrucibleonbroadway.com )


Oh, my goodness, John! You're in the same city as Ben Whishaw!?!?!  :o  ;D  ;)
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 29, 2016, 05:56:27 pm
Oh, my goodness, John! You're in the same city as Ben Whishaw!?!?!  :o  ;D  ;)

Swoon! I know.

(If Edward Holcroft ("Alex") shows up in cat ears, I'm a gonner!)  ::) :laugh: :-*   (http://40.media.tumblr.com/1e033a3014c361b5d64cd718fe4e1e04/tumblr_nzoveo6ekV1s86krzo1_400.png)

Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: southendmd on February 29, 2016, 05:58:58 pm
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I must say that Edward looks mighty fine in whiskers.
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 29, 2016, 06:06:06 pm
cute!


Oh, the artist Jo (J000000.tumblr.com) dedicates a section of her/his blog to 'cute'--I mean CUTE!!! He/She is VERY talented, but boy, oh, boy, the cuteness factor (which is kind of an Asian thing I think) can get stratospheric--like THIS small square at the top (That's Alex on the left and Danny on the right):


LONDONSPYFANARTJO
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She/He also does this other type of thing
(still all about the London Spy characters
Alex and Danny) in comic book format--
in fact, Jo is finishing an original fanfic
London Spy story (Danny rescues Alex!)

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I finally finished it!!!!
Now I can move on to my comic without distraction now T_T!!!
The story is about Alex is alive and kept prisoner by the CIA, finishing his
program for the US government because the patriot act is now expired.
 
Danny on the other hand, from not knowing Alex is still alive to knowing
that accidentally, to move on to a long journey trying to get Alex back.
Jo
http://j000000.tumblr.com
On the complete other end of
the spectrum, Jo is doing erotic
(shall we say--pornographic?)
images using the same characters
--most DEFINITELY NOT SFW!!!
 ::) :laugh:
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 29, 2016, 06:12:29 pm

I must say that Edward looks mighty fine in whiskers.                   (http://40.media.tumblr.com/9939314db5b8301f343d4d1246508c75/tumblr_nyzqtnFH0u1qf34gmo1_500.png)


See?? I was just saying that to Jeff!
 :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 29, 2016, 06:46:09 pm

I must say that Edward looks mighty fine in whiskers.                   (http://40.media.tumblr.com/9939314db5b8301f343d4d1246508c75/tumblr_nyzqtnFH0u1qf34gmo1_500.png)


ALSO--Ibid., Op.cit. Etc., Etc.:

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(As Katharine Hepburn
said to James Stewart in
The Philadelphia Story)
MyTeeFine, MyTeeFine!
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 29, 2016, 07:00:52 pm

ALSO--Ibid., Op.cit. Etc., Etc.:

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Edward Holcroft in rehearsals for Les Liaisons Dangereuses at the Donmar Warehouse
http://www.officiallondontheatre.co.uk/news/backstage-pass/gallery/article/item341250/in-rehearsals-les-liaisons-dangereuses/
WOOF!
 ;D :laugh:
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 29, 2016, 07:19:34 pm

I must say that Edward looks mighty fine in whiskers.



A  MOST WANTED MAN
Whether conducting his dangerous liaisons on screen or on stage,
London Spy seducer Edward Holcroft is about to blow his cover

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FILMING London Spy took Edward Holcroft into uncharted professional territory. The drama, based loosely on the case of Gareth Williams, the MI6 agent found dead in a sports bag, demanded Holcroft’s first ever sex scene - and it was to be with Bond star Ben Whishaw. His approach? “Just jump into it. So I literally jumped on to the bed and was like, ‘Let’s go!”’ recalls Holcroft, who made his name in projects such as Wolf Hall and Kingsman: The Secret Service. “We had become quite close by that point, so it was quite special. Of all the people I could have dreamed of having a gay sex scene with, Ben would be my number one.”

GQ UK, January 2016, p. 45


:o WHEW! (Fans self.)
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(By the way, it was
finally discovered that
the complaint was from
exactly one person--one.

 ::) :-*
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on February 29, 2016, 09:24:09 pm

I must say that Edward looks mighty fine in whiskers.

I agree.
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 01, 2016, 03:28:38 am
I must say that Edward looks mighty fine in whiskers.

I agree.

We ALL agree!
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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 01, 2016, 03:36:38 am
http://dujour.com/culture/edward-holcroft-london-spy/

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Q&A:
Edward Holcroft

The London Spy star on how acting can be like--espionage
Written by Adam Rathe

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London Spy is less Spectre than it is unexpected. In the new drama—imported from the U.K. by BBC America and premiering January 21—it’s more so the private life of the titular secret agent Alex (played by Wolf Hall’s Edward Holcroft) and not his on-the-clock adventures that drives the drama. Indeed, it’s a chance meeting with Danny (Ben Whishaw’s somewhat reformed party boy) that seems, more than injury or intrigue, to throw him for a loop. Of course, with a career like Alex’s there’s really no such thing as a dull day at the office.

Here, Holcroft—on a break from rehearsals of Les Liaisons Dangereuse at London’s Donmar Warehouse—explains how the series drew him in and why he’d make an excellent spy… if he isn’t one already.



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The first episode of London Spy calls to mind some real-life events, like when the body of a British spy was found in 2010 in a bag at his apartment. What kind of real-life research did you do to play this complicated, guarded character?
I didn’t talk to anyone who had been a spy. I didn’t try only because I assumed that anyone who would have been worth talking to wouldn’t talk to me! Otherwise they wouldn’t be very good at their job. For me, Alex’s story isn’t really about being a spy, but is about finding a relationship with some truth in it.  As far as what was going on in his life as a spy and what that consists of, I did a little bit of research—as much as anyone can do, I guess—and used my imagination.



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Well, part of him being a spy is that he’s a tough character to get to know. What about that appealed to you as an actor?
He is very strange! There was a certain air of mystery to him that I found absolutely intriguing. I think the less you know about someone, the more intriguing they are. Also, I found his loneliness and his real desire to have friends to be something that I was very drawn to. I’m not sure why, probably because it’s not like me at all. He’s very different than me, so there were a lot of things that I wanted to know about.



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Right, he doesn’t have an exciting, James Bond-style life.
Exactly. I think the glitch of spy stories that we know, like the James Bonds and the Jason Bournes can be that they’re all so glamorous when actually I don’t think that sort of exists in contemporary espionage. The majority of spies, real spies, are people who don’t share much information with anyone really in their life, they’re on their own. I think the realness of that that I saw in the script, the sort of rawness of what actually goes on, was refreshing. It was original. It was something that I hadn’t seen in stories before.



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Knowing that Alex’s personal life is more difficult at times than his professional life, what does the first season hold for him?
The real driver of the story is the relationship between him and Ben Whishaw’s character, Danny. It begins with the chance meeting of these two men, who are both looking for a way out of their own worlds and they fall in love. It’s through this relationship that Alex is motivated to make a discovery that puts him and Danny both in terrible danger. I think that probably is the most I can say.



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Are you yourself at all spy-like? Would it be a viable option for a second career?
I’d like to think I could keep a secret. I think actors would make great spies, because there’s a certain element of loneliness in being an actor; it kind of can be a lonely occupation. You can be very isolated. Would I be a very good spy? I don’t know. Maybe I am one. Maybe I’m just not telling you.
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Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 01, 2016, 04:52:57 am



Writer Tom Rob Smith says Danny doesn’t just lose his lover, he loses their love story: “Their love story is attacked by various prejudices and stereotypes, and Danny has to fight those."




https://www.yahoo.com/tv/london-spy-edward-holcroft-ben-whishaw-bbc-america-143336553.html

INTERVIEWS
'London Spy' Star Edward Holcroft
Previews BBC America’s New Thriller


By Mandi Bierly
Deputy Editor, Yahoo TV
January 20, 2016


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London Spy, the new five-part miniseries premiering Jan. 21 on BBC America, wrapped its run on BBC2 last month just in time to make multiple Best of 2015 lists in the UK. But don’t Google those, or the fan art inspired by the love story turned spy thriller from bestselling author Tom Rob Smith (Child 44). This is one ending you don’t want spoiled. We can, however, set up the beginning.

The story starts when Danny (Ben Whishaw), a romantic who’s survived a promiscuous, drug-fueled youth, meets Alex (Edward Holcroft), a man as stiff and separate as the white button-down shirts in his closet. “He is living in a very closed world, a very lonely world,” Holcroft tells Yahoo TV, “and he is desperately fighting to find some form of connection with someone — a connection that he’s never had, a connection he has constantly stifled because he’s gay and he has put his work first.“

As you see in the exclusive clip above from early in their relationship, Danny also feels he’s found something that’s eluded him. But too soon, it’s taken away: Alex is discovered dead under suspicious circumstances. After Danny learns that the man he thought was an investment banker actually worked for MI6, he sets out to uncover the truth about Alex’s past and his murder (if he was murdered).

At the Television Critics Association’s recent press tour, Whishaw said his agent likened the tale to a kind of dark Alice in Wonderland. “Every episode, Danny is meeting a new set of people who very rarely are exactly what they appear to be,” Whishaw said. (The cast includes Oscar winner Jim Broadbent as Danny’s most trusted confidante, and Charlotte Rampling as the hardest nut to crack.)

As Smith said at TCA, Danny doesn’t just lose his lover, he loses their love story: “Their love story is attacked by various prejudices and stereotypes, and Danny has to fight those.”

It’s essential then that viewers invest in the relationship, and quickly, which meant casting was key. By the time Smith was penning episode 3, he realized he was writing Danny with Whishaw in mind and reached out to the actor (who he’d seen as Richard II in 2012′s Hollow Crown miniseries). Whishaw, seen most recently as In the Heart of the Sea’s Herman Melville and Spectre’s Q, helped further shape the emotionally-bare character and where the story was headed.

Holcroft — who’s currently playing Le Chevalier Danceny in a sold-out West End production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses that will be broadcast live into select theaters on Jan. 28 — recalls being sent a script on a Friday, and going in for the first of three or four auditions on Monday. “The first meeting, they were very spy-like themselves,” he says of producers. “They didn’t tell me anything, and I was definitely trying to guess where the story was going. I think what they were looking for was to find some truth to the relationship between Danny and Alex. On my second meeting, Ben was there, and we did some scenes together, and I think the main aim was to find that chemistry.”

It came easier than Holcroft, whose credits also include the 2014 film Kingsman: The Secret Service and the 2015 miniseries Wolf Hall, expected. “It was almost like our real-life friendship was developing as we were shooting the scenes, because we got on so well,” he says. What was challenging was making sure the audience had a window to connect with the inscrutable Alex. “To try and make people empathize with someone, but at the same time, show as little as possible,” he says. “That’s how Tom had written it and how they wanted it to be: They wanted him to be a mystery and to give off very little in his face and the way he expresses emotion. It was something that I had never done before.”

How did he do it? “I’m sure everyone’s different, but for me, when I first met Alex on the page, you find a sort of rhythm within yourself that fits the character and everything kind of pulls in around that,” he says. “You can’t force it. Some characters, it clicks very fast, and others, you have to be a bit more patient with. But they usually come.”

Patience is something U.S. viewers will have to exercise now. Asked if he had friends and family begging for spoilers after the miniseries’ UK run, he just laughs. “Of course. God, I mean, after the first episode, I had a hundred people texting me going, ‘Are you dead?’ I had to keep strong,” he says.

His response hasn’t changed: "Keep watching.”

London Spy premieres Thursday, Jan. 21 at 10 p.m. on BBC America.

Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 02, 2016, 02:29:03 am
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The Crucible on Broadway. First night of previews. Modern dress. (Well, not Puritan drag shown in the poster, that's for sure.) All members of the mixed cast (Brits/Irish/Americans) all use 'American' accents credibly well. There are issues--bit choppy beginning, and Philip Glass score a bit intrusive.

But--Ben as farmer John Proctor was amazing. When he first walked on--woah. Sexy as hell. No 'bedraggled fragile alien' vibe at all. Small, yes, but contained, compact, lithe, powerful. Lowering, bushy brows. Hot boots. Manly. The American accent was a revelation. It changes his voice--a young, clear tone that travels through the entire theater, cuts through the clutter of the Philip Glass murmuring and the much less distinctive voices of some of the other actors. Towards the end, when he is stripped and barefoot, nearly broken, torn and bloodied, the old Whishaw fragility has definitely reemerged, but as always, he is brave and truthful and believable.

Some standouts: Ciarán Hinds as the evil Deputy Governor Danforth, Bill Camp as Reverend Hale who discovers his own bravery and integrity, Brenda Wehle wonderful as Rebecca Nurse, Sophie Okonedo solid and affecting as Elizabeth Proctor, John Proctor's wife. Tavi Gevinson (once a well-known precocious pre-teen fashion blogger) was extremely good as Mary Warren, the young girl who, for a time, stands against the other 'witches'.

Soairse Ronan has top billing (pictographically speaking, see posters, marquee and website) as Abigail Williams, but, like the other young 'ensorceled' girls, I didn't feel anything. True, because my seat at far far left in the Mezzanine meant she was invisible to me at certain points at the very beginning of the play. Perspective may have been lacking--don't know. But I'm going to try and go back for a second time, and change my seat. We shall see. But--oh dear, probably awful to say it--when I go back, it will really be to see Ben again, not Soairse. (Definitely awful to say it!)

All in all, I'm so glad I went--despite all the little sobs and soft sighs and burbles as I walked home. ::)


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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Mikaela on March 02, 2016, 11:08:04 am
Thank you for the Crucible review and the pictures!

I wasn't in any doubt that Ben's performance would be great, but it's good to have confirmation.  :)

I wish I could have seen the play, even though I dislike the story it tells - it makes me so depressed - just for the star power of the cast.

Getting to read about it is a decent consolation prize though!
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 02, 2016, 12:00:19 pm
Thank you for the Crucible review and the pictures!

I wasn't in any doubt that Ben's performance would be great, but it's good to have confirmation.  :)

I wish I could have seen the play, even though I dislike the story it tells - it makes me so depressed - just for the star power of the cast.

Getting to read about it is a decent consolation prize though!


Thanks, Mikaela!

You may also wouldn't have been in doubt that I'm going back this coming Monday evening (front row mezzanine DEAD CENTER) simply because I'm an idiot. Oh Well!  ::)  I'm especially an idiot because, this time, I don't have a clue where I'm going to put my long, clot-prone legs in that 3 inch wide aisle in front. Last night I was at the far left, on an open landing on the left and two empty seats to my right--I was totally comfortable and the three hours flew by. Will Ben ever appreciate what I do for him?   :laugh:

Interesting side note re last night--when the lights came up during the intermission, I took out my phone to immediately see a text from the New York Times letting me know that Ted Cruz had handily won the Texas Primary, and all I could think of was:


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I wish I could have seen the play, even though I dislike the story it tells - it makes me so depressed -


Yes. Ugh.




Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 02, 2016, 12:50:57 pm
LONDONSPYTHEMATH!


 :o :o :o

Woah. Stranger than fiction, or--just catching up really, really fast? Talk about timely--and the work was done at--University College London! Eerie is right!! (Looks like Marcus didn't destroy the research after all. Don't worry, Alex, Danny is coming for you now!)




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The Mathematics of Crime and Terrorism - Numberphile
Published on Feb 3, 2016
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Wonkblog
The eerie math
that could predict terrorist attacks


By Ana Swanson
March 1 2016 at 1:14 PM


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A mock suicide bomber detonates his explosives during an anti-terror drill in Indonesia. (EPA/Hotli Simanjuntak)


A terrorist attack might seem like one of the least predictable of events. Terrorists work in small, isolated cells, often using simple weapons and striking at random. Indeed, the element of unpredictability is part of what makes terrorists so scary – you never know when or where they will strike.

However, new research shows that terror attacks may not be as unpredictable as people think. A paper by Stephen Tench and Hannah Fry, mathematicians at the University College London, and Paul Gill, a security and crime expert, shows that terrorist attacks often follow a general pattern that can be modeled and predicted using math.

Predicting human behavior is obviously a difficult thing to do, and one can't always extrapolate from past events to predict the future. As one academic discussion of the topic points out, if you made a forecast in 1864 about how many presidents would be assassinated in office based on historical data, the expected number would be zero. But over the next 40 years, four U.S. presidents were killed in office.

Yet when you put individual human acts together and look at the aggregate, they often do follow a pattern that can be represented with math. As Sir Arthur Conan Doyle writes in "The Sign of Four," the second Sherlock Holmes novel, ". . . while the individual man is an insoluble puzzle, in the aggregate he becomes a mathematical certainty."

The Hawkes process

The mathematical model that Tench and Fry use to look at terrorist attacks is called a “Hawkes process.” The basic idea behind Hawkes processes is that some events don’t occur independently;  when a certain event happens, you’re more likely to see other events of the same kind shortly thereafter. As time elapses, however, the probability of a subsequent event occurring gradually fades away and returns to normal.

A mathematician named Alan Hawkes first developed the idea while searching for a mathematical model that would describe the patterns of earthquakes. Earthquake tremors aren’t independent events, either – after an earthquake hits, the area often experiences aftershocks. So Hawkes designed his equations to reflect the greater probability of experiencing a subsequent tremor shortly after the first one.

Since Hawkes developed the model in the 1970s, similar equations have been used to describe all kinds of sequences of related events, including how epidemics travel, how electrical impulses move through the brain, and how emails move through an organization. Recently, Hawkes processes have also been used to predict the locations and timings of burglaries and gang-related violence.

Why gang-related violence follows a Hawkes process is fairly easy to understand. A murder or shooting by one gang often provokes retaliation by another gang. So following the first incident, the probability of a second incident typically goes up.

It's a little harder to understand why burglaries follow a Hawkes process – i.e., why one burglary would increase the chances of another burglary happening soon after. But as Hannah Fry, one of the paper’s mathematicians, explains in the video by Numberphile above, having your house burglarized does increase the chances that thieves will visit again. The burglars now know the location of your valuables and the layout of your house and your neighborhood, meaning your neighbors are more likely to be burglarized in the future, too.

Hawkes processes so accurately describe how trends in crime vary that some security companies and law enforcement bureaus have started to use them in their work. As Fry says, companies like PredPol monitor data on past crimes to model geographic “hotspots” that can be more heavily policed or can become the focus of specific crime-prevention policies.

Predicting terrorist attacks

In their paper, Tench, Fry and Gill apply this same model to terrorism in Northern Ireland. The paper looks at more than 5,000 explosions of improved explosive devices (IEDs) around Northern Ireland during a particularly violent time known as “the Troubles” between 1970 and 1998, when paramilitary groups in the mostly Catholic Northern Ireland fought to secede from Britain and join Ireland. The researchers used the process to analyze when and where one group, the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA), launched its terror attacks, how the British Security Forces responded, and how effective those responses were.

As the chart below shows, the IED explosions follow a pattern. After one incident, others follow more quickly before subsiding, creating the peaks in the data below.



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So you have the ordinary chance of the event, but afterward you have a “little kick,” as Fry says, that increases the probability that you’ll have another attack – but then fades away over time. Mathematicians can capture and model these patterns using a Hawkes process equation. The math can reveal patterns in past terrorist activity that weren't seen before, or be used to test different theories about those patterns, the researchers say. It can also createpredictive models, which estimate the probability of future attacks at different times and in different areas.

The researchers say that their analysis shows distinct phases in the conflict between the Irish terrorists and authorities. For example, bombings slowed down as the IRA was infiltrated by British security forces and when more of its members were imprisoned, and bombings increased when the group launched a renewed campaign of violence or tried to use incidents of terrorism as a bargaining tool in negotiations.

One of the most fascinating lessons of the research is on the effects of counterterrorist operations. The paper shows evidence that the death of Catholic civilians, whom the IRA claimed to be representing, would cause the group to increase their IED attacks in retaliation.

That finding echoes previous research that looked at counterterrorism operations by the United States and its coalition partners in Iraq. That paper showed that counterinsurgency operations that were carried out indiscriminately – in other words, attacks that hurt or kill innocent people who were not necessarily insurgents -- led to a backlash of terrorist violence. In contrast, counterinsurgency operations that were carried out in a discriminating, targeted way led to a lower level of violence than before.

The paper looks at events in the past, but Tench says the same technique can be used to project future trends. After one terrorist attack, and especially after civilians are killed, the likelihood of subsequent "aftershocks" increases for a specific time period, and authorities need to intervene quickly to avoid a long period of violence. They must also ensure their counterterrorism operations are targeted at the actual insurgents, to avoid provoking the destructive wave of violence that indiscriminate counterterrorism has been shown to do.

Tench says he hopes counterterrorism officials will start using the technique as part of their portfolio. "This application of the Hawkes process is a relatively new idea, so I imagine it might take some time to filter through," he says.

Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on March 02, 2016, 01:04:57 pm
Thank you for the review, John. That's quite a cast!

The director was profiled in The New Yorker last year. Apparently right now he's a Big Deal.

I hate strongly dislike the music of Philip Glass. I've had to sit through ballets done to something by Glass, and the music has driven me out of my skull and left me totally incapable of appreciating the dancing.

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The Crucible on Broadway. First night of previews. Modern dress. (Well, not Puritan drag shown in the poster, that's for sure.) All members of the mixed cast (Brits/Irish/Americans) all use 'American' accents credibly well. There are issues--bit choppy beginning, and Philip Glass score a bit intrusive.

But--Ben as farmer John Proctor was amazing. When he first walked on--woah. Sexy as hell. No 'bedraggled fragile alien' vibe at all. Small, yes, but contained, compact, lithe, powerful. Lowering, bushy brows. Hot boots. Manly. The American accent was a revelation. It changes his voice--a young, clear tone that travels through the entire theater, cuts through the clutter of the Philip Glass murmuring and the much less distinctive voices of some of the other actors. Towards the end, when he is stripped and barefoot, nearly broken, torn and bloodied, the old Whishaw fragility has definitely reemerged, but as always, he is brave and truthful and believable.

Some standouts: Ciarán Hinds as the evil Deputy Governor Danforth, Bill Camp as Reverend Hale who discovers his own bravery and integrity, Brenda Wehle wonderful as Rebecca Nurse, Sophie Okonedo solid and affecting as Elizabeth Proctor, John Proctor's wife. Tavi Gevinson (once a well-known precocious pre-teen fashion blogger) was extremely good as Mary Warren, the young girl who, for a time, stands against the other 'witches'.

Soairse Ronan has top billing (pictographically speaking, see posters, marquee and website) as Abigail Williams, but, like the other young 'ensorceled' girls, I didn't feel anything. True, because my seat at far far left in the Mezzanine meant she was invisible to me at certain points at the very beginning of the play. Perspective may have been lacking--don't know. But I'm going to try and go back for a second time, and change my seat. We shall see. But--oh dear, probably awful to say it--when I go back, it will really be to see Ben again, not Soairse. (Definitely awful to say it!)

All in all, I'm so glad I went--despite all the little sobs and soft sighs and burbles as I walked home. ::)


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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 02, 2016, 01:41:07 pm
Thank you for the review, John. That's quite a cast!

The director was profiled in The New Yorker last year. Apparently right now he's a Big Deal.

I hate strongly dislike the music of Philip Glass. I've had to sit through ballets done to something by Glass, and the music has driven me out of my skull and left me totally incapable of appreciating the dancing.



Thanks, Jeff! I don't especially mind Philip Glass. But there were points in the play last night, when I thought--why is this here? Just because TV and iPod addict Americans can't sit through a 3 hour long non-musical drama? Instantly I thought--yup, that's why. Sometimes the music was just there--neutral, it didn't bother me at all. Occasionally (let's emphasize that, occasionally  ::) ) it really helped the play. But often (!) it was annoying/exasperating.



The director was profiled in The New Yorker last year. Apparently right now he's a Big Deal.


Boy oh boy, was I really out-of-it/stupid. Just because I don't like Arthur Miller I didn't go to see A View From the Bridge.
Mistake!! Big Mistake!!! The day after it closed, I woke up and realized--hello! The Shirtless Wonder was non other than Russell Tovey (AKA 'Rudge' from one of my favorites ever, The History Boys !)


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The actor has gone blond for his return to Broadway, as Rodolpho in A View From the Bridge.
http://www.out.com/theater-dance/2015/11/19/russell-tovey-juggling-broadway-and-looking

The show has a rabid intensity and director Ivo van Hove highlights the homoerotic subtext between Eddie and Rodolpho — something that feels especially real by having a gay actor playing the part — that culminates during the "double kiss" scene. After Eddie embraces his niece Catherine, he forces Rodolpho into a violent kiss to prove his point that the young Italian is not enough of a man for her, as well as to exert his dominance. The raw energy on stage is one of those theatrical moments that will not be forgotten.



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Why Russell Tovey had fantasy about being stabbed during long run of The History Boys - Gay Star News
http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/178918/#gs.bsy=718

DUH! STUPID! (Me, I mean!)

 :P :'( ::)
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 02, 2016, 09:42:14 pm
LONDONSPYINTERVIEWINSWEDISH!


Interview in English from the Swedish--via GOOGLE translation--we hope!
(Tom Rob Smith's mother is from Sweden--and like Danny and Alex, boy oh boy, he DEFINITELY knows about Mother Issues! ::))




- Ben is absolutely outstanding, a genius. He has been spellbinding in individual scenes, so it was wonderful to write an entire television series directly for him.
- Ben är helt enastående, ett geni. Han hyllas ofta för att vara trollbindande i enskilda scener, så det var underbart att få skriva en hel tv-serie direkt till honom.





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Gaypar i spionthriller av
Gay Couple in the spy thriller
by Tom Rob Smith

MARTIN ERLANDSSON
[email protected]
Published January 14, 2016

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The successful author Tom Rob Smith's mother Barbro is from Gothenburg and he has written a
novel that was based on events in their former farm in Faurås in Falkenberg.
Photo: James Hopkirk
Succéförfattaren Tom Rob Smiths mamma Barbro är från Göteborg och han har tidigare skrivit en roman som
utgick från händelser på deras dåvarande gård i Faurås i Falkenberg. Foto: James Hopkirk



His latest novel, "The Farm" takes place near Falkenberg. Now, Tom Rob Smith current with the TV thriller "London Spy".
Hans senaste roman "Gården" utspelar sig nära Falkenberg. Nu är Tom Rob Smith aktuell med tv-thrillern "London spy".


- It's the first spy series ever with a gay protagonist, he says.
- Det är den första spionserien någonsin med en homosexuell huvudperson, berättar han.


On Sunday, Swedish viewers see the first episode of "London Spy" on SVT and learn how Danny meets the enigmatic Alex, who suddenly disappears and seems to have been living a double life.
På söndag visas första avsnittet av "London spy" i SVT och då får även de svenska tittarna se hur Danny blir ihop med den gåtfulle Alex, som plötsligt försvinner och verkar ha levt ett dubbelliv.


- I was interested when a murder begins about privacy and you do not recognize themselves. Danny loses not only his lover but also throughout their common love story, Tom Rob Smith says on the phone from Los Angeles.
- Jag var intresserad av när ett mord börjar handla om privatlivet och man inte känner igen sig. Danny förlorar inte bara sin älskare utan även hela deras gemensamma kärlekshistoria, svarar Tom Rob Smith i telefon från Los Angeles.


The screenwriter commutes between home in London and the US, as his partner, Ben [Stephenson] has become the director of a television company [Head of Television at J. J. Abrams' Bad Robot production company] there.
Manusförfattaren pendlar numera mellan hemmet i London och USA, eftersom hans partner Ben har blivit chef på ett tv-bolag där.


Tom writes on a new TV series and a thick book, but is currently working mostly with a screenplay based on his own powerful novel "Farm", which was based on a real event in Faurås outside Falkenberg: his Swedish mother's psychosis and delusions.
Tom skriver på en ny tv-serie och en tjock bok, men jobbar just nu mest med ett filmmanus baserat på den egna spänningsromanen "Gården", som byggde på en verklig händelse i Faurås utanför Falkenberg: hans svenska mammas psykos och vanföreställningar.


- I work with the production company Shine and it is important for us to film in Sweden with Swedish actors, but when it gets hard to know, said Tom, who was last in his mother's home country in connection with the Göteborg Book Fair 2014.
- Jag arbetar med produktionsbolaget Shine och det är viktigt för oss att filma i Sverige med svenska skådespelare, men när det blir är svårt att veta, säger Tom, som senast var i sin mammas hemland i samband med Bokmässan i Göteborg 2014.


Read also: Psychosis gave the idea to the thriller in Falkenberg
Läs också: Psykosen gav idé till thriller i Falkenberg


- We were supposed to go there during the Christmas and New Year, but then I was busy in New York, so we have had to postpone until our big family trip a little. But we are planning to buy a new summer house somewhere in Sweden.
- Vi hade tänkt åka dit under jul- och nyår, men då var jag upptagen i New York, så vi har fått skjuta fram vår stora familjeresa lite. Men vi planerar att köpa ett nytt sommarhus någonstans i Sverige.


A Swedish reference is by the way 18 minutes into the fifth and final episode of "London Spy" when Danny visiting *[Alex's parents] and pouring milk in coffee from a china cow.
En svensk referens finns förresten 18 minuter in i femte och sista avsnittet av "London spy", när Danny besöker Alex föräldrar och häller mjölk i kaffet ur en porslinskossa.



*NOTE: Sorry, Swedish Writer!
Danny is visiting his OWN long estranged (and hideous!) parents when he suddenly
pours all the milk from the cow pitcher and overflows his cup into the saucer.



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- Yes, it must have been from Sweden, I got the idea because we do not have those in England, but it was unconsciously, explains Tom.
- Ja, det måste ha varit från Sverige jag fick den idén, eftersom vi inte har sådana i England, men det var omedvetet, förklarar Tom.


"London Spy" is linked to the Britons who spied for the Soviet Union during the 1940s.
"London spy" har en koppling till de britter som spionerade för Sovjetunionen under 1940-talet.


- Yes, but it is important that the character Scottie (British actor Jim Broadbent), unlike the real Guy Burgess, is not a traitor. Some gay men were spies at that time because they were born in exclusion. If their orientation was revealed they were sacked and shame coated ['shame coated'?], so they were looking for a country where they were persecuted, and it was offered in Russia.
- Ja, men det är viktigt att rollfiguren Scottie, till skillnad från den verklige Guy Burgess, inte är en förrädare. Vissa homosexuella män blev spioner på den tiden för att de föddes i ett utanförskap. Om deras läggning avslöjades blev de avskedade och skambelagda, så de letade efter ett land där de inte förföljdes och det erbjöds i Ryssland.


With Scottie, one feels Tom Rob Smith gives the innocent gay suspects redress.
Genom Scottie känns det som om Tom Rob Smith ger de oskyldigt misstänkta upprättelse.


- [It was long thought that, in] intelligence, homosexuals were unreliable in nature and this is not true. What I like Scottie is that he is loyal to his nation, although he undergoes a horrible period of extortion and other things.
- Länge sa underrättelsetjänsten att homosexuella var opålitliga till sin natur och det är förstås inte sant. Det jag gillar med Scottie är att han är lojal med sin nation trots att han genomgår en hemsk period med utpressning och annat.


Scottie played by veteran Jim Broadbent, but the entire television series carried by lead actor Ben Whishaw, known from the TV series The Hour and Q in the new James Bond films.
Scottie spelas av veteranen Jim Broadbent, men hela tv-serien bärs upp av huvudrollsinnehavaren Ben Whishaw, känd bland annat från tv-serien The Hour och som Q i de nya James Bond-filmerna.


- Ben is absolutely outstanding, a genius. He has been spellbinding in individual scenes, so it was wonderful to write an entire television series directly for him.
- Ben är helt enastående, ett geni. Han hyllas ofta för att vara trollbindande i enskilda scener, så det var underbart att få skriva en hel tv-serie direkt till honom.


Some British newspapers mentioned that [Ben happens to be homosexual, and] now portrays a character who is also gay, but it does not matter?
Några brittiska tidningar nämnde att han som homosexuell nu gestaltar en karaktär som också är gay, men det spelar väl ingen roll?


- No, we just wanted the best actor and a strong chemistry together with Edward Holcroft, who is great as Alex. It is not at all about someone's sexuality. Since I am glad that the series became a big hit with the mainstream audience, it has never made a similar thriller with a gay protagonist before, says Tom Rob Smith and continues:
- Nej, vi ville bara ha den bästa skådespelaren och en stark kemi ihop med Edward Holcroft, som är jättebra som Alex. Det handlar inte alls om någons sexualitet. Sedan är jag glad över att serien blev en stor hit hos mainstreampubliken, för det har aldrig gjorts en liknande thriller med en homosexuell huvudperson förut, berättar Tom Rob Smith och fortsätter:


- I thought of the relationship, it is easier to lie about the press and chose a gay couple, which can be associated with drugs and sex toys and more. Readers have fewer stereotypes regarding love between a man and a woman.
- Jag tänkte på vilket förhållande det är lättast att ljuga om till pressen och valde ett gaypar, som kan förknippas med droger och sexleksaker med mera. Läsarna har färre stereotyper när det gäller kärlek mellan en man och en kvinna.


Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: CellarDweller on March 03, 2016, 09:43:06 am
Lovin' all the pics here.  :)
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 03, 2016, 10:24:25 am
Lovin' all the pics here.  :)


Pics? Pics? Oh, these pics??

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We ALL agree!



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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 03, 2016, 07:20:21 pm
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BFI_Southbank

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http://www.bfi.org.uk/flare

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https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/Online/default.asp
2016: BFI Flare turns 30
In 1986, the National Film Theatre ran a short season of nine LGBT films called ‘Gay’s Own Pictures.’ Now, 30 years later and with a couple of name changes along the way, BFI Flare has grown into one of the world’s most significant LGBT film festivals. To celebrate our forthcoming anniversary edition this March, we’re looking back at some of the defining films to have screened over the festival’s vibrant history. Up first: two classics of New Queer Cinema: Poison (1991) and The Watermelon Woman (1996). In February, we revisit two classic love stories from the 90s – in time for Valentine’s!


http://www.bfi.org.uk/sites/bfi.org.uk/files/downloads/bfi-flare-industry-programme-2016.pdf


The Makers
The Makers is a series of one-to-one interviews with filmmakers who have made
a major contribution to LGBT representation in the mainstream.



The Makers: Tom Rob Smith
Thursday 24 March, 3pm - Studio, BFI Southbank

Screenwriter Tom Rob Smith joins us to discuss the making of London Spy. At once a gay love story and a thrilling tale of mystery and international espionage, London Spy was one of the UK’s landmark television moments in 2015. The show tells the story of Danny (Ben Whishaw), who is drawn into a complex and dangerous game after the disappearance of his boy friend, Alex (Edward Holcroft). With a knockout supporting cast including Charlotte Rampling, Jim Broadbent, Harriet Walter and Mark Gatiss, London Spy presents a modern view of the city, where chemsex and covert ops are both a daily reality. This event will explore the show’s resounding success, and what this means for the future of LGBT storytelling on television.  

Host: Jack Casey (BFI Flare)
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 03, 2016, 08:28:35 pm
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The Sense of an Ending (2017)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4827986/


Writing
Julian Barnes               (novel)
Nick Payne                  (adaptation)
Nick Payne                  (screenplay)




Directed by
Ritesh Batra   



Cast
Jim Broadbent             Tony Webster
Billy Howle                  Young Tony

Charlotte Rampling       Veronica Ford
Freya Mavor                 Young Veronica

Joe Alwyn                    Adrian Finn

Edward Holcroft           Jack Ford

Harriet Walter              Margaret
Michelle Dockery          Susie   

Nick Mohammed          Danny
Timothy Innes             Young Alex
   






Quote from: Aloysius J. Gleek on February 17, 2016, 09:17:54 pm topic=53215.msg674758#msg674758

http://www.interviewmagazine.com/culture/edward-holcroft
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CULTURE
SPY GAMES
EDWARD HOLCROFT
IN LONDON JANUARY 2016
By HALEY WEISS
Photography HANS NEUMANN
Published 02/04/16



(EXCERPT)

(....)

WEISS: You were able to work with Charlotte Rampling and Jim Broadbent again in The Sense of an Ending. Was filming more comfortable having known them from London Spy?

HOLCROFT: No, it was terrible.
[He is joking. See full interview posted above, page 9 http://bettermost.net/forum/index.php/topic,53215.msg674758.html#msg674758 ]

WEISS: Everything is terrible.

HOLCROFT: Everything is terrible! [laughs] I didn't actually have much to do with them in The Sense of an Ending. I know that they're in it, but my scenes weren't with them. But I did see Jim. Charlotte and Jim are kind of brilliant examples of not only very talented actors, but just such nice people. I can't begin to tell you. They're so unfazed by the industry side of it, they don't really have time for it, which is such an admirable quality when people are really talented. They don't buy in to some of the bullshit that comes with it. They have very quiet lives and they're great.

WEISS: I read that you think it's important to maintain a certain air of mystery as an actor. Can you tell me a little bit about that?

HOLCROFT: I don't think it's a new concept. I should think most actors probably think this, but I know that when I watch actors, the actors who I know least about I buy into more because I can imagine them as the character. It's as simple as that. If you lead a very high profile life—and of course, it's easy to say this, and if you become incredibly famous because of your work some of that is unavoidable—but if you can do as much as you can to keep away from some of that limelight then you just help yourself when it comes to your work. You have a blank canvas, as it were, to work with, rather than people knowing a whole bunch about your life or what you get up to, what you had for breakfast. Everyone is different, and each to their own, as they say, but for me that's what I would like to try and establish.

(....)

LONDON SPY AIRS THURSDAYS ON BBC AMERICA AT 10PM ET.
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 03, 2016, 08:57:41 pm
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/17/books/Julian-Barness-Sense-of-an-Ending-Review.html

BOOKS OF THE TIMES

Life in Smoke and Mirrors
By MICHIKO KAKUTANI
OCT. 16, 2011

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If there is a single theme running throughout Julian Barnes’s work, from his 1985 masterpiece, “Flaubert’s Parrot,” to “A History of the World in 10 ½ Chapters” (1989), “Love, Etc.,” and recent collections like “Pulse” (2011), it’s the elusiveness of truth, the subjectivity of memory, the relativity of all knowledge. While earlier books examined our limited ability to comprehend other people and other eras, his latest novel, “The Sense of an Ending” — which was shortlisted for this year’s Man Booker Prize (the winner will be announced Tuesday) [It did win, 2011 JG] — looks at the ways in which people distort or tailor the past in an effort to mythologize their own lives.

Much as his talented contemporary Kazuo Ishiguro did in “The Remains of the Day,” Mr. Barnes has used the device of the unreliable narrator — borrowed, it would seem, in both cases, from Ford Madox Ford’s classic, “The Good Soldier” — to explicate this phenomenon. Like some of Mr. Barnes’s earlier works of fiction “The Sense of an Ending” (the title has been lifted from a work of literary theory by the critic Frank Kermode) is dense with philosophical ideas and more clever than emotionally satisfying. Still, it manages to create genuine suspense as a sort of psychological detective story. We not only want to find out how Mr. Barnes’s narrator, Tony Webster, has rewritten his own history — and discover what actually happened some 40 years ago — but also understand why he has needed to do so.

Tony, now in his 60s, has persuaded himself he’s “achieved a state of peaceableness, even peacefulness,” though he never had any of the great adventures he once dreamed about having as a boy who hoped life might resemble the books he loved. Tony’s account of his youth — delivered in the first half of the novel — emphasizes the awkwardness and repression he and his high school friends experienced when it came to girls: “But wasn’t this the ’60s? Yes, but only for some people, only in certain parts” of England.

At this point Tony’s reminiscences seem pretty straightforward. As Tony recalls it, he looked up to a new boy in his school named Adrian Finn as a “truth-seeker” and model of intellectual sophistication. The brilliant, Camus-reading Adrian went off to Cambridge, Tony to a less distinguished university, where he became involved with an enigmatic woman named Veronica Ford; after Tony and Veronica’s affair came to an abrupt end, Adrian wrote Tony asking for his permission to go out with Veronica. Then, suddenly, at 22, Adrian committed suicide, leaving a note about his philosophical decision to choose death over life.

As for Tony, he went on to work as an arts administrator, married a sensible woman named Margaret, had a daughter named Susie, and after a dozen years got an amicable divorce. He says he admires Adrian for having the courage to act on his convictions, whereas he, Tony, chose tidiness and safety: “I recycle; I clean and decorate my flat to keep up its value. I’ve made my will; and my dealings with my daughter, son-in-law, grandchildren and ex-wife are, if less than perfect, at least settled.”

This dull life, Mr. Barnes suggests, is rocked to its core when Tony receives a mysterious letter from a law firm informing him that one Sarah Ford — Veronica’s mother, it turns out, whom he met briefly one weekend decades ago — has left him something in her will: a bequest of £500 and, weirdly, Adrian’s diary, which somehow came into her possession. When Tony tries to take ownership of the diary, he learns that Veronica is reluctant to turn it over — all of which leads to a series of cryptic exchanges with Veronica that leave him questioning his own feelings about her, and, for that matter, the veracity of all that happened so many decades ago.

To what degree has Tony deluded us — and himself — with his simplistic account of the love triangle among himself, Veronica and Adrian? Has he romanticized Adrian’s suicide, or has Adrian himself used philosophy as a rationalization for an act motivated by darker, more desperate impulses? Is Veronica to blame for Adrian’s death, or is she some sort of victim?

In raising these questions Mr. Barnes has Tony survey the receding vistas of his life, raising many of the same issues — regarding age, time and mortality — that he’s explored with more heartfelt emotion in recent books like “Pulse” and “The Lemon Table” (2004). In the end there is something vaguely condescending about the author’s portrait of Tony, who is presented as such a myopic and passive-aggressive twit that the reader finds it hard not to be annoyed with him. Mr. Barnes also concludes Tony’s story with a violent twist that feels more like a narrative contrivance than an inevitable revealing.

Mr. Barnes does an agile job, however, of unpeeling the onion layers of his hero’s life while showing how Tony has sliced and diced his past in order to create a self he can live with. In doing so Mr. Barnes underscores the ways people try to erase or edit their youthful follies and disappointments, converting actual events into anecdotes, and those anecdotes into a narrative.

“It strikes me that this may be one of the differences between youth and age,” Tony says, “when we are young, we invent different futures for ourselves; when we are old, we invent different pasts for others.”

THE SENSE OF AN ENDING
A Novel
By Julian Barnes
163 pages. Alfred A. Knopf. $23.95.


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Julian Barnes

Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 04, 2016, 07:32:58 am
LONDONSPYFANARTJO  http://j000000.tumblr.com (http://j000000.tumblr.com)


Look at what a beautiful job Jo the artist did in realizing this 'washing-up' sequence in Jo's London Spy comic. (Look! Alex has Santa socks matching Danny's Rudolf the Reindeer socks!) How inventive--everything is just so amazing!

http://j000000.tumblr.com/post/139732178271/i-got-a-cold-last-week-but-i-finally-finish-the




 28th January 2016                                                                        21st February 2016
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It’s a sweet short story about Danny teaching Alex how to play poker cards, with a twist…only 12 pages HAHA!!
Jo





And here are Danny's famous Reindeer socks shown during the 'Clubland' sequence in Episode 3, "Blue".



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How dangerously dapper!


Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: CellarDweller on March 04, 2016, 09:29:21 am
Oh, that comic is cute! 
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on March 04, 2016, 10:59:25 am

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The actor has gone blond for his return to Broadway, as Rodolpho in A View From the Bridge.
http://www.out.com/theater-dance/2015/11/19/russell-tovey-juggling-broadway-and-looking

Oh ... my. ...

Guess I'm going to have to do a search for pics of "Russell Tovey shirtless."

 :laugh:

He's gay, you say?
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 04, 2016, 05:47:25 pm
Oh ... my. ...

Guess I'm going to have to do a search for pics of "Russell Tovey shirtless."

 :laugh:



You'll find quite a lot to keep you--busy!  ::) ;D    (http://dannationblog.files.wordpress.com/2015/09/wpid-photo-20150918224449238.jpg?w=500&h=500)



He's gay, you say?



Oh, my sainted aunt, YES. Famously so in the UK! He was actually out to himself and friends when he was 16, but when he told his parents at 18, It Did Not Go Well. (The father said he wished he knew it earlier so he could have Russell "fixed". With, say, hormone injections. Anyway, by the time his son became famous (in "The History Boys" around 22-23 years old) the father got over it. Funny how that happens. (Too bad for the gay sons who do NOT get famous.)

Anyway, lots of people didn't really know Tovey was gay because he just has a very 'blokey' affect. (Like his character 'Rudge' in "The History Boys" or his character 'Steve' in the British TV series "Him & Her"--4 seasons: 2010-2013.) However, by the time he got the part in HBO series "Looking", well--EVERYBODY knew he was gay, gay, GAY!

He doesn't only do shirtless, by the way--this scene from the very hetero "Him & Her" was QUITE, uhm, WARMLY RECEIVED by the audience! (Can you IMAGINE showing this to an American audience? ("Show me your bum. Now wiggle it.")  Omg. I can't EVEN.



[youtube=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sj0lZ2lqR8A[/youtube]


(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-uHRqxxrcHvQ/UMCtxzVwawI/AAAAAAABpvE/7rQjGgJ76Is/s1600/tovey+bum+1.jpg)
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(That would be TOTALLY Ok on American television in prime time, right? Of course it would!   ::) ::) ::) )


By the way, Russell isn't ALWAYS naked--sometimes he's ALMOST clothed--


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See?? Totally modest--and definitely SFW!!!  :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 04, 2016, 06:06:31 pm
Ok, I forgot--Russell Tovey in the Vampire show 'Being Human" in the UK--once again, I just KNOW it must be exactly the same in the US version, RIGHT??


(https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/61/3b/45/613b45604e72c45a0497853a3dca241a.jpg)(http://www.omgblog.com/media/streaming/russell-tovey-nude-being-human.jpg)
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-usYy7IB_5mU/VVNHf6CGDGI/AAAAAAAABiw/dAnzB6b30rM/s1600/being_human3x01_06.jpg)
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Thank you for being you, Russell! We appreciate it!  :D 8)
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 04, 2016, 06:19:20 pm
Oh, that comic is cute!


And the ARTIST is a TREASURE! I adore him/her!


LONDONSPYFANARTJO  http://j000000.tumblr.com (http://j000000.tumblr.com)


2nd March 2016 http://j000000.tumblr.com/image/140334752061
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Greek mythology AU! Dionysus! Danny and young prince Alex :D

Working on my fix-it comic is so tiring and somehow my head comes out with this when I found out that Ben was in theatre play playing Dionysus. And Ed [Holcroft] is just looks like a beautiful greek sculpture.
  WOOF!! I AGREE!!


So the AIU goes: Dionysus met Alex when he wanderers the earth and told him that his name is Danny and lured him into the wood using his wine or grape and so on…

I’ll just leave it here and get back to work. o<-<

Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Mikaela on March 04, 2016, 08:36:54 pm
I knew I had seen Russell Tovey in something, and I finally realized what: he was the main guest star in Sherlock, the Baskerville episode. Where he remained fully clothed at all times, I believe.


That Greek mythology fanart is very lovely, btw.
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on March 04, 2016, 10:19:25 pm
Oh, my sainted aunt, YES. Famously so in the UK! He was actually out to himself and friends when he was 16, but when he told his parents at 18, It Did Not Go Well. (The father said he wished he knew it earlier so he could have Russell "fixed". With, say, hormone injections. Anyway, by the time his son became famous (in "The History Boys" around 22-23 years old) the father got over it. Funny how that happens. (Too bad for the gay sons who do NOT get famous.)

Anyway, lots of people didn't really know Tovey was gay because he just has a very 'blokey' affect. (Like his character 'Rudge' in "The History Boys" or his character 'Steve' in the British TV series "Him & Her"--4 seasons: 2010-2013.) However, by the time he got the part in HBO series "Looking", well--EVERYBODY knew he was gay, gay, GAY!

He doesn't only do shirtless, by the way--this scene from the very hetero "Him & Her" was QUITE, uhm, WARMLY RECEIVED by the audience! (Can you IMAGINE showing this to an American audience? ("Show me your bum. Now wiggle it.")  Omg. I can't EVEN.

And what has your sainted aunt got to do with it?  :laugh:

He does have a sort of "blokey" look to him, doesn't he? I don't think I've seen him anywhere, but somehow the face looks familiar,

Nice Adonis belt. ...

Thanks for the pics, John.  :-*

Incidentally, Tom Rob Smith is pretty ruggedly handsome himself.
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 05, 2016, 10:58:46 am
I knew I had seen Russell Tovey in something, and I finally realized what: he was the main guest star in Sherlock, the Baskerville episode. Where he remained fully clothed at all times, I believe.


Ok, now I AM going to have to watch that!!  ;D


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However: Sherlock abounds (and rebounds) in London Spy--co-creator, writer of Sherlock, Mark Gatiss, and, by the way, who also plays the character Mycroft Holmes (Sherlock's brother) in his own, older series, is now revealed to be the bored psychopath/record producer in Episode 3 ("Blue") in Tom Rob Smith's London Spy--



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(https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/caa426d76d451076ccee88a0b9f21c5acd7f8774/0_290_4280_2568/master/4280.jpg?w=620&q=55&auto=format&usm=12&fit=max&s=7644a0400c696467b1dc7e201ba9592f)
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GFIs by
http://enigmaticpenguinofdeath.tumblr.com/post/133950010351/notfspurejam-london-spy-blue



That Greek mythology fanart is very lovely, btw.


Yes! Jo is very talented,
I would love to buy
some of his/her art, I think!


LONDONSPYFANARTJO

(http://56.media.tumblr.com/48ad0ba831ba80135ec6f662246711d5/tumblr_o2dupyNRkQ1rf6qyfo3_250.png)(http://56.media.tumblr.com/d57e4cd5de948f9ae4b03daa75da04c7/tumblr_o2dupyNRkQ1rf6qyfo4_500.png)
(http://56.media.tumblr.com/53fea29a8e1c5d2e610a4874c9204711/tumblr_o2dupyNRkQ1rf6qyfo5_400.png)  
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http://j000000.tumblr.com (http://j000000.tumblr.com)
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 05, 2016, 12:32:59 pm
And what has your sainted aunt got to do with it?  :laugh:


Oops! I must have been channeling Katharine Hepburn in The Philadelphia Story.   ::)



He does have a sort of "blokey" look to him, doesn't he? I don't think I've seen him anywhere, but somehow the face looks familiar,

Nice Adonis belt. ...


Ahem. Yes!! Russell, rinse off all that mud, and show off your Adonis girdle!


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But--did you notice the--ears?? I LOVE his ears, so cute!


(https://img.buzzfeed.com/buzzfeed-static/static/2014-02/enhanced/webdr04/27/8/grid-cell-10170-1393509403-26.jpg)(https://img.buzzfeed.com/buzzfeed-static/static/2014-02/enhanced/webdr04/27/8/grid-cell-10170-1393509403-29.jpg)



Incidentally, Tom Rob Smith is pretty ruggedly handsome himself.


Believe me, I've noticed!
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And have you noticed something else? Look at this interview with Tom Rob Smith and Ed Holcroft (BBC Breakfast)


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[youtube=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfI_MDqQLCE[/youtube]
Published on Dec 7, 2015



At 1:20 - 1:23 especially, don't they look like brothers, or father and son? (Well, actually, they are only eight years apart!) I have to say, I wouldn't be surprised if Smith CHOSE Ed Holcroft, even unconsciously, to want to play the part of Alex himself, as his younger self/younger incarnation?



Thanks for the pics, John.  :-*


Thanks, Jeff!    :) :-*
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on March 05, 2016, 12:44:18 pm
(Ref: "Oh, my sainted aunt!")


Oops! I must have been channeling Katherine Hepburn in The Philadelphia Story.   ::)

That's where I heard that before!  :laugh:

Quote
Did you notice the--ears?? I LOVE his ears, so cute!

Yes, I did. I was thinking they'd be very convenient to grab hold of.  ::)

Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 05, 2016, 01:10:54 pm
(Ref: "Oh, my sainted aunt!")

That's where I heard that before!  :laugh:



"First sane remark I've heard today. Come along Dexter, I know a formula that is said to pop the pennies off the eyelids of dead Irishmen."   ;D



(Ref: Russell Tovey's ears)

Yes, I did. I was thinking they'd be very convenient to grab hold of.  ::)

Love Handles!  :laugh:
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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 05, 2016, 01:56:50 pm
LONDONSPYINTERVIEWABOUTTHINGSSWEDISH!




https://www.gaytimes.co.uk/culture/16248/london-spy-writer-tom-rob-smith-talks-about-his-bestselling-novels-and-a-very-personal-family-tragedy/
London Spy writer
Tom Rob Smith
talks about how a family tragedy inspired his gripping novel
14:52 9th November 2015  by GT

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Tonight BBC Two will be plunged into the dark and murky waters of espionage, as the first episode of London Spy airs on our screens.

Starring Ben Wishaw, Edward Holcroft, Charlotte Rampling and Jim Broadbent, the show is a gripping, emotional thriller that sees an innocent, young romantic being dragged into the world of spies.
A few years ago we spoke with the show’s writer, Tom Rob Smith, about his superb novel The Farm, the film adaptation of Child 44 and the BBC’s latest contemporary spy thriller.

Award-winning author Tom Rob Smith has sold millions of copies of his trilogy Child 44, The Secret Speech and Agent 6 worldwide. Now he’s back with a very different thriller, The Farm, and a TV series in the works. Rob opens up to GT about how a family tragedy inspired his gripping new novel, and visiting Tom Hardy on set for the movie adaptation of his debut novel



What is The Farm about?
It’s a psychological thriller set on a Swedish farm. The premise is simple – Daniel is in London when he gets a phone call from his dad in Sweden to say his mum is very ill and in a psychiatric hospital, and Daniel needs to visit her. Then his mum calls to say everything his dad has said is a lie and he’s involved in a terrible conspiracy. Daniel has to decide whether to believe his mother or his father.


Where did you get the idea?
This happened to my family three years ago. I got the phone call from my dad and I was going to the airport when my mum called. I met her at Heathrow Airport, brought her back to my flat and she told me in a concentrated four-hour burst a series of allegations about my dad.


That must have been worrying?
I had no experience of mental health problems, and I was drawing from clichés like One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, thinking as soon as she arrived at the airport, I’d instantly know whether she was ill or not. But she was so convincing, she never said anything implausible. It was like being hit by a wall of brilliant story telling. In the end I came down on the side of probability.


How did you mum feel about her breakdown being the inspiration for this story?
It would have been impossible to have written it unless my mum got better, which she did after treatment. I told her I wanted her story to be the basis of my novel and I think it’s hard for someone to comprehend what that actually means. It was still hard when she read the first draft but she came around to it. It’s a story about someone who I’m very proud of, although apart from her psychosis, the story is all fiction.


Daniel has his own secrets too.
Yes, because if you have a character – in this case his mother – who is telling you secrets about someone, you want the person listening to have secrets of their own. And who keeps secrets better than a gay person who hasn’t come out? I hid my sexuality from my parents for years and years, so I knew very well how people can hide things and present something to someone so convincingly and even lie to yourself.


When did you come out to your family?
I was 22. I was writing a lot, and you cannot honestly be a writer and be in the closet. You have to analyse the psychologies of your characters and work out their truths. And if you can’t do that with yourself, what hope is there for you as a writer?


How did they react?
I’d love to say they were thrilled and there was champagne. But the problem is I left it till the age of 22, so my parents hadn’t seen it coming. And I’d had very close relationships with girls. So my parents wondered how they didn’t see it. We hadn’t fallen out and no terrible words were said, but a gap opened up and it felt like it was going to be permanent. Then this event happened to my mum and we were thrown back together in a very intimate way.


Do you wish you had come out earlier?
I don’t have many regrets but I do regret not coming out at university because it wouldn’t have mattered. I’m glad I didn’t come out at school though because it would have been a disaster as it was a very homophobic place.


Child 44 is being made into a film, starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and Gary Oldman. Have you been on set?
Yes, twice in Prague. There were little ‘pinch yourself’ moments where I’d go into the catering tent and there’d be a menu up with the words ‘Child 44 starter’ over the soup and I’d think ‘God, that’s the title I came up with.’ There’s a scene I watched between Tom and Noomi that I clearly remembered writing on my crappy laptop ten years ago. Watching them play it out was slightly surreal.


Have you had any input into it?
No, it was strange being divorced from the process but quite pleasant in some ways, because you don’t have to work on it – you sit around, enjoy the catering and watch a bit of filming. I won’t see the rough cut of it though. I am dying to see the film but I’m happy to wait until they’ve ironed out any problems and all the special effects have gone in.


Each country your books are published in uses a different cover…
Yes, because the cultural differences between countries are enormous. Some of the covers are beautiful and didn’t sell well and some are ugly and sold amazingly. Some of them are just plain weird. The Iranian copy of Child 44 has a picture of a dead child on the front.


You live with your partner Ben Stephenson, drama commissioner at the BBC.
Do you let him read your stories as you’re writing them?

No. He’ll read an advanced copy but only once it’s in a good state. And I never read anything he’s working on. The first time I ever see anything he’s commissioned is at a screening. We’re always sharing opinions about stuff, but I have such particular tastes it’s unfair to pick up another writer’s project and start giving my thoughts.


How long have you been together?
For ten years; we met when I was script editor for Bad Girls and he worked as a development executive for the production company. It was one of the worst jobs I ever had and they hated me, so I only lasted five months; I didn’t even make the end of the series. So Ben was the only remnant that came from that experience!


Do you plan to get married? Neither of us are really into ceremonies. Three years ago, it would’ve been a categorical “no”, but now I’m less categorical. It’s a great thing to say, “listen everyone, let’s have a party and celebrate it”, but you need the energy to want to do it because it takes a lot of work. And I don’t quite feel like I have the energy for it yet.


What are you working on next?
A TV series that will be finished in the summer. It’s five-episodes and a BBC2 and HBO production; a contemporary spy thriller set in London. I knew it had to be for TV because with a gay relationship at the centre of the story, it would have been impossible to fund a movie. Filming begins winter next year and I have one specific actor in mind – but I’ll weep if he doesn’t want to do it!


["I knew it had to be for TV because with a gay relationship at the centre of the story, it would have been impossible to fund a movie. Filming begins winter next year and I have one specific actor in mind – but I’ll weep if he doesn’t want to do it!"

HA!!!  We know who! Good thing it all worked out!   :laugh:]
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on March 05, 2016, 04:27:15 pm
"First sane remark I've heard today. Come along Dexter, I know a formula that is said to pop the pennies off the eyelids of dead Irishmen."   ;D

Thank you, Uncle Willie.  ;D

Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 05, 2016, 07:40:17 pm
Thank you, Uncle Willie.  ;D
(http://movieactors.com/actors/Freezes-Characters/PhillyStory441.jpeg) Must we ride in this thing?
                                                                                Wouldn't we be more comfortable on pogo sticks?
                                                            Dinah Lord: What's wrong?
                                                          Uncle Willie: Oh, nothing, nothing. My head just fell off, that's all.
 :laugh:
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on March 05, 2016, 11:38:51 pm
(http://movieactors.com/actors/Freezes-Characters/PhillyStory441.jpeg) Must we ride in this thing?
                                                                                Wouldn't we be more comfortable on pogo sticks?
                                                            Dinah Lord: What's wrong?
                                                          Uncle Willie: Oh, nothing, nothing. My head just fell off, that's all.
 :laugh:

 :laugh:
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 06, 2016, 06:16:04 am
LONDONSPYREVIEWEXCERPTTOMROBSMITH  
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http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/13952429.Spies_like_us__As_BBC_drama_London_Spy_begins__Barry_Didcock_explores_our_abiding_fascination_with_spooks/
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Spies like us
As BBC drama London Spy begins, Barry Didcock
explores our abiding fascination with spooks

Barry Didcock/Senior features writer/Saturday 7 November 2015/News


(EXCERPT)

"--London Spy, a five-part television drama for BBC Two. It stars Ben Whishaw – currently playing Q in Spectre, of course – as a hedonistic young gay man who becomes embroiled in a spy conspiracy when his closeted lover, an MI6 officer, is found dead in circumstances that are sordid and scandalous. Or appear to be, anyway: one of writer and series creator Tom Rob Smith's starting points was an old CIA manual he came across some years ago. It shows how to make a death look accidental by weaving it into the narrative of the victim's life.

(....)

Smith, who is gay himself, is the author of four novels including Child 44, released as a film earlier this year with Tom Hardy playing hero Leo Demidov, a Soviet-era policeman tracking a serial killer. His most recent novel, The Farm, is a psychological thriller, and he started his career working on Channel 5 soap Family Affairs.

It's not an obvious CV for the writer of a series like London Spy but spy stories are in fact a sort of literary lodestone for Smith and behind his love of the genre are some very personal reasons.

“I haven't had the John le Carré life, but I have had a life of wondering how I am a spy on some level – and that connects with being gay and leading a double life in the sense that you have this persona,” he explains. “At school I was terrified. I couldn't even comprehend it [being gay] so my way of dealing with it was to say, 'I'll be a much more convincing liar if I can convince myself that it isn't true.' So on one level I shut that whole part of my brain down and I became a spy to myself. I was living a cover that I started to try to believe in order to make it more convincing. That's my reason for getting into spy stories.”

(....)

Smith wrote the introduction to the Vintage edition of Ian Fleming's From Russia With Love and has always liked Bond in particular.

“Bond is a real lover of life. Fleming is always going on about how much he loves his breakfasts, for example. It has become a cliché now, that Bond has great taste in things and perhaps we're overly familiar with it. But that does draw from an interest in energy: yes, he's a killer but he loves the world. He loves food, he loves drink, he loves women, he loves cars. That's why he's protecting it, as opposed to the people who despise the world on some level. I love that energy. It's very powerful, so I've always loved Bond.”


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Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 06, 2016, 06:31:16 am
LONDONSPYFANARTJO  http://j000000.tumblr.com (http://j000000.tumblr.com)


5th March 2016  http://j000000.tumblr.com/post/140514225496/
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Finally have some time for a little London spy doodle!!
I’ve finished all 70 pages rough sketch and put all the lines on it!
Start lining tomorrow!!
the most fun part of making a fanbook :D


Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 06, 2016, 09:09:20 am
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Spies like us
As BBC drama London Spy begins, Barry Didcock
explores our abiding fascination with spooks



“I haven't had the John le Carré life, but I have had a life of wondering how I am a spy on some level – and that connects with being gay and leading a double life in the sense that you have this persona,” he explains. “At school I was terrified. I couldn't even comprehend it [being gay] so my way of dealing with it was to say, 'I'll be a much more convincing liar if I can convince myself that it isn't true.' So on one level I shut that whole part of my brain down and I became a spy to myself. I was living a cover that I started to try to believe in order to make it more convincing. That's my reason for getting into spy stories.”



http://dujour.com/culture/edward-holcroft-london-spy/

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Q&A:
Edward Holcroft

The London Spy star on how acting can be like--espionage
Written by Adam Rathe

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Are you yourself at all spy-like? Would it be a viable option for a second career?
I’d like to think I could keep a secret. I think actors would make great spies, because there’s a certain element of loneliness in being an actor; it kind of can be a lonely occupation. You can be very isolated. Would I be a very good spy? I don’t know. Maybe I am one. Maybe I’m just not telling you.
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Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 06, 2016, 11:08:57 am
LONDONSPYFANFIC
Stay
Chapter 1: Symphonies
By thecountessolivia
Published: 02-15-2016
Updated: -02-17-2016

http://archiveofourown.org/users/thecountessolivia/pseuds/thecountessolivia
http://archiveofourown.org/works/6023503?view_full_work=true



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Summary:
The morning after Alex's first night with Danny / The morning after Danny's first night with Alex



His eyes open and scan about for the glowing red digits of the little alarm clock he'd spotted on a shelf last night. 5AM. On Sundays he always wakes up at 5AM. That much at least is the same.



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Sundays are routine. Run ten miles, shower, get dressed. Long breakfast at Hixter in the company of his laptop, refactoring code and cleaning up repos - all while pretending that he's not there, amidst the bustle of the brunching set, to avoid the deafening silence of his flat. Pick up his dry cleaning and tidy it away slowly, passing the time. Walk the forty minute walk from Battersea to Marylebone, letting his brain unpick an obscure bug or optimise the performance of a subclass along the way. Browse vintage maps and travel guides at Daunt Books, daring at times to hope that someone, anyone, might strike up a conversation. Head home, squirm past the surveillance cameras, force down something healthy from the local deli. Then free weights, press-ups and planks until his muscles scream. Code. Read. Some evenings, before bed, a mild sedative to still the waves of panic that appear at regular intervals. Before drifting off into a thin sleep, make a mental note of whether or not, during the course of the day, he'd spoken more than a few words to anyone at all.

Sundays mean the droning hum of his brain cells and the low-key dread and nausea of having to face their inscrutable, sneering company at work the next day.

This morning, in the strange, untidy flat in Vauxhall, the same brain cells roar and strain with music. Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, huge, raucous symphonies all tumbling into one.

While the noise and the chaos broadcast through his mind, Alex lies quietly in the thinning darkness. The bedroom air is thick with a stale, electrolytic sweetness he's never smelled before and he grasps that he is breathing in the sillage of sex.

He feels too warm. Nothing has taught his body's thermostat to attune itself to the skin-on-skin proximity of another human being. Hands braided over his chest, he practices utter stillness, unsure how much movement would suffice to wake the soft, near-scorching shape pressed up beside him. He listens to the fast, regular breaths coming from beneath the soft mess of dark hair tickling his shoulder. He feels the breaths collide with the skin of his arm and their warmth assures him of at least one thing.

This isn't a breakdown. You haven't imagined this. You are here.

Until Danny wakes, everything else is uncertainty.


---------------


In a matter of hours, all the academic theories and hopeless imaginings of "this is what it will feel like" had cracked and collapsed around him.

Scored by the chaotic symphonies, last night loops through Alex like an enormous, domed projection. The scent, the weight, the taste of him, all as immense as newly discovered planets. Every touch like a streak of light plummeting into the insatiable well of darkness he's been dying in for years.

Giddy, nameless feelings pulsate through him, amplified by the tingling soreness radiating between his legs and the burning closeness of Danny's skin. He attempts to restore order through compartmentalisation. He divides the night into limbs, actions, sensations. The hands. The skilled, patient hands that caressed and arranged him, while his own only knew to clutch and grab and squeeze. The same hands opening him up, careful fingers guiding him past the brief barrier of pressure and pain until, as gasp after gasp escaped him, he was penetrated and split with pleasure so intense it seemed like violence. The face. Peering down at him through the near darkness, strained with quiet feeling, the beautiful face and soft green eyes of the man who said he would stay.

Flashes of awkwardness infest each fragment. He thinks of the starved, crude kisses he'd crashed into Danny's mouth, raw with alcohol; the noises he'd let himself make; the fistfuls of hair he'd pulled at, not knowing his strength. The mess he'd made of both of them after, helping to pull off the condom with shaking hands. Danny's gentle, whispered "S'okay" an answer to his apologetic smiles and his soundless giggles. Being cleaned up, then kissed and held like a clumsy child before slumping unceremoniously into sleep.

Until Danny wakes, everything is adrift.

I don't know how I did. I don't know what I'm meant to do next.

He takes on the uncertainty and the chaos with conditional logic. He weighs the possible outcomes. If he leaves now, he can still resume the Sunday routine and not have to face whatever will come - indifference, rejection - when Danny wakes up. He can collect what he's been given and carry it off with him, then hold on to it forever.

Careful as a pickpocket he slides from the bed. Tiptoeing his way through the towels, cast-off shoes and shot glasses lining the floor, he collates an incomplete set of his clothing. He pulls on his boxers, dusts off his jumper and socks and, slipping out quietly, ferries them in a neatly folded bundle towards the bathroom, seeking the rest of his scattered possessions.

He opens the door and makes the dark-haired woman inside squeal with surprise. She's brushing her teeth and, upon seeing Alex, spits into the sink. She grins. "Morning!" she chirps and flashes a clean grin. She's dressed for going out - how had he not heard her come back in? She scans him up and down. Flooding with distress, he breathes a quiet "Sorry", snags his trousers from the bathroom floor and retreats.

How many others had the flatmate seen creep out of Danny's bedroom? What was their routine?

He has to go.


---------------


Back in the bedroom, he begins to dress. He pulls his jumper over his head and when he emerges, Danny is sat up in bed, one hand rubbing against a sleepy eye.

"You're dressed...? What time is it?"

He lets it out, as quick as a breath.

"I should go."

Even as he says it, his limbs are steering him away from his stated intent, mechanically moved by some desperate force. He's back on the bed and his forehead is dropping onto a warm shoulder. He's wrapping his arms about Danny's waist. He's clinging on.

Help me. Help me, please, like you did last night.

His hair is being stroked and kissed.

"Have you got plans? Or..."

"I have to do some work." he manages and finds he is shaking.

Don't make me go.

His face is lifted by warm hands and smiling eyes tether him down.

"I understand. And what would you like to do today?"

He presses his mouth to Danny's, grabbing at the lifeline.

"I'd like to stay."


---------------


At least the morning is a certainty. He settles back into the bed and quietly loses himself in the comfort of Danny's gentle commotion. He follows every movement and gesture with wonder, collecting each into a scrapbook of posterity.

Danny yawns, slips on a t-shirt, tidies sundries from the floor, puts on music Alex doesn't recognise, hums along to it, casts back smiling glances, fetches two cups of milky tea, opens the window, finally settles back down on the bed, cross-legged and close.

"Are you always up this early?"

He nods. He stares into the cup of tea pressed into his hands, that novel, alien thing made for him by someone else. Small caresses keep him anchored to reality, the back of Danny's hand brushing in rhythmic strokes against his knee.

"I'd have thought you'd fancy a lie-in. Especially after..."

"Was it OK? I mean... " he interrupts, desperate to know, but courage deserts him mid-sentence. He doesn't dare look up.

Danny leans in, kisses his eyelids, his nose, then finds his gaze.

"Alex... nothing's ever felt as good. Ever. Not even close."


---------------


Minutes drift them by, then hours. The room is aired and filled with light. He's kissed, touched and cradled, whispered to.

"We could still sleep in, you know."

"I'd rather stay like this for a while. And talk. If that's OK."

"OK. On one condition."

Danny slips from his arms and from the bed. He settles on the windowsill, lights a cigarette and smiles.

"Promise me we'll have a lie-in next weekend."

The future tense and plural pronoun bestow on Alex something he recognises at once as the beginning of happiness.




Notes:

Some days ago I deleted most of my LS fics.

This is one that never got posted, written a few weeks ago in an attempt to crawl into Alex's head immediately after he lost his virginity. Not easy and not entirely successful.

- Hixter Bankside was the shooting location for D&A's first breakfast.
- The shooting script for Episode 1 mentions Alex's flat as being in Chelsea, but the actual building is located in Battersea.
- Daunt Books is a beautiful, independent bookseller in Marylebone, specialising in old travel guides. Not mentioned in the show but the sort of place Alex would like, I should think.






Stay
Chapter 2: Sparkle
By thecountessolivia
Published: 02-15-2016
Updated: -02-17-2016

http://archiveofourown.org/users/thecountessolivia/pseuds/thecountessolivia
http://archiveofourown.org/works/6023503?view_full_work=true


Summary:
The morning after Alex's first night with Danny / The morning after Danny's first night with Alex



Don't obsess. Don't gush. Don't grin. Don't cling. Don't think about how good you made him feel. Don't think about his soft little gasps. Or the fact that you've already memorised the exact location of the very tiny mole near his collarbone. Or the weight of his long, toned legs as your hands lifted them apart. Or the sight of his cock, more gorgeous than you ever imagined, spurting unaided against his stomach while your own pressed again and again into that tender spot inside him.

Don't think how you'd murder to never see him sad or worried again, ever. Above all else, don't dare to think that what you gave to him or took from him last night grants you any right to hope that he's yours.

Danny's got a box full of impulses and he's struggling to keep the lid on. The only thing he's thought about for weeks is manifested within his crappy old bed in the form of impossible, beautiful Alex. Alex, still and solemn and obliviously sexy. Alex, knees hugged to his chest, in his boxer shorts and jumper and with hair out of place. Alex, whose serious blue eyes are tracking his every move. Alex, who timidly asked to stay.

As the eyes follow him about, he tries to look calm and graceful, but feels like a scruffy, giddy idiot. He's flitting through the bedroom, tidying away the mess they've made and humming along to the music from his ancient iPod. He's stupidly awake at stupid o'clock, buzzing as if he'd smoked a few crystals but so fucking sober that his brain itself is a crystal, clean and fresh and twinkling and sparkling with love.

This is so good. This is unreal. He can't remember the last time a bloke stayed until the next day. Even James used to sneak off like a thief in the night, and that was a steady relationship - or so the bastard told him. But this is beyond anything. This is Alex.

He summons up all the discipline he can muster. For at least the next few minutes, he'll need to keep some distance. Danny knows what Alex must smell like - sleep, sex, sweat, traces of his strange, timid cologne - and if he gets close enough to catch that scent again then he'll spew something awful like:

"Last night was so special."

or

"You were so beautiful."

or

"You did so well."

Instead, he smiles at the taciturn man in his bed and goes off to make some tea.


---------------


Cross-legged across from each other, they're snogging slowly and Danny is adrift on a cloud of bliss. Head tilting to different angles, lips barely open, then wide and pressing, Alex is practicing and experimenting, obviously so, and Danny doesn't mind in the slightest. He lends his mouth, keeps it soft, slack and passive, and tries not to giggle when Alex's warm, tea-scented tongue reaches strange recesses between his teeth and his cheek.

"So. I could make us breakfast or... there's this nice little cafe down the road..." He's murmuring between licks, suckles and tender bites. "We could pop out in a bit..."

Christ. When he pulls back, Alex's face is a luminous fairground of innocence and wonder. Is he really so awed at the idea of going to a greasy spoon? He's nodding and the smallest smile is pressing up the curves of that beautiful mouth, still wet with Danny's kisses. Then the smile vanishes.

"I'll need a shower."

"Sure, yeah."

"Yes, but I..." The absurd cheekbones are flushing a soft pink.

"You?"

Alex looks down and his fingers fiddle with the hem of his pants. Danny laughs and slaps his forehead, understanding.

"God, of course!"

He plants a reassuring smooch on Alex then clambers over the bed towards his sideboard. He wrestles open a sticky drawer, rummages for the only pair he knows will be big enough. He collapses into a giggling fit as he puts his find on display.

"Ta-da! They were a Christmas present. Sorry. But they're clean and they're yours to wear!"

Alex's eyes grow wide at the sight of a red pair of boxer shorts patterned with happy little snowmen. Then he slumps forward on the bed, smothers his face with a pillow and shakes with silent laughter.





Notes:

Couldn't resist having a go at Danny's POV of the same morning.
The music Danny hums to and Alex doesn't recognise is Wild Beasts - Mecca




[youtube=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCJ7_NPtNEo[/youtube]
Published on Jun 18, 2014
from the album Present Tense



WILD BEASTS LYRICS
"Mecca"

All we want is to feel that feeling again
Just a drop on the lips and we're more than equipped
There is some thirst that's gotta be quenched, yeah
All we want is to feel that feeling again
We didn't reach a high it was always inside
We just coaxed it from the place it would hide.

We move in fear, we move in desire
Now I know how you feel.
I'm a pilgrim, you're the shrine to
All the lovers that loved before us
And breathed in this ether.
Where the body goes the mind will follow soon after.

Cause all we want is to know the vivid moment
Yeah, how we feel now was felt by the ancients
Yeah, all we want is to know the vivid moment
Just surrender your limbs to my every whim
Now we're lovers, we are cartwheeling.

We move in fear, we move in desire
Now I know how you feel.
I'm a pilgrim, you're the shrine to
All the lovers that loved before us
And breathed in this ether.
Where the body goes the mind will follow soon after.

We've a Mecca now, weave a Mecca now, no less
To hold the other end of the thread. Hold on-

We move in fear, we move in desire
Now I know how you feel.
I'm a pilgrim, you're the shrine to
All the lovers that loved before us
And breathed in this ether.
Where the body goes the mind will follow soon after.

'Cause, all we want is to feel that feeling again,
Yeah, all we want is to feel that feeling again.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wild_Beasts (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wild_Beasts)
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 06, 2016, 11:55:38 am

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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 06, 2016, 01:24:05 pm
OMG! Alex was in New York--maybe this winter? ON ST. MARK'S PLACE! (between 2nd and 3rd Aves) Keep your eyes peeled!


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(Whew! Got a much better image of Mr. Holcroft--but even when fuzzy, I knew exactly WHERE that photo was taken! (Probably/maybe a couple of years ago, by the looks of things? Look at his small white iPhone.) Love the rucksack/knapsack Ed is rocking, so Alex--look at the Google StreetView image below, and there's a fellow, dead center, wearing--a knapsack--very St. Mark's/EV(East Village)!
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 06, 2016, 01:32:09 pm
LONDONSPYFANARTJOHANIRAE      

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London Spy Episode 1 | Daniel Holt attempts Seduction again! It is super effective!

http://johanirae.tumblr.com/tagged/fanart/page/2
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 06, 2016, 10:15:22 pm
Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Broadcast live from the Donmar Warehouse 28 January 2016
To Be Rebroadcast in New York 19 March 2016 7:00PM
Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space

Check for local listings in your city!


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[youtube=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SY7l51L1eQM[/youtube]
Published on Dec 16, 2015
Broadcast live to cinemas on 28 January 2016.
Broadcast NYC Symphony Space
19 March 2016 7:00PM



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[youtube=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxbqpsHqZxE[/youtube]
Published on Dec 16, 2015
Broadcast live to cinemas on 28 January 2016.
Broadcast NYC Symphony Space
19 March 2016 7:00PM



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★★★★★ ‘Theatre at its most seductive’ Evening Standard

★★★★ ‘Heady and intoxicating. A brilliantly revived adaptation’ Daily Telegraph

★★★★ ‘An evening to richly savour’ Guardian

★★★★ ‘Electrifying. Funny, moving and uncomfortably provocative’ Sunday Times

★★★★ ‘Janet McTeer is absolutely magnificent’ The Times

★★★★ ‘West is great as Valmont, a booming, lusty bounder’ Time Out



Following the hugely successful broadcasts of Coriolanus and King Lear, National Theatre Live brings the Donmar Warehouse’s highly anticipated new production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses to cinemas - broadcast live from the Donmar’s London home.

Directed by Josie Rourke (Coriolanus), the cast includes Elaine Cassidy (The Paradise), Janet McTeer (The White Queen), Dominic West (The Wire), and Edward Holcroft (London Spy).

In 1782, Choderlos de Laclos’ novel of sex, intrigue and betrayal in pre-revolutionary France scandalised the world. Two hundred years later, Christopher Hampton's irresistible adaptation swept the board, winning the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Play. Josie Rourke’s revival now marks the play’s thirty year anniversary.

Former lovers, the Marquise de Merteuil and Vicomte de Valmont now compete in games of seduction and revenge. Merteuil incites Valmont to corrupt the innocent Cecile de Volanges before her wedding night but Valmont has targeted the peerlessly virtuous and beautiful Madame de Tourvel. While these merciless aristocrats toy with others’ hearts and reputations, their own may prove more fragile than they supposed.



http://www.symphonyspace.org/event/9096/Film-Theatre/nt-live-les-liaisons-dangereuses

Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 06, 2016, 11:43:40 pm
LONDONSPYFANS!

Lucky Buggers in London
Just a Month Ago Dep't

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http://thego-slow.tumblr.com/post/138306956419/hes-not-really-dead-in-a-box-thank-god-the-best


He’s not really dead in a box thank god. The best bit was when I said “Ed!” and he
bounded over like an enthusiastic retriever with a succession of “hihihihihihihihhi”
Also we met Dom and we finally got to tell him how much we love The Hour,
Grace got to tell him how much she loves Hector and he even took a very keen
interest in my “solidarity forever” tattoo which I pointed out was “like from Pride,
right?!”  ;D ;D ;D

#ed holcroft  #dominic west
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Tags: London spy, Edward Holcroft, cuteness,
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 07, 2016, 07:04:06 am
LESLIASONSDANGEREUSESHOLCROFT!

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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 07, 2016, 09:51:01 am
https://oliviagagan.wordpress.com/2016/01/22/rollacoaster-issue-18-edward-holcroft/
http://www.wonderlandmagazine.com/2016/01/rollacoaster-issue-18/
http://mrstarshipper.tumblr.com/post/137103182188
http://angulema-warrior.tumblr.com/post/137103447907/mrstarshipper-guys-i-just-got-the-magazine-and

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Rollacoaster, Issue 18,
Edward Holcroft
Quietly, Edward Holcroft is becoming one of Britain's
most exciting screen exports. He tells Olivia Gagan
why acting in 2016 means rolling with the punches.

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Posted on January 22, 2016 by Olivia Gagan



Only two years out of drama school, 27-year-old Edward Holcroft has started assembling the kind of CV most actors 10 years older would kill for. He's already booked jobs in expensive TV dramas--as the shy, spook lover of Ben Whishaw in London Spy, for one--a Hollywood action movie casting with last summer's Kingsman: The Secret Service, and a prestigious theatre role in London's Donmar Warehouse.

None of this was planned, said Holcroft. After being, in his own words, "fucking lazy" at Ampleforth College, a Catholic boarding school in North Yorkshire, he studied philosophy at university. Training to be a session drummer, "I realised I wasn't good enough, so that faded, to my parents' relief." Instead, work experience constructing the set of Jez Butterworth's play Jerusalem meant "I got to see the production and watch Mark Rylance perform. It was enlightening. It inspired me, so I went and applied for drama school. And that was that."

Little did he know, just a few years later he would be acting opposite Rylance in BBC drama Wolf Hall. "We had rehersals, and I walked into the room and pretty much had a meltdown. I said, 'I helped build the set for Jerusalem.' He wouldn't have remembered, he had bigger things to think about than some sweaty boy running around the set. But he got up and walked over and gave me this huge hug. I nearly wet myself. And we got on really well from then on. It was bizarre."

His most recent screen credit was for London Spy. Slow-burning and melancholic, it painted the capital as a grim, grey-hued hub of surveillance and paranoia. It's the kind of work he wants to keep making. "With that kind of TV, you have to have a concentration span. It's a good thing, I think it's important. But in the era of Netflix, and it's 'the next episode will start in 10 seconds' thing, people want it all very fast."

Privately-educated British men are doing well in the industry, both in big, studio films and on TV. Holcroft's the first to admit he falls into that category, and his cheerful take on the situation is that, "I think Hollywood will wise up soon and realise we're all pretty shit. They'll suddenly be like, 'Wait, hold on, what's so great about them other than the fact they all sound posh?'" For now, he's happy to stay living on English soil. "I love London way too much. I'm sure L.A. is wonderful in its own way, but I'm a home boy."

Holcroft says he'd like to build the quiet profile of his co-stars, despite a summer romance with British socialite and actress Cressida Bonas, which briefly flared up in the tabloids last year. "Ben Whishaw's an amazing guy and what I really respect about him--and Mark Rylance and Jim Broadbent, actually--is that they all manage to keep their lives quite private. "They're not particularly interested in the industry side of it, and I quite like that."

Not that the perks of the job aren't seductive. "It's very easy to be drawn in to." he says. "There are always people who will tell you it's good to go to parties, but I think, especially as an actor, it's important to keep an air of mystery. People won't believe you in roles if they're seeing you pissed in the Daily Mail. Those guys--Jim, Ben, Mark--you never hear anything about them, ever, and I think that's the way to do it, if you can."

Instead he hangs out with a close-knit circle that includes fellow young, Brit up-and-comers Douglas Booth and Freddie Fox. "I have a very small group of friends in the acting world. Literally about four, who are gems. They're lots of lovely people, but my family aren't actors, and none of my friends from school went into it. They're all excited for you, but there's only so much they want to hear. When I'm with them, it's back to talking about football [Holcroft is a Chelsea fan]."

Right now, Holcroft is playing Le Chavelier Danceny in Les Liasons Dangereuses at London's Donmar Warehouse alongside Dominic West. Once that finishes, he's back on set reprising an earlier role for Kingsmen 2. His most-recently wrapping film, an adaptation of Julian Barnes's novel The Sense of an Ending, sees him reunite with London Spy colleagues Charlotte Rampling and Broadbent, alongside Downton Abbey's Michelle Dockery.

Other than appearing to be part of a casting package deal with Jim Broadbent, is there a game plan? "In this industry? Fuck no. The game plan is to get paid. I've learnt, even in the two years I've been acting, never to expect too much. Otherwise you open yourself up for constant rejection. You learn as you go that so much of it is timing. You might not get a role which you thought you were destined for, then the next month you get something that's even better. It's so driven by politics. There's always other reasons as to why you do or don't get a role. What your name means, what you're offering, what money you'll bring in--that part of a career is out of your control, so you have to just go with the flow a little bit. And hope people think you have something to bring to the party."



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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 08, 2016, 02:46:31 am
LONDONSPYFANARTTHEGREATWHITESARK


Oh my.




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NOVEMBER 26, 2015 (9:47 PM)
pastels on colored canson aquarelle paper
http://thegreatwhitesark.tumblr.com/image/134014466837
http://thegreatwhitesark.tumblr.com/



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https://www.tumblr.com/tagged/london-spy-mine
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NOVEMBER 27, 2015 (6:44 PM)
#I COULD DRAW EVERY SINGLE SHOT FROM THIS SHOW AND NO ONE COULD STOP ME : D
brush pens on rice paper
http://thegreatwhitesark.tumblr.com/image/134067477987
http://thegreatwhitesark.tumblr.com/post/134067477987/brush-pens-on-rice-paper



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http://cinematic-literature.tumblr.com/post/134424334352/the-appearance-of-innocence-danny-and-alexs





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NOVEMBER 18, 2015 (5:46 PM)
india ink & watercolours on aquarelle paper
http://thegreatwhitesark.tumblr.com/image/133471579107
http://thegreatwhitesark.tumblr.com/

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http://kanaorange.tumblr.com/post/134195438343/danny-in-alexs-room
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 08, 2016, 08:31:28 pm
LONDONSPYFANARTABBY


Poor Danny?

No. Dangerous,
Determined
Danny/Orpheus
and his beloved,
Alex/Eurydice.


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NOVEMBER 2015
Here comes~Draw this for people who love watching London Spy. I really enjoy its drama clip
http://eclipse9310.tumblr.com/post/133464839464/here-comes-draw-this-for-people-who-love-watching
http://eclipse9310.tumblr.com/ (http://eclipse9310.tumblr.com/)
I wish
Abby/Fever/
Eclipse9310
would do more
London Spy! I
copied/posted this image
Feb 03 2016
this thread Page 5
The ties that bind--


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NOVEMBER 24, 2015
Well…when I saw this scene about 6 times I decide to draw it. It’s so sweet, isn’t?
http://londonspys.tumblr.com/post/133893728988/eclipse9310-wellwhen-i-saw-this-scene-about-6
http://eclipse9310.tumblr.com/ (http://eclipse9310.tumblr.com/)





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http://eclipse9310.tumblr.com/ (http://eclipse9310.tumblr.com/)
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 08, 2016, 10:00:59 pm
LONDONSPYART/FANARTCONNECTIONS

London Spy
Animated/rotoscoped
Opening credits/
title sequence  (by Momoco)
I copied/posted a full series of
these images Feb 20 2016
this thread Page 10
The LINES that bind--


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Here comes~Draw this for people who love watching London Spy. I really enjoy its drama clip
http://eclipse9310.tumblr.com/post/133464839464/here-comes-draw-this-for-people-who-love-watching
http://eclipse9310.tumblr.com/ (http://eclipse9310.tumblr.com/)

Poor Danny?

No. Dangerous,
Determined
Danny/Orpheus
and his beloved,
Alex/Eurydice.




Perhaps the greatest compliment that can be paid to the show is that images and moments from this distinctive story are likely to linger in the memory for days. Danny can’t give up the search for what he knows to be real, and London Spy pays tribute to that resilience by offering indelible moments of discovery, romance and fury.






http://variety.com/2016/tv/reviews/london-spy-review-ben-whishaw-1201679167/

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[youtube=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g26ZXL2PxFg[/youtube]
Published on Nov 24, 2015.





http://www.creativereview.co.uk/cr-blog/2015/december/momocos-watery-title-sequence-for-london-spy/
Momoco’s watery title sequence for London Spy
With the final episode of BBC2 drama London Spy airing
on TV tonight, we take a look at the show’s dramatic title
sequence, created by production company Momoco

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Written by Child 44 author Tom Rob Smith, London Spy stars actors Ben Wishaw and Edward Holcroft. Wishaw’s character Danny falls in love with Alex, played by Holcroft, and is drawn into the murky world of espionage after Alex – who turns out to be a spy – disappears.

The slow motion, live action title sequence begins with a shot of a figure (Alex) falling into darkness, before another figure (Danny) swims down to grab his arm. The pair drift together underwater as a web of lines grows around them, and Alex is then dragged out of sight by a shoal of code, with letters and numbers snaking around him like tendrils. Danny swims to the surface and to a view of London’s skyline, with The Shard and City Hall illuminated in the distance.

“We see The Shard, the city, before it all blurs to ‘bokeh‘,” says creative director Nic Benns. “There’s no moment of release here – Danny has entered a more dangerous place, out of his depth. The lights become frenetic as the web/shards continue growing – they blister the screen until suddenly all is quiet,” he adds.

It’s an elegant sequence, and the abstract take on the show’s plot offers a more intriguing alternative to shots of the cast or familiar images of London.

To create the sequence, Benns filmed two dancers in a blue screen environment. “I choreographed simple moves to create the illusion of a ethereal or aquatic space,” he says. “The project was then animated and composited over a week period.”

(....)



http://thetvshows.us/displayimage.php?album=528&pid=649884#top_display_media

https://twitter.com/momocolondon
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 08, 2016, 10:54:29 pm
LONDONSPYART/FANARTCONNECTIONS


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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 09, 2016, 12:24:52 am
LONDONSPYFANARTJESSICAONPAPER
                                                     http://jessicaonpaper.tumblr.com/
                                                     jessicaonpaper.com (http://jessicaonpaper.com)
 

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http://giphy.com/gifs/ben-whishaw-jessica-on-paper-original-painting-l3nWgDJ5fucig1Izu

And here’s a nice progress GIF of my Ben Whishaw painting, cause they’re always fun to be
hypnotised by…….
(It wouldn’t display as an uploaded GIF file uploaded direct from my hardrive, so if someone
knows Tumblr’s secret let me in the know, yeah?)

I hope all of you had a lovely Christmas break whether you celebrate or not, and brought in
the new year with love and optimism. I’m really looking forward to creating new and exciting
Jessica On Paper things for everyone! I’m going to be finally producing those badges, stickers,
and greeting cards I’ve had on hold, attending print fairs/conventions later in 2016 and
taking your commissions!

In December the orders started flowing in and had my first personal drawing commission;
all took me a little by surprise if I’m honest!  It really made my Christmas merrier and 2016
look that much brighter, especially as I was working retail for the whole season, bleurrrrrgh!
Time to get back to real work ;)

J.x

#London Spy #Ben Whishaw #Danny and Alex #Tom Rob Smith #BBC tv #fan art
#digital painting #painting #art #artist #portrait #Jessica On Paper
#jessicaonpaper.com #Etsy #gif #wip #progress #illustration #illustrator #artists on tumblr
#support your local artist #new year 2016



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https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/261987997/art-print-digital-portrait-painting-of (https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/261987997/art-print-digital-portrait-painting-of)

I waaaaasn’t reeeaaaally done. But I am now :3

You can now own a print of the loveable Mr Ben Whishaw, just click on the picture!

J.x

Source: etsy.com #Ben Whishaw #London Spy #BBC TV #Tom Rob Smith
#Danny and Alex #painting #fanart #fan art #digital art #digital painting
#photoshop #art #artist #illustrator #illustration. #portrait art for sale etsy
#support your local artist


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Okay…. I think it’s finished. I’ll look at it again with fresh eyes tomorrow.
Ben Whishaw is to me one of our finest young actors, and the scene this
picture is from was a beautiful moment of acting in the recent BBC show
London Spy, and I haven’t done it justice!

My painting will be made available in my Etsy shop as an A3 print this week,
though feel free to request a different size - A2 is the max print size.
https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/261987997/art-print-digital-portrait-painting-of (https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/261987997/art-print-digital-portrait-painting-of)

On to the next one! J.x

#digital painting #painting #photoshop #actor #Ben Whishaw #London Spy
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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 09, 2016, 06:14:35 pm
LONDONSPYFANARTHANNAHSHERLOCKSBUTTONHOLE

Title Sequence Still
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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 09, 2016, 07:37:47 pm
LONDONSPYFANARTELI_LIN
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Mar 16, 2016 Working on the London Spy goods…
http://eli-lin.tumblr.com/post/141153545752/working-on-the-london-spy-goods

And also, art by
Eli Lin--
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I was that man, and you were that someONE.



And also--

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-  How do you admit to someone you’ve never been in a relationship?

   Who wants to hear?  And when they do,who wants to stay?

-  I do.

Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 09, 2016, 08:39:37 pm
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/04/fashion/ben-whishaw-crucible.html

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FASHION & STYLE
Ben Whishaw
Makes Himself
at Home

in New York
By MATTHEW SCHNEIER MARCH 4, 2016

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Left, Ben Whishaw in a Prada coat, $3,300, and chambray shirt, $650, at select Prada boutiques; L.L. Bean cotton mock turtleneck, $29.99,
at llbean.com; Raf Simons wool pants, $487, at rafsimons.com; and Church’s leather derbies, $820, at church-footwear.com. Right, in
clothes from Comme des Garçons Homme Plus: a wool jacket ($1,250), a cotton vest ($380) and a cotton shirt ($310). Available at the
Comme des Garçons store in Manhattan (520 West 22nd Street, 212-604-9200).
Credit Jody Rogac for The New York Times



In the last week of January, Ben Whishaw, the waifish and intense star of “London Spy” and the 2008 remake of “Brideshead Revisited,” arrived in New York from London for a six-month stay. Installed in the West Village, for weeks Mr. Whishaw has walked across Manhattan to a work space in the East Village, and for five hours a day rehearsed for his Broadway debut.

Mr. Whishaw, 35, is here for the Broadway revival of “The Crucible,” now in previews. He stars opposite the Oscar nominees Saoirse Ronan and Sophie Okonedo as John Proctor, the upright but errant linchpin of the play, who faces down, rather than buckles under, the accusations of witchcraft that roiled Salem, Mass., in 1692.

Despite being steeped in Arthur Miller’s grim, hysterical Puritan world, Mr. Whishaw recently tumbled into an East Village seafood restaurant merry and full of praise for New York.

“I love it here,” he said, settling into a corner table and ordering a glass of Chianti. “It’s a cliché, but it is true, and it’s quite stark when you come from somewhere else: It’s the positivity and optimism of this place. You won’t notice it, because you’re around it all the time, but it’s very ‘up,’ compared to England.”

He may naturally incline toward the English national character, he admitted with a giggle, but New York agrees with him. Here he, too, is up.

Despite a career that has taken him to tiny theaters and megabudget “Bond” films alike, he remains something of a cipher, a chameleon able to walk the streets of New York unrecognized and unbothered.

“He’s not an actor who pushes himself into the front,” said Ivo van Hove, the director of “The Crucible.” “Actually, the opposite is true. I have to push him to the front.”



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Mr. Whishaw in Sandro acrylic T-shirt, $215; and polyester/wool
pants, $396, at sandro-paris.com.

Credit Jody Rogac for The New York Times



Mr. Whishaw grew up in Langford, England, a “pretty unremarkable” village in Bedfordshire an hour and a half north of London, with a twin brother and parents unconnected to the theater.

“They were always incredibly supportive of me wanting to do acting,” he said, “and never put it in my head that there has to be a more sensible option to fall back on.”

And so there never was. So far, there has been no need of one. Mr. Whishaw found success early, playing “Hamlet” in Trevor Nunn’s 2004 production just after graduating from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and has worked continually ever since.

He is one of the most celebrated stage actors of his generation and has turned up in a wide range of film and TV roles. He is the latest Q in the 007 films, a precocious, baby-genius variation on the usual theme; he is “Richard II” in a televised adaptation of Shakespeare’s history plays, a performance that won him a British Academy of Film and Television Arts award in 2013; he is, whether you realize it or not, the voice of Paddington Bear. (“Endearing,” The New Yorker said.)

His calling card is a soulful fragility, all faunlike bearing and saucer eyes, with a teenager’s unruly mop mane. It is no accident that fashion has made him a favorite, and in 2013, he appeared in an ad campaign for Prada.

Many of his roles play up this quality: the doomed, lovelorn John Keats of Jane Campion’s biopic “Bright Star”; the preening, brittle Sebastian Flyte of “Brideshead Revisited”; and, more recently, the bereaved malcontent searching for answers after his lover’s murder in the critically lauded BBC mini-series “London Spy.”

The bushy beard that his part in “The Crucible” requires does little to dispel the tender aura he projects. John Proctor is typically played as a virtuous brute, a brawny man’s man of 17th century New England. (In the 2002 revival, the role went to the hulking Liam Neeson.)

Mr. van Hove said he thought that Mr. Whishaw could bring Proctor’s traditional robustness to the part but that “his fragility, his vulnerability is equally important.” “I think that’s what makes Ben into a great actor,” he said, “to reinvent this part for our times”

But Proctor, it is fair to say, is a departure, a headlong dive against type, and one undertaken with some trepidation.



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Mr. Whishaw wears a Gucci cotton crepe jacket ($2,950 at Gucci, 725 Fifth Avenue, 212-826-2600) and a Saint Laurent distressed cotton-
blend sweater ($890 at mrporter.com).
Credit Jody Rogac for The New York Times



“I have a lot of fear,” Mr. Whishaw said. “All the time. But it’s important somehow to have fear and then to overcome it. I feel a bit like I’m always on an edge, where the fear might completely overwhelm me and I might not be able to do it. That’s not happened yet.”

As an actor, Mr. Whishaw rejects the idea of type altogether, which may in part account for the range of his résumé. He has a slippery way of inhabiting heroes and antiheroes alike, of seducing women and men onscreen and onstage with equal ease.

He is, in fact, one of the few openly gay actors to frequently play straight romance. He officially came out in 2013, to little controversy or fanfare, and confirmed his relationship with his partner, Mark Bradshaw, an Australian composer.

“I’ve never been anything other than myself,” Mr. Whishaw said, though earlier in his career he was vague about his sexuality and deflected questions about it, leading to occasional uncertainty in the press.

While promoting a play, “The Pride,” in which he and Hugh Dancy played lovers, Mr. Whishaw gave interviews to New York Magazine and to Out — one of which assumed that he was straight, the other, gay. (The Village Voice gleefully pointed out the inconsistency.)

“We must be watching gay actors play straight people all the time,” he said, “but we just don’t know about it, mustn’t we? It’s not even an issue. It doesn’t matter.”

He is equally uninterested in dissecting his acting approach or his methods. “When I was doing ‘London Spy,’ Jim Broadbent, who I adore, said, ‘You must never talk about acting,’” Mr. Whishaw said.

And on the whole, he does not. He called himself an “instinctive” actor. But he is staunch in his conviction that his work is not an expression of, nor is it limited to, his own experience.

“If I could only act the things I’ve experienced, then I’d be a very limited actor,” he said. “It’s a preposterous idea that that’s all that an actor can do. I’m not really like any of the characters that I’ve played. I don’t feel like they’re me. Anything’s possible. You can understand anybody, really, or try to.”

At the moment, he is working to understand John Proctor, in all his tortured uncertainties, as well as America, his temporary home, in all of its own.

“It’s really hard for me — for us,” he said. (Given the play’s long run, Mr. Bradshaw also moved with him to the West Village.) “It has its own set of ideas about stuff.”

He was full of questions about Donald J. Trump, the electoral system and America’s fraught relationship to gun ownership. (“The Crucible,” period piece though it is, has, in its evil-in-our-midst persecutions, plenty of application to the American present. “We see it every day around us,” Mr. van Hove said.)



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Mr. Whishaw in a Raf Simons wool jacket, $1,430, at rafsimons.com. Grooming by Sabrina
Szinay for R & Co at the Wall Group. Stylist’s assistants: Kelly Harris and Jimin Seo.

Credit Jody Rogac for The New York Times



Mr. Whishaw has barely had time to be homesick. He has been lax, he said, about staying in touch with those in Britain, though he tunes in to BBC Radio, and over the course of a photo shoot on a frigid Sunday morning politely requested a “builder’s tea”: English slang for tea, of no particularly elevated type, served strong, sweet and milky. (He gratefully accepted a cup of PG tips, England’s unfussy mainstay.)

Back at the seafood restaurant in the declining light of the afternoon — he had just finished with rehearsal, which Mr. van Hove holds religiously from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., no later — Mr. Whishaw finished off his Chianti, then his companion’s, and waxed thoughtful about his life as an actor.

“I’d probably do it if I had to go and do it above a pub,” he said.

He probably will not have to.

“I’m a bit in awe of how brilliant he is, I really am,” said Ms. Ronan, his co-star, who plays Abigail Williams, John Proctor’s former mistress and the ringleader of the accusers. “That doesn’t happen to me very often.”
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 09, 2016, 09:14:27 pm
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MARCH 7, 2016
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 09, 2016, 09:39:19 pm
LONDONSPYFANWATCHBEARDO

19 second excerpt
https://vid.me/ZBM3/beardo

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The New York Times Close Up 3/5/16
By NY1 News
Monday, March 7, 2016 at 01:59 PM EST


Full video 41:27 (BEN'S INTERVIEW IS AT 16:35 - 24:50)
http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/shows/2016/03/7/the-new-york-times-close-up-3-5-16.html

On the March 5, 2016 edition of The New York Times Close Up, Steve Phillips, author of "Brown is the New White: How The Demographic Revolution Has Created a New American Majority," talks with host Sam Roberts about the changing political landscape.

Times Metro Reporter Kim Barker explains how and why she's portrayed by Tina Fey in the new film "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,"  based on Kim's memoir about her work as a war correspondent.

Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" returns to the stage at the Walter Kerr Theatre with a star-filled cast. Ben Whishaw, who stars as John Procter, took time out from rehearsal to be interviewed.

And the New York Times reporters roundtable convenes.
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 11, 2016, 12:36:57 am
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I don’t want to. I don’t need to.


Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 11, 2016, 12:53:49 am
Time for more
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How did I keep
missing this one?
Now it's posted
twice in the
thread.
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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: CellarDweller on March 11, 2016, 10:11:23 am
and the fan art continues.  :)
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 11, 2016, 04:37:25 pm
and the fan art continues.  :)



Thank you so much, Chuck! I love London Spy Fan Art--and so does Tom Rob Smith, the writer/creator of the series--
he's been twittering up a storm re the Fan Art!!



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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 11, 2016, 04:46:12 pm
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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 11, 2016, 04:54:59 pm
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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 11, 2016, 05:04:39 pm
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https://twitter.com/TonyxsteveStony
By Jo J000000.TUMBLR.COM 30 DEC 2015
https://twitter.com/tonyxstevestony/status/682445980382277632
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https://twitter.com/tomrobsmith
By Jo J000000.TUMBLR.COM 30 DEC 2015
https://twitter.com/tonyxstevestony/status/682445980382277632
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By Jo J000000.TUMBLR.COM 30 DEC 2015
https://twitter.com/tonyxstevestony/status/682445980382277632
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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 11, 2016, 05:24:43 pm
WOAH!!!!
TOMROBSMITH<[email protected]!  


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https://twitter.com/tomrobsmith?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

 :o :o :o :o
 :D :D :D :D
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https://twitter.com/eliligogo/status/708233084668215300
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http://eli-lin.tumblr.com/post/140511781832/will-its-the-cover-of-my-london-spy-goods
http://eli-lin.tumblr.com/post/140152792157/london-spy-its-a-gif-of-this-this-work
http://eli-lin.tumblr.com/post/135248760807/illustration-the-scene-that-i-loved-in-london

 :o :o :o :o
 :D :D :D :D
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 12, 2016, 12:13:33 pm
LONDONSPYFANFIC



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Two days, two nights
Chapter 4: New Notation
By thecountessolivia
Published: 02-18-2016
Completed: 02-20-2016

http://archiveofourown.org/users/thecountessolivia/pseuds/thecountessolivia
http://archiveofourown.org/works/6050256/chapters/13904542


Summary:
Danny and Alex attend a performance of Beethoven's Late String Quartets at Wigmore Hall.
(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j174/jmmgallagher/Wigmore%20Hall%201_zpsoslryw2s.jpg)


To illustrate, Alex's hands lift and tilt, fingers forming a dome. Danny watches as they perform their architectural dance, straining to concentrate on Alex's whispered explanations of the hall's acoustics.

The quickly quaffed glass of pre-concert wine is spreading its warmth through his belly. Danny feels fidgety, happy, distracted and out of place. His attention drifts to the grown-up faces of the arriving audience and he wonders if those whose eyes he meets recognise him for the suited fraud he is.

He glances down at his knee brushing against Alex's and tries not to get turned on. He obsesses again over why Alex chose today, of all days: an unremarkable Thursday evening. He longs to scratch the infuriating itch along his collarbone, just beneath where Alex's hands had earlier shaped the immaculate knot of his tie.

The same hands now join in the polite applause that begins to fill the hall. Danny turns from Alex, towards the stage, and sees the four musician take a bow beside their instruments. He's agape at their youth and their seriousness - so like Alex.

The strings begin in a drawn-out, solemn unison but soon split to dance and meander about each other. A single violin pitches above the others to form a melody and its melancholy sweetness cuts Danny through with a deep ache, as if the bow were sawing and swaying directly over his heart. He feels his face crumple with feeling and when he dares to glance at Alex he meets the same expression as his own, fixed not on the stage but on him.

---------------

The music swells, dives, dips, weeps. Danny swallows back tears and wants to hold Alex's hand. Over six months. Over six months of Alex side-stepping all the clichés Danny had always thought he was desperate for. Six months of Alex forging from inexperience a new language that Danny is only now beginning to grasp.

Their one, three, six month anniversaries drift by unacknowledged. No dirty or love-sick texts appear on Danny's phone. No expensive gifts his trashier mates tell him he should expect.

Meanwhile, Alex ties his ties. Alex stops him in mid-stride and crouches down on the pavement to redo the laces in his canvas trainers. Alex crooks his finger and lets its knuckle play absent-mindedly with Danny's earlobe. Alex carries spare socks and a spare parka on their country walks. Danny finds the hole in the sleeve of his coat mysteriously mended and the broken lamp beside his bed working again.

With a knitted brow, Alex listens silently as Danny whines about not being having been texted the day before. The following week, daily at the same time, Danny's phone buzzes on the overground home from work. Each day a new picture. A long shadow cast by iron railings. A refraction of imperfect glass. An obscure, amusing blue plaque. A murmuration of starlings above Southwark cathedral.



(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3703/10650757035_9d9fe22cf6_m.jpg)    (https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcR3MysBI9it2qTA9-1ozPHEB72iv94PvDVsqOopSLQQM7lhJcwd)                      

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f3/The_blue_plaque_of_William_Bligh_the_commander_of_the_Bounty.jpg)    (https://dadirridreaming.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/wpid-photo-20140615064514.jpg)
100 Lambeth Road, SE1                                                                      



Alex pulls him in by the hips when they dress in the morning, places a single kiss on the small of Danny's back then lets him go. Alex pauses when they fuck and, holding deep and perfectly still inside him, reaches down to move trembling fingertips over Danny's face, stricken as if he's seeing him for the first time or the last.

---------------

The concert crowd pours out into the rain, streaming towards Bond Street tube. They huddle in the corner, out of the way, and button up each others' coats beneath the frosted glass awning of the hall.

"So at some point you're going to tell me, right? What we're celebrating?"

"Celebrating?"

"I've been wracking my brain - it's not an anniversary..."

Alex's lips part in response. He looks worried, mouths for words. Danny clasps his hand, soothing, smoothing over his questioning.

"It's just... this seemed so special. It is so special."

"Danny... I'm sorry. I just thought you'd like the music."





Notes:

This is a collection of four LS drabbles, two old, two new. Enjoy.



Notes:

This ficlet expands on the flashback scene of Alex tying Danny's tie.

Danny and Alex attend a performance of Beethoven's Late String Quartets at Wigmore Hall



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wigmore_Hall

Intimate Victorian concert venue for chamber music recitals and lunchtime concerts. - Google
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(http://statics.192.com/estreet/original/large/2140/21408654.jpg)(http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/02792/wigmore-hall_2792028k.jpg)




[youtube=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sxD9__FFU8[/youtube]
Belcea Quartet: Recorded live at the Wiener Konzerthaus, 2012
Published on Mar 4, 2015



[youtube=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XR5rUdwsWoc[/youtube]
Belcea Quartet: Recorded live at the Wiener Konzerthaus, 2012
Published on Jun 3, 2015



[youtube=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkfVc3EcuQ4[/youtube]
Belcea Quartet: Recorded live at the Wiener Konzerthaus, 2012
Published on Aug 27, 2015



[youtube=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpNbBV_5KCc[/youtube]
Belcea Quartet: Recorded live at the Wiener Konzerthaus, 2012
Published on Dec 15, 2015
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: CellarDweller on March 12, 2016, 09:50:58 pm
That's so cool, that  he  likes the artwork!
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 12, 2016, 11:01:16 pm
That's so cool, that he likes the artwork!


Isn't it, Chuck? I'm so pleased--some of the stuff--a LOT of it!--is just amazing, and the fact that he not only likes it, but acknowledges and applauds it, and says he's going to publish it--that's high praise, even gratitude. Love it!

 :D


[youtube=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BEsugQG_P4[/youtube]
Published on Feb 5, 2016
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HOWEVER, with that said,
I think the Belgian director
Jakob Verbruggen has created
so many visuals/scenes that
have then been the cause
of the the artists' inspirations--


[youtube=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sA_vfADuB0[/youtube]
Published on Feb 12, 2016
(https://yt3.ggpht.com/-PTXTZGDuZBk/AAAAAAAAAAI/AAAAAAAAAAA/tGZNLYz2_qA/s88-c-k-no/photo.jpg)



Like this--




#I COULD DRAW EVERY SINGLE SHOT FROM THIS SHOW AND NO ONE COULD STOP ME : D
                                                                                                                                                                             --THEGREATWHITESARK



LONDONSPYFANARTTHEGREATWHITESARK


Oh my.




(http://68.media.tumblr.com/f1297b4212b607b6bb3a23e4551b3dba/tumblr_nyfwem2MVi1u3ikauo1_1280.jpg)

NOVEMBER 26, 2015 (9:47 PM)
pastels on colored canson aquarelle paper
http://thegreatwhitesark.tumblr.com/image/134014466837
http://thegreatwhitesark.tumblr.com/



(https://68.media.tumblr.com/a0b5d4246b902af7f749ed905ac277d5/tumblr_nxq01m3MBi1qzy9fyo1_500.png)
https://www.tumblr.com/tagged/london-spy-mine
(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j174/jmmgallagher/LondonSpyAlexBathtubFullLullaby_zpsbnk8jpdk.jpg)




(http://40.media.tumblr.com/da93a447d01d02aad50ac30fc16e094e/tumblr_nyhiltE2Fp1u3ikauo1_1280.jpg)

NOVEMBER 27, 2015 (6:44 PM)
#I COULD DRAW EVERY SINGLE SHOT FROM THIS SHOW AND NO ONE COULD STOP ME : D
brush pens on rice paper
http://thegreatwhitesark.tumblr.com/image/134067477987
http://thegreatwhitesark.tumblr.com/post/134067477987/brush-pens-on-rice-paper



(http://56.media.tumblr.com/f834de3ca62762cd07ac929e213a505a/tumblr_inline_nyr48x602F1tbjdv6_1280.png)
http://cinematic-literature.tumblr.com/post/134424334352/the-appearance-of-innocence-danny-and-alexs





(http://40.media.tumblr.com/cddb8eb46050bc4e5c45e24705006ff7/tumblr_ny0rwyxF0f1u3ikauo1_1280.jpg)

NOVEMBER 18, 2015 (5:46 PM)
india ink & watercolours on aquarelle paper
http://thegreatwhitesark.tumblr.com/image/133471579107
http://thegreatwhitesark.tumblr.com/

(http://56.media.tumblr.com/6c8f7872bd5065ed700e529ded065cf9/tumblr_nykz2qkO5K1qdb44wo5_1280.png)
http://kanaorange.tumblr.com/post/134195438343/danny-in-alexs-room






You know what I mean??

 :) ;)
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 13, 2016, 12:06:26 am
LONDONSPYFANARTMYNAMEISALEX
                                                     http://mynameisalexx.tumblr.com/
                                                     http://mynameisalexx.tumblr.com/post/133408112638







(http://57.media.tumblr.com/198de81d7d76fa11d7d2718640ade0ea/tumblr_nxyx4iFXSi1tm9xg8o1_500.gif)(http://57.media.tumblr.com/198de81d7d76fa11d7d2718640ade0ea/tumblr_nxyx4iFXSi1tm9xg8o1_500.gif)







(oops! nsfw!  ::) )


Well, you DID say--


risque is good  :)



 :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 13, 2016, 03:55:37 am
LONDONSPYFANART_SAM (18)_AND
                                                                                                                 LONDONSPYFANART_BREEANA (18)
(http://56.media.tumblr.com/05be0eedee57f3d639d6e646e554a52b/tumblr_nyjfu11KiK1sn5fn5o1_500.jpg)
(http://68.media.tumblr.com/05be0eedee57f3d639d6e646e554a52b/tumblr_nyjfu11KiK1sn5fn5o1_500.jpg)(http://40.media.tumblr.com/df71818943596a7305dc4b3720eff50f/tumblr_nmw3spTn0k1qgw8ozo2_400.jpg)
http://david--blowie.tumblr.com/post/134137985671/precious-flower-child-danny-holt     http://persephoneggsy.tumblr.com/post/116541664328/i-am-such-trash-for-edward-holcroft-its-not-even


Two great minds had the same idea--one with for Danny and a series of different floral crowns for Alex--

(http://56.media.tumblr.com/5e0faa2913cd96e1ca3033350b589c8c/tumblr_nmw3spTn0k1qgw8ozo3_500.jpg)(http://56.media.tumblr.com/eeebca4c96d584c0d07de527a2a46487/tumblr_nmw3spTn0k1qgw8ozo1_400.jpg)(http://40.media.tumblr.com/df71818943596a7305dc4b3720eff50f/tumblr_nmw3spTn0k1qgw8ozo2_400.jpg)(http://40.media.tumblr.com/f489087b93837862b367ad39a6feeee1/tumblr_nmw3spTn0k1qgw8ozo4_400.jpg)
http://persephoneggsy.tumblr.com/post/116541664328/i-am-such-trash-for-edward-holcroft-its-not-even
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: CellarDweller on March 13, 2016, 08:32:03 pm
:)
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 13, 2016, 11:10:27 pm
:)

 ::) :laugh: :-*
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on March 14, 2016, 09:01:34 pm
OK, actually, I think you can have Ben and Ed. Just let me at Tom Rob Smith. ...  ;D
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 14, 2016, 10:00:52 pm
OK, actually, I think you can have Ben and Ed. Just let me at Tom Rob Smith. ...  ;D

Well, you know, Jeff--
as the saying goes,
he ain't ugly!  ::) 8)
(http://www.welovethisbook.com/sites/default/files/uploads/legacy/Tom-rob-smith-colour-2.jpg)
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on March 14, 2016, 10:19:24 pm
Well, you know, Jeff--
as the saying goes,
he ain't ugly!  ::) 8)
(http://www.welovethisbook.com/sites/default/files/uploads/legacy/Tom-rob-smith-colour-2.jpg)

No, he ain't.  :)
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 15, 2016, 12:16:26 am
No, he ain't.  :)

Here's something you might like/be interested to watch, Jeff.


(https://i.ytimg.com/vi/KHw0dtk-1js/maxresdefault.jpg)




[youtube=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHw0dtk-1js[/youtube]
Sophia Whitfield in conversation with Tom Rob Smith, bestselling author of CHILD 44 and THE FARM.
Published on May 20, 2015



(http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/multimedia/archive/00520/TMM15MUMA_a_520193c.jpg)
Tom Rob Smith with his parents Ron and Barbro photographed by Jude Edginton in London
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 15, 2016, 01:49:57 am
LONDONSPYTOMROBSMITH  


(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j174/jmmgallagher/TOMROBSMITH%20TWITTER%203_zpsegvedfua.jpg)

https://twitter.com/tomrobsmith?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor


(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j174/jmmgallagher/TomRobSmithNov13_2015_1_zpsgivnqgjy.jpg)
(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j174/jmmgallagher/TomRobSmithNov13_2015_2_zpsm0m4wnjo.jpg)
This must have been
posted just a few days
after the first broadcast
of the first episode, which
was November 9--he
must have been so
proud and excited--
(https://mikecanex.files.wordpress.com/2015/12/londonspylogo.jpg)


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackfriars_Bridge


In Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009), Heath Ledger's character Tony is found hanging under the Blackfriars Bridge, described by Terry Gilliam as "an homage to Roberto Calvi".[8]

:o :'(
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 15, 2016, 11:15:35 am
More:


[youtube=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FntZhUYErkY[/youtube]
To celebrate the release of The Farm, novelist Tom Rob Smith dishes on everything from his love of
screenwriting to his first taste of literary rejection in Google Play's video series Five Questions

Published on Jul 29, 2014


Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 15, 2016, 05:06:22 pm
http://my.xfinity.com/blogs/tv/2016/01/28/tom-rob-smith-on-london-spys-appeal-as-both-mystery-gay-love-story/
(http://xfinity.comcast.net/blogs/tv/files/2016/01/GettyImages-504055098.jpg)
Tom Rob Smith (Ben Whishaw on screen) talking 'London Spy' January 8 2016 at the TCA Press Tour in Pasadena, CA.

(http://56.media.tumblr.com/69d6665cf9370a8e5b8714294c0713a7/tumblr_o0ob9rYzjN1tf4ghio2_250.jpg)    (http://56.media.tumblr.com/7a743151d235435899584c8504073f7a/tumblr_o0ob9rYzjN1tf4ghio1_250.jpg)    (http://56.media.tumblr.com/92833c7e2ed3f2cc1d09387152f8e293/tumblr_o0ob9rYzjN1tf4ghio3_250.jpg)

(http://56.media.tumblr.com/0df9eaea9c740be422249396be54234d/tumblr_o0ob9rYzjN1tf4ghio4_250.jpg)    (http://56.media.tumblr.com/5aa54c4d413396ce48da2b6b579c90c0/tumblr_o0ob9rYzjN1tf4ghio5_250.jpg)    (http://56.media.tumblr.com/9b858b1e6a984707024cef491b0a0aee/tumblr_o0ob9rYzjN1tf4ghio6_250.jpg)
Tom Rob Smith, creator, joined by Ben Whishaw (via satellite and projected on the screen) onstage during the London Spy
panel as part of the BBC America portion of This is Cable 2016 Television Critics Association Winter Tour at Langham Hotel
on January 8, 2016 in Pasadena, California.


http://whishawnews.tumblr.com/post/136931955216/tom-rob-smith-creator-joined-by-ben-whishaw-via






Great interview!  :) ;)




http://my.xfinity.com/blogs/tv/2016/01/28/tom-rob-smith-on-london-spys-appeal-as-both-mystery-gay-love-story/

TV Blog
Tom Rob Smith on London Spy’s Appeal
as Both Mystery and Gay Love Story


by Jim Halterman
January 28, 2016 at 9:39 AM
BBC America, LGBT



If you’re looking for both a great mystery and a love story, then you should be watching “London Spy,” which premiered last week on BBC America.

The story introduces Danny (Ben Whishaw), a party boy looking for stimulation who randomly meets and falls in love with Alex (Edward Holcroft). However, when Alex disappears and is presumed dead, Danny digs deep to find out that Alex is really Alistair and there’s a lot more to him than meets the eye.

The mystery continues this week as Danny seeks help from his friend Scottie (Jim Broadbent), who may know a thing or two about the spy world, which it appears Alex is a part of. Was the love between Danny and Alex real? Can he be found or is he gone forever? And why is Charlotte Rampling (as Alex’s mother) so damn good? OK, that last question is rhetorical.

At the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour earlier this month, I sat down with out series creator Tom Rob Smith to talk about casting, creating the story at the heart of “London Spy,” and why a mainstream, straight audience loves this show (and should) as much as a gay audience.




What are the origins of the project? I feel like it’s a disservice calling this a gay series. It’s so much more!

Tom Rob Smith: It’s interesting trying to pick into that question because I’ve written various stories, and this is the first story that has a gay protagonist. There was a real case in England about a spy who was murdered in Pimlico and they found his body in a bag, and it was curious because as soon as I heard that it felt like a murder, and then suddenly I got all this information that he was into escapology and he was into, like, dressing up in women’s clothes and I was like, “What is this about?”

Actually, we don’t know whether that guy was gay or not. We don’t know anything about his personal life at all. But I thought, what if you did a story where someone falls in love and they’re absolutely convinced that this is the love story of their life, and then suddenly they die and you’re told a completely different story about them. You’re like, “That’s not the story of our love story,” and it struck me that it had to have two men because if it was a man and a woman you wouldn’t have been able to attack that love story with the same prejudices and stereotypes.




It was actually beautiful that you find out it’s also Alex’s love story. For him, it wasn’t just a dalliance, it wasn’t just something fun. He’s never had this kind of love, either.

TRS: Their love story is about two people who are broken in very different ways, coming together. I never saw it as, “Oh, that’s just a gay, inverted kind of story that’s only going to appeal to a gay audience.” I just thought it’s a really interesting love story and the truth is gay people have been watching straight love stories forever and engaging with them, and it struck me it’s actually condescending to a straight audience to think that they couldn’t do the same with a love story between two men.

When we launched on BBC Two, we got an audience of 3.3 million. We got up to 4 million with iPlayer. We were not a niche. We found this big audience, we got a huge response on Twitter, we trended number-one every week. The world has changed, and I think it was fun to feel like the show was one part of that change.




What do you think drew in a mainstream audience: the mystery, or are we at a time where a love story can be a love story, no matter who’s involved? What do you think?

TRS: I think people love a mystery, and that was the reason I knew it was mainstream. I think had it been a story [about] two men, following their relationship, then I think it becomes intrinsically a smaller proposition, not actually because of two men. If you do that just with a straight couple and it’s just this very intense sort of personal, smaller story…it’s not about that, but this was a genre. We had a big murder mystery element. What happened to this person? It was this big genre-thriller drive, and I was like, there’s no reason why this can’t connect to a large audience.



There are so many interesting elements, for example, the older man-younger man relationship. It wasn’t romantic and you weren’t trying to make an issue out of it, but it is still a compelling part of the story.

TRS: You’re right, the issues that are touched on come from the story, and the story is if you’re going to destroy this person’s love story, you’re going to attack it from any angle. So, you’re dealing with lots of difficult stuff, but you’re not dealing with it as the sort of central “we’re now going to talk about this issue,” and then “let’s talk about this one.”

I love Jim and Ben’s characters. Their relationship in truth is complicated and muddled and full of ambiguity, and there’s a real emotional connection there. They are very much in love with each other without it being…it’s almost like a love story with this huge gap. Had they been of the same generation, they would’ve been perfect for each other, but they’re not and so they’re sort of close but distant.




Walk me through how casting came together. Was Ben first or…?

TRS: Ben was first. It was very early. I mean it was this sense of, in writing the script, we needed someone who is as good as Ben because the whole show depends upon that performance, and there were some scenes…I knew it could work, but only if we had no trickery. We’re not going to cut to something. It’s purely on a face, and this face has to tell a story which will hold us.  At that point I thought we just should send it to Ben and find out if he wants to do it because I need to know. He came aboard at that point, and he became involved in the entire genesis of the project, really.



You really feel that passion and that longing that Danny and Alex have for each other. How hard was it to find your Alex?

TRS: It was hard, actually. A, it’s hard to write love. You dance around it for a long time, but you know that these things are tricky. Ed [Holcroft] came in and we did a scene on his own and I was like, “He’s a really interesting actor.” He was so relaxed with the role. I mean, lots of people came in and played the genius, and he came in and played the love story, because the truth is if you’re a genius you don’t act genius-y all the time. You don’t walk around solving equations. We’re telling a love story. The fact that you’re a genius is a fact, but it’s not going to define everything.

He came in and he really did that and then when we put him together with Ben, there was just this moment where they’re together on the beach and I was watching it, thinking, “Are these two actually going to kiss?” It’s the moment where they almost kiss on the beach, and then they don’t quite, and you’re kind of watching it and sort of thinking, “Are they going to do it, are they going to do it?” And it was tense watching them.




And you want them to.

TRS: You’re desperate for them to. That was how that came out, and then they actually did really get on as a pair…it just sparked. When someone is as good looking as [Ed] and he is very attractive, you had to then think, “How is he a virgin and it not be ridiculous?” And you believed it. You thought, “You’re very handsome, but you’re emitting this energy that is not pulling people in.” What is so wonderful about the love story is that Ben sort of sees through it and says, “I can see you’re jagged and broken and that doesn’t worry me, and I can see that part of your pushing away is because you’re scared of admitting all that."



Is it safe to say you’re a romantic?

TRS: I think I am. A battered romantic. All writers should be, you know.




“London Spy” airs Thursdays at 10 pm on BBC America. If you’d like to hear audio portions of this interview, listen to the Hollywood QCast, hosted by Jim Halterman & AfterEllen’s Trish Bendix.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/hollywood-qcast/id1033614867?mt=2

Tom Rob Smith London Spy 1/21/2016 Free View In iTunes

Got a comment for the LGBT site? Tweet @JimHalterman or his Facebook page with your question.
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on March 15, 2016, 06:27:21 pm
Thank you, John!  :D  :-*
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 15, 2016, 07:28:21 pm
Thank you, John!  :D  :-*


You're welcome, Jeff!   :)

Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 15, 2016, 07:43:50 pm
http://my.xfinity.com/blogs/tv/2016/01/28/tom-rob-smith-on-london-spys-appeal-as-both-mystery-gay-love-story/



You really feel that passion and that longing that Danny and Alex have for each other--

TRS: [Ed Holcroft] came in (....) then when we put him together with Ben (....) and I was watching it, thinking, “Are these two actually going to kiss?” (....) and you’re kind of watching it and sort of thinking, “Are they going to do it, are they going to do it?” And it was tense watching them.



And you want them to.

TRS: You’re desperate for them to. That was how that came out, and then they actually did really get on as a pair…it just sparked. When someone is as good looking as [Ed] and he is very attractive, you had to then think, “How is he a virgin and it not be ridiculous?” And you believed it. You thought, “You’re very handsome, but you’re emitting this energy that is not pulling people in.” What is so wonderful about the love story is that Ben sort of sees through it and says, “I can see you’re jagged and broken and that doesn’t worry me, and I can see that part of your pushing away is because you’re scared of admitting all that."



I finally managed to listen
and properly retranscribe
that crucial piece of dialogue--
Whew!!   :P :o ::) :-*

(It's also fixed earlier
in this same thread,
Page 6, Episode 1,
Lullaby.)



(Back in London, outside Danny's flat in Vauxhall,
same evening after their wonderful day in Kent.)




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DANNY: I'd like you to come up--if you want, obviously.
And if you don't want, that's cool--



(Suddenly they are speaking at the same time with crossed signals,
talking over each other; Alex is nervous and hesitant, Danny is frustrated.)



DANNY: I didn't mean to say cool--
ALEX: I want to--


(They pause--there is a gulf.)


DANNY: You want to--


(Alex is smiling, but nervously shaking his head--he is losing his nerve. There is a pause.)


DANNY: But--


(Awkward beat.)


ALEX: It's a little fast.


DANNY: Well, maybe next time.
(Frustrated and a bit annoyed, Danny starts to hug Alex goodbye,
but Alex awkwardly reaches out to formally shake hands.
Now really annoyed, Danny says--)

You've gotta stop shakin' my hand.



ALEX: I'm sorry. I'm sorry.
(Alex feels utterly mortified and out of his depth.
Suddenly everything has gone completely wrong.)



DANNY: Ok.



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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: CellarDweller on March 16, 2016, 09:58:34 am
romance is a good thing.
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 16, 2016, 05:47:48 pm
romance is a good thing.


Sigh! Yes, it is.
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No one will do this for you   Trust in hope   Cross fingers for love.

17 NOVEMBER 2015

#LONDON SPY #LONDONSPYEDIT #BEN WHISHAW #EDWARD HOLCROFT 
#* MADE BY ME #TELLY: LONDON SPY #PEOPLE: BEN WHISHAW #PEOPLE: EDWARD HOLCROFT
#I JUST WANT ALL THE DOMESTIC FLASHBACKS ALL THE TIIIIIIIIMMMMEEEE


http://aviateurs.tumblr.com/post/133424556198/no-one-will-do-this-for-you-trust-in-hope-cross
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 16, 2016, 06:09:07 pm
LONDONSPYFANART_ESEOI_ILOVETHISSHOW

HA!
Scottie looks like
Mikhail Gorbachev,
Frances looks like
Raisa Gorbacheva
and she's smiling--!
(I LOVE LondonSpyArtists!)
(http://56.media.tumblr.com/c1b3eaee542415b0400e8422ca2e41b1/tumblr_ny14yoxrAE1u8upk0o1_1280.jpg)

speak korean english french but not really good at any language : D...
love art drama movie/multifandom /twitter->@eseoi /


http://haeyang0.tumblr.com/post/133486145919/i-love-this-show
http://haeyang0.tumblr.com/


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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 16, 2016, 07:07:19 pm
There is a brief stand-off between Ben Whishaw’s character and Charlotte Rampling’s mysterious character that discusses sexual intricacies while outing a lie that might be the most honest and fantastic five minutes you’ll see on screen all season.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/london-spy-tv-review-857785

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"My son wasn't gay.
Before you hold some sort of parade through the house, hear me out.
(....)
Alistair was as precocious sexually as he was intellectually. To him, they were one and the same.
Sex was just another form of decryption.
(....)
I'm not surprised he used a different name. He was playing a part.
The part of a conventional lover."



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Ok, Frances isn't smiling now--
16 NOVEMBER 2015

#LONDON SPY #LONDONSPYEDIT #BEN WHISHAW #CHARLOTTE RAMPLING
#* MADE BY ME #TELLY: LONDON SPY #PEOPLE: BEN WHISHAW
#BEN  IS GONNA WIN A BAFTA FOR HASSLING AN EVIL OLD WOMAN ABOUT HOW WELL HE FUCKED HER SON LMAO

http://aviateurs.tumblr.com/post/133370619568/alistair-was-as-precocious-sexually-as-he-was



By the way, as Danny headed for the Library door, he said:
"When he told me you were dead, he wasn't lying, was he?"

BOOM.
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 16, 2016, 07:33:19 pm
Danny alone--
(http://40.media.tumblr.com/f3212d8e1269caecb19cbd057f0facc4/tumblr_inline_nzq4yyQc4T1qz93wk_500.jpg)


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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 16, 2016, 07:45:55 pm
LONDONSPYFANART惑星WAKUSEI


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MARCH 14 2016

Works were drawn by 惑星 (Wakusei).
Thank you for your favorite and reblog.


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http://saigodo.tumblr.com/post/141036623786
http://saigodo.tumblr.com/archive
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 17, 2016, 12:57:24 am
LONDONSPYTOMROBSMITH  


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https://twitter.com/tomrobsmith?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor


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Yeah, yeah. We know!

  ::) :-* :laugh:

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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 17, 2016, 02:07:31 am
TOMROBSMITH<[email protected]!  


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https://twitter.com/tomrobsmith?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor




[email protected]!
http://j000000.tumblr.com (http://j000000.tumblr.com)


Guys guys listen up!! I just asked Mr. TRS on twitter about
may I send one copy of the fanbook I’m making to him,
he just give me he’s agent’s address!
(which wasn’t show on his website). And complete  script
of London Spy!!! Can’t wait for it!!!

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I’m still inking last 20 pages now, can’t wait to finish it and send it to him!!!
Wish me luck!!!

Tags: london spy omgomg i'm so excited!!!


Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 17, 2016, 02:32:14 am
LONDONSPYFANARTJO
http://j000000.tumblr.com (http://j000000.tumblr.com)

Well, I've finally
done it--I contacted
Jo the artist and
ordered 3 copies of
the new fan book--
see below!

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http://j000000.tumblr.com/post/140853823296/my-london-spy-mini-fanbook-is-available-now


Hi Jo, I love your work. I am attempting to buy three copies
of your newly released Spy Book (Danny and Alex) but
unfortunately the (Paypal?) page is NOT translated into English--
I'm unable to read the written instructions on the buttons,
so I don't know how to send you $. Thanks very much!  
(are you aware that Tom Rob Smith has said via twitter
he wants to publish the best Fan Art with the London Spy
scripts in his new book? Contact him, he loves your stuff!) JG

Hello! Thanks for telling me the good news, I’ve twit him some of
my fan arts, hope he’ll pick some of them for his scripts :D

About the paypal page, do you mean the information page?
There’s a “change language” button on top of the page, click
the little USA flag and the page will be in English.

Hope this answers your question, thanks for asking!
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: CellarDweller on March 17, 2016, 08:42:41 am
Where can I see this show?
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 17, 2016, 09:28:17 am
Where can I see this show?

By at least two ways, Chuck--

Amazon Video (Streaming) NOW (which you own and keep forever, I think):
(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j174/jmmgallagher/LondonSpyAmazonStreaming2_zpsbb4t6bvh.jpg)



or buying the 2-disc DVD (which will be released next month, April 12, also on Amazon):(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j174/jmmgallagher/LondonSpyAmazonDVD_zpsb2laudvs.jpg)


at least a 3rd option is if you subscribe to BBC America--problem with that, in literally only a few days from now, the 5 episodes will no longer be available (the series has been available on BBC America since/about January 21)

Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 17, 2016, 11:10:38 am
LONDONSPYFANFIC

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Walking
By onlybluecould
Published: 12-29-2015

http://archiveofourown.org/works/5569330
http://archiveofourown.org/users/onlybluecould/pseuds/onlybluecould
http://onlybluecould.tumblr.com/



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Danny found the book tucked away in a little nook in a bookshop he stumbled across during one of his many walks after Alex’s disappearance and Scottie’s death. He walked for miles all around the city, trying to see every street, every house, corner, garden, park, shop – he wanted to see the entire city, walk to everything. If he was walking, it felt like he was going somewhere, like there was an end and beginning he was approaching.

Danny had done everything he could. What else was there to be done? He was one man now. One man with grief bloating inside of him, ready to split his skin at any moment. One man with manic grief brimming from his eyes, his hands constantly in fists to try and concentrate the energy, to prevent the grief from using his body to break walls or chairs, from breaking his own body.

The cover catches his eye. Blue. A deep blue. A block of white in the upper-middle of the book. The words on the cover are small. He remembers Scottie’s story about a deceased partner.





… blue was described as having healing properties …
blue alone could save him …

He wouldn't accept the fresh fruit and vegetables
because they weren’t blue …




Danny touched the cover of the book with his fingertips, afraid to the open it. What good would it do? It did nothing for Scottie’s partner. It did nothing for Scottie. No sense in getting caught up in another useless amulet. Blue. What would blue do?

He walked away, tried to look at the fiction, but Danny had been having trouble reading lately. He couldn’t do it. He also couldn’t write. What would any of it do? What was there to be done?

The attractive covers of the books irritated him, the blatant marketing. The blocks of color, stark lines, images popped from the covers – it felt like he was being forced to stare into the sun.

Danny found himself wandering back to the book, wishing to be subsumed by the cover. It was like an ocean, like the sky, like some celestial heaven he and Alex had been barred from, and was now getting a glimpse through this book. Maybe he could meet Alex here. Ridiculous, even for me.

Danny opens up to the fourth page – he never reads the first sentence, he wants to read the fifth, sixth, seventh sentence, he wants to dive right in – and reads, ‘I don’t want to yearn for blue things, and God forbid for any “blueness.” Above all, I want to stop missing you.'

He chokes back a sob, immediately walks to the register with the book, frantically pulling out his wallet.

‘Would you like a bag?’ The teller asks, eyeing Danny, seeing the beginnings of tears.

‘No,’ he manages to croak, and hands over 20 quid. ‘Cheers.’

Danny needs to be alone. To find some corner, make himself as small as possible, as alone as possible. Above all…

He’d been struggling. Try to forget everything? Keep walking like he’d actually one day run into Alex? Bump into him as he rounds a corner? Embrace him again? Kiss him again? He didn’t want to forget the way Alex made him feel, he didn’t want to stop feeling that way. Danny was bursting with grief and love. The two were getting more and more muddled as time passed, as he walked more and more. Nothing healed him. This fucking book wouldn't heal him. It would witness his grief, it would reflect what he wanted it to, it would reflect what he didn’t want it to. What else was there to do?

Finally, Danny settled on a crate in an alley. He held the book like it was the most precious thing in the world. Maybe I can give this to Alex. I saw this, and this was the only thing keeping me alive until we met again. But he was getting ahead of himself, trying to write a narrative where there wasn’t one.

He opened to another page in the middle of the book: ‘It does not really bother me that half the adults in the Western world also love blue, or that every dozen years or so someone feels compelled to write a book about it. I feel confident enough of the specificity and strength of my relation to it to share. Besides, it must be admitted that if blue is anything on this earth, it is abundant.’

This time, Danny allowed himself to sob. Tears were falling on the pages. Every time he wiped his eyes, fresh tears fell, abundant as blue. Abundant as the possibilities he had felt when he would wake up next to Alex, when Alex would make him tea, when Alex would rest his head on Danny’s back, sighing with relief or pleasure, when Alex would grin at some crap joke Danny told. And still, these things were abundant, blue was abundant. That’s what hurt. Danny saw these possibilities everywhere he went. He felt them in his body, in his memory, in his fantasies. What did these possibilities do? What is the function of this abundance?

Danny turns to the last page. For now, he cannot stomach the middle. This walking, this manic grief like air and stone. The book has an end. It has a last sentence: ‘When I was alive, I aimed to be a student not of longing but of light.’

There will be more tears, more walks, more grief festering and blooming, more blue like truth, blue like beauty, blue like light.




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[youtube=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeoY5iHnIbI[/youtube]
The Moons - Jennifer (Sits Alone) Official Video HD
Published on Sep 12, 2012
www.themoons.co.uk

Location - Skoob Books in Russell Square, London.
Voted best bookshop in London by Timeout 2010.

(http://www.skoob.com/blog/images/David%20Cameron%20web%203.jpg)





Notes:
The book Danny finds is Bluets by Maggie Nelson. It is a book of poetry, in which Nelson talks about her love and obsession with the color blue, but it also so much more. The motif of blue in the series is very important to me, and I think very important to the series. Once I watched the fourth episode, I knew I wanted to discuss the series in terms of Nelson's book. This is the first time I've ever tried something like this (and I mean I am pretty new to writing fic). I really would love to know your thoughts. Thank you for sticking with it, and for reading my fics. I really appreciate it :)

Also, I imagined Danny in Skoob Books. It seems like a bookstore that would suit him.

This fic is also posted on my tumblr: http://onlybluecould.tumblr.com/post/136163113746/walking-a-london-spy-fic

I haven't tagged this as a Danny Holt/Alex Turner relationship because I am very much against the 'Alistair 'Alex' Turner' tag. Alex chose the name Alex. He hated the name Alistair. The least we can do is honor those wishes. This may reduce the hits I get on this fic, but so be it.
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 17, 2016, 09:34:16 pm
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/17/t-magazine/entertainment/ben-whishaw-crucible-broadway.html

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ENTERTAINMENT
Ben Whishaw
on His Surprisingly Modern ‘Crucible’ Role
By ADRIENNE GAFFNEY
MARCH 17, 2016


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Given that Ben Whishaw first garnered rave reviews as Hamlet at London’s Old Vic a full 12 years ago, it’s surprising to learn that this month marks the 35-year-old actor’s first time gracing a Broadway stage. For admirers of Whishaw’s work in cult favorites like “Bright Star,” BBC’s “The Hour” and the recent series “London Spy,” the wait was worth it: His role as John Proctor in “The Crucible” puts Whishaw’s distinctive British imprint on Arthur Miller’s iconic American role.

If the venue is a new one, the role, at least, is familiar to Whishaw: He played Proctor, a farmer whose affair with a local woman incites the Salem witch trials, in a school production as a teenager in England. “It was interesting to read it when I was 35 again and to discover many layers of things that I hadn’t understood as a teenager,” he says. “It just feels much more complicated now. Much more ambiguous, much more painful than I had understood then. When I was young, the witch-hunt element of it is very exciting and, somehow, for a school kid, accessible. You understand that kind of mentality and the forcing of conformity on people. But there was lots, well, practically everything else, that I didn’t understand.”

After putting the text to rest after his school years, Whishaw thought little of it. “Maybe I had a feeling a little bit like it was very American and slightly inaccessible,” he says. This production, which has a heavily European cast that includes the British Sophie Okonedo as well as Saoirse Ronan and Ciarán Hinds, both from Ireland, addresses this concern uniquely. Its director, Ivo van Hove, focuses on the universal themes of intolerance and rumor in Miller’s play, removing it from its New England setting and conveying no clues to its time or setting through costume or scenery. “We could, in this production, be anywhere,” Whishaw says. “Sophie Okenedo and myself were doing American accents for the whole of the rehearsal period, and then two previews in, Ivo asked us just to do it in our own voices — and that’s really changed things.” (Van Hove achieved a similar effect with his stark revival of Miller’s “A View From the Bridge” on Broadway last fall.)

For Whishaw, this production’s more universal feel makes its parallels to modern life even more striking. ”The fact that we’re in an election at the moment here seems to speak to the play, or the play seems to speak to that situation,” he says. “One of the things that’s very frightening in the play is how something very small, apparently very small, petty, inconsequential can assume an importance for a community — to the point that it’s completely blown out of all proportion and hysteria takes over.”

“The Crucible” plays March 31 – July 17 at Walter Kerr Theatre, 219 W. 48th St., New York, thecrucibleonbroadway.com (http://thecrucibleonbroadway.com).

Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 17, 2016, 10:27:33 pm
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/17/t-magazine/entertainment/ben-whishaw-crucible-broadway.html

Its director, Ivo van Hove, focuses on the universal themes of intolerance and rumor in Miller’s play, removing it from its New England setting and conveying no clues to its time or setting through costume or scenery. “We could, in this production, be anywhere,” Whishaw says. “Sophie Okenedo and myself were doing American accents for the whole of the rehearsal period, and then two previews in, Ivo asked us just to do it in our own voices — and that’s really changed things.” (Van Hove achieved a similar effect with his stark revival of Miller’s “A View From the Bridge” on Broadway last fall.)



Sigh. I saw the very first preview on Tuesday, March 1, and then just less than a week later, Monday 7.


"--and then two previews in, Ivo asked us just to do it in our own voices — and that’s really changed things.”


It certainly did. What a shame. The first night was powerful. The second time--the production, as a whole, was a disappointment. Something I blame entirely on the director--he had made something heartbreaking, and he made it--kind of pedestrian. Even--weak. (I'm pointing at the director, thinking "Goddamn mule!")

I have lots more to say about it--and Whishaw's performances--but it will take some brain processing before I can post it. More than a week later, and I'm not yet up for it. I'm even thinking of going and see it for a third time. But. I will say that, on the second visit, at the very last scene, Whishaw was electrifying. More than electrifying. At one moment, I thought the actor Ciarán Hinds (and NOT his character, Deputy Governor Danforth) looked frightened for his friend Ben Whishaw, not his condemned prisoner, John Proctor.

Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on March 17, 2016, 11:08:42 pm
I like Ben with a beard. I think it gives him a more mature look.
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 17, 2016, 11:15:26 pm
I like Ben with a beard. I think it gives him a more mature look.


Oh, I definitely agree. But remember my own critique review of the production, from the first night of previews (March 1)--and now sigh deeply for the loss of Ben Whishaw/John Proctor's American accent.


 :( :'(



The Crucible on Broadway. First night of previews. Modern dress. (Well, not Puritan drag shown in the poster, that's for sure.) All members of the mixed cast (Brits/Irish/Americans) all use 'American' accents credibly well. There are issues--bit choppy beginning, and Philip Glass score a bit intrusive.

But--Ben as farmer John Proctor was amazing. When he first walked on--woah. Sexy as hell. No 'bedraggled fragile alien' vibe at all. Small, yes, but contained, compact, lithe, powerful. Lowering, bushy brows. Hot boots. Manly. The American accent was a revelation. It changes his voice--a young, clear tone that travels through the entire theater, cuts through the clutter of the Philip Glass murmuring and the much less distinctive voices of some of the other actors. Towards the end, when he is stripped and barefoot, nearly broken, torn and bloodied, the old Whishaw fragility has definitely reemerged, but as always, he is brave and truthful and believable.



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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 17, 2016, 11:36:16 pm
Meanwhile--


MARCH 1 2016

http://kanaorange.tumblr.com/tagged/Ben-Whishaw
http://simonwolfgard.tumblr.com/post/140176951452/saoirse-ronan-and-ben-whishaw-in-rehearsals-for


simonwolfgard:

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Saoirse Ronan and Ben Whishaw in rehearsals for The Crucible on Broadway


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#mine  #two more days people  
#woohooooo i roped my friend into coming lololol  
#and i hope she knows we'll try to stagedoor it even though i imagine the actors won't be up for it  
#500 notes  #1000 notes  #2000 notes  #3000 notes  


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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 18, 2016, 12:17:17 am
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simonwolfgard:

Ben Whishaw and Saoirse Ronan during curtain call, first preview night of The Crucible on Broadway





• i’ll catch you one day you frail waif
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Notes from The Crucible on Broadway first preview night


• big jail-like set
• non-time-specific wardrobe
• beardy Whishaw
• ten feet away from me
• life complete; may now ascend to next dimension
• plenty of people with non-American accents giving it a good attempt
• simmering energy between Ben and Saoirse
• quite a bit of Ben overpowering people to walls or the ground actually
• and unnerving school girl witchery
• everyone’s a witch
• i’m telling you
• you’re a witch
• a communist witch
• think you’re not? bam proof that you’re the devil
• damning poppets
• Sophie Okonedo killing it
• the king beyond the wall was there, he’ll tell you
• plenty of lil’ Proctor kisses with the missus
• Ben wiping away a runny nose that kind of kept on running through act two
• a giant light fell lots of sparky sparks as everything was being devil possessed
• Ben SANG
• musical words
• out his beardy mouth
• much of cast left through stage door, but Saoirse was hurriedly ushered away
• and Ben snuck away through some other exit smh
• i’ll catch you one day you frail waif
• so all in all three hours well spent

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#the crucible  #broadway  #sorry to spam these tags  
#just in case people want to know about the show  
#about me  #theatre  


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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 18, 2016, 12:30:37 am
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Walked by the Walter Kerr today and lo! The Crucible posters are up, and
they were in the middle of loading in stage equipment! How terribly exciting!

POSTED 1 MONTH AGO WITH 165 NOTES
# BEN WHISHAW # SAOIRSE RONAN # SOPHIE OKONEDO # CIARÁN HINDS
# THE CRUCIBLE # AND PHILIP GLASS HOLY HECK


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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: CellarDweller on March 18, 2016, 09:07:32 am
thanks for the info, John!
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 18, 2016, 03:31:46 pm
thanks for the info, John!


You're welcome, Chuck!  :) ;)
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 18, 2016, 04:15:39 pm
http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/mar/13/ben-whishaw-soulful-brit-who-charmed-new-york-the-crucible

Ben Whishaw
The Observer
Ben Whishaw
leads the soulful shift in what it means to be a leading man
Broadway audiences are flocking to a new take
on Arthur Miller’s Crucible hero. Does emotional
range now play a bigger role than classic looks?

By Edward Helmore in New York
Saturday 12 March 2016 19.05 EST


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Ben Whishaw signs autographs at the London premiere of Spectre last October. Photograph: Jonny Birch/REX/Shutterstock



The buzz outside the Walter Kerr theatre was palpable. The reason: a new production of Arthur Miller’s beloved witch trial drama The Crucible, directed by Ivo van Hove – fresh from David Bowie’s Lazarus – scored by Philip Glass, and starring Saoirse Ronan alongside exciting new British import Ben Whishaw, as doomed farmer John Proctor.

Not just another night on Broadway but casting that seems to point in a new direction for a role that’s traditionally played by actors with a heavier, more overtly masculine presence. Whishaw, theatregoers said, represents an exciting change in the description of the leading man.

“He’s exciting – part of an emerging ideal for male leads – androgynous, malleable, sensitive,” offered New York audience member Chris Hoppus. “He’s nothing like the classic male leads, the Cary Grants or George Clooneys. It’s a new thing – people want to see emotional range from leading men.”

Whishaw’s arrival in Manhattan has been loudly proclaimed. A lengthy story in the New York Times announced him as “one of the most celebrated stage actors of his generation”, adding that “his calling card is a soulful fragility, all faun-like bearing and saucer eyes, with a teenager’s unruly mop mane”.

Well-known to British audiences, Whishaw remains relatively unknown in the US. His civil partner is Mark Bradshaw, an Australian composer, but it is his acting style more than his sexual identity that marks a change. Along with actors such as Eddie Redmayne and Ansel Elgort, Whishaw represents a new dimension of leading men who are finding their place just as Hollywood is attempting to challenge the cliches of typecasting.

The recent controversy over the lack of racial diversity in Hollywood films is only one aspect of the changes taking place across film and theatre. One of those is to do with leading men, say casting directors, and what audiences want to see in them.

For Whishaw to play Proctor, said theatregoer Terrence Anderson, was a casting choice that runs against type. “The part is usually portrayed by a sturdy, solid man. Liam Neeson was in the previous adaptation, Daniel Day Lewis in the film. Ben Whishaw could not be more opposite.”

The emergence of actors like Whishaw, who played the lovelorn John Keats in Jane Campion’s Bright Star, Sebastian Flyte in the 2008 adaptation of Brideshead Revisited, and appeared in the BBC series London Spy, poses a dilemma for film-makers.



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Ben Whishaw as Q in Skyfall. Photograph: Sony Pictures/Allstar



With recent discussion about who might play the post-Daniel Craig James Bond focusing on the required components of masculinity, sexual orientation and ethnicity, Whishaw has already blown through the long-running franchise, playing Q in the last two movies, Skyfall and Spectre. “He’s utterly charming and vulnerable, yet he’s the smart one who will figure everything out,” says Hoppus. “James Bond definitely stepped up his global profile.”

While the sensitive leading man is not unique in Hollywood – Gregory Peck, Henry Fonda and James Stewart come to mind – casting directors say they are being asked to present more choices to directors and producers.

“Times have changed. We’re no longer just looking for the typical handsome leading man,” says New York agent Liz Lewis. “People want more character and life behind the eyes, and not just a pretty face without a lot of depth.” But that’s just one aspect of the changes. At the other extreme, says Lewis, are ultra-males like Chris Hemsworth and Chris Pratt who find their parts in comic book action films. “The male hunk is still the male hunk, but instead of looking for pretty faces we’re looking for range and depth. People are open to much more diversity and they want something new and different.”

The diversity crisis at the Academy Awards last month has acted as a wake-up call for the industry, Lewis says. Over the past month, a slew of diverse stories and what are now called “colour-blind castings” have increased, among them the young Barack Obama movie, Barry, and Disney’s immigrant story Dr Q. Kathryn Bigelow is set to make a film set during the 1967 Detroit riots; Fox Studios is making Hidden Figures, a film about the female African American mathematicians who helped Nasa launch its first space missions.

In other instances, non-white actors have been cast in roles written for white actors, among them Idris Elba, who is set to star in the romantic drama The Mountain Between Us that once looked to be going to Charlie Hunnam. Puerto Rican actor Lin-Manuel Miranda will play the Dick Van Dyke role in a sequel to Mary Poppins, while black actor Michael B Jordan will take the lead role in MGM’s remake of The Thomas Crown Affair, previously played by Steve McQueen and Pierce Brosnan.

Casting directors say they are expecting a huge shift in the range of actors they are being asked to present to directors and producers. “The Oscars controversy was a wake-up call to examine our role in expanding opportunities,” Star Wars director JJ Abrams told the Hollywood Reporter last week. “It’s good for audiences, and it’s good for the bottom line.”

The shift is not merely to do with colour or questions of masculinity. Gender, too, is up for grabs. Casting directors point to the astonishing casting of comedian Louie Anderson as a midwestern housewife in the television comedy Baskets.

“Three years ago the Casting Society of America had a meeting about what we could do to make casting more diverse,” recalls New York casting director Allison Twardziak. “We talked about casting people with physical disabilities, and different body types, age. So we’ve been looking at what can we do and trying to come up with other ideas.”

At the same time, it has been widely noted, the push for diversity could be leaving American actors out in the cold. In a widely circulated article in The Atlantic last year, The Decline of the American Actor, Terrence Rafferty asked if it was time for US actors to take a hard look in the mirror because they are routinely losing out to British and other non-American actors. Michael Douglas, Rafferty noted, had described “a little crisis going on among our young actors”.

“There’s no such thing as an American male lead actor,” said one theatregoer. “Even the ones who you think are American are probably Canadian.”

In its profile of Whishaw, the New York Times noted how, as an actor, he rejects the idea of type and has a “slippery way of inhabiting heroes and antiheroes alike, of seducing women and men on screen and on stage with equal ease”.

At The Crucible performance, audience members said they were struck by how questions of sexuality are now almost unremarkable.

“Things have changed so much in the last five or 10 years,” said Hoppus’s partner, Craig Stekeur. “It’s gone from being freakish and career-killing to something people don’t even bat an eye about. Now, it’s oh, OK. That’s great …”

Of course, acting on Broadway in New York is different from Hollywood. Given the recent controversy over the possible casting of a black Bond, a gay Bond is hardly likely either. But what about a bisexual or sensitive Bond? Twelve years ago, Rupert Everett was asked if he’d play Bond. “It won’t happen because Bond fans would burn down MGM if the studios got a gay actor to play James Bond. There was never going to be an alternative gay Bond either.” Possibly it’s still too soon, but the casting of Whishaw as the all-American John Proctor is a significant advance. “He’s beautiful and he seems very sensitive,” said Anderson. “There’s a new male lead and it’s a reflection of the times.”


Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 18, 2016, 07:04:44 pm
Tomorrow
at Symphony Space in NYC:
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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 18, 2016, 07:27:31 pm
Ed Holcroft in Nirvana!
(Sweet Doofus Dep't)
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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 18, 2016, 11:13:01 pm
LONDONSPYFANARTHOLCROFTED


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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 18, 2016, 11:31:02 pm
Eeek! Scary Mirror-
Alternate Universe
with Mr Spock and
Alex/Ed Holcroft!


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The worlds of fashion and art collided last night at a party at the Chiltern Firehouse to celebrate the launch of the new Bazaar Art supplement
in partnership with Bentley. Click through to discover who joined us for an elegant evening of champagne, cocktails and crab-stuffed doughnuts...
Oct 14, 2015

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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 19, 2016, 12:31:57 am
LONDONSPYFANFIC



But that day, as if Danny had some kind of sixth sense, he asks--


I Understand
By onlybluecould
Published: 12-17-2015

http://archiveofourown.org/works/5444378
http://archiveofourown.org/users/onlybluecould/pseuds/onlybluecould
http://onlybluecould.tumblr.com/



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Summary:
But Danny understood, he said so himself.
Despite being two steps ahead, Danny would always wait for Alex to catch up.



The first time Danny says it, Alex smiles. After saying exactly what people are not supposed to say, instead of politely chuckling or something, Alex tenses up.

‘It’s not that you won’t.’

Danny simply says, ‘I understand.’

Alex, still clumsy in his speech, tries to save face, ‘I’m sure you will.’

But Danny insists, ‘I understand.’

And Alex believes him. Danny does seem to understand. He has been incredibly patient with Alex. Shaking hands at the end of their first date, seeming nonplussed when Alex simply showed up at his apartment, going on this country walk despite Danny exuding not only the dark alleys of London, but also the energy of the crowds of London, happily shopping, walking for miles around London, going out for drinks at a pub – Danny seemed to contain everything inside of him, and it radiated from him. Alex gambled on this calculation, hoping the maths would add up. Danny understands. 1 + 1 = 2. The maths add up.

So Alex smiles. He looks away, because he must, not sure that he can handle looking at Danny’s face and fully accept Danny’s understanding. When was the last time that happened? It’s like staring into the sun, so Alex allows himself to look away but smile. Will Danny also understand this?




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---------------



The second time, Alex cries. It’s his birthday, and he and Danny have been together for almost three weeks. Alex hasn’t celebrated his birthday since he left for university. At uni, there was no one to tell, and only work to be done. Celebrations at home weren’t much. Alex would get new textbooks, new maths problems, puzzles, logic problems, which he was always happy to do, if it meant he could be alone for a little while before Frances pounced and checked and re-checked every solution. Furthermore, there was no capacity for error at uni, so why let something like a birthday be a distraction? Why let a birthday with friends be a distraction? It’s best to get the work done.

Alex doesn’t want to tell Danny. Danny will ask what he wants to do, what he’s done in the past, which birthday was his favorite, and when Alex answers in the negative to all of Danny’s questions, Danny will mourn for him. Alex doesn’t want to burden Danny like that, doesn’t want him to try and correct everything, because being with Danny disconnects him from that life, and he’d just rather try his best not to think about it at all.

But that day, as if Danny had some kind of sixth sense, he asks, ‘You know, when’s your birthday? It’s been how long and we don’t even know each other’s birthdays. Mine’s the 10th of April.’ Alex can hear Danny smile as he says the date – he’s excited to eventually share the day with him, and excited to eventually share in Alex’s birthday. Thankful to be sitting between Danny’s legs, his back to Danny’s chest, unable to easily make eye contact, Alex responds by stroking Danny’s left forearm with his right pointer finger, and intently stares at it, going over the theoreticals for what could stop time. Danny hums, and rests his chin on Alex’s right shoulder.

To steel himself, Alex exhales slowly, and pushes down his diaphragm to allow for a bigger breath, ‘It’s today,’ and inhales.

‘What?’ Danny wrenches his arms from around Alex, and turns Alex’s body towards him. ‘Today?!’

Alex looks down at Danny’s hand that is now resting on the bed, instead of around his waist. In the few short weeks they’ve been together, it seems like they’ve talked about almost everything. Staying up late, getting up early, talking and talking. Alex never anticipated he could talk to someone the way he can talk to Danny. He also never anticipated the feeling of someone’s arms around your waist, hands splayed on your stomach, on your back, and the wordlessness of it all was also like staring into the sun, Alex would sometimes close his eyes tightly to hold inside of himself all of the meaning that was being built between him and Danny. And now, he wished for more wordlessness, because he didn’t want to bring in the baggage of what the past meant.

‘Why didn't you tell me? We should do something! Let’s go out! Go round the pub, or should I call Scottie to get us into some exclusive place or wherever? I do still want you to meet him one of these days, and this could be a great opportunity. What do you think?’ Danny’s words came out in a rush, bombarding Alex. All these years, Alex wanted to really talk to someone, for someone to want to talk to him, to break through the silence he had collected around himself, but it was still an adjustment. Danny was always brimming with words, and it overwhelmed Alex at times – he always felt two paces behind. But Danny understood, he said so himself. Despite being two steps ahead, Danny would always wait for Alex to catch up.

‘I…’ Alex began to speak, but still was unsure how to proceed. Give the whole back-story? Say he just doesn’t care about birthdays? Or be honest? The back-story didn’t matter, it was the fear, fear of the unknown. Alex didn’t know how to celebrate a birthday. Alex didn’t know how to psych himself up for something like this. He still felt his body adjusting to Danny, to the odd knot in his stomach whenever he was around him, the often overwhelming need to have his mouth on Danny’s, both wide open, breathing into each other.

‘It’s okay,’ Danny says, finally recognizing that Alex needed a moment, and began rubbing soft circles into Alex’s back, calling him back from any thoughts that would entangle him.

‘I’ve never … done much. I don’t know what to do. I’ve never been able …’ Sentences weren’t maths, and if they were, Alex’s weren’t adding up. How do you place word after word and make it clear? Alex didn’t know – he was learning.

‘So you’ve never really celebrated?’ Danny asks tentatively.

‘Yes, who would want … It’s never been special,’ Alex finally says, choosing what is hopefully an easier way out: a lie.

‘Has it never been special because you don’t think it is, or because others never thought it was?’

Finally, Alex couldn’t hide: tears are welling up in his eyes. He decides to stare into the sun.

‘I understand,’ Danny says, and he takes Alex in his arms, and places a kiss on Alex’s forehead. ‘I understand,’ Danny says, and places a kiss next to Alex’s left eye. ‘I understand,’ Danny says, and places a kiss on Alex’s cheekbone. ‘I understand,’ Danny says, and places a kiss on Alex’s jaw. ‘I understand,’ Danny says, and places a kiss on Alex’s lips, and tastes salt.



---------------



The last time, Alex tries to remain as calm as possible. The night before, Danny has told him about his past, his struggles with drugs and sex, and Alex can feel the future opening wide before them. It’s possible to know everything about each other and be okay. Would they be okay?

Alex is resting against the countertop, cuppa in hand, going over the final details: first, train to Wales; second, Danny finds the USB in the laptop; third, they will fake my death to cover up the fact that I’ve run away; fourth, they will try to frame Danny; fifth, I will go to America by boat; sixth, the American will meet me … and so it went on. Alex’s thoughts racing, knowing this would be the last time he would see Danny for who knows how long. Alex’s plan was risky, but he would do anything and everything he could to make sure he would see Danny again, that Danny would again make him eggs and bacon in the morning, that Danny would again, again, again …

‘What do you say we go away for the weekend?’ Danny can feel the future opening wide, too.

‘Sure,’ Alex pauses, gathering strength, ‘I have to buy a battery for my laptop. I can’t go without replacing it.’

‘I understand,’ and Danny places a kiss on Alex’s lips on the way to bringing the food to the table.




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I hope you will. And for the first time, Alex will be two steps ahead, and will wait, and Danny will catch up.





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http://www.instagram24.com/tag/londonspylullaby




Notes:
I can only believe that Alex is alive and has some master-plan to be with Danny. There is simply no other way, and I wanted to allude to that at the end of the fic.

It really stood out to me that Danny always said to Alex, 'I understand.' I think he really recognized a need in Alex to be understood, so I wanted to honor that, but more through Alex's perspective, since we get so little of it in the show.

Also posted on my tumblr: http://onlybluecould.tumblr.com/post/135360804211/i-understand-a-london-spy-fic
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: CellarDweller on March 19, 2016, 08:31:51 pm
I'm waiting to order the DVD in   April.
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 20, 2016, 09:12:50 am
I'm waiting to order the DVD in April.


I hope you enjoy it, Chuck. It is sad, though, unfortunately. Oh well!  :( :-\
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on March 20, 2016, 09:54:50 am

I hope you enjoy it, Chuck. It is sad, though, unfortunately. Oh well!  :( :-\

Like we're not used to sad stories about two handsome gay lovers. ...  ;)
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 20, 2016, 11:20:05 am
Like we're not used to sad stories about two handsome gay lovers. ...  ;)


Ain't that the truth!  ::)

Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 20, 2016, 11:44:26 am
LESLIASONSDANGEUREUSESDONMAR

By candlelight!

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(http://www.sharmillfilms.com.au/wp-content/gallery/liaisonsdangereuses/6-edward-holcroft-le-chevalier-danceny-in-les-liaisons-dangereuses-photo-by-johan-persson.jpg)
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Ed Holcroft, Dominic West and sweet Una Stubbs (of Sherlock fame) in Les Liasons Dangereuses




I quite liked it. It was a handsome and
intimate setting. I LOVED the fact that one
can see a 'live' London broadcast (recorded)
in a New York theater--I sat only two or three
rows from the front, and I felt I was actually
in the Donmar myself! I'll be watching for
more productions like these, I think!
(Meryl came also with a friend, and I think
they enjoyed the production too. They were
lucky, the theater was only two blocks away!
Me, I hoofed it both ways--6 miles round trip--
very 18th century!)

In the meanwhile, poor Ed Holcroft did
VERY WELL INDEED with a thankless role,
and, at the end, he cried VERY TOUCHINGLY
after killing Dominic West with his rapier.
Sniff!  ;D
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 20, 2016, 02:13:06 pm
LONDONSPYTHE SET_ELSTREE



Lisa Marie Hall
Design For Performance

Production Design for TV & Film and Set Design for Theatre
https://lisamariehall.wordpress.com/2016/01/05/london-spy/


LONDON SPYELSTREE
Posted on January 5, 2016 by Lisa Marie Hall


A look back at the design work on the BBC 5-part drama London Spy, starring Ben Whishaw & Jim Broadbent, directed by Jakob Verbruggen.  Even though it was a contemporary drama, the work for the art department was incredibly varied, ranging from on-screen computer graphics, a large studio build at Elstree, wrapping angels in a surreal castle, burning down a maze and building an S&M attic. Big inspirations were the work of photographer Francois Halard, the personal home of designer Carlo Mollino, and the composition of Alfred Hitchcock’s interior sets.




Danny’s Vauxhall flat,
composite build in the George Lucas stage, Elstree:


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(https://lisamariehall.files.wordpress.com/2016/01/img_4615.jpg?w=1000&h=&crop=1)


https://lisamariehall.wordpress.com/2016/01/05/london-spy/

Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 20, 2016, 02:26:40 pm
LONDONSPYTHE SET_SHIRBURN CASTLE



Lisa Marie Hall
Design For Performance

Production Design for TV & Film and Set Design for Theatre
https://lisamariehall.wordpress.com/2016/01/05/london-spy/


LONDON SPYSHIRBURN CASTLE
Posted on January 5, 2016 by Lisa Marie Hall
(https://lisamariehall.files.wordpress.com/2016/01/01-castle.jpg?w=700&h=&crop=1)
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(https://lisamariehall.files.wordpress.com/2016/01/03-castle.jpg?w=1000&h=&crop=1)


The Maths Room
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(https://lisamariehall.files.wordpress.com/2016/01/05-maths-room.jpg?w=1000&h=&crop=1)


https://lisamariehall.wordpress.com/2016/01/05/london-spy/
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 20, 2016, 03:15:57 pm
LONDONSPYTHE PRODUCTION_THEMIND_OF_ALEX



Lisa Marie Hall
Design For Performance

Production Design for TV & Film and Set Design for Theatre
https://lisamariehall.wordpress.com/2016/01/05/london-spy/


LONDON SPY
Posted on January 5, 2016 by Lisa Marie Hall
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(https://lisamariehall.files.wordpress.com/2016/01/3d-graphic-vis4.jpg)


https://lisamariehall.wordpress.com/2016/01/05/london-spy/
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 20, 2016, 03:24:18 pm
LONDONSPYTHE PRODUCTION_MOODBOARDS



Lisa Marie Hall
Design For Performance

Production Design for TV & Film and Set Design for Theatre
https://lisamariehall.wordpress.com/2016/01/05/london-spy/


LONDON SPYMOODBOARDS
Posted on January 5, 2016 by Lisa Marie Hall
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https://lisamariehall.wordpress.com/2016/01/05/london-spy/
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 20, 2016, 06:57:01 pm

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LONDONSPYTHE SET_WIMBLEDON



Lisa Marie Hall
Design For Performance

Production Design for TV & Film and Set Design for Theatre
https://lisamariehall.wordpress.com/2016/01/05/london-spy/


And that attic…built at Wimbledon Studios:
(https://lisamariehall.files.wordpress.com/2016/01/ls-attic-draft-1-work-in-progress-8.jpg)
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https://lisamariehall.wordpress.com/2016/01/05/london-spy/



Like Danny, I have visited the attic only once. I have no wish to go back again.
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 20, 2016, 06:59:51 pm
LONDONSPYTHE SET_SHIRBURN CASTLE

https://lisamariehall.wordpress.com/2016/01/05/london-spy/
Posted on January 5, 2016 by Lisa Marie Hall


"--Even though it was a contemporary drama, the work for the art department was incredibly varied, ranging from on-screen computer graphics, a large studio build at Elstree, wrapping angels in a surreal castle, burning down a maze and building an S&M attic--"




(https://lisamariehall.files.wordpress.com/2016/01/01-castle.jpg?w=700&h=&crop=1)
https://lisamariehall.wordpress.com/2016/01/05/london-spy/
Poor Alex.
 :(
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 20, 2016, 09:02:58 pm
LONDONSPYTHE LOCATION_SHIRBURN CASTLE


The set/location of
SHIRBURN CASTLE
is real.


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(http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/images/buildings/en/248/248998-121200-800.jpg)
(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/ea/Shirburn_Castle_and_Gardens.jpg)
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Frances/Charlotte Rampling's "spectacular, preposterous mansion" is actually a bona fide castle in Oxfordshire (with a real moat and drawbridge) called Shirburn Castle; it has quite a impressively bizarre back story:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shirburn_Castle

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/this-britain/the-lord-who-was-evicted-from-his-castle-by-his-own-family-97598.html

https://handedon.wordpress.com/2011/05/30/shirburn-castle-oxfordshire/

(http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/00565/news-graphics-2004_565700a.jpeg)
The Earl and Countess
Macclesfield

in the grounds of
Shirburn Castle
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1454857/Feud-forces-sale-of-intellectual-time-capsule.html


http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/video/of-shirburn-castle-with-moat-in-english-stock-video-footage/316-6
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: CellarDweller on March 21, 2016, 08:45:45 am
Like we're not used to sad stories about two handsome gay lovers. ...  ;)

:laugh:
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 21, 2016, 08:52:53 pm
LONDONSPYTHE LOCATION_HER MAJESTY'S TREASURY
1 Horse Guards Road Westminster, London SW1A 2HQ, United Kingdom


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This is where Scottie works--Whitehall--and this is where Danny was waiting for him, while smoking a fag, leaning against a lamppost, in the circular courtyard in the heart of HM Treasury. As usual, the club kid is blithe and casual--he knows he belongs!



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This is the Way Out (on their way, via tube, to Flask Walk, Hampstead):

Danny: Where are we going to drink tonight?

Scottie: Somewhere dimly lit and terribly old-fashioned.




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and maybe--the Flask? Probably not. Not sufficiently dim!

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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 21, 2016, 09:31:53 pm
LONDONSPYINTERVIEW_JIM BROADBENT

http://filmreviewonline.com/2015/11/03/london-spy-official-interview-with-jim-broadbent/
London Spy
Official Interview with
Jim Broadbent
By British Broadcasting Corporation
Nov 3rd, 2015 @ 10:56 am EDT


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Jim Broadbent co-stars in London Spy with Ben Whishaw. Jim is regarded as one of England’s most versatile character actors and worked alongside Ben in the film Cloud Atlas (2012). He was Professor Horace Slughorn in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Bridget’s Dad in the Bridget Jones films.

This is the official interview with Academy Award-winning Jim Broadbent for London Spy which starts in the UK on November 9th 2015 and sometime next year on BBC America.




What was it about London Spy that attracted you?

Getting the script was a treat. I’d read Tom Rob Smith’s writing before, so I knew I was in for a good thriller, and that’s absolutely proved to be true. It’s a really good read so I leapt through the five episodes very quickly. I love a good strong thriller myself so it was great to be part of that.

Also, Jakob [Verbruggen] is a very engaging director who is very communicative and clearly has a great relationship with the director of photography and they have a good positive approach, which affected the whole production.




Tell us a bit about the plot

The central character of Danny falls in love a young man, clearly the love of his life, and quite early on, this young man dies under mysterious circumstances.

The arc of the five-part series is the implication and ramifications of this on Danny’s life. What’s exciting is it’s such a strong and unusual story.

There is a great ethical dilemma at the heart of the story that makes it really gripping.




Who do you play and what part does he have in the story?

I play Scottie, who is an old friend of Danny, and who becomes embroiled in the mystery of what happened to his lover.

Initially, he is concerned about Danny falling head over heels in love with this guy and he wants to check him out and see he isn’t going to be a bad egg in terms of Danny’s life.

When Alex disappears, Danny comes to Scottie for advice and help, and Scottie to varying degrees, reluctantly or positively gets engaged with the ongoing narrative.




was it working closely with Ben Whishaw?

Ben’s a wonderful actor and I’m completely in awe of the ease and subtlety and reality that he brings to his characters.



What do you hope audiences get from the series?

It’s a very provocative series with lots of questions asked that people will be fascinated by, and there will be a lot of discussion after the series.

All the time, people will want to be knowing what’s happened and why it’s happened and I think in an entirely original way it it is going to engage the audience incredibly.


Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 22, 2016, 01:23:33 am
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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 22, 2016, 08:16:47 pm
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                                 Award Nominations
                                 Television Craft in 2016


Television Craft | Director - Fiction in 2016
Nominees


Aisling Walsh
An Inspector Calls

Ben Taylor
Catastrophe

Shane Meadows
This Is England '90

Jakob Verbruggen
London Spy




Television Craft | Photography And Lighting - Fiction in 2016
Nominees


Wolf Hall
Gavin Finney

The Frankenstein Chronicles
Ian Moss

Fortitude
John Conroy

London Spy
Laurie Rose




Television Craft | Sound - Fiction in 2016
Nominees


The Enfield Haunting
Adrian Rhodes  Simon Farmer  Jamie Roden  Antony Bayman

The Sound Of Music Live!
Kevin Duff  Andy Deacon  Sally Hesketh  Ben Milton

Fortitude
Rudi Buckle  Phil Barnes  Blair Jollands  Howard Bargroff

Doctor Foster
Stuart Hilliker  Jim Goddard  Billy Quinn  Tom Deane

Wolf Hall
Sound Team

London Spy
Scott Jones  Robert Brazier  Joseph Stracey  Ian Voigt




Television Craft | Editing - Fiction in 2016
Nominees


An Inspector Calls
Alex Mackie

Humans
Daniel Greenway

Wolf Hall
David Blackmore

This Is England '90
Matthew Gray

London Spy
Victoria Boydell




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The British Academy Television Awards rewards the very best in Television broadcast on British screens during the preceding year.

The Awards in 2016 will take place on Sunday 8 May at the Royal Festival Hall in London. Public tickets for the event will go on sale at 10am on Wednesday 17 February 2016


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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 22, 2016, 08:24:32 pm
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Congrats team #londonspy on 4 BAFTA craft nominations!
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LONDONSPYINTERVIEW_JIM BROADBENT

http://filmreviewonline.com/2015/11/03/london-spy-official-interview-with-jim-broadbent/


What was it about London Spy that attracted you?

Getting the script was a treat. I’d read Tom Rob Smith’s writing before, so I knew I was in for a good thriller, and that’s absolutely proved to be true. It’s a really good read so I leapt through the five episodes very quickly. I love a good strong thriller myself so it was great to be part of that.

Also, Jakob [Verbruggen] is a very engaging director who is very communicative and clearly has a great relationship with the director of photography [Laurie Rose] and they have a good positive approach, which affected the whole production.

Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 22, 2016, 09:08:50 pm
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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 22, 2016, 10:29:35 pm
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Jo is determined:
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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 23, 2016, 12:31:56 am
[email protected]!
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Laurie Rose (right) on Twitter:
10:19 AM - 30 Nov 2015

"Jakob Verbruggen and I, 'lensing' about
#director #LondonSpy 9pm Mondays
@Working_Title @BBCTwo

https://t.co/10wFP36sJc"




LONDONSPYINTERVIEW_JIM BROADBENT

http://filmreviewonline.com/2015/11/03/london-spy-official-interview-with-jim-broadbent/


What was it about London Spy that attracted you?

Getting the script was a treat. I’d read Tom Rob Smith’s writing before, so I knew I was in for a good thriller, and that’s absolutely proved to be true. It’s a really good read so I leapt through the five episodes very quickly. I love a good strong thriller myself so it was great to be part of that.

Also, Jakob [Verbruggen] is a very engaging director who is very communicative and clearly has a great relationship with the director of photography [Laurie Rose] and they have a good positive approach, which affected the whole production.
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: CellarDweller on March 23, 2016, 08:47:46 am
congrats on the noms!
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 23, 2016, 10:25:01 am
congrats on the noms!


More to come (I hope)!  8) 8) 8)
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 23, 2016, 11:32:59 am
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Jakob Verbruggen is, “yes!”, one of the most exciting Belgian directors to emerge from the current boom in breakthrough tele-vision dramas.

After graduating from the RITCS, the Belgian Royal Film Institute, Jakob directed his remarkable first short film ‘Snap-shot’ for which he won several awards. He really established his career directing the highly crime series and spin-off feature “Code 37”, and also went on to direct the theatrically released feature length version of the series in 2011.

In 2012 Jakob directed BBC crime drama “The Fall”, starring Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan which was shown on BBC2 in 2013. It was described by the Guardian as “one of the best dramas” on the BBC in years. In 2015, Jakob has been chosen to direct the final two episodes of the fourth season of House of Cards. Verbruggen, whose credits include also BBC “London Spy“ along with episodes of the American remake of “The Bridge”, follows in the footsteps of David Fincher, Joel Schumacher, James Foley and Jodie Foster.

We are so proud he directed some commercials for DENZZO and hope he will be available soon to do some more.



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Gillian Anderson stars as DSI Stella Gibson in a thrilling new crime serial.
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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 23, 2016, 11:50:24 am
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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 23, 2016, 01:43:21 pm
LONDONSPYCALLING:

Tomorrow:


The Makers: Tom Rob Smith
Thursday 24 March, 3pm - Studio, BFI Southbank



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2016: BFI Flare turns 30
In 1986, the National Film Theatre ran a short season of nine LGBT films called ‘Gay’s Own Pictures.’ Now, 30 years later and with a couple of name changes along the way, BFI Flare has grown into one of the world’s most significant LGBT film festivals. To celebrate our forthcoming anniversary edition this March, we’re looking back at some of the defining films to have screened over the festival’s vibrant history. Up first: two classics of New Queer Cinema: Poison (1991) and The Watermelon Woman (1996). In February, we revisit two classic love stories from the 90s – in time for Valentine’s!


http://www.bfi.org.uk/sites/bfi.org.uk/files/downloads/bfi-flare-industry-programme-2016.pdf


The Makers
The Makers is a series of one-to-one interviews with filmmakers who have made
a major contribution to LGBT representation in the mainstream.



The Makers: Tom Rob Smith
Thursday 24 March, 3pm - Studio, BFI Southbank

Screenwriter Tom Rob Smith joins us to discuss the making of London Spy. At once a gay love story and a thrilling tale of mystery and international espionage, London Spy was one of the UK’s landmark television moments in 2015. The show tells the story of Danny (Ben Whishaw), who is drawn into a complex and dangerous game after the disappearance of his boy friend, Alex (Edward Holcroft). With a knockout supporting cast including Charlotte Rampling, Jim Broadbent, Harriet Walter and Mark Gatiss, London Spy presents a modern view of the city, where chemsex and covert ops are both a daily reality. This event will explore the show’s resounding success, and what this means for the future of LGBT storytelling on television.  

Host: Jack Casey (BFI Flare)

Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 23, 2016, 05:42:38 pm

London Spy trickery! It took me a long time to figure out HOW that image had been manipulated; in the end, it was simply FLOPPED left-right, with Norman
Foster's City Hall flopped to the right of the Shard rather than left (from that perspective). Also, as the surviving, struggling figure's hand (Danny!) is raised
through the water, the diagonal lines in the image shatter and break, and the section of the flopped City Hall moves further to the right--very urban version
of Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871). Especially interesting as Ben Whishaw (I think) said that his agent likened TR Smith's
story to Alice meeting a series of strange characters and situations Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865)--

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The Thames in Southwark with City Hall, where campaigners gathered to protest against privatisation of public spaces in London and throughout the UK.
Saturday 13 February 2016 11.52 EST Photograph: Robert Harding/Rex Shutterstock
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/feb/13/will-self-mass-trespass-london-protest?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other




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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 23, 2016, 07:06:18 pm
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London Spy trickery! It took me a long time to figure out HOW that image had been manipulated; in the end, it was simply FLOPPED left-right, with Norman Foster's City Hall flopped to the right of the Shard rather than left (from that perspective). Also, as the surviving, struggling figure's hand (Danny!) is raised through the water, the diagonal lines in the image shatter and break, and the section of the flopped City Hall moves further to the right--very urban version of Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871). Especially interesting as Ben Whishaw (I think) said that his agent likened TR Smith's story to Alice meeting a series of strange characters and situations Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865)--




http://www.esquire.co.uk/culture/film/news/a9101/ben-whishaw-if-i-had-a-career-plan-itd-stop-feeling-like-an-adventure/
Keeping with the Bond theme, next up Whishaw plays Danny, a Londoner who falls for a secret agent in new BBC miniseries London Spy.

“Danny reminds me of a lot of people I know, of how easy it is when you’re young and living in the capital to lose your way and feel directionless,” he says.

It is in part a love story, though Whishaw promises the drama, written by Child 44 author Tom Rob Smith, “has a lot of twists and surprises, and nothing is quite what it appears.”





https://www.yahoo.com/tv/london-spy-edward-holcroft-ben-whishaw-bbc-america-143336553.html
At the Television Critics Association’s recent press tour, Whishaw said his agent likened the tale to a kind of dark Alice in Wonderland. “Every episode, Danny is meeting a new set of people who very rarely are exactly what they appear to be,” Whishaw said. (The cast includes Oscar winner Jim Broadbent as Danny’s most trusted confidante, and Charlotte Rampling as the hardest nut to crack.)




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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: southendmd on March 23, 2016, 08:18:53 pm
John, dear John, you are such a font of London Spy wonderfulness!  Thank you for all this!

I love my Amazon-bound-up London Spy.  I couldn't wait for the dvd. 

I need to re-watch it in a marathon soon.
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 23, 2016, 09:29:20 pm
John, dear John, you are such a font of London Spy wonderfulness!  Thank you for all this!


Gosh, thank you Paul! But don't you mean to say 'London Spy CRAZYPERSON nuttiness??  :laugh:



I love my Amazon-bound-up London Spy.  I couldn't wait for the dvd.


I have my Amazon Prime London Spy streaming video, of course, but I have ALSO pre-ordered the 2-disc DVD, which will be released in, let's see, 19 days. Obsessional, me? I mean, perish the thought! Heaven forfend!

 ::)



I need to re-watch it in a marathon soon.


We ALL agree!
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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 23, 2016, 11:11:29 pm
romance is a good thing.



Sigh! Yes, it is.
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No one will do this for you   Trust in hope   Cross fingers for love.

17 NOVEMBER 2015

#LONDON SPY #LONDONSPYEDIT #BEN WHISHAW #EDWARD HOLCROFT  
#* MADE BY ME #TELLY: LONDON SPY #PEOPLE: BEN WHISHAW #PEOPLE: EDWARD HOLCROFT
#I JUST WANT ALL THE DOMESTIC FLASHBACKS ALL THE TIIIIIIIIMMMMEEEE


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#I JUST WANT ALL THE DOMESTIC FLASHBACKS ALL THE TIIIIIIIIMMMMEEEE




Or rather--is it TWEE-time??




HAPPYLONDONSPYFANART_EKSDY (or X/D)
http://eksdy.tumblr.com/post/135848796050/man-that-christmas-special-was-great-i-decided-to


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By Eksdy 24th December 2015

Man that Christmas Special ( http://eksdy.tumblr.com/post/135351321000/london-spy-episode-6 ) was great! I decided to draw one of my favorite scenes. This is from the bit where Alex and Danny are both over at Pavel’s for his annual Christmas Party- wearing fairly awful x-mas jumpers of course (except Pavel, but Pavel never wears anything but t-shirts- it’s part of his charm).

Danny has had his jumper forever- so long that the seams have started ripping open a bit. Sara is wearing some kind of weird fitted jumper with bells attached- every time she moves the bells jingle and she’s really regretting wearing it now. Alex did not have anything festive to wear so Danny took him shopping. He bought this jumper with a kitten on it because Danny thought it was cute.

Happy Christmas Eve fellow London Spies!

Tagged: #I am in denial  #London Spy  #christmas special  #the episode that never happened
#not super happy with Zrinka Cvitesic's likeness but I don't have any more time to work on this








HAPPYLONDONSPYFANFIC
METASERIES2


By seugene793
(with thanks to @festivedakin)

http://seugene793.tumblr.com/page/25


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http://seugene793.tumblr.com/post/134679786476/happy-london-spy-series-2-episode-1

Happy London Spy: Series 2, Episode 1
7 December 2015

Saturday.
Danny and Alex spend the day perusing travel guides at Daunt Books in Marylebone and then feed the ducks in Regent’s Park. Danny gets bitten by a goose. Alex is concerned and fusses, but Danny laughs it off. Back at Danny’s place, Alex codes a hostile goose detection algorithm while Danny makes a stir fry. They have a bit of wine then dose off on the sofa whilst watching the 1972 sci fi classic “Solaris”. They wake up, make out for a bit, then go to bed.
Episode ends.




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Happy London Spy: Series 2, Episode 2
6 December 2015

Monday.
Alex starts new job at completely innocuous NGO. Hilarity ensues when he accidentally wears Danny’s reindeer socks to work. Danny nervously gets Scottie (who is not dead or evil) to critique the poem Danny has written for Alex’s birthday. Danny and Alex go out for sashimi in Soho then meet some friends for drinks. We learn that Danny can make a mean Bloody Mary.
Episode ends.




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http://seugene793.tumblr.com/post/134679804066/happy-london-spy-series-2-episode-3

Happy London Spy: Series 2, Episode 3
6 December 2015

No plot. Alex and Danny: various gorgeously-lit sex scenes followed by a nap and a light lunch.
Episode ends.




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Happy London Spy: Series 2, Episode 4
6 December 2015

Cypher the Cat. (http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_u2Scsl79m2I/TCldFEXp0PI/AAAAAAAABuU/jczg86vsZmw/s1600/shorts_moo1.jpg)
Danny and Alex settling into new flat in Kentish Town. After much pleading from Danny, they adopt a cat, who takes a shine to cat-dubious Alex and sheds extensively on his nice clothes. Scottie pops over for dinner and the boys mull a camping trip to Jurassic Coast to celebrate 1 year anniversary. After a few glasses of Scottie’s excellent Bordeaux, Alex gets very excited about fossils.
Episode ends.




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Happy London Spy: Series 2, Episode 5
6 December 2015

Market drama (Last in series).  (http://static6.businessinsider.com/image/52c6edd169beddbe1f39f0e6/see-what-google-glass-apps-will-actually-look-like.jpg)
Alex wants to test his latest face detection code by wearing Google glass in public. Danny embarrassed. Awkwardness ensues when Alex and Danny bump into Rich at Camden Town Market but Danny is shocked to find Rich is now a reformed Baha'i and has opened a chain of hot yoga studios. Mild threat when Danny and Alex are separated in the market crowds but a reunion and prolonged, anxious kisses follow. Alex buys a first edition Asimov. Home, followed by gentle, giggly sex.
Series ends.




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http://seugene793.tumblr.com/post/134749681066/happy-london-spy-90-minute-christmas-special

THE FOLLOWING EXTENDED EPISODE SYNOPSIS OF
“HAPPY LONDON SPY: CHRISTMAS IS RUINED?”

7 December 2015

MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS.
Early December, wet, cold and gray. Alex competes in a World AIDS Day 10k. Rain-soaked Danny meets him at the finish line with a thermos. We discover Danny is sad he’s never had a white Christmas in London.




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Later that week, Alex distressed as Danny plans to host a wacky Christmas jumper party. Meanwhile Danny is suspicious that Alex won’t reveal the purpose of the countless Maplin boxes (http://images.maplinmedia.co.uk/hammond-waterproof-extruded-aluminium-enclosure-80x59x309mm.jpg?w=283&h=283&r=4&o=vVDD6DH$sxcTreR564OIYtCJ2ewj&[email protected]) http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/hammond-waterproof-extruded-aluminium-enclosure-80x59x309mm-n29hg arriving in the flat. Alex begins mysterious drilling and wiring near the terrace.



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Mid-December, Christmas party. Danny and Cypher the Cat wearing matching reindeer antlers, Alex unhappy in a “Bah Humbug” jumper. Sara, Pavel and Magda the Magician arrive with treats. Marcus awkwardly brings Ferrero Rocher and has forgotten his festive wear. Alex and Marcus argue about the flawed time travel science in last year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special. Magda insists on playing Jenga with Danny using only her toes.



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Scottie arrives with a dashing man in late 40s. A toast to his new-found happiness.



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Amidst the cheer, Cypher the Cat destroys the Christmas tree.




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Much later that night, all guests gone. Danny drunkenly singing carols and picking up rest of felled Christmas tree. Alex silently fiddling with rows of plugs and switches.

Mounted projectors flicker to life. A bank of transparent screens descends over the terrace.

An immersive projection of gently falling snow engulfs the flat and blankets their view of the night city.

Danny cries.
Episode ends.




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#london spy  #danny holt  #alex turner  
#ben whishaw  #edward holcroft  
#meta
#I HAD TO  #ALEX IS ALIVE  
#DANNY TO THE RESCUE
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: CellarDweller on March 24, 2016, 10:02:21 am
Or rather--is it TWEE-time??

HAPPYLONDONSPYFANART_EKSDY (or X/D)
http://eksdy.tumblr.com/post/135848796050/man-that-christmas-special-was-great-i-decided-to


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By Eksdy 24th December 2015


when I first saw the sweater, I thought he'd be tied up in tree lights.  :laugh:
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 24, 2016, 10:34:46 am

when I first saw the sweater, I thought he'd be tied up in tree lights.  :laugh:


Like THIS??
(The layered meta-meta of the growing Smaug-like fanhoard of trivia
is becoming DENSE and VAST!)

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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: CellarDweller on March 24, 2016, 10:44:55 am
pretty much!  LOL
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 24, 2016, 08:14:03 pm

when I first saw the sweater, I thought he'd be tied up in tree lights.  :laugh:




Like THIS??
(The layered meta-meta of the growing Smaug-like fanhoard of trivia
is becoming DENSE and VAST!)

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pretty much!  LOL



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fandom

"Fandom is a term used to refer to a subculture composed of fans characterized by a feeling of empathy and camaraderie with others who share a common interest. Fans typically are interested in even minor details of the object(s) of their fandom and spend a significant portion of their time and energy involved with their interest, often as a part of a social network with particular practices (a fandom); this is what differentiates "fannish" (fandom-affiliated) fans from those with only a casual interest.

A fandom can grow around any area of human interest or activity. The subject of fan interest can be narrowly defined, focused on something like an individual celebrity, or more widely defined, encompassing entire hobbies, genres or fashions. While it is now used to apply to groups of people fascinated with any subject, the term has its roots in those with an enthusiastic appreciation for sports. Merriam-Webster's dictionary traces the usage of the term back as far as 1903.[1] It is formed of the word fan plus the suffix -dom (as in kingdom).

Fandom as a term can also be used in a broad sense to refer to the interconnected social networks of individual fandoms, many of which overlap.
"




(Does this sound like some people we know?)  ::) :laugh:


Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 24, 2016, 09:25:12 pm
THECRUCIBLEINTERVIEWBEN WHISHAW


http://www.wmagazine.com/culture/2016/03/ben-whishaw-john-proctor-the-crucible-broadway/photos/

Ben Whishaw is Ferocious
on Broadway's Buzzy The Crucible
In a breakthrough Broadway performance as John Proctor in Arthur Miller's The Crucible
the chameleonic British actor may finally earn the recognition he's long deserved.


by Vanessa Lawrence
March 23, 2016 7:00 AM


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Saoirse Ronan and Ben Whishaw in The Crucible. Photos by Jan Versweyveld


If you don’t immediately recognize Ben Whishaw, that’s probably because the 35-year old British actor has made a career of disappearing, with extraordinary grace and nuance, into a never-ending range of roles. Since his lauded professional debut, straight out of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, as the lead in a 2004 West End production of Hamlet [SORRY, DUH, WRONG! IT WAS NOT IN THE WEST END, IT WAS IN THE OLD VIC, WHICH IS IN SOUTHWARK! JG] Whishaw has appeared onscreen as a serial killer (2006′s Perfume: The Story of a Murderer), the poet John Keats (2009′s Bright Star), the tech wiz Q (in two James Bond films), and has even given voice to Paddington Bear.

Now, he is lending his gangly frame and quiet, brooding ferocity to Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, opening next week on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Whishaw stars as John Proctor, the good-hearted farmer whose affair with his former maid, Abigail Williams (Saoirse Ronan), not only threatens the sanctity of his marriage to his wife Elizabeth (Sophie Okonedo) but sets into motion a witch hunt that devastates the community in 17th century Salem, Massachusetts. In the hands of buzzy Belgian director Ivo van Hove, it is less an historical retelling and more a tale of the perils of plummeting into a world so stricken by fear and xenophobia that it can’t see the gray for the black and white. (Sound familiar?) Whishaw, whose performance may finally get him some much overdue recognition, talks about countering stereotypical casting, playing a hero and holding onto the freedom of youth.




John Proctor is an iconic stage character. How would you describe your interpretation of him?

It was really important to me to find the character in myself. And that was something [director] Ivo [van Hove] was really keen on, because I’m obviously not the classic casting—physically, and just generally. I think [John Proctor] is a very conflicted person, and a flawed person in a way that we all are, but fundamentally really good. And I love that. I think sometimes he’s played more like this big hero, and he’s an ordinary guy who has done what he thinks is quite a small thing: he slept with the maid once and it horrified him that he did it. He’s poured his heart out to his wife, he’s trying to make her happy, he thinks it’s done and dusted. And then this small incident is the seed of what becomes this horrific witch hunt which destroys an entire community. So our work with Ivo was to make that the journey from something domestic, private, petty, even—as he said, the single error of his life, he’s never done anything else wrong ever, he’s a good Christian man—to something where suddenly he’s at the center of a whole larger problem.



Do you consider him an antihero?

I don’t really like those terms, but I suppose he falls more into that than into the hero. But maybe by the end he’s sort of become a hero again, somehow. I think maybe there’s no such thing as heroes; there are heroic actions. And his action at the end is kind of heroic; or a noble thing. “I’m not going to let you do this. I will die.” Because otherwise, he’s propping up all the madness, the whole fraud of the thing. He has to die for the truth and for humanity, in a way.



John Proctor is stereotypically played as physically larger, a more hulking presence. You lend him a sense of vulnerability. You mentioned not being “classic casting”: how do you feel about that? Do you think the theater world is opening up to more diverse depictions of canonic roles?

I hope so. I was talking to Sophie Okonedo [who plays John Proctor’s wife] about this. We were both saying how frightened we had been to approach the roles because we knew that neither of us was really classic casting. But then at a certain point we realized that’s why we wanted to do it, and why it’s interesting for us. Sometimes it can be wonderful to see an actor do something that they’re obviously well suited for. But also I find you go, as an audience member:”Well I kind of know in advance what that is.” Or, as an actor, you think, “I know this, I know what to do with this, I’ve done this before.” But the excitement and the frightening thing was to go, “I don’t know what to do with this, and I don’t know whether I can do it.” That’s much more interesting, really. And Sophie and I both agreed that it’s been really good for us both.



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Sophie Okonedo and Ben Whishaw in The Crucible. Photo by Jan Versweyveld.


Given that, did you ever think you would be playing John Proctor on Broadway?

Weirdly, I have played this part before. I did play it at school when I was 15 in high school [in Bedfordshire, England]. But it was such a long time ago. But no, I didn’t think I’d ever do it. But then I never really think I’ll be doing anything. I’m always surprised by what comes my way, really.



So what was your 15 year-old John Proctor like?

I can’t really remember. I have no real recollection of it other than that I really loved the play. And I remember feeling like I really got it. In a way, it does speak to teenagers, this play, because it is about this system that is forcing people to conform to something. So somehow I remember it speaking to me quite strongly. I’m sure, though, there’s lots that I didn’t really understand about marriage and love and stuff like that, which becomes so central to how we interpret it.



It’s amazing, this play was written as a reaction to McCarthyism, but you watch it now and the contemporary resonance it has is so chilling. Do you feel its present day impact as you work through it?

I can feel it from the audience. I can feel that it feels very much like this is about now. And as you say, there’s something chilling: this could and does and possibly is happening now in places in America, but also everywhere. Obviously he wrote it about a very specific situation that he was experiencing, but the specificity of that and the specificity of his feelings make it very universal. It really could be anywhere in the world, so many horrific things that have happened in the world have probably begun in a similar way: small seeds that take on horrific power and become tragic.



That said, do you think your being British gives you a different perspective on this very American play?

Possibly. It’s weird, we rehearsed the play with American accents, me and Sophie [who is also British]. And then a few previews in, Ivo asked us to try it with our own voices. And we liked it more, so we kept it. We were planning on sounding American, but we’re not now. We just felt like the production is not specific about where we are in time or in space. We felt more comfortable, immediately. We dropped the American accents [and] we felt like we’d been married for a long time. We’re more connected to ourselves, I suppose, which is really Ivo’s thing. He’s not really interested in naturalism. Which is so unusual, I’ve never worked with a director quite so uninterested in it—like it doesn’t matter. He just says, “Play the situation.” So it’s very stripped away of all of that. It’s more important that it’s a group of people who are somehow trying to survive in this wilderness, in this new country.



You’ve had such an enormous range of roles: most people wouldn’t think the same actor who played Ariel in The Tempest would also be playing John Proctor in The Crucible. Do you have any sense of what accounts for your ability to be so changeable?

I don’t see myself as a type, I suppose, that’s the thing. I don’t put myself in any kind of category and I really dislike anything like that coming at me. Because when I was 15, I played John Proctor and nobody thought I shouldn’t, or couldn’t, do it. There’s a freedom you have as a young person before the world starts branding you as something that I’m always trying to keep hold of. Because that’s how I feel inside: I’m many things. But also I think it’s that acting is not really so much about transforming or changing, but more of a chemical process, if you like, of your personality with the character. It’s not like you suddenly become a completely other human. You’re only ever you. And it’s coming out from you somewhere, but with the meeting of this other material that you’re working with.



You’re in the movie A Hologram for the King, based on the Dave Eggers book, coming out this spring. Can you tell me about your role in that?

Oh god, it’s almost a joke that I’m even credited in that. I love Tom Tykwer, who’s the director, and with whom I’ve worked a few times. And I always said I’ll do anything in your films and he’s taken my word and put me in everything, but sometimes just for like half a second. I play the hologram. So I appear for about 30 seconds at the end of the film.



You’re playing a hologram. That’s no small thing.

It’s not a small thing because the film is called A Hologram. But it might be disappointing if you were expecting something more.
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 24, 2016, 09:49:50 pm
THECRUCIBLEINTERVIEWBEN WHISHAW


http://www.wmagazine.com/culture/2016/03/ben-whishaw-john-proctor-the-crucible-broadway/photos/


That said, do you think your being British gives you a different perspective on this very American play?

Possibly. It’s weird, we rehearsed the play with American accents, me and Sophie [who is also British]. And then a few previews in, Ivo asked us to try it with our own voices. And we liked it more, so we kept it. We were planning on sounding American, but we’re not now. We just felt like the production is not specific about where we are in time or in space. We felt more comfortable, immediately. We dropped the American accents [and] we felt like we’d been married for a long time. We’re more connected to ourselves, I suppose, which is really Ivo’s thing. He’s not really interested in naturalism. Which is so unusual, I’ve never worked with a director quite so uninterested in it—like it doesn’t matter. He just says, “Play the situation.” So it’s very stripped away of all of that. It’s more important that it’s a group of people who are somehow trying to survive in this wilderness, in this new country.



Sigh. Such a mistake. I saw it the night of the first preview, and [with Ben's and Sophie's American accents] it was amazing. Powerful. A week later, I saw it a second time--sigh. Such a missed opportunity.

Weirdly--Ivo van Hove did not ask Saoirse Ronan change her voice back to an Irish accent (her own), but let her keep her (credible) American accent (as did most of the remaining cast). Sigh.

I still may go back to see the production for a third time. Maybe.
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 24, 2016, 11:09:19 pm
HA!!!!

WHO looks uncannily like--
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No?? Talk about doppelgängers!   :D

The person on the left we know.  ::)

The person on the right is: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugo_Meynell

Hugo Meynell (June 1735 – 14 December 1808) is generally seen as the father of modern fox hunting, became Master of Fox Hounds for the Quorn Hunt in Leicestershire in 1753 and continued in that role for another forty-seven years (the hunt is so called after Meynell's home, Quorn Hall in Quorndon, North Leicestershire).

(Portrait by Hugo Meynell on the right by John Hoppner c. 1789 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Hoppner )

 :)
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: CellarDweller on March 25, 2016, 08:25:01 am
(Does this sound like some people we know?)  ::) :laugh:

No comment.
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 26, 2016, 12:08:42 pm
LONDONSPYDIRECTORJAKOB_VERBRUGGEN
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http://www.flandersimage.com/frontend/files/publications/files/32_xxc9azgu.pdf

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Five part series broadcast on Mondays at 9pm on BBC 2.

Text by Ian Mundell
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Jakob Verbruggen jokes that he owes his chance to direct BBC television series The Fall to the the Danes and the Swedes.  ‘I have to thank The Killing and the Scandinavians’, he says. What he means is that the British television industry is opening up.

'There is an interest in the European way of filmmaking,' he explains. 'The Americans like European directors for their big genre films, because they have a fresh approach, and I think that the British, inspired by a constant stream of successful Scandinavian series such as The Killing and Borgen, are trying to refresh their television drama. They want a fresh look, a fresh visual style and I think that's why they got me on board.' On a practical level, the connection came through Code 37. Verbruggen was one of the principle directors on this Flemish television series and went on to direct a successful spin-off feature film, Code 37 The Movie. When British production company Artists Studio picked up remake rights for the series, they asked Verbruggen to read the script of The Fall. 'It was a surprise that they called me, but I'm happy that they did,' he says.





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Different atmosphere
After graduating from the RITS film school in Brussels in 2002, Verbruggen was initially taken on as an assistant director and eventually directed two episodes of the crime series Missing Persons Unit (Vermist). He went on to work for production company Menuet which launched Code 37. This series featured police inspector Hannah Maes, who takes over the vice squad of the Ghent police force. At the same time she investigates a violent crime in her family's own history. Verbruggen's idea for giving this series a different atmosphere was to borrow elements from the western genre. 'It's in the set design, the way the actors look with their western boots and the way they carry their guns,' he explains. The Fall also centres on a tough female cop. Police inspector Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson of X-Files) is brought from London to Belfast to review a murder investigation. When she finds other unsolved murders are connected to the case, she becomes convinced that a serial killer is at work. In parallel, we see the serial killer going about his everyday life.



Voyeur
Verbruggen’s approach to The Fall also has some distinct influences. One was to draw on documentary techniques, using a casual, hand-held style of camerawork. 'That brings the audience closer to the story of the police investigator and creates a heightened reality for the personal world of the serial killer,' he explains. At the same time he wanted to generate a sense of mystery around the characters. 'It's not a whodunit or whydunit, it's whether or not the killer is going to get away with murder,' he says. That means giving viewers time to get to know both the killer and Stella Gibson. ‘The killer in The Fall is a voyeur and so we tried to make the audience as much of voyeur as possible.' This meant deploying a range of camera techniques, from hand-held and steady cam to cranes and long tracking shots. Being able to do this was one of the advantages of working on a series for the BBC. 'Filming is the same everywhere and there is never enough time, but here you could feel there was a bit more budget,' Verbruggen says.

This was also apparent in the number of people involved, for instance on production design. 'There are more people in the art department,' Verbruggen says. 'I thought: poor Belgian art directors! They work their asses off, and they're very good, but they have to do it with three people, or five on a feature film. Here there were at least twice as many people involved.' But with more money comes more responsibility, and Verbruggen was struck by the way in which the writer, producers and the broadcaster were closely involved in taking decisions about shooting the series. 'It's not that I was restricted, but I could feel that every step was being watched. I had to prove myself, which was challenging, sometimes tiring, but also very interesting.'



Experience
Being able to work closely with the writer, Allan Cubitt (renowned for his work on the Prime Suspect series), was very rewarding. 'There are good scripts in Belgium, but if you read a BBC script you can feel the experience the writers have in telling a story and helping directors visually,' Verbruggen says. And there was something special about working with Gillian Anderson who is more than just a famous face from the X-Files. 'She has 10 TV series and 10-20 films more experience than I have, so I had to be very focused and make sure I did my homework.' Similarly it was necessary to let Anderson explore the limits of her character. 'If things were difficult or she was not happy with takes, then I could make a contribution,' he says. Nothing beats the feeling when that pays off in a scene. 'You see it from behind the monitor and you think: yes, that's why you're a star! It all comes down to good understanding and teamwork.'





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Future
In the immediate future Verbruggen plans to take a well-earned holiday. I've been working non-stop for two years,' he says. 'It's a good moment to take a little break and reset my mind.' He still dreams of making an original feature film, for which Code 37 The Movie is a good first step. Beyond that he is open to offers for more TV work. 'I haven't been spoiled by the experience of working on The Fall. If there is a good project, I'm happy to come back and work in Belgium. But we'll see what the UK adventure brings.'





Based on an interview with Jakob Verbruggen, director of BBC series 'The Fall' published in ‘Flanders Image’, May 2013

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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 26, 2016, 05:29:01 pm
LONDONSPYDIRECTORJAKOB_VERBRUGGEN/2013THEFALL

From July 2013:



Jakob Verbruggen has had a career in series television, where directing is generally less important than writing, or creating. But The Fall is most thoroughly directed. The essential naturalism of the photography, and the meager use of music, are offset by a camera style that can be highly inventive.





https://newrepublic.com/article/113713/fall-bbc-and-netflix-reviewed-david-thomson
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The Fall
The BBC's Latest Import is Modern, Chilling, and Groundbreaking
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by DAVID THOMSON
July 2, 2013




We could be forgiven for thinking that The Fall is a police procedural story in a hallowed BBC tradition. The show is created and written by Allan Cubitt, who did the second season of Prime Suspect, the famous Helen Mirren TV vehicle in which she plays a British detective. A top cop, a woman, is brought in from London to help out with what appears to be a serial killer in Belfast. Haven’t we been here before? Don’t we know this game and enjoy the sport of “Find the killer”?

Two things disturb that preconception. Within minutes of the story starting, we know who the killer is; we watch him at work, with fascination, if not quite fondness. Secondly, the cop has none of the gritty feminist bitterness of Mirren’s Jane Tennyson. Instead, Gillian Anderson makes Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson one of the most beautiful women you’ll find on television. This is not simply Ms. Anderson. It’s the way she has been presented—long blonde hair, silk blouses with buttons that come undone, and a superior officer’s authority that quickly picks a handsome junior cop, gives him her hotel room number, and expects him to service her between 2 and 4:30 in the morning. Of course, he does as he’s told. As Stella has sex, the killer is at work. Who’s falling?

So, if we know so much so soon, how does this self-spoiling mini-series (five episodes, 300 minutes total) manage to be so compelling? In Britain, last month, it had record-breaking viewing figures, and in this country, Netflix moved in and bought the show for streaming. (While a certain kind of BBC product—“Masterpiece Theatre,” for example—was natural fodder for PBS, the network might be increasingly shut out by new technology and arrangements.) Why is it so compelling?


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Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson might be colder than the killer she's tracking.
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I think it’s because this show is breaking ground; Gillian Anderson said as much in a promotional interview. It’s what made her want to do it. There is a secret similarity between Stella and Paul Spector, the killer. It begins in habits: They are both athletic—he runs; she swims. They are loners and intellectuals; their belief in intelligence is what makes them unreachable and unknowable. They both cherish the ritual of preparation. When we first see Stella, getting ready to go to Belfast, she removes a covering of nocturnal face cleanser. It’s like the way Paul works behind a mask.

Neither of them ever asks the show for sympathy. (We are far from the time where killers, like Peter Lorre in M, break down begging for understanding.) The unspoken bond is that of so many mystery stories: The detective has to learn to think like the killer; the killer is playing a game in which the investigator is the natural partner. The two figures share a terrible knowledge of the world. All alone in her flat, Stella could be the next victim, or another killer. It’s not that anyone is a suspect, prime or otherwise; it’s a matter of what it is in human nature we should suspect.

The structure and direction of the show works on this principle. The actions of the two leading characters are cut together. Very often, in close-up, they seem to be looking at each other. Moreover, Paul’s targets are attractive, educated, professional women living alone—they are the court of which Gillian Anderson’s cop is queen. Except that she is the loveliest of them all. And while it may not be sufficiently realistic or plausible, Anderson’s look is as vital to the show as the provocative loveliness of Grace Kelly, Janet Leigh, or Tippi Hedren in a Hitchcock film. There are moments in the series where an attentive viewer will develop the feeling that Stella’s courage or recklessness is deliberately putting her own life at stake. Isn’t she the ultimate victim that Paul might imagine?

Allan Cubitt has written all five episodes and Jakob Verbruggen has directed them. Verbruggen has had a career in series television, where directing is generally less important than writing, or creating. But “The Fall” is most thoroughly directed. The essential naturalism of the photography, and the meager use of music, are offset by a camera style that can be highly inventive. So Paul’s house (shared with a wife and two children) has roaming top shots that track over the rooms as if they were sets or cubicles in a doll’s house. (It may remind you of similar shooting at the violent conclusion of Scorsese’s Taxi Driver, where the flourish or rhetoric is reaching out for fable or theater.

One of the best things about The Fall is that Paul is not an outcast or a trembling psychopath: He is a Dad with two children who adore him; happily married and having pleasurable sex with his wife. He is a grief counselor by profession. As you think about it, that’s another way of describing a cop. But Stella has no family, no back story, no support—except for the cop she calls in for sex. Not that she has any notion of falling in love with this guy. No rescue or happiness could convince Stella. She has to go on hunting killers, just as Paul has to go on providing her with material.

I won’t say more about the narrative, except to suggest that the enormous, stealthy expectations of the first three episodes are not quite fulfilled. I think the BBC elected to allow some mercy at the end. Fair enough, we need that, especially after so absorbing a set-up. By the end, the killer has passed the cop, and for all the iconic glory of Gillian Anderson (lovingly photographed by Ruairi O’Brien), Jamie Dornan as Paul has become the center of the drama in a performance that unpeels as slowly as a stripper—and maybe as seductively. The show has remarkable support: Bronagh Waugh as Paul’s wife; Niamh McGrady as an assistant cop who desires the boss; John Lynch as a superior, and compromised policeman; Archie Panjabi as the pathologist, and a series of young actresses as the victims, above all Valene Kane. The killings are not neglected in the showing, though the direct violence is not stressed. Instead, the filming draws us into the ritualistic satisfaction that Paul feels. I can’t think of a film that gazes on its corpses with such chilled awe.

Finally, you’ll wonder why The Fall? What does the title mean? I don’t have a settled answer, though I think the question is what keeps us watching. Perhaps everyone falls, including us. For this is a work of great art that asks us a profound question in the treatment of murder—why are we watching; what do we want? My only uneasy answer is that I watched all five episodes in one sitting.




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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 26, 2016, 05:55:23 pm
LONDONSPYDIRECTORJAKOB_VERBRUGGEN/2011CODE 37_THE FILM

From November 2011:


https://www.cineme.be/code-37-%E2%80%93-de-film-bekroond-met-platina/
CODE 37_THE FILM
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"Code 37 is better known from its TV-series than from this film. Set as usual in the Belgian-Flemish city of Ghent, it provides reasonable crime-entertainment that keeps you watching throughout. The more so while its crime-plot is sexually charged, another trade-mark of the series.

"Above all, this film Code 37 is very Belgian. Which means that its well-built story develops a little slower than you may be used to. And not as spectacular as you may expect. Code 37 deliberately emphasizes on normal, pretty recognizable people, doing their routine in everyday's circumstances."

Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 26, 2016, 06:44:19 pm
John, dear John, you are such a font of London Spy wonderfulness!  Thank you for all this!

I love my Amazon-bound-up London Spy.  I couldn't wait for the dvd.  

I need to re-watch it in a marathon soon.



Once again, thanks, Paul.
In the meanwhile, FYI:



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Re: BBC America version edited?
by iainhammer » Tue Feb 9 2016 02:13:25  
IMDb member since June 2000


Get the show from Amazon streaming - inexpensive, and every episode uncut, all the 'adult' language un-beeped, all the nudity unfogged (what a tender and moving m-2-m sex scene in episode one! Wow!) And uninfected by relentless commercials, which would be anathema to LS's carefully developed sense of dread and anxiety. Someone on this board claims episode one on BBCAmerica was '1 hr 15mins', but clearly doesn't understand that BBC UK is commercial-free and BBCAmerica is quite the opposite - BBCAmerica *ruins* British shows by means of censorship, as if we're all infants who need protecting. With Amazon, you pay your money - and receive the first season, in hi-def, for $13.99 - and you have it in your streaming library permanently. What a great show, sexy, compelling, Ben Whishaw giving an absolutely stunning performance.



BUT ALSO:



London Spy
Episode 1
"Lullaby"

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takeda_Lullaby
Takeda Lullaby
(Japanese: 竹田の子守唄 or Takeda no komoriuta)
is a popular Japanese cradle song. It originated in Takeda, Fushimi, Kyoto.

This song has long been sung among the people in the burakumin areas of Kyoto and Osaka in a slightly different form for a long time. During the 1960s, it was picked up as a theme song by the Buraku Liberation League, particularly its branch at Takeda.



(Strange note: for some reason--probably MONEY--the BBC America/AND the Amazon Streaming versions have BOTH removed the vocal track of the Takeda Lullaby during the scene in the club--you can only hear it during the final credits. I realized that the vocal track was missing when I found it in a youtube clip posted before the BBC America premiere--that original British clip has since been deleted. JG)



I will be VERY INTERESTED to see if that vocal track of Takeda Lullaby is put back within that Drury Club scene or not--and maybe other tracks/scenes as well?

 :-\
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 26, 2016, 08:56:26 pm
LONDONSPYDIRECTORJAKOB_VERBRUGGEN/2013THEFALL

From July 2013:



Jakob Verbruggen has had a career in series television, where directing is generally less important than writing, or creating. But The Fall is most thoroughly directed. The essential naturalism of the photography, and the meager use of music, are offset by a camera style that can be highly inventive.



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Published on May 22, 2013



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Published on May 24, 2013


Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 26, 2016, 09:19:21 pm
LONDONSPYDIRECTORJAKOB_VERBRUGGEN/2013THEFALL

From July 2013:


Two things disturb that preconception. Within minutes of the story starting, we know who the killer is; we watch him at work, with fascination, if not quite fondness. Secondly, the cop has none of the gritty feminist bitterness of Mirren’s Jane Tennyson. Instead, Gillian Anderson makes Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson one of the most beautiful women you’ll find on television. This is not simply Ms. Anderson. It’s the way she has been presented—long blonde hair, silk blouses with buttons that come undone, and a superior officer’s authority that quickly picks a handsome junior cop, gives him her hotel room number, and expects him to service her between 2 and 4:30 in the morning. Of course, he does as he’s told. As Stella has sex, the killer is at work. Who’s falling?



[youtube=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qz7R5rooAbw[/youtube]
Published on Jun 5, 2013



[youtube=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WT2Tf_DcjFo[/youtube]
Published on Jan 6, 2014



[youtube=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oj34pncJW9A[/youtube]
Published on Oct 10, 2012
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 26, 2016, 09:23:05 pm
(Does this sound like some people we know?)  ::) :laugh:


No comment.


 :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 28, 2016, 02:23:24 pm
http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/04/04/a-star-of-the-crucible-shops-for-spells

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The Boards  APRIL 4, 2016 ISSUE
Bewitched
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The actor Ben Whishaw pulled up in a black car the other day and popped into an East Village store called Enchantments [424 E 9th St, between 1st Ave and Avenue A], which specializes in essential oils, talismans, books of spells, and other witchy accoutrements. A black cat leaped onto the cash register. “That’s Medea,” the shop’s owner, Stacy Rapp, said. “The Greek Medea, not the Tyler Perry Madea.”

Whishaw, who is thirty-five, bashful, and from Bedfordshire, caressed the cat—he used to own several, but gave them to his grandmother when his film career exploded, eight years ago. He is best known for playing Q in the two latest Bond films: not the crusty old gadget-maker made famous by Desmond Llewelyn but a coy young tech geek with a windswept mop of hair. He is frequently cast as a writer (John Keats, in “Bright Star”; Herman Melville, in “In the Heart of the Sea”), a rocker (Bob Dylan, or a slice of him, in “I’m Not There”; Freddie Mercury, possibly, in a long-rumored bio-pic), or a lover (he pined for Eddie Redmayne in “The Danish Girl”).


Now he’s tackling a Puritan: he stars as John Proctor in a Broadway revival of “The Crucible,” Arthur Miller’s McCarthy-minded drama about the Salem witch trials, directed by the Belgian experimentalist Ivo van Hove. During rehearsals, Whishaw had heard about Enchantments from his co-star Tavi Gevinson, the nineteen-year-old actress and the editor of the online magazine Rookie, who goes there for candles.

“What are you interested in? Spells?” Rapp, who wore black ear studs and a skull-and-crossbones bandanna, asked. “We can’t really fly on brooms, I’m sorry to say. We do sell them, though.”

“Do you do spells?” Whishaw asked.

“Spells are basically a tool,” Rapp explained. “A spell is a tool to focus your energy in a specific direction. We do get a lot of people in your line of work coming in, saying, ‘I’m up for a big role, I have this audition, I need some luck.’ ”

Whishaw said that he does own crystals, which he bought in Glastonbury, a pagan pilgrimage site. “I have a smoky quartz, a beautiful smoky quartz, which I brought with me from the U.K. I’m going to take it to the theatre and just have it in the dressing room. I don’t know why. I like it there.”

“Quartz is cleansing,” Rapp assured him. She changed a light bulb as Whishaw looked around, the floor creaking underfoot. He paused by a shelf of ceramic skulls. He had not spent much time studying the historical Salem, he said, noting that Miller had strayed from fact. “In actuality, John Proctor was in his sixties, and Abigail was really young—she was twelve.” (On Broadway, she’s played by Saoirse Ronan, who is twenty-one.) He peered up. “What are in these bottles here?”

“These are oils,” Rapp said, and drew Whishaw’s attention to a root called Devil’s shoestring. “The Puritans were big on the Devil.”

“In the play, any sinful behavior is the Devil at work,” Whishaw said. “So if you have sinned as John Proctor has sinned, in the sin of lechery, you have been touched by the Devil. It gets very complex, because he’s also a good man, but he’s done this awful thing.”

Rapp said that she had been to Salem several times. “It’s gotten very touristy. I’m not crazy about it.”

“People going on witch tours and things?” Whishaw said. He winced. “It’s easy, because it’s so long ago, for people to go, ‘Oh, witches! Dunkings! Trials!’ But actually it’s terrifying. I mean, they were executing people. It’s barbaric.”

Rapp sat down under a sign that read “The Witch Is In” and asked Whishaw, “How does it feel playing someone like this, seeing as you seem to have some belief in magic?”

“I think what you were saying about Puritanism is very important,” Whishaw said, crouching down to stroke Medea again. “They were like Christian fundamentalists.”

“They left England because it was too relaxed religiously?”

“Yeah,” Whishaw said. “They were like religious refugees, because the Puritans were being persecuted.”

“So they turned around and did the exact same thing,” Rapp said. “It reminds me what things were like back in the day. I’m lucky I can actually own a shop like this. In certain countries it’s still illegal.” (Saudi Arabia has an anti-witchcraft police unit, and Swaziland has threatened to fine anyone flying a broomstick above a hundred and fifty metres.)

Whishaw thanked Rapp and headed around the corner to a café, where he ordered an omelette and an Americano. He doesn’t actually believe in magic, he clarified. “Of course, lucky things can happen, but I don’t think they happen because you look at a candle.” As for his smoky quartz, he added, “I just like it aesthetically.” ♦
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Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 28, 2016, 03:18:10 pm
THECRUCIBLEINTERVIEWBEN WHISHAW

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Ben Whishaw
Staring into Miller’s Crucible
by Steven Suskin
03/28/2016 10:34 am ET


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Saoirse Ronan and Ben Whishaw in The Crucible. Photos by Jan Versweyveld


British actor Ben Whishaw is making his Broadway debut as John Proctor in director Ivo van Hove’s production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. Whishaw, a 35-year-old stage, screen and television actor who started his career at 23 as Hamlet for Trevor Nunn at the Old Vic—and recently appeared as Q in the James Bond films “Skyfall” and “Spectre”—sat with us before a recent preview in his cramped dressing room, two-flights up at the Walter Kerr.



Did you know The Crucible when you were approached to do it on Broadway?

Actually, weirdly, I had done the play as a teenager. I had this real love of the play, stemming from a young age. It’s happened a few times, now, that plays I’ve done when I was 15 or 16 have come back to me, later in life. It became like, obviously, there must be some reason why it’s come back, so I should do this. Then Ivo van Hove was mentioned and that was very exciting, because I’m a fan of his work.



And you played the same role, John Proctor?

Yes. This is just the part they gave me, I don’t know why. It was a state school that I went to, in the village down the road from the village I grew up in, it was called the Samuel Whitbread Community College. Just a small country school, in Shefford. We had a really amazing drama department.



What did you make of the role at that age? Did you understand the play?

Yes, I think I did. We had, just last Saturday matinee, a very young audience. I noticed there were a lot of teenagers, young people in the front rows, they all had their elbows on their knees and were leaning in. I think young people get the play, because the thing I remember really responding to was this notion of forcing conformity on people. It’s sort of the politics of what happens in a playground, that’s what’s going on in the play. There are kinds of brutal, basic things that happen in life, at work, in big institutions. I think in school, the same things are going on, you instinctively respond to them. The stuff about the marriage and lots of other things, I probably didn’t understand. But it’s such a rich play, there are so many things you can grasp or fail to grasp, or discover in it.



Miller’s play is set in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. Ivo remains true to the text, but he places it—scenically, at least—in a very different time and place. Where do you, as John Proctor, think the action is taking place?

I think he’s now, in the world that exists on stage. We’ve not been specific about it; Ivo is not interested, in the slightest, in naturalistic or even psychological things like that. He’s much more interested in stripping away stuff, I suppose, so you get to something more raw and basic. So my feeling is we’re in sort of now, in a community.



In terms of the staging, were there surprises that came up in rehearsal?

Not really, because Ivo gives you a kind of overview talk at the first rehearsal, and he said it is going to be set in a classroom. The whole thing is happening in this classroom, and it was all very considered, and decided before we began. I suppose the thing that is most surprising about the way Ivo works is that he does want to strip things down; he really wants, as much as possible, no acting, no pretense about anything.



Did the question of using accents come up?

We started out having American accents, the British and Irish members of the cast. About the second or third preview, Ivo scrapped it, because he felt it wasn’t necessary. If anything, it was a kind of—block. It just wasn’t required because we weren’t in any specific place, so we could be ourselves. I think because Ivo’s Belgian, some of the cast are Irish, some American, Sophie Okonedo and I are British—and since we don’t have any trappings of the original period—I think the play could be taking place anywhere. This situation the audience is looking at, could be happening all over the world. It’s not exclusively an American problem.



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Sophie Okonedo and Ben Whishaw in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. Photo: Jan Versweyveld



From the audience, your performance looks emotionally and physically wrenching. Is it difficult to play, eight times a week?

I think the play is so brilliant, and brilliantly structured, that it’s kind of impossible not to swept up in it, every time you do it. It requires a lot of concentration, because it’s a long play. But I wouldn’t say it feels difficult. It’s weirdly a pleasure to do it, even twice in one day; it’s so really enjoyable. I think Miller is just a wonderful writer for the theatre. He’s a wonderful writer for actors, and the play somehow generates its own energy. The audience always seems to be with you, because he sets the whole thing up so brilliantly. It’s like a nightmare. View from the Bridge had a similar feeling, I felt it when I was watching Ivo’s production. It’s like Ivo described it, that car crash you can see coming—but you can’t turn your eyes away.



How did you feel when Ivo introduced the various special elements, the effects?

One of the things that Ivo said very early on, what was important to him was that we convey to the audience that the people in this play really believe in witches, and they really believe that young girls can fly; that you really can be possessed by the devil, or the devil’s agents. And so there are little kinds of glimpses of that. Because the play is exploring belief, I suppose, and what belief does to people who are living under a very strict, moral religious value system. So the effects are kind of a cheeky, provocative way of exploring that. There are little flashes into the way these people see the world.



Do you feel like you and the cast are politically engaged by the play?

Well, what I like about what Ivo’s done is that it’s not a production that’s bashing you over the head with a contemporary resonance. I think what he is doing is something more universal. This could be any community, anywhere. I suppose what Ivo is asking us to pay attention to, is that it always begins as something so small. It begins as a private matter between two or three people, and it explodes into something that is barbaric and evil. But the seeds are tiny. That feels relevant, and frightening; because it’s frightening how very complex problems evolve out of small matters, and sweep up the domestic and the private with them.



Arthur Miller wrote The Crucible in 1953, at the height of McCarthyism, when American citizens—including himself—were accused of being Communists and blacklisted. Is that period of history relevant to you, performing the play today?

I think the play speaks to other things that are happening in the world now, more than it does to the McCarthy era. That was so specific to his time. But because Miller’s such a brilliant writer, the play transcends the particular things he had in mind when he was writing it. Certainly, it doesn’t resonate with me, or I think to people in my generation. I didn’t go through that. It’s fascinating to read about the time Miller was living through and what he was suffering, but when I look at the play now, the McCarthy trials are not what I think about. And I’m sure that lots of people won’t be thinking about it. I think a great play will always speak to people, because it touches something deeper than what was happening when it was written. Miller was going underneath the surface, he was writing about something more universal.



Is it different for you, appearing on stage here in New York rather than in London.

It does somehow feel different. I don’t quite know why. I feel like a bit of an outsider. I think it’s because I don’t really know anyone here. Nobody comes backstage.



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Ben Whishaw, now appearing in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible

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Post by: southendmd on March 28, 2016, 04:13:54 pm
"I feel like a bit of an outsider. I think it’s because I don’t really know anyone here. Nobody comes backstage."

How sad.  John, go visit him!
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Post by: Jeff Wrangler on March 28, 2016, 04:27:50 pm
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Ben Whishaw, now appearing in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible

I like this picture of him.  :)
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Post by: Jeff Wrangler on March 28, 2016, 04:28:46 pm
"I feel like a bit of an outsider. I think it’s because I don’t really know anyone here. Nobody comes backstage."

How sad.  John, go visit him!

Seriously, in this day and age, do they even let people go backstage?  ???
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Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 28, 2016, 04:53:17 pm
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Ben Whishaw, now appearing in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible
I like this picture of him.  :)


Me too!   :)

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Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 28, 2016, 05:01:58 pm
"I feel like a bit of an outsider. I think it’s because I don’t really know anyone here. Nobody comes backstage."

How sad.  John, go visit him!




Believe it or not, for a moment I had the exact same thought! Unfortunately, I CAN SOMETIMES (not always) be more bashful than Mr Whishaw is reportedly to be. However, if only I had seen him walking purposely Eastward on Houston (or maybe on Bleecker?), on his way to his East Fourth Street/La MaMa rehearsal space--I would DEFINITELY have rushed him, like Danny rushed Alex on Lambeth Bridge (Albert Embankment)!

 :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:


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Seriously, in this day and age, do they even let people go backstage?  ???
 




Well, 'Lovies' do (Lovies being London parlance for famous people--of a certain ilk) but I'm definitely not a Lovie!


 ::) :laugh:
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Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 28, 2016, 05:04:58 pm
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Theater & Dance
Broadway’s man of the moment
Ivo van Hove
By Peter Marks Theater critic
March 12, 2016


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Director Ivo Van at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York on March 4
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Although he has always been fond of this country’s drama, Ivo van Hove — a European vying for the mantle of America’s hottest stage director — never felt any affinity for one of our most revered dramatists, Arthur Miller.

Of course, Belgian-born van Hove, who runs a theater in Amsterdam, respected the achievement of “Death of a Salesman,” but otherwise, he far preferred to delve into the work of other American theater writers, such as Eugene O’Neill, Tennessee Williams, Lillian Hellman and Tony Kushner. Miller, by comparison, seemed too rigid, a dramatist whose determination to force his point of view on audiences stirred only resistance in van Hove.

“I never thought of Miller as a great playwright before,” he said, late one afternoon in February, another day’s rehearsal of “The Crucible” in an East Village basement space under his belt. “I thought he was too clearly moralistic. I discovered I was clearly wrong.”

It is, in fact, the playwright he long underestimated who is giving him the most prominent platform he has ever had in the United States. Because the 57-year-old van Hove has brought not one, but two Arthur Miller plays to Broadway this season, in revivals that have been among the year’s most highly anticipated. In October arrived the director’s Broadway debut, the transfer from London’s Young Vic Theatre of a rawly emotional, sexually charged version of Miller’s “A View From the Bridge.” And now, for an encore, comes his new staging for Broadway of “The Crucible,” with a score by Philip Glass and a starry international cast headed by Ben Whishaw, Tony winner Sophie Okonedo, Ciaran Hinds and Saoirse Ronan, who was Oscar-nominated this year as best actress for “Brooklyn.”

“The Crucible,” which began preview performances March 1 at the Walter Kerr Theatre and opens officially March 31, sits at the finish line of a remarkable U.S. marathon for van Hove. As “A View From the Bridge” was gearing up, his revival of Sophocles’s “Antigone,” which started in Luxembourg with Juliette Binoche in the title role, was touring to institutional theaters in New York and Washington.



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“Antigone,” with Juliette Binoche.(Jan Versweyveld)



Later in the fall, he was ensconced at off-Broadway’s New York Theatre Workshop, unveiling his production of “Lazarus,” a musical by David Bowie, who was then in the terminal stages of a struggle with cancer.

Soon after the musical’s engagement ended, rehearsals for “The Crucible” began — with the expectation that on this occasion, as he has so often in the past, van Hove would take a radical and controversy-inciting approach to a classic text.

“It’s a total coincidence!” van Hove exclaimed about his eclectic, project-jammed American season. But the convergence of assignments looks more like a culmination than a matter of happenstance. Having developed a New York following after a series of off-Broadway productions over the years, starting with a 1998 staging of O’Neill’s rarely produced “More Stately Mansions” at New York Theatre Workshop, van Hove is that extreme exception these days: a European auteur who establishes an important beachhead here. Although directors from Britain and Ireland are regular guests in every major theater town in the United States, invitations to those from continental Europe tend to be confined to occasional international festivals and university residencies.

That may be because of language barriers, or differences in directorial style: Some European directors seek to exert more control over text than U.S. practitioners are accustomed to. In any event, van Hove has managed to assemble what few other Europeans do in these parts, a directorial career that combines experimental theater with Broadway.

“It’s not about commercial or non-commercial for me,” van Hove said. “It’s about, ‘Do I connect with the material?’ My life is too short to spoil it with things that don’t interest me. But what I’m not interested in,” he continued, “is a piece of theater that’s just for entertainment.”

This philosophy and the results it can generate have made him a magnet for stage actors of similar seriousness.

“Always, you take a leap of faith with a director, because it’s quite rare to work with someone more than once,” said Whishaw, a rising British stage star best known here as Q in the recent James Bond movies “Skyfall” and “Spectre.” “With Ivo, I had only seen his production of ‘A View From the Bridge,’ but I felt so overwhelmed by that production that just on instinct, I knew you could put your faith in this man and trust him completely.”



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Sophia Anne Caruso in David Bowie’s “Lazarus.” (Jan Versweyveld)



“A View From the Bridge” was a dazzling example of van Hove’s intense, visually arresting style, a showcase for some of his best theatrical impulses. (The production, which ended its Broadway stay Feb. 21, is in talks to run at the Kennedy Center in the fall.) For his un­or­tho­dox concept, he took a cue from his longtime set designer, Jan Versweyveld, who, when thinking of the play’s characters, imagined lifting a rock and finding ants scurrying underneath. From that came the opening image of the production, a monolith rising to reveal the actors of Miller’s story of betrayal on the Brooklyn waterfront. What followed was the tale of Mark Strong’s extraordinary Eddie Carbone, enacted in a bare pit, an arena brilliantly suited to the primal emotions unleashed in van Hove’s version.

If the revival received some of the best notices of the fall on Broadway, the response was something of an anomaly for van Hove, whose work more commonly divides reviewers and audiences. Such was the case recently with “Antigone,” which stopped for a weekend of performances at the Kennedy Center in October. Although appreciated by some critics, the modern-dress piece, supplemented lavishly by video and evocations of wind-swept Greek promontories, struck others as odd and ponderous. The reception for some of his earlier stagings has ranged from irritated to amused. “A Bathtub Named Desire” was the label New York Times critic Ben Brantley put on van Hove’s 1999 revival of “A Streetcar Named Desire,” which indeed placed Stanley in a bathtub. Brantley added in his review that the director evinced “the severe logic of the steely literature teacher who parses works of art into diagrams.”

Other of his off-Broadway productions have been greeted with more admiring notices, such as his 2014 stage version of Ingmar Bergman’s TV miniseries “Scenes From a Marriage.” But the swipes at works such as “Streetcar” left a mark.

“It wasn’t like I loved the hatred,” van Hove said, sitting in a windowless room in the bowels of the legendary LaMama Experimental Theater Club on East Fourth Street, where “The Crucible” was being readied for Broadway. “I immediately had a lot of fans, but I was also the man who people loved to hate and hated to love.”

He grew up in the Flemish-speaking part of Belgium. He adored movies, especially the work of Italian filmmakers Luchino Visconti and Pier Paolo Pasolini, but gravitated in his 20s toward plays. “I totally fell in love with theatrical text and discovered through the mask of text, I could express myself better than in my own words,” he said. Acting, on the other hand, held zero appeal. “I wouldn’t be so interested in doing a play every night, again and again.”

Van Hove’s talents took him to Antwerp and then to Amsterdam, where in 2001 he became general director of the city’s leading troupe, the Toonelgroep Amsterdam. There he burnished a reputation for, as the company notes on its website, “dismantling theater classics” by looking at them “through the prism of our own time.” Van Hove has applied the prism to Shakespeare, Molière and Chekhov, and adapted works by such varied sources as film director Michelangelo Antonioni and novelist Ayn Rand.

“I demand a lot from my team and my actors. I have to believe 100 percent in my projects,” he explained, adding that he can require as much as a year to 18 months to plan a production. For “The Crucible,” set in the paranoid realm of Salem, Mass., during the witch trials of the late 1600s, van Hove asked actors to show up on day one with their roles memorized. “A lot is expected of us,” echoed Ronan, who is making her Broadway debut as Abigail Williams, the teenager who venomously accuses the village’s most virtuous citizens of witchcraft.

Because the technical elements are so crucial, they are integrated into rehearsals virtually from the outset, Ronan said. She recalled composer Glass sitting in a corner of the room all the time, working on parts of the score. “The music is like a character in the show,” the actress said. [FYI, Glass didn't have far to walk from his house on First Ave! JG]

As for insights into their own characters, van Hove tends to speak to the actors strictly in terms of small moments that heighten emotion. “He’ll give you a tiny thing to think about,” Ronan said, “and it opens up a whole new world.”

Whishaw, who portrays John Proctor, the central character, faced with the choice between death and falsely confessing to witchcraft, was harder pressed to define van Hove’s technique. “When you open your mouth to try to explain it, it becomes quite incomprehensible,” said the actor, who trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. “It’s really very difficult to say how he does what he does.”

Van Hove declined to reveal any specifics about his technical approach to the play. But it was clear that his earlier impression, of Miller’s plays as off-puttingly transparent, was now wholly obsolete. “He's writing about ethical problems and about morality, but not in an easy way,” he said. Noting the play’s allegorical links to the McCarthy era of the 1950s and Miller’s own decision at the time not to name names, the director said he found “The Crucible” a work of bountiful riches — in other words, “a play full of ambivalence.”

“It’s really written,” the director declared, “with his tears and with his blood.”


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The Crucible, by Arthur Miller. Directed by Ivo van Hove. Through July 17 at the Walter Kerr Theatre, 219 W. 48th St., New York. Visit telecharge.com or call 212-239-6200.
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Post by: Jeff Wrangler on March 28, 2016, 05:31:01 pm
Well, 'Lovies' do (Lovies being London parlance for famous people--of a certain ilk) but I'm definitely not a Lovie!


 ::) :laugh:

Well, but that does tend to support what i would suspect. If you're famous--have a recognizable face--you could get back stage--but I would doubt that ordinary folk could even get past the stage door. But I suppose that's always been the case?  ???
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Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 28, 2016, 06:22:22 pm
Well, but that does tend to support what i would suspect. If you're famous--have a recognizable face--you could get back stage--but I would doubt that ordinary folk could even get past the stage door. But I suppose that's always been the case?  ???


Yeah, well, it's also always the case that New Yorkers have a lot of GALL, so-- ::) :laugh:

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Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 28, 2016, 07:10:31 pm
THEMANFROM_BEDFORDSHIRE_BEN WHISHAW


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Ben Whishaw
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Early life
Whishaw was born in Clifton, Bedfordshire, and was brought up there and in Langford--





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Bedfordshire
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The traditional nickname for people from Bedfordshire is "Clangers", deriving from a local dish comprising a suet crust pastry filled with meat in one end and jam in the other.





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The Bedfordshire Clanger is a dish from the English county of Bedfordshire, dating back to at least the 19th century. The clanger is an elongated suet crust dumpling similar to a pasty, *with a savoury filling at one end and a sweet filling at the other, comprising a main course and dessert in one package. It is traditionally steamed but may be baked for robustness. The crust was not originally intended for consumption but to protect the fillings from the soiled hands of the workers.[1]

The savoury end is traditionally meat with diced potatoes and vegetables (although a filling without meat is also possible), and the sweet end is usually jam, or sweetened apple or other fruit. Traditionally the top of the clanger is scored with a few lines to denote the sweet end.

Historically, the Bedfordshire Clanger was made by women for their husbands to take to their agricultural work as a midday meal. The dish is still available at various bakers and served at some hotels, restaurants and local places of interest.

A similar, but entirely savoury, dish comes from Buckinghamshire. Known as the Buckinghamshire Bacon Badger, it is made from bacon, potatoes and onions which are enclosed in a pastry case.[2]




Well, who knew?? Re Clangers: with the main at one end and the dessert on the other, it certainly saves time, I guess! A nugget from the back of the messy attic of my mind skitters forward. "It's all Jam in the end." I know for a fact that it's an old saying. Is it British? Was it Bedfordian? If so, how LITERATE in the literal sense!

 ;D
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Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 28, 2016, 07:31:47 pm
THEMANFROM_BEDFORDSHIRE_BEN WHISHAW


The Man from Bedfordshire--

--has a Fraternal Twin (James Whishaw) who is at least THREE INCHES TALLER (6'-0"), is sort of blond-ish (!) and is NOT an actor!   :o

What is it we are
always saying?
Definitely NOT Ugly!

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I DO have to ask, though--
Why ISN'T brother James
an actor? I mean--I'd watch
whatever 5-episode show
BBC2 puts on the tube with
him in it, that's for sure!
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Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 28, 2016, 11:33:30 pm
THEMANFROM_BEDFORDSHIRE_BEN WHISHAW




The Man from Bedfordshire--

--has a Fraternal Twin (James Whishaw) who is at least THREE INCHES TALLER (6'-0"), is sort of blond-ish (!) and is NOT an actor!   :o

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(When asked about his twin brother James, Whishaw tells me he “does something with finance but he’s on his own journey which I can’t go into”.)

Wonderland, May 16th 2013: Flashback Friday: Ben Whishaw – words by Matt Mueller
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At the same moment that Ben Whishaw was evolving into a human being, his brother was too – he is a twin. His brother is "6ft and fair and doesn't act". His mother is a non-identical twin also: "So that was our reality." She worked for John Lewis. His father played football for Stevenage before moving into a career in IT. Recently, his mother told him that, when given identical presents to his twin, he would protest: "'I'm not interested in toy cars – why have I been given this?'" Yet he adds: "I don't remember ever feeling resentful about sharing a birthday."

The Observer, Saturday 16 March 2013: Ben Whishaw: 'I feel I'm always in the dark' – interview by Kate Kellaway
http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2013/mar/17/ben-whishaw-interview
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Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 29, 2016, 06:47:42 am
Oops?? Oh my--was I just saying-- ::) ::) ::)



Believe it or not, for a moment I had the exact same thought! Unfortunately, I CAN SOMETIMES (not always) be more bashful than Mr Whishaw is reportedly to be. However, if only I had seen him walking purposely Eastward on Houston (or maybe on Bleecker?), on his way to his East Fourth Street/La MaMa rehearsal space--I would DEFINITELY have rushed him, like Danny rushed Alex on Lambeth Bridge (Albert Embankment)!

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THEMANFROM_BEDFORDSHIRE_BEN WHISHAW




Quote:

(When asked about his twin brother James, Whishaw tells me he “does something with finance but he’s on his own journey which I can’t go into”.)

Wonderland, May 16th 2013: Flashback Friday: Ben Whishaw – words by Matt Mueller
http://www.wonderlandmagazine.com/2013/05/flashback-friday-ben-whishaw/


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London Spy
Episode 1
"Lullaby"
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"JOE" (ALEX): I work for an investment bank. It's their apartment. Security is a concern.

There's a terrace... If you want to smoke, I mean. I'm going to take a shower.




Uhm...do you think??   :o ::)


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Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 29, 2016, 11:43:37 pm
THECRUCIBLEINTERVIEWBEN WHISHAW

http://www.berkshireeagle.com/theaterreviews/ci_29698670/classic-stage-role-comes-calling-and-actor-ben


A classic stage role comes calling
and actor

Ben Whishaw
answers — again

by Mark Kennedy
The Associated Press
03/29/2016 10:33:04 AM EDT


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Ben Whishaw, considered one of the best stage actors of his generation, is making his Broadway
debut in The Crucible, Arthur Miller's classic tale about the Salem witch trials.

(Joel Ryan — the associated press)



NEW YORK — British actor Ben Whishaw has found himself to be a magnet for important roles. They even come back every few years.

He did his first Hamlet at 16 as a schoolboy and then again at age 23 to critical acclaim in London. He played John Proctor from The Crucible at 15 — and now it has come calling again.

Whishaw, considered one of the best stage actors of his generation, is making his Broadway debut in Arthur Miller's classic tale about the Salem witch trials. He's 20 years older and sees the work differently.

"What has occurred to me is that I didn't understand the play very much," he said in his cramped dressing room in the Walter Kerr Theatre, where he makes a cup of tea.

"It's a masterpiece so you can understand one element of it but not another. So I think I understood one element of it as a 15-year-old and now as a 35-year-old you see things very differently. It's way more complicated than I remember it."

Whishaw joins an impressive cast that features Saoirse Ronan, Sophie Okonedo, Ciaran Hinds, Tavi Gevinson and Jim Norton. Dutch visionary Ivo van Hove, known for stripping down a work to its essence and using minimal props, is directing the revival, which officially opens Thursday after final previews tonight and Wednesday afternoon and evening. It is scheduled to run through July 17.

Gevinson, who plays Mary Warren, said cast members have been challenged to rethink the Miller play and have leaned on Whishaw. "I couldn't be working with an actor more attentive or thoughtful," she said.

Miller wrote the play during the witch-hunting McCarthy era, but set it during the Salem witch trials of 17th-century Massachusetts. It's about mass hysteria that begins when the daughter of the local minister falls mysteriously ill. The cause, rumor says, is witchcraft. And before the gossip has run its course, just about everyone in town is tainted.

Whishaw said that as a 15-year-old, he was absorbed by the witches and the bullying. As a 35-year-old, he's exploring the gray among the black and white. "We want to explore the mush that we all live in. John Proctor is good and bad and everything else."

It's been a busy 2½ years for Whishaw. He's starred in In the Heart of the Sea as Herman Melville, the latest 007 film Spectre as the gadget whiz Q, and had smaller parts in the films The Danish Girl and Suffragette. He even voiced Paddington Bear on film.

Whishaw's star began to rise after he was picked to play the melancholy Danish prince in Trevor Nunn's production of Hamlet at the Old Vic, just six months out of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Critics said his performance deserved to be put alongside Hamlets by Sir Laurence Olivier and Mark Rylance.

"I'm not being modest or downplaying it, but it was a lot to do with luck. I was in the right place at the right time," Whishaw said. "It's a very big thing to undertake when you're 23. I didn't really know what I was doing but it was a wonderful time."

He grew up north of London with a twin brother and parents unconnected to show business. A trip to the London Palladium to see Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat was his first taste of theater. He left forever changed.

"It's everything: It's the theater itself that you're in. It's the orchestra and the colors and the smell of the place," he said. "It's so unguarded, naked, real, isn't it? That's the thing that's magical."



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Television | Leading Actor in 2016
Nominees


Idris Elba
Luther

Mark Rylance
Wolf Hall

Stephen Graham
This Is England '90

Ben Whishaw
London Spy




Television | Mini Series in 2016
Nominees


This Is England ’90
Shane Meadows, Mark Herbert, Jack Thorne, Rebekah Wray-Rogers

Doctor Foster
Mike Bartlett, Tom Vaughan, Roanna Benn, Jude Liknaitzky

The Enfield Haunting
Production Team

London Spy
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Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on March 30, 2016, 07:01:16 am
 8) 8) 8)

Obviously, congratulations to:



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Nominees


Ben Whishaw
London Spy





Television | Mini Series in 2016
Nominees


London Spy
Juliette Howell, Tom Rob Smith, Guy Heeley, Jakob Verbruggen







HOWEVER--

Nothing for Jim Broadbent or Charlotte Rampling? For shame!   >:(

Oh well, be pleased and grateful also for:




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Television Craft | Director - Fiction in 2016
Nominees


Jakob Verbruggen
London Spy





Television Craft | Photography And Lighting - Fiction in 2016
Nominees


London Spy
Laurie Rose





Television Craft | Sound - Fiction in 2016
Nominees


London Spy
Scott Jones  Robert Brazier  Joseph Stracey  Ian Voigt





Television Craft | Editing - Fiction in 2016
Nominees


London Spy
Victoria Boydell





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LONDONSPYINTERVIEW_JIM BROADBENT

http://filmreviewonline.com/2015/11/03/london-spy-official-interview-with-jim-broadbent/


What was it about London Spy that attracted you?

Getting the script was a treat. I’d read Tom Rob Smith’s writing before, so I knew I was in for a good thriller, and that’s absolutely proved to be true. It’s a really good read so I leapt through the five episodes very quickly. I love a good strong thriller myself so it was great to be part of that.

Also, Jakob [Verbruggen] is a very engaging director who is very communicative and clearly has a great relationship with the director of photography [Laurie Rose] and they have a good positive approach, which affected the whole production.
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Interview
Remember
Ben Whishaw’s
Name
By Briana Rodriguez
Posted March 16, 2016, 11 a.m.



Ben Whishaw is competing to be heard over the hammering coming from the Walter Kerr Theatre’s orchestra level. Sitting in the mezzanine, he has to raise his typically subdued voice over the incessant banging as the tech crew finishes construction on the set for Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. The stage decor, which director Ivo van Hove has very consciously had installed piecemeal alongside the play’s performances, is mirroring the cast’s progress; previews are eight days away and they’re five pages shy of the Tony-winning play’s grim culmination. It’ll be the first full run of Whishaw’s Broadway debut.

Playing protagonist John Proctor, the deeply religious but fallible outsider in a Puritanical community splintered by the Salem witch trials, Whishaw, under van Hove’s guidance, is approaching the production’s cornerstone role with an intuitive looseness. There are no heady discussions about the material and no table reads, just a strict five-hour-a-day rehearsal from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. alongside Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan, Tony winner Sophie Okonedo, Game of Thrones alum Ciarán Hinds, and the rest of the 15-actor ensemble.

For Whishaw, the rehearsal process has been an exercise in making discoveries in the moment and uncovering what the play “ought to be” in his respective space.

“Ivo encourages you to not be logical; he’ll say, ‘OK, so this moment you let rip. You push her up against the door and you scream at her, but in the next second you drop that and you’re calm and you’re rational,’ ” Whishaw explains with kinetic hand movements. “So he sort of gives you something, a sphere to play in, but it’s not psychological…. Because if you come at this play like, ‘I’m going to make this a coherent interpretation,’ you smooth it out, you iron out the weird contradictions and jumps.”

John’s termination of his illicit affair with young Abigail (Ronan) sets The Crucible in motion and triggers a vengeance plot with accusations of witchcraft flying at dozens of townspeople, including John’s wife, Elizabeth (Okonedo).

For Whishaw, who adamantly does not subscribe to a specific acting method (“No, I really, really don’t. No.”), the contradictions of Salem’s residents were his jumping-off point for the play, which is loosely based on the notorious 17th-century trials. Examining people who so deeply rely on each other for survival yet are killing each other over little more than needles and poppets—plus John’s belief that he’s a good Christian despite his sins—took precedence.



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“It’s this thing [Ivo and I] talked briefly about, which is cognitive dissonance—when you have two things that are opposites. They can’t sit together, but nonetheless…” he explains. “One of the first things Ivo said to us was, ‘[The Crucible is about] people trying to be humane, but in their attempts to be humane they become inhumane.’ There’s a point they cross and they no longer know what they’re doing. And it does become about this sort of fundamentalist mindset that all of the characters are confined by, trapped in.”

Miller used the real-life trials as an allegory for the decades-long communist “witch hunt” that led to hundreds of artists, including the playwright himself, being blacklisted in show business from the late 1940s through the early ’60s. (The McCarthy era, as it’s known, was also the setting for last year’s Trumbo and the Coen brothers’ latest, Hail, Caesar.)

To pull the production into modern times, van Hove has taken it out of the Massachusetts backwoods and into an environment that, much like his previous Miller engagement, A View From the Bridge, strips away the world’s excess in a way that gives a new sheen to a familiar narrative.

Unlike in the 1996 film adaptation and countless theatrical productions, traditional Puritan clothing has been replaced with private school uniforms. A gray classroom with a chalkboard that runs nearly the full length of the back wall slowly fills with drawings and words written or scribbled by characters to symbolically chronicle the buildup to the three-hour play’s climax. And the lighting (by set designer Jan Versweyveld), which oscillates between chilly, hospital white and warm oranges, visually magnifies the ever-present score by Philip Glass.

Whishaw’s casting is yet another alteration to the play’s standard formula. Where the farmer has in the past been portrayed as a brute force, his rough edges are emotionally and physically softened by Whishaw’s vulnerability and wiry frame.



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“When we first really met, he was greedy and hungry for inspiration,” van Hove says of his lead. “I must say, I’m really impressed. He’s there with his colleagues, he’s never selfish, never egocentric. He really wants to tell a story together with everybody and that was already there the first moment I saw him. He’s tender and sweet and at the same time a strong man, which is perfect for John.”

It’s a New Age interpretation of The Crucible: “These tribal factions and frictions and bullying and accusations and forcing conformity on people,” as Whishaw explains it. “Working with Ivo, it seems like a completely different play again.”

What makes Whishaw an atypical leading man is this inclination to deflect the attention away from himself and onto those around him. And this same ability to seemingly remove himself from the equation is what makes him so compelling to watch as an actor.

In interviews he pauses often, as if to weigh each word and be sure he means what he says, but onstage, he embodies immediate conviction. He moves with purpose and articulates complex emotions about Abigail, his peers, and Elizabeth with little more than a twitch of his fingers.

His particular style has revealed new layers to Hamlet during his performance at the Old Vic, to Bob Dylan in the indie film I’m Not There, to the serial killer Jean-Baptiste Grenouille in Perfume, and more recently to stubborn husband Sonny Watts in Suffragette and to Danny on the BBC1[nope, BBC2!] thriller miniseries London Spy. But the true mark of both his range and his intangible allure seeping further into the mainstream was his casting as Q in the Bond films Spectre and Skyfall, and the upcoming A Hologram for a King, opposite Tom Hanks. His varying characters make clear he slips easily into someone else’s skin.

When asked how he found John Proctor (he says it wasn’t a physical discovery of a walk or specific vocalization like other roles he’s played), he points to van Hove and to the high school drama teacher who first guided him in the role at age 15. He mentions a book of mug shots he found in a West Village shop: “They’ve just got this sort of stripped-down quality,” he says of the men. “They’re very pure. Startled, like they’ve been caught.” He praises his co-star, saying, “Sophie does this brilliant thing where she’ll go, ‘Can we just sit down and paraphrase this scene, ’cause I don’t understand?’ ” And Miller for creating someone so surprisingly familiar.



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“It’s something I feel in my own life,” he says, “John’s frustration, you know? I think that’s something Miller writes a lot about, having this social face and then a private self. Maybe everyone feels that, but as an actor you feel that in a sort of strange, intense way because you’re in public.” He pauses with his head in his hand. Sitting up, he says, “I wish I were… I had more courage to be more outspoken about certain things, or feel less need to conform to certain things. It’s bizarre, these kinds of pressures that inform your life, your behavior. Sometimes you look at them coldly and think, What am I doing? But nonetheless, it’s deeply ingrained.”

The pressure to be an open book with his personal life is something Whishaw has avoided. Anonymity is key, he’s said in past interviews. “As an actor, your job is to persuade people that you’re someone else. So if you’re constantly telling people about yourself, I think you’re shooting yourself in the foot.”

It goes hand in hand with his aversion to the pursuit of fame over compelling art. “I think there can be an awful, heavy pressure to look a certain way, or be a certain thing,” he says. “Or fame. You could think that that’s what’s important when it’s not, really—at least it’s not for me, and it isn’t for most people I admire.”

But celebrity, whether sought or not, is a mercurial byproduct of such immense talent. If Whishaw’s current record of stage, television, and film roles are anything to go by, it’s a march toward the inevitable.


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Saoirse Ronan
and
Ben Whishaw
Bring New Dimension
to The Crucible
by ADAM GREEN
MARCH 31, 2016 6:00 AM

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Ben Whishaw in a Gucci coat and Saoirse Ronan
in a Carolina Herrera dress.

Photographed by Mel Bles, Vogue, April 2016


Ben Whishaw and Saoirse Ronan play foes and former lovers in Ivo van Hove’s Broadway revival of The Crucible.


If you are in the market for revelatory—and pulse-quickening—productions of plays that you thought you knew all too well, then the Belgian director Ivo van Hove is your man. On the heels of his devastating staging of Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge, van Hove returns to Broadway this month with his take on The Crucible, Miller’s thinly veiled allegory about the 1950s Communist witch hunts, set against the actual 1690s Salem witch hunts, featuring music by Philip Glass and an A-plus cast led by Ben Whishaw and, making her professional stage debut, Saoirse Ronan.

After an early Crucible rehearsal, I catch up with Whishaw and Ronan. Perhaps best known for his role in the BBC’s fifties-set newsroom show The Hour, the 35-year-old British actor had an action-packed fall, with roles in Spectre, The Danish Girl, and the television series London Spy. But like a lot of British actors of his generation, Whishaw got his start on the stage, with a breakout performance as Hamlet in Trevor Nunn’s 2004 production at the Old Vic, and most recently appeared in the West End’s Peter and Alice, opposite Dame Judi Dench. As it happens, he first took on the role of the flawed but morally courageous John Proctor in a school production when he was fifteen. “It’s a play that schoolchildren understand, somehow, because it’s about a microcosm, isn’t it?” says Whishaw, sporting a ploughman’s beard for the role. “And people ganging up and bullying and hysteria.” Although he went against physical type in casting the slight Whishaw—Broadway’s last John Proctor was Liam Neeson—van Hove was more interested in the actor’s ability to bring many dimensions to the character: “You feel that there’s a secret world in his mind, in his body, and you never know where he will go.”

As Abigail Williams, a vindictive seventeen-year-old who destroys lives with her false accusations, Ronan is revisiting territory she explored in her Oscar-nominated breakthrough in Atonement as Briony, a vindictive thirteen-year-old who destroys lives with her false accusations. Coming off her nuanced (and also Oscar-nominated) portrayal of an Irish immigrant torn between two suitors in Brooklyn, the 21-year-old Ronan is looking forward to “the commitment and the stamina” required by the stage. When we first meet Abigail, it’s been seven months since she was thrown out of Proctor’s house, where she had been a servant, because his wife, Elizabeth (Sophie Okonedo), discovered that they’d been having an affair. “He’d taught her everything she knows about the world, made her feel for the first time important for who she was,” Ronan says. “And I think she wants to feel powerful and needed the way she did with him.”

Adultery, sorcery, mob hysteria: van Hove, who has a gift for making plays feel both timeless and uncannily of the moment, believes that audiences will find all kinds of ways into Miller’s material: “I think this play perhaps works even better now that it can be liberated from the McCarthy era—it speaks more about ourselves these days than perhaps we’d like to admit.”

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Saoirse Ronan
Goes From Child Star
to Grown-Up in
Brooklyn
by PATRICIA GARCIA
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At 21, Saoirse Ronan already has the sort of enviable career many actors spend decades trying to achieve. Her first major role, in Atonement, earned her an Oscar nomination when she was only 13 years old. Instead of going down a perilous child-actor path, Ronan went on to build an impressive body of work, collaborating alongside directors like Peter Jackson and Wes Anderson, and next year she’s even tackling Chekhov in the upcoming film adaptation of The Seagull.

Yet one could argue her latest film, Brooklyn, based on the Colm Tóibín novel of the same name, will reintroduce audiences to a decidedly grown-up Saoirse Ronan. (In case you’re wondering, her name is pronounced Seer-sha, like inertia.) Directed by John Crowley, Brooklyn tells the story of Eilis, a young Irish woman who immigrates to New York in the ’50s. At first, Eilis struggles to adapt to a life in America, but that all changes after she falls in love with a young Italian boy (played by the charming Emory Cohen), and later is torn between staying in her newfound home or returning to the country she once pined for so deeply.

Ronan shares a very similar story to her on-screen character. She was born in New York to immigrant parents, who moved to the United States after a major recession hit Ireland in the ’80s. Her family eventually returned when Ronan was 3 years old, and despite growing up there, the actress always felt a strong connection to her birthplace. “To read something like this that is made up of the two places that essentially are in my DNA, it just felt perfect,” Ronan explained by phone from Los Angeles this week. “Brooklyn [and I] had both kind of been waiting for each other.”

When she was 19, Ronan decided to move to London by herself. And while she had the benefit of Skype and email to keep in touch, Ronan still felt deeply homesick during her time in England. “I really missed the people. I think we actually take for granted how friendly we are,” she said. “I also missed my mammy’s food.” A few months into her newfound independence, she started filming Brooklyn and was surprised at how much Eilis’s journey mirrored her own offscreen coming-of-age.  “I had never had that before, where emotionally I was in the same place as somebody I was playing,” she said. “I guess it just kind of meant that there was nowhere to hide, so that made it all the more terrifying to do.”

Ronan had always planned for London to be a stepping-stone before moving to her dream city. “For me, I always wanted to end up in New York,” she said. “I had such a strong connection to the city straightaway. I instantly connected with it and loved it and got so much of a buzz from when I visited, and even still do.” She will finally be moving to the West Village in January, and the following month she’ll begin rehearsing for her Broadway debut as Abigail Williams in The Crucible. “I’m petrified,” she said with a nervous laugh. As of now, the Arthur Miller revival has a number of high-profile names attached to it: Scott Rudin is producing, Ben Whishaw and Sophie Okonedo will play John and Elizabeth Proctor, Tavi Gevinson will take on the role of Mary Warren, and Philip Glass will provide the score.

While Ronan has almost 20 movies under her belt, Brooklyn is the first one in which she had the chance to speak in an Irish accent. Although, as she explains, her Dublin one is different from “the more country accent” she used for Eilis. “I actually find that accents really help me to get into the mind-set of the character,” she said. “It’s the very first thing I think about when I take on a role. I’m already thinking about what [Abigail’s] voice should sound like.” As of now, she has no idea what she’s going to sound like onstage, so she’s thinking of watching the 1996 film adaptation of The Crucible, starring Winona Ryder and Daniel Day-Lewis, for some pointers. “I would hate to just do a modern American,” she added, before seamlessly transitioning into California-girl uptalk: “I’m a witch . . . Shut up!”

Brooklyn, which first premiered at Sundance to rave reviews, has already attracted Oscar buzz, most of which is focused on Ronan’s performance. “I grew up an awful lot. I could actually see it happening,” she said. “To have to completely rely on yourself and be self-dependent is the only way you’ll ever truly let go of childhood. It’s scary and it feels like shit and I hate being a grown-up most days,” Ronan continued, “but it’s almost like your body needs to go into shock for a while in order for you to overcome it and change from it.”

So what does Ronan make of all the talk of a potential Oscar nomination this time around? “I’m not going to lie, it really means a lot, because the film means so much to me,” she said. “I’ve been working for the last 10, 11 years. My approach to work means so much more now.” The significance of attending the Oscars has also changed for her. Back in 2007, the then-preteen was unfazed by the whole experience. Instead of remembering red carpets and movie stars, Ronan best recalls how hungry she was by the ceremony’s end. “I sat there for three hours and nobody fed us!” she laughed. “Jon Stewart came around with a big bucket of licorice and he fed everyone at the interval. It was probably the best part of the Oscars.”



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Ben Whishaw
Is Bewitchingly Good
in The Crucible
By MARK KENNEDY
AP DRAMA WRITER NEW YORK
Mar 31, 2016, 8:03 PM ET



Posters for the new Broadway revival of The Crucible feature a photo of Saoirse Ronan, looking absolutely witchy as Abigail Williams. She's awfully good in it, but the real sorcery is delivered by Ben Whishaw.

The English actor is astounding in Arthur Miller's classic tale about the Salem witch trials. He plays doomed farmer John Proctor and holds nothing back, going from slightly arrogant to flustered to full-out broken over the course of the play, a master stroke by a 35-year-old making his Broadway debut.

The revival, which opened Thursday at the Walter Kerr Theatre with Dutch visionary director Ivo van Hove at the wheel, is more uneven, lacking the singular, brilliant focus of van Hove's earlier revival this season of Miller's A View From the Bridge.

Van Hove has stripped the play down and made cuts, but he's not removed most props this time. Or shoes. The action takes place in a modern but indeterminate time, with sober, black and white costumes by Wojciech Dziedzic that would look fine in the winter J. Crew catalog. The young women are dressed like schoolgirls, with gray skirts and socks.

The setting is a charmless school room with a blackboard, heavy chairs and harsh fluorescent lights, which also serves as the courtroom and Proctor's home. Old items — a boiling black pot that looks like it was swiped from a production of Macbeth — share the stage with modern coffee carafes and stirrers you'd find at any office. Philip Glass added to a soundscape that goes from choir voices to industrial hums to gentle violin music.

Ronan and Whishaw lead a cast that also includes a wonderful Sophie Okonedo as Proctor's wife, Ciaran Hinds as a truly fearsome deputy governor, Tavi Gevinson as a slippery Mary Warren, Jason Butler Harner as an unyielding reverend and Jim Norton as a feisty elderly farmer. Bill Camp is truly excellent as a church leader who, much too late, realizes what his fire-and-brimstone approach has wreaked.

Van Hove's stripped-down approach does starkly illuminate the paranoia and descent into madness as a small town turns on itself. But the director also seems to put his thumb on the side of sorcery, with a scene of a girl hovering in the air, storms crashing through windows and that blackboard brilliantly turning into a projection screen for swirling otherworldly symbols.

It's a curious step for a play written to expose the hollowness of the witch-hunting McCarthy era. If there is indeed witchyness afoot in Salem — and not just gossip or self-interested accusations — it seems to undercut those heading to the gallows for honor's sake.

Other showy touches include over-the-top makeup that turns the Proctors into looking like half-dead zombies at the end, and a dog that resembles a wolf appearing at the top of Act Three. At one preview, the hound clearly followed a trail of treats but then stood center stage, paused and seemed to peer into the audience, questioningly. (It was a performance better than those delivered by actors in some of the smaller roles.)

This is a production that can feel somewhat cluttered, which is a strange thing for a van Hove show. But there's no denying it is a brilliant debut for Whishaw. He has magic in spades.



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In Arthur Miller’s
Crucible
First They Came for
the Witches
By BEN BRANTLEY
MARCH 31, 2016

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The Devil has returned to Broadway, with the power to make the strong tremble. It is time to be afraid, very afraid, of a play that seemed perhaps merely worthy when you studied it in high school English class.

The director Ivo van Hove and a dazzling international cast — led by Ben Whishaw, Sophie Okonedo, Saoirse Ronan and Ciaran Hinds — have plumbed the raw terror in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, which opened on Thursday night at the Walter Kerr Theater. And an endlessly revived historical drama from 1953 suddenly feels like the freshest, scariest play in town.

That its arrival also feels perfectly timed in this presidential election year, when politicians traffic in fears of outsiders and otherness, is less surprising. Miller’s portrait of murderous mass hysteria during the 17th-century Salem witch trials was written to echo the “Red menace” hearings in Washington in the 1950s.

Parallels between Miller’s then and latter-day nows have never been hard to reach for. What makes Mr. van Hove’s interpretation so unsettlingly vivid has little to do with literal-minded topicality.

Instead, following a formula that has proved golden for him in recent seasons, Mr. van Hove divests a historical work of period associations, the better to see its inhabitants as timelessly tragic and as close to you and me as the people in the seats next to us — or, if we’re honest, as our fallible selves. And more than any of the many “Crucibles” I’ve seen, this one insists that we identify with not only the victims of persecution but also with those who would judge them.

We are made to see what the terrified residents of Salem think they see, in visions formed from a collective, paranoid fever dream. In rendering these effects, Mr. van Hove and his astonishing set and lighting designer, Jan Versweyveld, borrow freely from the imagery of horror movies. Then there’s Philip Glass’s icy, rhythmic music, which seems to emanate not from the stage but from your own rushing pulse.




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There is no hint of shabby desperation in these effects, of the sense of a spook house jerry-built over a well-worn drama. As in his recent masterly reimagining of another Miller classic, A View From the Bridge, Mr. van Hove is aiming for a scalding transparency. It is the kind of openness that lets us see the divided soul beneath the skin and, in The Crucible, what one character describes as “the wheels within wheels of this village, and fires within fires.”

The impact of that “View,” which presented a Brooklyn longshoreman’s doomed family within the starkness of an ancient Greek amphitheater, was such that I feared that this “Crucible” would suffer by comparison. Then there was the matter of this production’s chic global casting.

The changeling beauty of Ms. Ronan, fresh from her Academy Award nomination for Brooklyn, made sense for the diabolical teenager Abigail. (And, yes, she’s absolutely smashing in the part.) But that willowy, sensitive plant Ben Whishaw as the strapping, rough-hewed farmer John Proctor? Really?

But Mr. van Hove knew exactly what he was doing here. All the members of his large ensemble find revealing new shapes within archetypes and insist that we grasp and even sympathize with their characters’ perspectives.

There are other forms of magic afoot, as Mr. Versweyveld’s single set seamlessly becomes everything the script says it must be. As first seen, occupied by straight-backed, chanting girls at their desks in a fleeting, imagistic prologue, this would appear to be a contemporary schoolroom of a dreary institutional nature.

You could imagine it doing duty for civic events, such as a town hall forum or a local election. Those who gather here match the walls in their drab, functional clothing (designed by Wojciech Dziedzic). A chalkboard — over which is scrawled a prayer encouraging good will to men — occupies upstage center. And without giving too much away, let me urge you to watch that space. (The uncanny video projections are by Tal Yarden.)

The play’s unwitting catalyst is Mr. Whishaw’s John, whose sexual encounter with a young servant, Abigail, has left her determined to claim him for herself. She gathers a group of other girls in the forest to invoke the powers of darkness against John’s wife, Elizabeth (Ms. Okonedo). These would-be witches for a night are spotted by Abigail’s uncle, the Rev. Samuel Parris (a marvelously soggy-spined Jason Butler Harner), setting off a chain of accusations that results in scores of deaths.




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Ben Whishaw
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John Proctor has often been portrayed (by the likes of Liam Neeson and Daniel Day-Lewis) as a stalwart Gary Cooper type, and part of the tragedy in that context is seeing a big man brought to his knees. The slighter-framed Mr. Whishaw looks more vulnerable, and we fear for his safety from the beginning, not least because his cardinal virtue appears to be his sanity, and the sane rarely flourish in a world gone mad.

Ms. Okonedo, who brings a welcome earthiness to the role of Elizabeth, exudes a similar spirit of common-sense humanity. But living far from the town on their farm, they are unaware of the madness that is taking over Salem. When an officer of the court comes to arrest Elizabeth, they have the incredulity of people caught unawares by a tide of history that they simply can’t believe could happen in the world they know. Nazi Germany comes to mind. Certain pundits might even think of the United States today.

Feasible sexual chemistry onstage is fairly common; the bonds of a quieter, deeper-reaching love, less so. It’s that connection that Mr. Whishaw and Ms. Okonedo so beautifully embody here, and it ennobles their characters as much as their moral stances. When we see them in their last meeting, broken by incarceration and fearful of hurting each other by embracing, the heart shatters.

One of the miracles of this “Crucible,” though, is its success in presenting all those onstage as all too human and all too hungry to see themselves as good people. It’s their self-protecting, self-deluding rationalizations that conjure the devils of distrust that rip a social fabric to shreds.

If I had space, I would single out every one in the cast. But allow me to mention the scheming, petty burghers of Thomas Jay Ryan and Tina Benko; the anxious, spiritually challenged man of the cloth portrayed by Bill Camp; Tavi Gevinson’s malleable, craven and poignantly credible serving girl; Jim Norton’s folksy and unexpectedly heroic farmer; and the suave, snarling hanging judge given such unassailably authoritative life by Mr. Hinds.

In the end, everybody loses, and everybody suffers, with one blazing exception. That’s Abigail, the girl who cries “witch” and who, as Ms. Ronan so beguilingly plays her, has the power to become alternately invisible and radiant with focused intent.

The Crucible has a diverse and spectacular assortment of moments that make the flesh creep. But there’s nothing quite as scary as the sight of Ms. Ronan’s Abigail, seated stock still in a chair, bending a vulnerable girl to her will with the force of a malevolent stare.
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Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on April 01, 2016, 12:39:46 am


Ben Whishaw seems unconventional casting for John, a role often played by older, brawnier types — But the actor brings stirring truth to Proctor's fatal progression from a man already somewhat suspicious of doctrinaire thinking and its cowering followers to one who openly condemns the blind religious and legal zealotry that have ripped apart his community. He holds nothing back in the play's harrowing final emotional crescendo, a scorching indictment of fear mongering and its cost to individual freedom.




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The Crucible
Theater Review
Saoirse Ronan leads the accusers in this revival of Arthur Miller's morality play
about the Salem witch trials, with Ben Whishaw and Sophie Okonedo as John
and Elizabeth Proctor.


The Bottom Line:
Searing performances make the hysteria frighteningly real.


by David Rooney
5:00 PM PDT 3/31/2016

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Jan Versweyveld



After enlivening the downtown theater scene for years with his iconoclastic takes on classic texts, Ivo van Hove continues his bracing entry into the Broadway arena with his second production of an Arthur Miller drama. While The Crucible is a very different play from A View From the Bridge, which the Belgian avant-garde director staged to ecstatic acclaim earlier in the season, the two works can also be seen as companion-piece tragedies. Both end with an accused man's wrenching refusal to be stripped of his name. However, in The Crucible, that man's innocence of the crimes with which he is charged adds blistering heat to the corruption of power that Miller so vehemently targeted.

Van Hove knows how to channel that heat. Almost operatic in their intensity, his productions are designed to leave audiences agitated and uncomfortable, which is notably the case with this distressing 1953 drama, with its steadily amplified sense of horror and indignation.

Like the director's View From the Bridge, the mesmerizingly acted new production trades the play's specific period and milieu — the witch trials of Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692 — for a pared-down look and non-naturalistic, indeterminate setting. Wojciech Dziedzic's utilitarian costumes and Jan Versweyveld's single set, a vast, high-ceilinged schoolroom, suggest the 1950s. But the intention appears not to evoke Miller's allegorical subject, the McCarthy scourge, when citizens were coerced to name suspected Communist sympathizers, ruining lives and careers. Nor does van Hove seem interested in underlining contemporary parallels in an election year in which one of the leading candidates has fueled support by trading on fear and hostility.

Instead, the production presents a chilling account of the institutional arrogance and ignorance that are a threat to civil liberties in any age, particularly when the dividing lines separating politics, religion and the judiciary become blurred. Episodes of mob-mentality recklessness and its consequences are present throughout history, and Miller's cautionary tale remains a trenchant illustration of the dangers of demagogic leadership destroying a community by disseminating distrust and paranoia.

The face of this production is Saoirse Ronan, icy and commanding in her first stage appearance. She follows her breakout film work as the timid Irish girl who blossoms so tenderly to self-possessed maturity in Brooklyn with a sharp pivot to simmering resentment and reflexive cruelty that erupt out of sexual, religious and class repression. Her Abigail Williams in fact could almost be an older version of one of Ronan's earliest screen roles, the vicious little minx in Atonement. Her accusing finger is what sets the accelerating hysteria in motion to the point where nobody is safe. And when it comes vengefully to rest on the blameless Elizabeth Proctor (Sophie Okonedo), who dismissed Abigail after the servant girl had sex in the barn with her guilt-ridden husband John (Ben Whishaw), the fury of the inquisition is multiplied.

The production opens with a brief curtain-up on the girls singing a prayer while seated facing a rear-wall blackboard on which the Puritan text, "The Dutiful Child’s Promise," is written in chalk. Their piety thus inferred, we then witness their gullibility as Abigail, the natural leader, grasps to cover up the reasons why they were found dancing in the woods. Ronan's steely calculation is beautifully contrasted by the guilelessness of Mary Warren, the innately good, not terribly bright girl who tries to speak out about their dangerous make-believe tricks. She's played with affecting openness by Tavi Gevinson, who continues to emerge as a remarkably instinctive actor after last season's This is Our Youth.




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One element of the production that no doubt will be divisive is van Hove's decision to visualize the supernatural manifestations that the girls succeed in conjuring in the fertile imagination of a populace primed for hellfire. While many productions have staged the unscripted nocturnal frolic that causes the trouble, van Hove skips it. But he includes levitation, a prowling wolf and electrifying scenes of the group's feigned trances. Those interludes are choreographed as convulsive ballets by Steven Hoggett, accompanied by jittery animation that spreads across the blackboard. The intention is clearly not to show that the witchcraft is real, but that the power of suggestion has made it so, for the girls as well as the onlookers.

Van Hove observes the careful mechanisms of Miller's construction, with a first act that expertly defines the various townsfolk and their roles in the gathering calamity. There are incisive performances from Jason Butler Harner as Abigail's uncle, the slippery Rev. Samuel Parris, eager to steer the suspicion of witchery away from his afflicted daughter; Tina Benko and Thomas Jay Ryan as Ann and Thomas Putnam, loathsome alarmists who feed the panic; and Brenda Wehle, superb as Rebecca Nurse, a charitable pillar of the community who dismisses the adolescent girls' feverishness as the "silly season" she recognizes from her numerous children and grandchildren. The price she pays for her clear-sighted skepticism is as shattering as the fates of the Proctors.

Also on the victims' side of the uproar is the disputatious old farmer Giles Corey, played with fiery irascibility by the wonderful Jim Norton. The character with the most complex moral arc is Rev. John Hale, the learned religious authority brought in to oversee the proceedings. Bill Camp makes a strong impression in the part. Initially swallowing the fraudulent testimony of Abigail and her pawns, he's solemn and self-important, before realizing too late his role in sending innocent people to the gallows. There's no such awakening of conscience in Ciaran Hinds' imperious Deputy Governor Danforth, who sends a chill into the air from the moment he strides onto the stage, full of rigid certainty before he's even interrogated a witness.

Some will argue that Miller's already somewhat preachy, portentous text doesn't need any emphatic help, though the original score by Philip Glass — an almost wall-to-wall sonic carpeting of needling percussion, mournful chants and funereal strings — contributes to the production's ever-tightening noose. Also tremendously effective is Versweyveld's unforgiving lighting and Tom Gibbons' creepy sound, nowhere more so than in the startling stagecraft that blows the turmoil of Salem directly into the Proctors' farmhouse.

As strong as the ensemble is, the indispensable anchoring forces are Whishaw and Okonedo, both of them devastating. Miller wrote Elizabeth as a virtual saint, so it helps that Okonedo plays her early scenes with an almost brittle detachment. But the stoicism she exhibits through her suffering is heartbreaking, as is the pain behind her refusal to judge her compromised husband as he agonizes over whether to make a false confession and save himself.

Whishaw seems unconventional casting for John, a role often played by older, brawnier types — Liam Neeson, Iain Glen and Richard Armitage in recent stage productions; Daniel Day-Lewis onscreen. But the actor brings stirring truth to Proctor's fatal progression from a man already somewhat suspicious of doctrinaire thinking and its cowering followers to one who openly condemns the blind religious and legal zealotry that have ripped apart his community. He holds nothing back in the play's harrowing final emotional crescendo, a scorching indictment of fear mongering and its cost to individual freedom.



Venue: Walter Kerr Theatre, New York
Cast: Ben Whishaw, Sophie Okonedo, Ciaran Hinds, Saoirse Ronan, Bill Camp, Tavi Gevinson, Jason Butler Harner, Jim Norton, Tina Benko, Jenny Jules, Thomas Jay Ryan, Brenda Wehle, Teagle F. Bougere, Michael Braun, Ashlei Sharpe Chestnut, Elizabeth Teeter, Ray Anthony Thomas, Erin Wilhelmi
Director: Ivo van Hove
Playwright: Arthur Miller
Set & lighting designer: Jan Versweyveld
Costume designer: Wojciech Dziedzic
Sound designer: Tim Gibbons
Video designer: Tal Yarden
Movement director: Steven Hoggett
Executive producers: Joey Parnes, Sue Wagner, John Johnson
Presented by Scott Rudin, Eli Bush, Roger Berlind, William Berlind, Len Blavatnik, Roy Furman, Peter May, Jay Alix & Una Jackman, Scott M. Delman, JFL Theatricals, Heni Koenigsberg, Daryl Roth, Jane Bergere, Sonia Friedman, Ruth Hendel, Stacey Mindich, Jon B. Platt, Megan Savage, Spring Sirkin, Tulchin Bartner Productions
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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on April 01, 2016, 07:11:17 am
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Ben Whishaw, Tavi Gevinson (foreground), Jason Butler Harner, Bill Camp, Jim Norton, Ciarán Hinds,
Teagle F. Bougere, and Ray Anthony Thomas (background)



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Saoirse Ronan and Ben Whishaw play characters whose past affair informs a witch hunt
in the new Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's The Crucible.
(Photo: Robert Deutsch, USAT)



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unabellaavventura: Ben signing autographs.

MAR. 31 2016 VIA UNABELLAAVVENTURA 61 NOTES

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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on April 01, 2016, 07:12:17 pm

Ben Whishaw
Is Bewitchingly Good

Booo!

 :laugh:
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on April 03, 2016, 07:46:25 am
Ben Whishaw
Is Bewitchingly Good


Booo!

 :laugh:


I know. More than a few reviews were entitled  'Bewitched' or 'Bewitchingly'--including The New Yorker--  

Journalists. Or, rather, 'hed' writers. Their typing fingers aren't attached to their brains, just a loop to the spinal column and back.


 ::)
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on April 03, 2016, 09:44:53 am
However--re Ben Whishaw as a witch--or witchy--

Here's him in a production last year in London, at the Almeida Theatre, called Bakkhai  (The Bacchae is the Greek tragedy written by Euripides)

I Wish I May, I Wish I Might have seen THIS--talk about an apparition!   :laugh:




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‘The most perfect portrayal of androgny’: Ben Whishaw, left, with Bertie Carvel, ‘all casual confidence’ in
Bakkhai at the Almeida.
Photograph: Marc Brenner



On the one hand Ben Whishaw. Wandlike – or thyrsos-like – swaying in a wispy beard and ankle-skimming yellow dress. On the other hand, Bertie Carvel. Crisp in a Cameron-like suit, and white shirt, hands in pockets, his stance is all casual confidence, but his face is ready to pucker into warring zones of anxiety.

(....)

Whishaw is better than I have ever seen him: insinuating and dangerous. As Dionysus he delivers his baroque autobiography – “son of Zeus, born by a lightning bolt” – in a measured tone, as if he were a politician telling his constituency not to panic. Tugging a strand of his shoulder-length hair, he swivels his shoulder blades (forget cheekbones: these are the new indicator of delicious delinquency), and seems to be on the cusp of changing into something else. But what would that be? This is the most perfect portrayal of androgyny, helicoptering over all sexual horizons. He could indeed be the person who “set all Asia dancing”.



http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2015/aug/02/bakkhai-review-almeida-ben-whishaw-bertie-carvel


Woah!! Now that's witchy!
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on April 03, 2016, 10:12:52 am


Back to The Crucible:  HERE'S a review worth reading--by a fan, after seeing the first night of previews (she was obviously sitting in the first row, at the center of the stage--that night I was first row mezzanine, hard left) and she took PHOTOS (I am SO JEALOUS!)--obviously we could be great friends!   :laugh: :laugh:




• i’ll catch you one day you frail waif
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simonwolfgard:
Ben Whishaw and Saoirse Ronan during curtain call, first preview night of The Crucible on Broadway

Notes from The Crucible on Broadway first preview night



• big jail-like set
• non-time-specific wardrobe
• beardy Whishaw
• ten feet away from me
• life complete; may now ascend to next dimension
• plenty of people with non-American accents giving it a good attempt
• simmering energy between Ben and Saoirse
• quite a bit of Ben overpowering people to walls or the ground actually
• and unnerving school girl witchery
• everyone’s a witch
• i’m telling you
• you’re a witch
• a communist witch
• think you’re not? bam proof that you’re the devil
• damning poppets
• Sophie Okonedo killing it
• the king beyond the wall was there, he’ll tell you
• plenty of lil’ Proctor kisses with the missus
• Ben wiping away a runny nose that kind of kept on running through act two
• a giant light fell lots of sparky sparks as everything was being devil possessed
• Ben SANG
• musical words
• out his beardy mouth
• much of cast left through stage door, but Saoirse was hurriedly ushered away
• and Ben snuck away through some other exit smh
• i’ll catch you one day you frail waif
• so all in all three hours well spent

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• the king beyond the wall was there, he’ll tell you


is--


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Ciarán Hinds (right) as Deputy Governor Danforth in this current production of The Crucible:
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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on April 03, 2016, 11:44:51 am


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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on April 03, 2016, 03:30:44 pm
THECRUCIBLEINTERVIEW_Ciarán Hinds_and_Jim Norton

http://www.theatermania.com/broadway/news/interview-ciaran-hinds-jim-norton-the-crucible_76251.html

The Fifth Time's a Charm for
The Crucible
Stars Ciarán Hinds and Jim Norton
After playing opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet, these veteran
actors join Saoirse Ronan and Ben Whishaw in Arthur Miller's masterpiece.

by David Gordon
Mar 31, 2016


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Ciarán Hinds and Jim Norton in Ivo van Hove's new Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's
The Crucible.
Photos by David Gordon




Among the New York stage regulars who populate Ivo van Hove's new Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible are a pair of boldfaced names who are becoming more and more synonymous with each other. They are the Irish actors Ciarán Hinds and Jim Norton who, with this production, mark the fifth time they've worked together.

In the past, they've acted in two plays and a film by Conor McPhersonThe Seafarer, The Night Alive, and The Eclipse — and, most recently, as Claudius and Polonius in a major West End revival of Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch. In The Crucible, Hinds stars as Deputy Governor Danforth, whom he describes as having "a super belief in God and righteousness, but not a particularly bad human being," while Norton tackles the iconic role of Giles Corey, a "loose canon who seems to have escaped the conditioning process of the other characters."

According to Norton the secret to their partnership is "the fact that we take the work seriously, but we don't take ourselves very seriously." Hinds grins and agrees, "I think that's the way."




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Ciarán Hinds (right) plays Deputy Governor Danforth opposite Ben Whishaw as John Proctor and
Tavi Gevinson as Mary Warren (center). (© Jan Versweyveld)



What was it that made you want to do The Crucible?

Jim Norton: Miller is fascinating. I've never been in one of his plays, although I've read all of his stuff and think it's amazing. It's a challenge and fun. And I love being in New York and working on Broadway. [turns to Ciarán] What's your excuse?

Ciarán Hinds: I think you brought me to see a show [directed by van Hove] when we were doing The Seafarer. It was a Molière. It was my first time seeing a play of [van Hove's]. He was going to war on Molière. There was food everywhere, there were cameras. It was Molière like I've never seen. It was very, very exciting. As we're finding in rehearsal, it's like no experience we've ever had. It's fascinating and bleak, [and we're] wondering where we're going to end up.



Much has been said about his rehearsal process, and how he likes actors to come in off-book on the first day. How did you find it?

Jim: It's different, but all directors are different. It's been very laid back and he gives the actors a great deal of freedom to offer him their performance. Then he decides what he wants and what he doesn't want.

Ciarán: He doesn't say very much until I think he feels the need to say something. I think he's looking for the human connection between people rather than the performance. He's looking for it in a real way, which could be difficult with the poetic lyricism Miller offers sometimes. It's a very interesting, engaging, scary process.

Jim: He's also interested to know what we're offering. There's a great sense of freedom in the rehearsal room.



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Jim Norton (rear) takes on the role of Giles Corey. (© Jan Versweyveld)



He's famous for his stark stage concepts. Is this a Crucible without the trappings of 1600s Salem?

Ciarán: You know, why break the habit of a lifetime? [laughs] It's quite pure and sometimes it's quite empty. There's not a lot of furniture around, or if there is some, it's stashed in the corner.

Jim: Which puts a lot of attention on the performers in that space.

Ciarán: It's about absolutely listening to the language and not paying attention to the contours of geographical disposition. The way he works with Jan, his partner, who does the production design and the lighting and the [live] camerawork, it's almost like interior decorating, in a way, but with a theatrical bent. It's very interesting.



This is your fifth show together. Are you a package deal at this point?

Jim: We usually confer and say, "If you'll do it, I'll do it." We just did Hamlet, and that's what happened. They offered it to us, and we conferred, and said let's do it.



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Jim Norton as Polonius and  Ciarán Hinds in Lyndsey Turner's Hamlet's 2015 production of  at London's
Barbican Centre.(© Johan Persson)



What was that Hamlet experience like? You were both working with Benedict Cumberbatch in that production.

Ciarán: That was a mighty adventure.

Jim: It was a huge event because of Benedict. There were maybe a thousand people every night at the stage door. People from all over the world, all over the planet, from Korea, Russia, the West Indies, Australia. A lot of very young people were coming to maybe see Hamlet for the first time, or even seeing a play for the first time.

Ciarán: It was hugely vibrant. And Benedict was magnificent. The pitch that he was getting to [by the end of the run]. To get stuff into your bones deeply takes a while, no matter how much work you do in rehearsal. Towards the end there, wasn't he thrilling?

Jim: Oh, he was wonderful.

Ciarán: And he was still going on an upward trajectory. You'd think, "Wow, if we were to start this again at the place you are now, God knows where you will be."



Your current cast is made up with a lot of New York stage regulars, you and Jason Butler Harner, and Thomas Jay Ryan, but it's also got a mix of star power with Saoirse Ronan and Ben Whishaw. Besides each other, how many of your colleagues did you already know?

Ciarán: I got to meet a lot of them for the first time.

Jim: I played Jason's father in Juno and The Paycock. Tom Ryan was in that.

Ciarán: [And] it's [Saoirse's] first theater job. She's an extreme talent and decided to do her first play and moved to New York. That's very exciting. And then Ben Whishaw, he's always done stage in between films.

Jim: For me, one of the other great things is that Philip Glass has written the music. And he's in the room writing the music. He's one of my heroes, and to get to work with him is terrific. He's great fun.

Ciarán: It's a lovely company of people to go to war with.



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Jim Norton, Sean Mahon, Conleth Hill, David Morse, and Ciarán Hinds in the 2007 Broadway production
of Conor McPherson's The Seafarer. (© Joan Marcus)

Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Jeff Wrangler on April 03, 2016, 03:36:43 pm
However--re Ben Whishaw as a witch--or witchy--

Here's him in a production last year in London, at the Almeida Theatre, called Bakkhai (The Bacchae is the Greek tragedy written by Euripides)

I Wish I May, I Wish I Might have seen THIS--talk about an apparition!   :laugh:




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‘The most perfect portrayal of androgny’: Ben Whishaw, left, with Bertie Carvel, ‘all casual confidence’ in
Bakkhai at the Almeida.
Photograph: Marc Brenner



On the one hand Ben Whishaw. Wandlike – or thyrsos-like – swaying in a wispy beard and ankle-skimming yellow dress. On the other hand, Bertie Carvel. Crisp in a Cameron-like suit, and white shirt, hands in pockets, his stance is all casual confidence, but his face is ready to pucker into warring zones of anxiety.

(....)

Whishaw is better than I have ever seen him: insinuating and dangerous. As Dionysus he delivers his baroque autobiography – “son of Zeus, born by a lightning bolt” – in a measured tone, as if he were a politician telling his constituency not to panic. Tugging a strand of his shoulder-length hair, he swivels his shoulder blades (forget cheekbones: these are the new indicator of delicious delinquency), and seems to be on the cusp of changing into something else. But what would that be? This is the most perfect portrayal of androgyny, helicoptering over all sexual horizons. He could indeed be the person who “set all Asia dancing”.



http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2015/aug/02/bakkhai-review-almeida-ben-whishaw-bertie-carvel


Woah!! Now that's witchy!

Actually, in the photos where you can't see he's wearing a dress, I think he looks like Jesus.
Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on April 04, 2016, 06:03:06 am
Actually, in the photos where you can't see he's wearing a dress, I think he looks like Jesus.



Sermon-on-the-Mount Whishaw?   :) ;D
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Title: Re: London Spy: Ben Whishaw, dreamy lover/genius Ed Holcroft and sage Jim Broadbent
Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on April 04, 2016, 06:53:12 am



“I never really feel as if I know what I’m doing. I don’t feel any great sort of confidence in my ability,” he says. “But I’ve sort of reached the point where I think it’s OK. It’s OK not to know.”




http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2016/apr/03/ben-whishaw-damaged-sexuality-privacy-troubled-heroes-broadway-crucible-interview

Stage
The G2 interview


'I'm not damaged'
Ben Whishaw
on sexuality, privacy and
playing troubled heroes

With his troubled air and tousled hair, the actor has made his name
with anguished characters – from Hamlet to Danny in London Spy.
Now on Broadway in The Crucible, he talks about coming out and
why actors need to keep their private lives mysterious.


By Alexis Soloski
Sunday 3 April 2016 09.00 EDT


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Ben Wishaw in The Crucible, with Sophie Okonedo: ‘I don’t have a sense of parts as hurdles that you must jump
over in some Olympic event.’
Photograph: Jan Versweyveld



“I’m not damaged,” says Ben Whishaw. “Not more than anybody else.”

Whishaw is resting in his dressing room at the Walter Kerr theatre on Broadway; it is a few hours before the evening’s performance of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, directed by the brainy Belgian artist Ivo van Hove. Starring opposite Sophie Okonedo as his wife and Saoirse Ronan as his former mistress, Whishaw plays the anguished hero John Proctor, a just though morally compromised man, ensnared by the witch trials in colonial Salem.

Anguished heroes are what Whishaw does best. He played Hamlet at 23, months after graduating from Rada, in a career-defining performance that the Telegraph described as “the kind of evening of which legends are made”. Now 35, he has made a speciality of the damaged, the doomed, the beautiful and damned: from Sebastian Flyte of Brideshead Revisited  to John Keats of Bright Star to Danny Holt of the recent London Spy and now John Proctor, too. (Q, the geek-chic genius of the James Bond franchise, is a “happy and fun” departure. So, it seems, is Paddington Bear.) And, much as he might like to deny it, they are what he is drawn to.

“It’s weird, isn’t it?” Whishaw says. “Because I don’t see myself that way and I’m not that way. But I agree that obviously I’ve played a lot of people like that. I don’t know why it’s come about to be like that.” Interviews have often described Whishaw as sharing the qualities he projects on screen and on stage – a vulnerability, an unworldliness, a not-quite-human mingling of limpid eyes and tousled hair and innocence, as though some tremulous fawn or wood sprite had somehow carved out a successful acting career.




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‘A happy and fun departure’ … As Q in Skyfall. Photograph: Allstar/Sony Pictures



Despite what his fansites might suggest, Whishaw is no forest creature, at least not this afternoon. He is shy, which he readily admits, and has a tendency to look off and away while chatting. But he is also gracious and friendly, offering wheels of strawberry liquorice and laughing often (a cheeky little “heh heh” sound). Throughout, he eats oranges and sucks on lozenges and sips herbal tea, in an effort to protect his throat. (Van Hove’s production requires plenty of yelling.) He has grown a shaggy beard for the role, and he is wearing clothes a modish Hamlet might approve of – an inky blazer and sweater, loose charcoal trousers – yet that is pretty much where any resemblance to the Dane ends.

Still, he is the actor directors call upon when they need someone to project an awesome emotional volatility and candour. Even when his face is seemingly at rest, you can see the thoughts and feelings flickering and flaring just under the surface. Trevor Nunn, who directed his Hamlet, remarked on his “extraordinary sensitivity – sort of one skin less than most people around him”. It is fitting that he has played Keats because in his work he strives toward what Keats called “negative capability”, a comfort with human mystery and uncertainty.

His dressing room, where he spends most of his time when he’s not at home in the West Village, is cramped and featureless, but he has cheered it up with a pink hyacinth atop the air conditioner; photos of his husband, the composer Mark Bradshaw, and his family; and a volume of Emily Dickinson poems to help put him in the Puritan mindset. There is a bright purple yoga mat, though little space to unroll it, and a large chunk of smoky quartz, which has a nicely witchy look to it and which Whishaw sometimes clasps. “It’s my rock,” he says. “I just have it around.”

The Crucible marks Whishaw’s Broadway debut, but it isn’t his first crack at the play or at the part of Proctor. He played the role in secondary school, at the same time that he began working with a youth theatre troupe near his Bedfordshire home. His father had brought him to the group, perhaps as a way of counteracting Whishaw’s introversion, which it didn’t exactly cure.




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As Danny in London Spy. Photograph: Joss Barratt/BBC/WTTV Limited



Until then, he hadn’t had much exposure to the theatre. His mother sold cosmetics, his father worked in IT, his non-identical twin doesn’t seem to have shared his interest in the arts. But he took to it immediately. “It was like an addiction,” he said. “I couldn’t wait to be back there.” The troupe, an early and profound influence, didn’t go in for light fare. They adapted a Primo Levi novel; they did Hamlet, in which Whishaw starred at 16.

Whishaw doesn’t remember much about that earlier Crucible. “I’m not sure what I must have understood at the time, really,” he says. But he recalls finding it “powerful even then. I do think actually it’s a good play for teenagers. It is somehow accessible.”

He wasn’t necessarily interested in revisiting it. When he was sent the script, he thought: “Oh, The Crucible, has it not been done a lot?” (It has.) But he read it again, and decided that if a production could correct “some of the things that are problematic or old-fashioned and attempt to restore it or to rediscover the power it must have had when he wrote it in 1953, it could be really amazing”. When Van Hove signed on as director, Whishaw, who had recently seen his astonishing production of Miller’s A View from the Bridge, signed on too.

He finds resonance in the play, in this production particularly, with its suggestion that a version of hysteria could rear up anywhere, at any moment. Petty resentments can still birth great crises; catastrophes can arise when the private and the social aren’t allowed their separate spheres. “The vengefulness in the play, the vengeance that is at work, is something I very much feel in the world at the moment,” he says.

He thought of the play while reading about recent terrorist attacks, noting how individuals still use the veneer of religion to unleash incredible violence. “With the attacks that happened in Brussels, it’s like, what is a God that can sanction these barbaric things?” He feels some of Proctor’s confusion when he encounters such stories. “Everything is switched upside down, turned topsy-turvy,” he says. “Bad is become good. Good is become bad. What do any of these things mean?” (In fairness, this sounds a little like Hamlet, too, his insistence that: “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”)




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As Sebastian Flyte in Brideshead Revisited. Photograph: Allstar/BBC Films/Sportsphoto Ltd



Before each performance of The Crucible, he says, he simply tries to step out “and have a go and hope for the best. That’s really what I do.” (And the best is usually what he gives. As his costar Ronan recently told the New York Times: “I’m a bit in awe of how brilliant he is, I really am.”) For an actor as obviously skilled as Whishaw, a statement like this seems almost perverse. But there is no sign that he means it facetiously or with deliberate self-deprecation.

This unknowing might make other actors anxious. But Whishaw is nervous in his life, not in his art. “I am shy,” Whishaw says. “I accept that.” You can hear that in his naughty, nervous laugh, and see it in his sometimes reluctance to maintain eye contact.

But this natural timidity disappears the minute he steps on stage. “I don’t really even feel nerves,” he says. “I don’t have any shyness or any inhibition and never have when I’m acting. It all falls away. I feel quite extrovert when I’m in that place. It’s funny, isn’t it?”

This is not to say that this role and this production haven’t challenged him. Van Hove, he says, “doesn’t explain himself”. His actors learn by trial and error, by experiment and exploration. The hardest thing for Whishaw to grasp, though in some ways the most liberating, is Van Hove’s unconcern with what Whishaw calls “the psychological, naturalistic stuff”.

“I’ve never really worked with a director who is less interested in that,” he says. Van Hove wanted the work to feel real, to feel immediate, to feel emotionally urgent, but not stagey. “He’s, like, take out all of the psychological pauses,” says Whishaw.

If this is a fresh approach for Whishaw, that shouldn’t suggest that he has ever really found a consistent practice or a way to articulate his work as an actor, nor does he want to. “I never really feel as if I know what I’m doing. I don’t feel any great sort of confidence in my ability,” he says. “But I’ve sort of reached the point where I think it’s OK. It’s OK not to know.”




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As Freddie Lyon in The Hour. Photograph: Joe Martin/BBC/Kudos



This doesn’t mean, however, that he has reconciled himself to every aspect of the business. At the beginning of his career, he preferred not to discuss his personal life in interviews at all. “And that just made it worse,” he says. “Because then people assume you’ve got some really juicy, awful thing that you’re keeping from them.” After an intrusive journalist exposed his civil partnership with Bradshaw, he was forced to speak more openly, and he found this something of a relief. “Because now people aren’t that interested, because now there’s nothing being concealed,” he says.

So far, there don’t seem to have been consequences for his career, such as the limits that openly gay actors such as Rupert Everett have complained of. Whishaw gives stirring performances in straight roles (The Crucible, The Hour) and in gay ones, too, such as London Spy. He is capable of androgynous parts, such as his portrayal of the god Dionysus in Bakkhai, and of those in which his love object is androgynous, as in The Danish Girl.

He tries not to think about how others might consider him or perceive his sexuality. “If you don’t let it be a weight upon you, it won’t manifest as one in your life,” he says. “I just try to give it little space in my brain. It’s not interesting to me.”




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As Hamlet, with Imogen Stubbs as Gertrude. Photograph: Tristram Kenton for the Guardian



Yet he would prefer to maintain more privacy, and believes that knowing too much about an actor’s life does no favours to his or her work. “It’s completely shooting yourself in the foot,” he says. “It’s not helpful.” When he goes to see a play or a film: “I don’t want to watch the thing with a cloud of what I’ve read about people in the way. I want to get immersed in the thing. Don’t you? Wouldn’t anybody?”

And he doesn’t like to think that the roles he has played previously – all those serious, suffering, lost young men – might delimit his career as it progresses. He has little interest in repeating roles – not those he has played as an adult, anyway. Not even Hamlet. “I don’t feel any need to go back and re-examine it,” he says. “Which is not to say that I felt like I did a good job or got anywhere near the bottom of it, because I don’t feel that, but I would never want to return to anything I’ve done.”

He is not even especially eager to return to Shakespeare. “I don’t really think that way,” he says. “I don’t have a sense of parts as hurdles that you must jump over in some Olympic event. I don’t have that thing at all.” He would rather be sent a new play – or at least a play new to him; something fresh, something different, something that stretches him, such as Bakkhai, or the revival of Jez Butterworth’s Mojo, in which he appeared as a psychotic gangster.

Would he consider something even more atypical – a light romantic comedy, say, or some harmless bit of fantasy – something bare of anguish, of torment? Probably not.

“I wonder if I’d find it that interesting,” he says. “I think I’d always need something that has a bit of, not necessarily suffering, but some resonance or that has a bigger pull. I don’t know. Something. Otherwise I think I’d be bored.”


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This is a faithful and compelling piece of work, sinister, claustrophobic, and frighteningly real. The McCarthyism that Miller filleted by using the Salem witch trials as a lens, inevitably leads us to contemporary rhetoric and paranoia based on ignorance and hate. The Trump Tower is only eight blocks north, after all.




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Stage Reviews
Saoirse Ronan
makes a malevolent jump from screen to stage in
The Crucible
Ronan’s theatre debut is with
Ciarán Hinds and Ben Whishaw
in a formidable production
directed by Ivo van Hove


By Una Mullally
Monday 4 April 2016


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Clockwise from left: Ciarán Hinds, Elizabeth Teeter, Ashlei Sharpe-Chestnut, Erin Wilhelmi and
Saoirse Ronan (foreground) in The Crucible at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York

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Walter Kerr Theatre, New York

****

Broadway took Ivo van Hove into its glittering heart for his production of A View From The Bridge, so returning to Arthur Miller feels like it should be a sure thing. It is. We are in Salem, and with potential witchcraft afoot, the play [The Crucible] opens with an unconscious child and accusations of summoning spirits and dancing in the woods ping-ponging around a paranoid town, where, as throughout the 20th century and now in a politically bizarre time, the answer to questions no one asked is fascism.

The cast almost trips over itself with talent. There’s Ben Whishaw’s wonderful John Proctor, vulnerable and willowy, a Snowden among the censors. Jim Norton plays his Giles Corey as naive with goodness. The prodigious Tavi Gevinson is excellent as Mary Warren. Jason Butler Harner presents a Rev Samuel Paris of two haves: the first with the bolshy arrogance of clergy; the second snivelling and disempowered. Sophie Okonedo is loaded with feeling as a resilient Elizabeth Proctor. Bill Camp is brilliant, conflicted and complex as Rev John Hale. Perhaps best of all is Ciarán Hinds, magnificent as the unwavering Thomas Danforth, utterly convinced of his own warped, yet commanding, righteousness.

But it’s Saoirse Ronan who monopolises the production’s marketing. Fresh off all the red carpets that matter, being part of a van Hove production of a Miller play in a cast of this strength should solidify her as both a smart and sparkling actor. With Ronan, it’s all in the eyes. She possesses a remarkable power to convey so much in the flick of a glance, something that is devastating on screen and utterly malevolent here. How can such micro expressions be simultaneously subtle yet plundering? Ronan moves around the stage like a chess piece. There’s a coldness to her performance that chimes with the character’s manipulating streak, but that also creates an Abigail that is ever so clipped.

Van Hove pairs stars with starkness. A minimal, brightly lit set occasionally bows to blockbuster flourishes: scrawls on a prominent chalkboard come alive with sinister projections; wind howls; lights crash. Philip Glass’s original score prowls underneath everything, a constant bed of tension and unease. This is a faithful and compelling piece of work, sinister, claustrophobic, and frighteningly real. The McCarthyism that Miller filleted by using the Salem witch trials as a lens, inevitably leads us to contemporary rhetoric and paranoia based on ignorance and hate. The Trump Tower is only eight blocks north, after all.

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The BBC has uncovered previously unseen footage of one of Britain's most
infamous spies talking about his work as a double agent.
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LONDONSPYMI6_KIM PHILBY


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Kim Philby, Lecturing in East Berlin in ‘81,
Bragged of How Easy It Was to Fool MI6

By STEVEN ERLANGER
APRIL 4, 2016


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Kim Philby’s grave at a cemetery in Moscow on Monday. Credit Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters



LONDON — Kim Philby, the double agent whose betrayal of his country to the Soviet Union still marks British life, boasted in a 1981 lecture that was recently discovered by the BBC and broadcast on Monday of the ease with which he fooled a complacent establishment.

Mr. Philby, who defected to Moscow in 1963 and died there in 1988 at 76, delivered his hourlong lecture in English in East Berlin to members of the Stasi, the feared East German intelligence service, whose recording of the talk was discovered in the Stasi archives.

Aging and puffy, wearing large dark glasses, Mr. Philby addressed his audience as “dear comrades.” After describing his successes with a cut-glass accent and a deep note of satisfaction, he gave them his best advice: “Deny everything.”

Even when confronted with an incriminating document you wrote, said Mr. Philby, who survived numerous vettings even after his loyalties were in grave doubt, insist “it’s a forgery.”

With a thin smile, he said: “All I had to do really was keep my nerve. My advice to you is to tell all your agents that they are never to confess.”

The son of a famous desert explorer and official in the Indian Empire who later became a Muslim and took the name Hajj Abdullah, Harold Adrian Russell Philby was known as Kim, after the young boy in the Kipling novel who serves his country as a spy.

Born in India, he was educated privately and at Trinity College, Cambridge, where historians now say he was recruited, and not, as he claimed, in Austria in 1934.



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Kim Philby in 1955.
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In what he called his “30 years in the enemy camp,” Mr. Philby was aided by class assumptions, he said.

“Because I had been born into the British governing class, because I knew a lot of people of an influential standing, I knew that they would never get too tough with me,” he told the Stasi. “They’d never try to beat me up or knock me around, because if they had been proved wrong afterwards, I could have made a tremendous scandal.”

Mr. Philby, with a note of amusement, described how easy it was for him to steal secret documents. He befriended the archivist at MI6 and bought him drinks, and then he had access to files that were not within his area.

“Every evening I left the office with a big briefcase full of reports which I had written myself, full of files taken out of the actual documents, out of the actual archives,” he said. “I was to hand them to my Soviet contact in the evening. The next morning I would get the file back, the contents having been photographed, and take them back early in the morning and put the files back in their place. That I did regularly, year in, year out.”

The best-known video recording of Mr. Philby is from a news conference in 1955, in his mother’s London apartment, in which he denied being a Communist spy after being dismissed by MI6 but cleared in Parliament by Prime Minister Harold Macmillan.

He was later rehired, and it was not until late 1962 that the British became convinced he was a double agent and sent a new interrogator to meet him in Beirut.

Mr. Philby disappeared in January 1963 and emerged in Moscow about six months later. He escaped, he told the Stasi, because of further British incompetence. The agent sent to keep an eye on him could not resist going skiing after hearing that fresh snow had fallen on the Lebanese mountains.

Mr. Philby was part of a ring of Cambridge spies that included Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean, who preceded him to Moscow after Mr. Philby warned them in 1951 that they were under suspicion and about to be interrogated by British counterintelligence officials. Their defection raised more suspicion about Mr. Philby, but he survived the episode.

It was not until 1979 that the long-suspected “fourth man,” Anthony Blunt, an art historian close to the queen, was publicly revealed to have helped recruit the other three men while they were at Cambridge in the 1930s.

But it was the career of Mr. Philby, who set up MI6’s section to spy on the Soviet Union to which he was loyal, that was most astonishing, as he rose to head the very counterintelligence department that should have discovered his treachery.

In 1965, the Russians awarded him the Red Banner of Honor for his services to the K.G.B., and he later received the privileges of a K.G.B. general.

Not without humor, Mr. Philby told the Stasi audience how his Soviet controllers told him to become chief of the anti-Soviet section of MI6 by removing his boss, Felix Cowgill.

“I said, ‘Are you proposing to shoot him or something?’ ” Mr. Philby recalled.

Told to use bureaucratic methods, “I set about the business of removing my own chief,” he said, then added dryly: “You oughtn’t to listen to this,” prompting laughter.

“It was a very dirty story,” said Mr. Philby, whose treachery was responsible for the deaths of hundreds. “But after all, our work does imply getting dirty hands from time to time, but we do it for a cause that is not dirty in any way.”



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Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on April 05, 2016, 12:22:58 am
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/shortcuts/2016/jan/19/alan-turing-james-bond-london-spy-how-mi5-became-britains-most-inclusive-employer

MI5/MI5
Alan Turing, James Bond
and London Spy:
how the security services became
Britain’s most inclusive employer

Where once homosexuality might have led to blackmail, exposure
or disgrace, MI5 and MI6 now welcome gay people


By Richard Norton-Taylor and Tom Rob Smith
Tuesday 19 January 2016 14.03 EST


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Thames House, MI5’s headquarters on London’s Millbank Photograph: Myung Jung Kim/PA



If you had walked past MI5’s headquarters in central London earlier today, you might have noticed the rainbow flag flying above the building. It is not the first time – it flew there on the day of London’s Pride festival last summer. But this time it was raised to mark the accolade of Stonewall’s employer of the year: Britain’s Security Service came top in the annual Stonewall Workplace Equality Index. The index measures an organisation’s work in tackling discrimination and creating an inclusive workplace for lesbian, gay, bi and trans people.

MI5 in particular, it might be argued, needs to be inclusive. Much of its work, as it director general Andrew Parker, said, “goes on by necessity out of view”. Its employees cannot talk about their work with outsiders. They need a workplace that is tolerant and welcoming, and an esprit de corps that encourages diversity.

Historically, when homosexuality was illegal, spying might have been a particularly attractive career for people used to hiding their personal – as well as political – proclivities. They could keep secrets, and tell lies. Perhaps the most notorious gay spies were Guy Burgess and Anthony Blunt, two members of the Cambridge ring whose circle was imbued with sexual liberation, of all kinds. (There was one exception. The ascetic John Cairncross told me years after he was exposed as the “Fifth Man” that he did not take to the fellow members of the spy ring because of their class – which protected them from exposure – and lifestyle.)




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Bond gets up close and personal with Raoul Silva (played by Javier Bardem) in Skyfall.
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Now even James Bond, the most highly charged heterosexual of all spies, is confronted in Skyfall with a flirtatious gay scene when villain Raoul Silva, played by Javier Bardem, undoes Bond’s shirt and strokes his chest while Bond is tied to a chair. “First time for everything?” he asks. Daniel Craig’s Bond, replies: “What makes you think this is my first time?”

In 1954, Alan Turing, the codebreaking genius of wartime Bletchley Park, the forerunner of GCHQ, died in an apparent suicide after battling with his sexuality and being sentenced to chemical castration. More than 50 years later, Gareth Williams, the GCHQ maths genius, was found dead in his London flat while seconded to MI6. His death , unsurprisingly, is often thought to have been an inspiration for the recent BBC2 series, London Spy. The similarities between Williams and Alex, played by Edward Holcroft, are pretty clear – although writer Tom Rob Smith has said his character is a work of fiction. Nevertheless, these are cases – one fact, the other fiction – when their employers did not face up to a duty of care in a profession which can be uniquely lonely.

MI5 now has a LGBT “champion” to promote diversity, an 80-plus-strong LGBT network, and a “reverse mentoring” scheme for staff who want to develop their understanding of diversity. Staff are offered “unconscious bias training”. Meanwhile MI6, Bond’s employer, uses Stonewall’s logo on recruitment ads appealing for people who are “able to get on with diverse groups”.

Until the early 90s, MI5 – like the Secret Intelligence Service, MI6 – prevented gay people from security-sensitive posts on the grounds they were vulnerable to blackmail. MI5 heading Stonewall’s table will be leaving many of Britain’s former security chiefs aghast – and be a lesson to any of them still in post, trying to hold fast to their service’s old and damaging ethos.




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The fictional view: Edward Holcroft and Ben Wishaw in the BBC2 drama London Spy.
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‘The Secret Service used to embody the sense that
gay people were not part of mainstream society’
London Spy writer Tom Rob Smith on MI5




The news that MI5 has come top of Stonewall’s employers list is wonderful. My drama London Spy was never intended as a commentary about these organisations today. It was grappling with a historic question, which is why were organisations such as MI5 so adamant that gay people were unsuitable for the secret services? I wanted to look at it from a slightly different perspective, which was that if you are aware that your country would not employ you, or would prosecute you for your sexuality, are you in a sense made a spy by your country?

If that link to your country is cut at a very early age, you look for other countries where you might be able to be happy or welcome. The Soviet Union peddled the myth that there was equality over there, that gay people would be free and happy, and you can see why that was conceptually appealing to some. It was never the fact that gay people were somehow intrinsically less trustworthy, which was certainly the impression having the blanket ban on gay employees gave out. And that was always what the character of Scotty [played by Jim Broadbent] was grappling with historically.

We often talk about equality as somehow doing things for people or minorities. Actually, it benefits society at large. It’s clearly not beneficial to have a group of people feeling disconnected from their country.

One of the reasons this news is so wonderful is that the Secret Service used to embody a sense that gay people were not part of mainstream society. And so for it to go to being the best place for someone who’s gay to work is a really remarkable transformation.

Tom Rob Smith (as told to Daniel Martin)

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The fictional view: Edward Holcroft and Ben Wishaw in the BBC2 drama London Spy.
Photograph: Joss Barratt/BBC/WTTV Limited


The news that MI5 has come top of Stonewall’s employers list is wonderful. My drama London Spy was never intended as a commentary about these organisations today. It was grappling with a historic question, which is why were organisations such as MI5 so adamant that gay people were unsuitable for the secret services? I wanted to look at it from a slightly different perspective, which was that if you are aware that your country would not employ you, or would prosecute you for your sexuality, are you in a sense made a spy by your country?

Tom Rob Smith

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Spies like us
As BBC drama London Spy begins, Barry Didcock
explores our abiding fascination with spooks



“I haven't had the John le Carré life, but I have had a life of wondering how I am a spy on some level – and that connects with being gay and leading a double life in the sense that you have this persona,” he explains. “At school I was terrified. I couldn't even comprehend it [being gay] so my way of dealing with it was to say, 'I'll be a much more convincing liar if I can convince myself that it isn't true.' So on one level I shut that whole part of my brain down and I became a spy to myself. I was living a cover that I started to try to believe in order to make it more convincing. That's my reason for getting into spy stories.”

Tom Rob Smith
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Post by: Aloysius J. Gleek on April 05, 2016, 06:54:23 pm
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London Spy
sex, spooks
and the perfect murder

A new BBC thriller echoes
the baffling case of the 'spy in the bag’
Tom Rob Smith explains why he wrote it

By Tom Rob Smith
7:00AM GMT 09 Nov 2015


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Ben Whishaw plays Danny and Edward Holcroft plays "Joe" (Alex) in London Spy
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Twenty years ago, I stood on the dangerous and decrepit former incarnation of the Hungerford pedestrian bridge that connects the north and south banks of the River Thames. The old bridge was afflicted with crime and it wasn’t a place to linger. But that night, I looked out over the city skyline and asked – as though London were a wise mentor capable of answering back – whether life got any easier.

I don’t recall another occasion when I’ve seriously contemplated suicide. But standing there, I realised that death would be the end of everything good, as well as everything bad. My life, which had been a largely happy one, full of love and potential, would have been rewritten in those troubled hours, as one of perpetual despair leading to that act. I would have wound up as a statistic, engulfed by a much wider narrative about a society in which many young gay people, such as me, struggle to cope.

I’m very glad I lived to tell a different story but perhaps, because of this moment, I’m aware of how the circumstances of some people’s deaths can sometimes present a very misleading picture of their actual lives.

Herein lies the premise for my first television drama series London Spy, a thriller which opens with my character, Danny (played by the Bafta-winning actor Ben Whishaw) standing on Lambeth Bridge, feeling low and asking the London skyline whether life gets any easier.

London answers him with a chance encounter, an early morning runner who stops to ask if he’s OK. Introducing himself as Alex, an unusual connection forms between these men who are opposites in many ways. It’s unusual in the sense that it’s special to both parties, but it’s also unusual for mainstream drama on the BBC, which rarely places gay relationships at the heart of stories.

Alex claims to be working in the financial services: he’s successful and wealthy. He’s also anti-social and profoundly shy, doesn’t do drugs or hang out in clubs. A love story begins that promises happiness for both. However, eight months into their relationship Alex is found dead in a sex room designed for multiple anonymous encounters, littered with drugs and extreme bondage gear.

It is a scenario completely alien to the Alex that Danny has come to know. His perfect love is, in an instant, rewritten. He is no longer this man’s partner but merely one of many nameless sexual hook ups. In death, Danny not only loses his lover, he loses their love story too. It turns out, Alex lied about his job. He wasn’t a banker – he was a spy.

I’ve been asked whether there are parallels between my thriller and the 2010 Gareth Williams case, the GCHQ operative whose body was found in a North Face holdall, padlocked from the outside, in his flat in Pimlico. The key to the padlock was underneath his body, inside the bag.



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Mystery: [The real] Gareth Williams was found dead in a locked holdall. The unsolved case
inspired London Spy




I should be clear that this series is entirely a work of fiction: none of the characters are real. It isn’t intended as a commentary on the police investigation or the security services. However, at the heart of the Press and public interest in the Williams case was the question of whether his death told a story of his life, or whether his death was staged to tell a story that would disguise and distract us from his murder. That story, presented to the public, involved the implication of cross-dressing (£20,000 worth of women’s clothing was found in his flat) and a history of bondage websites on