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German interview with Aidan Turner from June 20, 2016. I did my best with the translation (it was exhausting but fun).

A big thank you to @themissingmink for doing the beta and edits. So the Interview is not such a pain to read ;)

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The Interview online.

Poldark. Ross Poldark

The period drama, Poldark, not only made Aidan Turner into a worldwide sex symbol, the Irishman suddenly became the hottest candidate to play James Bond. The ‘Sensenmann’ usually means the end. [Translator’s note: Sensenmann loosely translated means ‘Man with the Scythe’ which is a word for ‘The Death’ in German.] But for Aidan Turner it was the beginning. When the 33 year old scythed a field barechested in the third episode of Poldark, British women fainted in front of their TVs. The scene was voted ‘TV Moment of the Year’. The series, adapted from the novels by Winston Graham, had huge ratings and made Bond producers notice Aidan Turner. He’s currently the bookmakers’ favourite to become Daniel Craig’s successor.

To the modest Irishman all the fuss is a thorn in the side, which is why he didn’t want questions about Martinis and Aston Martins. But he was very chatty when it came to his hit series, Poldark. Should its success continue, the 18th Century costume drama, about a returning soldier who’s lost everything, could keep him busy for the next five years.

Yesterday (the interview was on 20th June) you had your birthday. Congratulations! Were you surprised with a snooker champion again?

No, not again. That was last year, best birthday ever! [Translator’s note: I think this was 2014 or earlier, not 2015.] It was so cool with Ken Doherty. Nothing better than getting your arse kicked by a world champion at your own table.

When did you realise that the dream of a career as a professional snooker player was over?

Very early on. As I took part in competitions, I quickly realised I wasn’t good enough. I think I just liked the atmosphere. I loved it, hanging out in the pool hall with old men sipping their tea. As a teenager I really thought, that’s cool. Then I started acting. I can’t do that either, but who cares (laughs)?

You started very late with acting. Was that a disadvantage?

I went to acting school when I was 18. That’s not that old, but I was in a class with people who’d done youth theatre. Before then, I’d never even seen the inside of a theatre. But I looked on that as an advantage. I made an effort and soaked it all in. Acting school is a treasuretrove of creativity. There, failure isn’t the end, because no one’s buying tickets, there aren’t any critics to judge you. Other people, with more experience, were more inhibited.

Did you know Winston Graham’s novels?

No, they’re not taught in school. I did n’t know anything about Poldark. When I got offered the role, I Googled Poldark and thought: Oh my God, so many books! It was a different, unknown world to me. But once you’re familiar with the name, you suddenly hear it everywhere. I heard people on the streets talking about Poldark and even my mother suddenly revealed she was a fan of the series.

That means you’ve already read all the books…

Yes. But not all twelve. I don’t read everything if I don’t get paid for it (laughs). In book seven, I think, Ross is already 50 [Translator’s note: I’m pretty sure he means book eight ^^]. So that won’t be relevant for our series. But Winston is a fantastic writer. I admire him, and I feel privileged to work with his books.

There was already a 70’s Poldark series. Was that a particular burden for you?

Not really. I consciously decided not to watch it, because I wanted to find the role for myself. I thought, there’s so much in the books, I don’t have to [watch the series]. And I was afraid I might end up feeling not good enough, because everyone said how amazing Robin Ellis was in the role. But one day I’ll surely watch it.

What’s the reason that Poldark still works 40 years later?

The topics are timeless: love, family, rivalry. Just like the sociopolitical aspects. Even nowadays, rich people with a big family name come to positions of power through nepotism, even though they’re perhaps not the most appropriate people for it.

Do you think that’s why many Brits watched it?

That’s hard, I don’t know. I’m just an actor, who reads dialogue someone else wrote, and wears a silly costume.

And sometimes even no costume…

Damn, I knew you’d say that!

You can’t pass up that kind of opportunity…

You’re probably right (laughs). Yes, sometimes I don’t wear a costume on the show.

You got the role without an audition. Did they tell you what they’d seen in you?

Not exactly. It’s a bit embarrassing for me to answer that, but it’s a true story. Our writer, Debbie Horsfield, and our producer, Damien Timmer, wanted to write the name of three possible ‘Poldarks’ on a piece of paper and give it to one another. And supposedly both had only one name in mind: mine. It’s very flattering. I don’t know why. I wish I had the pieces of paper. Then my mother would frame them and hang them on the wall (laughs).

Is it even possible to refuse, if you’re the only choice?

I didn’t know that then. But it’s special enough that I didn’t have to audition for it. But that’s not always an advantage. Many actors talk negatively about auditions, but I like it. It shows the producer what you can offer, and if they don’t like it, they send you home. [If I had an audition] I didn’t have to worry my first day on set if I’m go od enough or not. I was very nervous at the first readthrough [for Poldark]. I’d let my hair grow, my costumes had been fitted, but nobody had heard me as Poldark before. There was a lot of pressure on me.

You looked very fit in that role. Was it hard to get in shape?

I always carry a six pack with me.

Who doesn’t?

(laughs) No. I just shifted into the psyche of Ross. I thought, he’s very physical, doesn’t eat much, works on the farm, rides. He’s always in motion. So I just tried to think myself into him. Took a few steroids, and then it just happened, my body got in shape. By the way, that was a joke about the steroids.

Too bad. The headline ‘Aidan Turner Took Steroids’ would have been great.

(laughs) No, it’s something that I like to do. I’ve trained for years. I wanted Ross to have a specific look. It’s no different than learning an accent.

If you play a role in a TV series, you’re easily put in a box. To compensate, do you try to do more action or comedy?

I follow good scripts and good series- and filmmakers I admire. It would be tragic if I read a good script, which I like, and turned it down only because I don’t want to make another period drama. That would only ruin my career. If you don’t waste any thought on getting put into a box, you won’t be. Every role feels different, too.

Hugh Bonneville once told me he knew that ‘Downton Abbey’ was a hit when he got recognized on the streets of Bangkok. How was it for you?

Unfortunately I don’t have anything exciting like that to offer. When the show aired, I was at home in Dublin and suddenly I was in all the papers and got flooded with emails. Especially friends I hadn’t heard anything from for ages came up to me and said, “Boy, try to keep your clothes on” (laughs).

Interview by Rüdiger Meyer from TV Spielfilm Magazine.

Okay but Petyr told Sansa a bunch of times to just call him Petyr and the last time we see him say that is right before they kiss.

But what if after that she calls him Petyr. On the way to Winterfell she would say “goodnight Petyr” when they would stop at a motel for the night or “thank you Petyr” when he would hold the door open or help her into the carriage.

I just need her to call him Petyr. I need it like air.

anonymous asked:

i saw your reply to the person about the ratings & how people are dropping off because they can't deal with things the show talks about -- im unfortunately one of those people & really disappointed that i had to stop watching because i LOVE the show & the first season was amazing. season two has been less so & as soon as elliot gave his "fuck god" speech, i had to draw the line. i just felt like he//the show was personally attacking those who choose to believe in their choice of religion :(

Hey anonymous friend, thanks for sharing your experience. I’m sorry you needed to drop the show after the most recent episode, but understand why you feel the way you do. Personally, however…

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anonymous asked:

I just saw a post about this season's ratings being terrible?? Do you know anything about what's going on with that??

Well, from what I understand, the live numbers for the premiere weren’t great. However, the live +3 ratings were far more respectable. The live numbers from last week were similar to the premiere, and the live +3 numbers haven’t come out yet. Anyway, I’m not worried about the numbers as far as renewal goes. USA isn’t going to cancel this show. It’s nominated for six Emmys. It’s already won a ton of other prestigous awards. I think the numbers just reflect that a big portion of the audience doesn’t watch live TV. I mean, other than Mr. Robot and like two other shows, I certainly don’t. And I don’t think the numbers include people who purchased the season and watch on Amazon or iTunes. They certainly don’t reflect the entire viewing audience.

Something else the numbers might be reflecting is that this is a tough show to watch. It’s dark and it’s dense and it’s complicated. It deals with troubling subject matter. It’s graphic. It takes concentration. It can even be triggering for some folks. So I could see some people dropping off.

Finally, I think it’s important to remember that the expectations for this show in terms of recognition and ratings were relatively low, at least from what I can tell from interviews. Both Sam and the cast have said they would’ve been happy if it got some critical praise but was otherwise just an underground cult-type show. And it has FAR surpassed those expectations. While this is just my analysis of what might be going on, I hope it gives you some peace of mind. That being said, for anyone who is able (read: folks with access to a cable subscription in the US), try to watch live or as close to live as you can. I don’t want to start to fear Sam won’t be able to finish this story. Of course, I’ll head-up the kickstarter effort if the need ever arises :)