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James loves Tom! Thoughts on Merlin. [Jul. 19th, 2009|04:58 pm]
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*sends good vibes & hugs to f-listies who are having a rough time right now*

James Marsters has been gone from SV for a year but he still loves him some Tom! Here's a quote from his latest Q & A:

How cool was it to be in Superman's Ice Fortress? I know it's an illusion, but are you ever able to forget the cameras and crew and just be within the magic?
No, because it was 115 degrees on that set and I was too busy dying. (laughs) And there was particulate in the air that you just knew was gonna give you cancer, so it was horrible. And poor Tom. He can't sweat; he's all about getting it right and Superman doesn't sweat, so he really suffered.

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(Michael & Sam mentioned the Fortress-dust in their panel. Poor Tom, having to breath it all the time!)

From Twitter: It delights me that Michael is a fan of the Arctic Monkeys! And he wants to go back to the UK - maybe he'll turn up at another Collectormania!



I like it: it's similar to Smallville in that the scripts are pretty awful, but are redeemed by the charms of the cast. Both boys are lovely.

I've seen six episodes so far and three have had villains using magic putting people into sleep-comas. This seems to be a motif.

At university, I took an elective course on medieval literature. To the professor who taught this course, this meant: All Arthur, All the time! So I've read the Penguin translations of the original texts: Geoffrey of Monmouth, Malory, Chretien de Troyes, Sir Gawain & the Green Knight: all very fun reading.

I was amused that Geoffrey plays a role on the show. He loved a bit of renown & would be thoroughly delighted to be transported back 600 years to join Arthur's court. In his book, he frequently inserts himself into his text. Having mentioned Guinevere's affair with Arthur's nephew Mordred, he primly comments: "About this matter, most noble Duke, Geoffrey of Monmouth prefers to say nothing."

Geoffrey's Arthur is much less concerned with chivalry than with conquering/starving/setting fire to as much of Europe as he can reach. After which, Arthur remarks rather hypocritically: "Nothing that is acquired by force and violence can ever be held legally by anyone."

My favourite of the Arthur-authors is Thomas Malory. Morte D'Arthur has a LOT of repetition - but it adds up to a moving total. "Merlin" has prompted me to take another look at it. I'd forgotten how slashy it is - knights are constantly falling into each other's arms and "making joy" of each other. I would like to see this passage enacted on the show:

"Sir Launcelot kneeled down and yielded him up his sword. And therewithal Sir Tristram kneeled down and yielded him up his sword. And so either gave each other the degree. And they both forthwithal went to the stone and set them down upon it, and took off their helms to cool it, and either kissed the other a hundred times..."

YES, PLEASE!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-07-19 10:14 pm (UTC)
It's a fun show - glad it's airing in Canada. Nice treat for the summer.
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[User Picture]From: miss_tress
2009-07-19 10:05 pm (UTC)
Now I know Tom's acting skills have increased exponentially over the years but is James Marsters saying that Tom has become such an expert that he control whether or not he sweats when it's that hot?
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-07-19 10:16 pm (UTC)
is James Marsters saying that Tom has become such an expert that he control whether or not he sweats when it's that hot?
Hee! That sounds like what he means - Tom is so disciplined when in character that he can magically stop himself from sweating!
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[User Picture]From: miss_tress
2009-07-19 10:34 pm (UTC)
Next were going to find out that the budget of the show has been cut because they didn't need the money for special effects anymore. Because Tom can really have amazing powers when he's properly in character.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-07-19 10:36 pm (UTC)
I would happily watch the Powers of Tom show, particularly if there's no money in the budget for clothes for him!
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[User Picture]From: miss_tress
2009-07-19 10:38 pm (UTC)
You and me both!
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[User Picture]From: complicat
2009-07-19 10:23 pm (UTC)
maybe he'll turn up at another Collectormania!

Eeeep! Yes please!

I may have to check out the Arctic Monkeys tour schedule and book tickets just in case Michael turns up. Would that be crazy? (err, don't answer that!)

Ah James, always so quotable. I love that he mentions Tom without being asked - so considerate!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-07-19 10:35 pm (UTC)
I may have to check out the Arctic Monkeys tour schedule and book tickets just in case Michael turns up. Would that be crazy? (err, don't answer that!)
Not crazy at all - they're a great band! And if Michael & Matt keep chatting, maybe we'll get an indication of date and venue.

I love that he mentions Tom without being asked - so considerate!
And he also attributes to Tom the super-power of perspiration-control!
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[User Picture]From: chrisluvstommy
2009-07-19 11:22 pm (UTC)
I'd like to be Tom's official sweat wiper... cause from what I hear he sweats ALOT
*see those candids of him at the market place*

Now I'd say Tom's superpowers are the ability to make women crazy across the globe and make them want to do things like wipe sweat from him I mean that has to be some sort of super power right?
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-07-20 12:52 am (UTC)
Now I'd say Tom's superpowers are the ability to make women crazy across the globe and make them want to do things like wipe sweat from him I mean that has to be some sort of super power right?
Absolutely! He has the power to make me want to climb him like a tree!
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[User Picture]From: jeannev
2009-07-20 12:37 am (UTC)
JM has always seemed very, very fond of Tom, and that holds a lot of weight for me. Because James doesn't strike me as the sort of actor who suffers fools gladly. I don't think he'd talk smack about them, but I also don't believe he'd bother to compliment them either. But he always has something nice to say about Tom.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-07-20 12:52 am (UTC)
But he always has something nice to say about Tom.
When I met him, it only took a mention of Smallville for James to start praising Tom! And yes, he's certainly not shy about speaking his mind.

I pm'd you as well - PattyLaurie is saying Tom WILL be at ComicCon. Hope she's right!
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[User Picture]From: theclexfactor
2009-07-20 12:55 am (UTC)
I find that it's the actors that usually wax poetic about Tom; it's the creators that don't usually bother.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-07-20 03:11 am (UTC)
I trust the actors' opinions more - they work with Tom all the time.
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[User Picture]From: rosy5000
2009-07-20 01:31 am (UTC)
The Fortress sounds like a horrible set to have to work on. :P Those poor actors.

hehe Oh, I just adore Merlin! I have never read anything based on the legends or anything, but I love anything based on ancient/medieval lores and legends. It certainly doesn't hurt that Merlin is adorable in such a dorky way and Arthur is bloody gorgeous! I adore Gaius, like a favorite uncle. He's so fun.

Isn't Tristram the one you suggested for Gareth? HMmm... I could definitely imagine Santiago Cabrera and Gareth kissing. May not be a hot as John and Gareth, but I'm sure I'd be very close. ;D
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-07-20 03:17 am (UTC)
The Fortress sounds like a horrible set to have to work on. :P Those poor actors.
Poor Tom especially - he spends the most time there!

Isn't Tristram the one you suggested for Gareth? HMmm... I could definitely imagine Santiago Cabrera and Gareth kissing.
Actually, I was thinking Tristram was Welsh but he's Cornish. Still, Gareth could play him very well!

It certainly doesn't hurt that Merlin is adorable in such a dorky way and Arthur is bloody gorgeous! I adore Gaius, like a favorite uncle. He's so fun.
The cast is lovely! It's a shame Anthony Stewart Head doesn't get to show his sense of humour - maybe in an upcoming episode? In the old Arthurian stories Uther and Merlin are the same age and Merlin helps Uther trick another King's wife, Ygerna, into an affair. (He casts a spell to make Uther resemble her husband & she conceives Arthur.) I'm wondering in "Merlin" if Gaius cast this spell for Uther, hence their bond?
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[User Picture]From: starry_dawn
2009-07-20 06:40 am (UTC)
I've read absolutely NOTHING on Arthurian legend, and still I thoroughly enjoy Merlin. I take it for what it is, and that gets me through quite nicely. I'm in the middle of a rewatch, and I'm surprised at how much I like watching the episodes again. Everyone's so pretty! /shallow moment
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-07-20 10:59 pm (UTC)
I've seen a little grumbling about divergence from source material - but divergence is in keeping with Arthurian tradition! Geoffrey of Monmouth was re-written by French authors who were re-written by Malory etc.

I do hope they bring in some of the famous knights & villains - I especially like Sir Palomides, who follows the Questing Beast and King Mark, the villain of Cornwall.
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[User Picture]From: me_and_thee
2009-07-20 12:50 pm (UTC)
I like it: it's similar to Smallville in that the scripts are pretty awful, but are redeemed by the charms of the cast. Both boys are lovely.

I couldn't agree more! As I mentioned in my first Merlin-related entry, I love its obvious shout-outs to certain SV 'details' and scenes (one of which is in episode 1x07, btw, so watch out for that, even though it's my least fave S1 episode).

I've seen six episodes so far and three have had villains using magic putting people into sleep-comas. This seems to be a motif.

Yeah, that was pretty annoying.

How do you feel about the Great Slash Dragon, btw?? ^^

So I've read the Penguin translations of the original texts: Geoffrey of Monmouth, Malory, Chretien de Troyes, Sir Gawain & the Green Knight: all very fun reading.

That's AWESOME! I'm shamefully ignorant on the subject. ^^''

I would like to see this passage enacted on the show

I SECOND THAT MOTION.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-07-20 11:03 pm (UTC)
As I mentioned in my first Merlin-related entry, I love its obvious shout-outs to certain SV 'details' and scenes (one of which is in episode 1x07, btw, so watch out for that
You were spot-on!

How do you feel about the Great Slash Dragon, btw?? ^^
He's lovely! Perfect use of John Hurt.

That's AWESOME! I'm shamefully ignorant on the subject.
I've only read the really old stuff - anything from the 20th century I don't know at all (except for the Dark is Rising books) - I'm guessing "Merlin" will probably follow revisionist Arthur, ie Morgan le Fay as a misunderstood hero rather than a villain.
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