A Knight's Tale

Romantic Tropes I’m an absolute sucker for:

The slow burn where they both love each other but think the other person doesn’t feel the same way but literally everyone in the world knows how they feel about each other.

They absolutely loathe each other but everyone around them knows that they actually totally love each other.

Royalty/Commoner ESPECIALLY when the commoner didn’t know they were royalty and feel so betrayed when they find out.

I mean really, any version of the Person A is hiding something about their identity for decentish reasons and Person B eventually finds out and is just so betrayed and Person A has some version of the “I didn’t mean for it to happen, but it did. I fell in love with you.” (Chasing Liberty is my favorite, okay?)

Also the “we’re from different worlds” version, too.

And of course Person A is trying to rescue/find/reunite with they significant other and Person B gets enlisted to help but then totally falls in love but thinks Person A really loves sigo, but when they finally are reunited they realize they really love Person B.

FAKE ENGAGEMENT!!!!!!!!

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“I have never had great expectations of my performance or of a film. I try not to think about the outcome. If you look that far ahead, it sort of taints your choices as an actor. I try as hard as I can to believe that no one is ever going to see it and that it’s not even a movie. Then you can allow yourself to bare more.”

Heath Ledger (April 4, 1979 - January 22, 2008)

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The Man Who Fell To Earth: A Spotify Playlist

  1. “Station To Station” from Christiane F (1981)
  2. “All Saints” from Indecent Proposal (1993)
  3. “Fashion” from Clueless (1995)
  4. “I’m Deranged” from Lost Highway (1996)
  5. “Under Pressure” from Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)
  6. “China Girl” from The Wedding Singer (1998)
  7. “Rebel Rebel” from Detroit Rock City (1999)
  8. “Golden Years” from A Knight’s Tale (2001)
  9. “Let’s Dance” from Zoolander (2001)
  10. “Young Americans” from Dogville (2003)
  11. “Suffragette City” from Lords of Dogtown (2005)
  12. “Cat People (Putting Out The Fire)” from Inglourious Basterds (2009)
  13. “Lady Grinning Soul” from The Runaways (2010)
  14. “Heroes” from The Perks of Being A Wallflower (2012)
  15. “Modern Love” from Frances Ha (2013)
  16. “Space Oddity” from The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
  17. “Moonage Daydream” from Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Listen to this Spotify Playlist & more curated by Rotten Tomatoes here

This thought process begins with Mr Robot.

I don’t know all that much about this show, even though I’m a fan of Rami Malek and I love his work. I haven’t felt able to tackle Mr Robot because it just seems too dark, too cynical and very focused on the hundreds and hundreds of ways modern society sucks. I can find that whenever I switch on the news - or browse Tumblr. I’m sorry, but no matter how good it is, I’m sure that watching Mr Robot would make me miserable - and I won’t do that to myself.

Mind you, I’ve kept it on my radar, because I’m interested in what Rami’s doing. My understanding of it is limited, but there’s always been something that’s bothered me a bit. And it’s pure nitpicking on my part.

Rami Malek and Christian Slater don’t look like father and son.

I’m not saying I expect parents to look exactly like their kids. I look much more like my mother than my father, but there are still subtle hints of his on my face. And as someone who’s very interested in genetics and family resemblances, it always gives me a thrill when casting directors are able to cast actors who look like they could be related. Take a look at both sets of Baudelaires, for example.

I suppose it’s also because not only do Rami and Christian not look like each other, they look so opposite to each other.

Maybe that’s the point. Maybe it’s meant to be because Elliott is misremembering his dad. I do know that plot twist. Or it’s because they were picked purely on their acting ability and for no other reason. And star power in the case of Christian Slater.

This is just a personal nitpick. I mean no disrespect to anyone involved with the production of such a great show.

So why do I bring this up? Because I do know of an actor who alternatively could play Elliot’s dad - or a parent for Rami’s character in another project.

This guy:

Does he look familiar? No?

What if I told you he was in A Knight’s Tale?

Yup. That’s Count Adhemar.

This actor’s name is Rufus Sewell. He’s not well known in America, though he does do a lot of work there, but in Britain we currently know him best for his work in Victoria where he co-stars with Jenna Coleman from Doctor Who.

The film that actually got me interested in him though was Dark City. I’d not seen this film until very recently, but to those who haven’t seen it, I really recommend it. It’s one of Alex Proyas’ earliest films and one of his best: leaps and bounds ahead of I, Robot or Gods of Egypt. Its plot is very similar to The Matrix (which came out a year later), but it’s better in lots of ways, because the story behind the false reality is slightly more unique and clever, and it’s more subtle. They don’t beat you over the head with all the symbolism. Also the acting is much better. No gormless Keanu Reeves or overly-intense ship crew here!

That said, The Matrix does have an advantage in that it can still be enjoyed if your brain is switched off, because it’s got these fantastic action scenes and it is so heavy-handed with its philosophy. With Dark City, you have really got to pay attention to have any clue what’s going on. So neither is really better than the other; each just does certain things better. I still love The Matrix, but Dark City is my favourite of the two.

Anyway, as I was watching Rufus in the lead, I couldn’t shake the thought that, Wow, this guy looks like Rami…

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Like, this guy really looks like Rami.

(Or more accurately, since he’s younger, Rami looks like him.)

It’s not just physical appearance either; a lot of their expressions are quite similar, right down to where they both convey a huge amount with tiny subtle movements. It’s the eyes, I think. 

And they both have a similar intense stare. That’s a scary stare right there.

(Don’t eat me, Elliott, please!)

Apparently Rufus’ parents were Welsh and Australian, so I don’t know if he’s descended from the Middle East somewhere further back in his ancestry. Obviously they aren’t identical, but the resemblance between these two is still uncanny.

Most of the gifs above are of Rufus in the 90s as a younger actor - roughly the same age Rami is now, actually. Here’s what he looks like currently.

His face has slimmed down a lot too, so even his jaw vaguely resembles Rami’s. There’s only just over a decade between them in age, but I think these two would be great together as a father and son. 

What do you guys think? Should I be a casting director? Heh.

If you’re interested in Rufus’ work, I cannot recommend Dark City highly enough, especially if you’re a fan of The Matrix. Currently he’s left Victoria (as Lord Melbourne really has no place once Albert comes along), but he’s also doing some work for Amazon in a series called The Man in the High Castle. So go and check that out, I guess?

As for Rami, I hear he’ll be playing Freddie Mercury of all people quite soon. I wonder if that means we’ll hear him sing?