i love how they have such different styles of directing runners

Transcript of the new Colin Morgan Interview

Colin Morgan is a man of many talents. Enigmatic performer. Charming Ulsterman. Method actor. Qualities that have underpinned his ability to reinvent himself at every turn. Since bursting onto the scene over a decade ago, Colin has transported us back to the Middle Ages, explored the meaning of life as a twenty-first century android, and broken a few hearts as a troubled Victorian shrink. Gee Wong talks to the rising star about the intensity of the roles he plays, his way with accents and why he’s giving social media the cold shoulder.

Arranging an interview with Colin Morgan is a lesson in timing. Given that his brisk schedule and unforeseen events have thwarted our previously arranged powwows, it’s a relief when the phone eventually whirrs into life. He introduces himself in his deep loquacious Ulster drawl and all is forgiven. “I’m glad we’ve finally got the chance to talk, there’s been a lot of back and forth, hope everything is alright?” he says. The raw accent, while expected, is captivating to hear for the first time—largely because he’s a master at disguising those native vowels.

From the West End stage to television to the silver screen, the vocal gymnastics have been key to defining this award-winning actor’s march toward stardom. In fact, they often go hand in hand with the intense and angst-heavy roles he clearly relishes. “I couldn’t write down any specific reasons why I go for a part because it really is instinctive. It’s more of a feeling than a reason, you know what I mean?” he explains. “It’s like when you meet someone and you just click, but you don’t really know why, but you just do. It’s a bit like that. I’m meeting a character when I read it on the page and if it does something to me, it literally calls.” His confidence in an ability to single out roles is striking and the approach clearly works for him. “It has to be the only way. The scriptwriter, director and producer—theyre all on board because they’re passionate about a project and you’ve got to come in and respect there’s been a lot of hard work gone into the stage where they’re casting—these things can go on for years!” Auditions must be pretty intense then? “Yeah, I can feel it sometimes in auditions—if you can’t come in and deliver that level of what’s come before then you shouldn’t be there. You’ve got to love it.”

For his breakout performance—as the eponymous young wizard in the BBC’s fantasy drama Merlin—Colin owned an English accent so convincingly that his burgeoning fan base couldn’t quite believe he was from County Armagh. What’s his secret to cracking an accent? The answer is, of course, a lot of talent, practice and immersing himself in the role. “When I’m working on a character the voice comes first, or initially the way they move, it all influences each other,” he says. It’s a habit that’s seen him in good stead over the years. “Just like a runner training for a marathon, you need to do your training, listen to a lot of people, the way they talk and move, and imitate a lot because you’re working in the business of mimicry,” he admits. “It’s a case of muscle memory for me. I love accents, I love doing them, as many as I can really.”

He’s recently been back on the box—fine-tuning his Received Pronunciation English—in the supernatural period drama The Living and the Dead. It’s a darkly written role about grief and holding onto the past, with no shortage of terrifying apparitions to hammer home the message. What was it like returning to the fantasy genre after a few years away? “It’s weird because fantasy implies a story is lifted from reality. I don’t feel like I get affected by the genre because the character is just living their story,” he says. “For me, it’s all about the script and reaching into the character that I can inhabit.” The actor gave his all to the role, including staying in accent throughout filming. “I didn’t plan on it at all on the first day, but after we did our first scene it just stayed with me for the whole shoot. You’re in costume and even on your lunch break you’re still dressed as the character, you’ve still got the long hair and the beard,” he explains, laughing. “You still feel it—the person and the voice are just part of it.” So, in reality, not as odd as it sounds. “It’s just so much easier especially when you have a Northern Irish accent. To try and go from that to an English accent from 1894—they’re miles apart!”

Talking of his appearance, his fans set Twitter alight after the first episode. The reason? A sit-up-in-your-chair topless scene that let slip an ‘all growed up’ physique and, inevitably, a new-found pin-up status for the actor. It’s a far cry from his fresh-faced debut in Merlin at the tender age of 22. Nevertheless, the comments went right over his head—he shuns social media. “It’s just not me really. You have to want to do it,” he states without hesitation. “It’s an amazing medium for getting the word out for shows, promotion and for staying in contact, but there are a lot of negative sides as well.” Can he point out a few of the downsides? “When the words you want to say don’t have to be said face to face people tend to say a lot of stuff—that’s not something I think is healthy for an actor to be an open party to,” he adds. I get the impression he’s been burnt from personal experience and now views his privacy as sacrosanct. When pressed further, he confesses to a distaste for so-called ‘insta-stardom’ and all the baggage that comes with it. “The good stuff can make you arrogant, the bad stuff can stay with you forever,” he declares.

That said, don’t call him a technophobe. Although he doesn’t watch much television these days, he’s all for the BBC’s decision to simultaneously broadcast and stream his latest show. “It’s brilliant. It’s absolutely in keeping with how people are watching nowadays. When I do watch television, it’s on catch-up, Netflix and Amazon.” He does also venture online to shop and email. He has googled himself once—purely out of curiosity—which was enough to put him off for life. So, how does he receive feedback on his performances? “I never hear about it unless it’s mentioned to me. Fans show their support in many different ways. A lot of them write fan letters, which I think is much more in line with how I’m likely to respond.”

A low-fi solution indeed, but totally in keeping with Colin’s old-school, yet easygoing style. Not much fazes him: was turning 30 a big deal last year? “No, not really, weirdly. I can appreciate it’s one of those milestones in your life,” he states matter-of-factly before pausing and reflecting on intriguing new possibilities. “At the minute, I think I’m still on that younger side of the age bracket, but I’m looking forward to being an ageing actor and getting to play all those great Shakespearean roles as well.”

A busy year it certainly was. Having played the lead in the mystery drama Waiting for You, he returned for the second season of the UK sci-fi drama Humans. Apparently, there was tremendous pressure to live up to the first season, which was a surprise hit for Channel 4—its biggest show in 20 years. “It definitely went up in scale, much bigger, much faster, lots of new characters and more storylines,” he says of the production. “I think fans will have loved the direction it went in.” A third season looks like a shoo-in.

Then there was the closing chapter of The Fall. Over the course of the show’s story arc critics and audiences endured the stuff of nightmares as Gillian Anderson’s detective hunted sadistic serial killer Paul Spector, played by fellow Ulsterman Jamie Dornan. Colin joined the show in season two as enigmatic detective Tom Anderson and reveals it was equal parts tension and anticipation during the filming of the endgame. “A pure page-turner! I couldn’t wait to get the next page of the script and that says a lot about the writer’s skill,” he admits. What was it like working with Gillian? “Just brilliant. Gillian’s a consummate professional, such a joy to work with and she has a really good sense of humour. She had really heavy scenes, but she was just able to let go after filming.” What about Jamie? “Absolutely brilliant, he’s had global success and he’s exactly the same as when I first started working with him. He’s a real talent.”

If last year was good, then 2017 is set to be even better. He’s in final talks on a number of projects, including another film that he hopes will start shooting in the early summer. Meanwhile, he’s attracting considerable attention from across the Atlantic. “There are a lot of exciting dramas happening, and right now a lot of American things are coming through,” he says.

Talk turns to the day of his photo shoot, which I suspect might not have been the most enjoyable experience for the publicity-shy actor. “It was brilliant! The guys were so good! It was basically a group of people in a room with a camera having a bit of a laugh,” he volunteers, somewhat enthusiastically, before pausing as if to compose himself. After a few seconds he continues: “Obviously, in any of those situations it’s not a normal thing to be photographed, it’s not really second nature to me. So, anything that makes the whole experience relaxed, enjoyable and fun that’s the key, and the guys really did that for me.”

It’s apparent he draws a clear distinction between performing for his art and self-promotion—the later of which he accepts as part and parcel of his profession. “I think it’s important to divide the line between your professional and personal self,” he says. I press him further on how he finds the right balance between championing his work and maintaining a safe distance from media intrusion. “With so many shows being on TV there is a commitment in terms of publicity that wasn’t as strong as in the past. Yes, when you work on a job, it’s important that you’re proud of it and you want to support it. The other side of it is the nastier side, which can backfire on people.” A diplomatic answer tempered with his signature frankness.

It’s nearing the end of the interview, but his last remarks remind me of something he said at the outset that neatly sums up the actor’s perspective. “Whenever I did theatre, I’d go in, do the job, go home and trust that the work we had done was enough. We didn’t need anyone’s approval, disapproval or opinions.” In our current hashtag culture, it’s refreshing to hear someone completely unfazed by fame, while somehow still managing to wear their sensibilities so lightly.

Shuck Face (Minho x Reader)

Character: Minho

Fandom: Maze Runner

Categories: Reader Insert, Female!Reader, Jealousy

Title: Shuck Face

Requested by booksandseraphblades:

Hi I was wondering if you could do an imagine that takes place during the scorch trials when y/n gets jealous because of Minho flirting with the group b girls and that he does it on purpose cause y/n and Minho are not spending that much time together anymore and y/n makes Minho jealous back by flirting with Thomas and Minho and y/n fight and then makeup. Thanks

The Scorch was already bad enough to on top of all having to put up with Minho’s stupidity.

He kept throwing glances at me as he bluntly flirted with Sonya and Harriet. The girls from Group B that, although stubborn, seemed to be falling for his charms.

I sighed as I forced myself to walk, trying to forget about everything else. The only thing I wanted to keep in my mind was moving my legs and dragging myself across the deserted wasteland along with my Glader friends.

Frypan was next to me, talking nonstop. I wished he’d shut up, but I didn’t even have the energy to tell him that I wasn’t in the mood to listen to his rambling. I knew he was just trying to make us forget about everything, though.

The horrible heat, the exhaustion, the dehydration, the suffocating and anguishing environment that made it hard to breathe and even move as the sand was thick under our feet and made us stumble.

The sand that flew by, moved by the wind, and kept hitting my face and coming into my eye. My dry lips, mouth and throat. The pain that took over every centimeter of my body.

I had the biggest headache and I was so dizzy that I couldn’t even walk on a straight line. I just tried to distract myself, so I looked around.

Thomas and Frypan walked at both sides of me. Teresa was next to the first one, and Newt accompanied his friend Frypan.

Aris, Winston and the others followed us while we followed Minho and the girls from the other Maze.

Harriet laughed and playfully slapped Minho across the arm as he smirked. Little klunk.

I knew Minho was doing that on purpose.

In the Maze we had been inseparable, and everyone kept bugging us about our relationship. We were friends, but we wouldn’t stop flirting and teasing each other all the time too.

And I loved Minho, as a friend and maybe as something else.

But since we left the Maze, we had been distant. I didn’t know why exactly, but I guess all that klunk was bigger than us and we didn’t have time to carry on with our playful relationship.

One would think that the logical thing to do would be to talk about it and solve our problems. But Minho could never behave like a normal person would.

He acted passive aggressively and threw smug glances at me while the girls flirted back with him.

That shank.

He thought he was so perfect with his stupid styling quiff and his deep dark eyes and his strong arms and his charming smirk. Slinthead.

In a clear sign of being pissed off yet pretending not to be, I looked him in the eye whilst he stared at me smugly and shook my head, rolling my eyes in exasperation.

He didn’t have to know that I was truly jealous and mad. Even if I should be the one Minho paid attention to, like in the Glade.

But if he wanted to be with them instead, good for him. Who needed him?

I wobbled a little as I kept walking, but I recovered soon enough.

Probably no one was truly paying attention to me, so hopefully they didn’t see it.

I just closed my eyes tight for a moment, not taking the luxury to stop, and took a deep breath.

In a desperate attempt to forget about my strong unwell, I focused in the conversations the others had.

Thomas and Teresa were talking about the journey, and how they were looking forward to arriving once and for all. Every once in a while they would comment on something different that would make each other smile a little.

And Newt and Frypan were just reminiscing things about the Glade. Frypan’s ‘bloody’ bacon, which the British missed in spite of himself. Bark. Our friends. The wall with all our names. The Homestead. Even the ‘bugging’ sound of the beetle blades. Anything that had to do with our previous home.

Suddenly, black dots darkened my vision and my legs stopped being able to hold my weight anymore. I was so exhausted and weak that it was even harder to get some air into my lungs.

I found myself sitting in the floor all of a sudden, someone’s arms supporting me as they kept me upright.

I had blacked out for good.

“You alright, love?”

“Quick, give her some water!”

Feebly, I leaned my head in whoever was supporting me, in their shoulder.

“Guys, wait!”

I forced myself to sober up to be aware of my surroundings. It was strangely nagging not to know what was happening.

“Y/N, breathe. Take it easy”

Everything was dark around me, even though I knew that the blazing sun still shone over us because I could feel the scorching heat in my skin.

Then I realized my eyes were closed, so I opened them. I only managed to do slightly, just enough to see what was going on.

Newt and Frypan were kneeling before me, their faces twisting in concern. Thomas’ voice sounded behind me, and I guessed he was the one supporting me into a sitting position.

“There she is” Frypan smiled in relief when he saw me looking at them.

I noticed Teresa running by and handing Thomas a canteen of water, who he carefully put against my mouth so he could give me some water.

My chapped lips and dry mouth thanked the refreshing liquid.

Newt and Frypan grinned at me sweetly to perk me up.

“What happened?!” A more than familiar voice exclaimed.

I saw a sturdy figure running in our direction, and I knew it was Minho. 

I wasn’t in the mood to put up with him at the moment. I barely felt strong enough to stay awake.

Luckily, Newt knew the Runner well enough to figure out what he was going to do. A scene.

So the blond stood up and tried to calm him down.

I listened to their conversation while Thomas and Frypan still tended to me, giving me water and fanning me with their hands and scarfs. Even if all they managed was to throw the hot air of the Scorch in my face.

“Is Y/N okay?” Minho asked, watching me with concern.

Shuck face. You were an idiot to me before. 

“She’ll be alright, just give her some space, will ya?”

“No, Newt, I want to see her!” He tried to step forward, but his friend placed a hand on his chest to stop him.

“Bloody hell. Slim it, Minho” Newt was pissed for sure. “You’ll talk to her later”

Bless you, Newt. I didn’t want to face Minho at that very moment.

“How are you feeling, Y/N?” Thomas asked me worriedly but still sweetly.

I sighed, finally managing to breathe properly.

“A little better”

“Damn, girl” Frypan mumbled, visibly restless. “You scared the klunk out of us!”

Thomas and him slowly helped me up and waited to see if I could stand on my feet. I could, but I still felt weak and wobbly.

Placing an arm around my waist, Thomas supported my weight and helped me walk.

Minho stared at us, obviously annoyed. I would deal with him later.


Oh, how the tables had turned.

Minho walked alone, rejecting Newt’s company as the blond tried to talk to the shank. He was in a killer mood.

In fact, the Runner threw me annoyed glares as Thomas still helped me walk. To be honest, Thomas was being a sweetheart, caring so much about me.

“Thanks for looking after me, Thomas” I briefly looked at Minho as he looked over his shoulder to us.

When he got jealous he was even worse than me.

“It’s okay” The boy shrugged. “This shuck place is horrible, least I can do”

“It is horrible” I saw my chance and I took it. Payback time. “You must be so tired, carrying me all the way”

His eyebrows shot up in surprise when he noticed the strange tone in my voice. He probably didn’t realize I was trying to flirt with him.

“A little” Thomas replied simply.

“You’re so strong!” I smiled at him. “Even being exhausted in this heat and all, you pull through”

With the corner of my eye, I glanced at Minho. He was pursing his lips together in anger, just then averting his eyes from us.

I thought that Teresa should be jealous too, since I was with Thomas. But when I looked at her, I noticed she was calmly chatting with Aris. Without a care in the world.

But no, Minho had to be a shuck face, like he usually was.

Confused, Thomas stared at me. He had no clue what was going through my head, and he probably thought I was delirious or that the heat had gone to my brain and I had ended up being completely jacked.

I giggled, amused, and decided to explain it to him.

“Don’t worry, ‘Tommy’” I told him lowly, jokingly calling him like Newt did. “I’m just trying to make little Minho a bit jealous”

“Oh” He breathed out, obviously relieved. “I see”

We both glanced in his direction and watched his reaction. When Minho noticed we were staring at him, he quickly looked away.

“He’s such a child” I rolled my eyes tiringly.

“Why don’t you just talk to him?” Thomas and his questions.

“Do you even know Minho?”

For a moment, he remained silent, but I guessed he knew what I was referring to, because he nodded.

In fact, to reinforce my statement, Minho angrily came by. He stomped his feet on the ground, lifting sand and dirt everywhere as he did so.

“Okay, Tommy boy” The Runner didn’t even give us time to say anything as he pointed a finger menacingly at Thomas. “What the shuck do you think you’re doing?”

Thomas glanced at me for a second before returning Minho’s stare.

“Y/N’s sick, I’m helping her” He defended, knowing his arm was still around my waist.

Minho rolled his eyes so eagerly that I thought they would get stuck inside his skull.

“You don’t even like Thomas!” He exclaimed, yelling at me. “If you’re gonna be a slinthead about it-“

“Oh, and you sure are in love with those girls, are you?” I replied, shouting like he was. I didn’t mind the group’s glares on us.

“Whatever, Y/N” Minho scowled at me. “Stay with this shank and flirt with him all you want, I’m done”

“You started it, shuck face!”

But Minho started to walk away, showing us a rude gesture over his shoulder as he did.


Knowing the last thing we needed in the Scorch was to be against one another, Newt and Thomas went to talk to Minho and maybe calm his temper.

Teresa walked with me, allowing me to link my arm with hers as I still felt a little weak although I had recovered from my black out.

“Boys are so stupid sometimes…” She opened her mouth for the first time in minutes, and I chuckled in agreement.

“And Minho is even worse” I mumbled, watching how he threw his arms in the air in exasperation as he spoke to his two friends.

“It’s so obvious that he likes you, Y/N” Teresa told me. “Even if he won’t admit it”

“I know” Only with me did Minho take the luxury to show more affection. And even so, what he considered affection.

We weren’t exactly hugging and being corny all the time. Again, it was all just stupid and blunt flirting along with a lot of teasing and horseplay.

“I’m gonna talk to him” I announced, suddenly feeling determined.

Maybe it was that I missed those days on the Glade, but I wanted to make things up with him.

“Go for it then” Teresa held me by the arm as I took a step away and slowly let go of me when she noticed I felt strong enough to walk on my own.

I sucked in a deep breath as I approached the three boys. They hadn’t heard me arrive, so I spoke up.

“Minho, we have to talk”

They all turned their heads to me.

Minho looked fed up, Newt amused and Thomas curious.

“Oh, really?” The sass and sarcasm his voice contained was out of this world. “Are you sure? Don’t you want to flirt with Newt here while you’re at it?”

The aforesaid rubbed his eyes, fed up with his friend’s attitude.

“Dude” Thomas complained, but Minho’s eyes were fixed on me.

“C’mon, Tommy” Newt grabbed his friend’s arm. “Let’s leave these two lovebirds to have a chat”

Before he walked away with Thomas, he playfully punched Minho in the arm and winked at me.

I just walked next to Minho even if he didn’t slow down for me. He didn’t seem too keen of talking about it.

“Will you stop being a shuck face and talk to me, Minho?” I held a hand on his shoulder so he would walk slower.

“First of, that’s my word. And second of, what is there to talk about?” His eyes wouldn’t meet me.

“The fact that instead of trying to communicate you just go and try to make me jealous”

“It’s not my fault that you were jealous, Y/N”

Irritated, I grunted to let him know how annoyed I was.

“Come on, I miss you” I still held to his shoulder, but he didn’t really slow down. “Just admit that you do too”

“I don’t” Minho shrugged, swatting my hand away while he was at it. “I really don’t care”

He cared, but he was too proud to admit it. Luckily, I knew Minho really well.

And I knew how to get to him.

I stopped walking and he looked at me when he noticed I wasn’t beside him.

“What now?”

“I don’t feel good” I mumbled, trying to appear weak and unstable.

I had to do the biggest effort to hide a smirk as his eyes grew wide in pure fear.

He ran to me, fast as lightning, and quickly wrapped my frame with his arms to support me.

“What’s wrong?” Minho’s dark eyes fixed on me as his forehead creased with concern. “You’re sick again? You’re not gonna faint, are you?”

I just held on to him and stared back, knowing he indeed cared. Minho cared more about me than he wanted to let on.

Feebly, I let my head fall on his shoulder and closed my eyes.

“Tell me something, stupid!”

I couldn’t hold it in anymore and I chuckled as I glanced at him.

His face lit up with recognition as he figured out I was pretending just to prove that he was lying.

With the most unamused and angry face I had ever seen him do, he exhaled a deep breath that he had probably been holding in.

He unwrapped his strong arms from me and took a step back.

“You little shit!” He was about to walk away, mad at me, when I held his arm to stop him. “Shuck off, Y/N, it wasn’t funny, you-“

“Shuck face…” I mumbled, hitting him across the head playfully.

“Ow, shuck face!” He replied, rubbing his nape with his hand.

I grinned and planted a kiss on his lips, which he was totally not prepared for.

The rest of the guys complained at the sight, uttering playful insults and teasing us as well as making disgusted noises.

I examined his expression as we broke away. I could read it in his eyes, he had enjoyed it.

“Say it” I just told him, knowing he’d understand.

“I’ve missed you too, alright?” He reluctantly admitted. “Are you happy now?”

“Yes” I smirked and threw my arms around his neck, hugging him tight.

Minho chuckled in spite of himself and picked me up in his arms.

Surprised, I looked at him and noticed his satisfied and smug grin.

Knowing him, the fact to be carrying me was an unspoken statement.

If someone was to take care of me and carry me around while I felt weak, that would be him. No one else.

Masterlist Updated and Organized!

Harrison Wells

Brass Tacks - Imagine the Flash is having some legal issues and our dear Harry sees your advertisement and has experience with you on his earth…but things are not the same…

Contract - Imagine getting into an argument with Harry about your contract with Star Labs and it turns against you

Clear - Eobard needs to blow off some steam, he ends up in your diner (EoWells)

Assurance- Sequel to Distraction

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Distraction -  Harrison Wells ‘I walked into work this morning and found you shirtless on my desk, how much have you had to drink?(Complete)

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Kalt - Imagine being Harrison Wells’ secretary. Everyday you simply move around him and his frigid demeanor. What happens when you catch his eye?(Hiatus)

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Love Is Not A Factor - Imagine fancying the good Dr. Wells and show him in little ways. He never notices, until one day… (Discontinued, I started Distraction at the same time and my direction melded together.)

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Connection -Request for a one Dr. Wells~ the reader becomes a famous, well renowned singer in the future and Wells considers her a classic singer that he really admires. He meets her in Barry’s time, and she turns out to be one of Barry and Iris’s best friends; oh, and a meta. He can’t resist her voice and starts to fall for her, too.

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Mick Rory

Slow Burn - Imagine Mick coming to find you after not seeing you for a year. Something you both promised to do on the anniversary of your meeting one another.

A Little Late - Imagine Mick showing up at your wedding reception…

Barry Allen

Beck and Call -  Barry Allen/Reader Imagine Barry being excited that he’s almost a daddy!

5 Seconds… - Imagine the Flash saving you and giving you a pep talk.

All To Myself - Request: Hello! I absolutely love your writing! I was wondering if you could write a story were the reader gets super turned on whenever barry gets possessive (because it’s so out of character) so they flirt with other people sometimes to bring out Barry’s jealous nature. Thank you for your amazing work!

Race You to Midnight - Sequel to Break, Barry Allen/Reader. After an accident one year ago that brought you back into Barry’s life, your work and your life took you from him again. Will fate let you back in? Or have you lost all your chances?

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Fracture - Imagine being Barry Allen’s daughter and never really understanding why he doesn’t want you to explore the abilities you inherited from him…Until you meet him and he’s ‘not’ your father…(Time travel, bad description I know…)

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Sweet Thorns - Request: The Reader is also a superhero and works with Barry and Captain Cold and her fall for each other? (Barry/Reader) ( One Shot)

Night Life - Request: the reader is a burlesque dancer/singer and Barry’s girlfriend but he doesn’t know what she does. So one day he and the team follow her the the club she works at and he’s in awe of her because she’s usually really innocent. (One Shot)

Break - Request: I was wondering if I could make a request for the lovely Barry Allen. One where the reader has been kidnapped and by the time Flash comes she’s just barely hanging on and so she tells Flash her last wish is for him to find her best friend Barry and to tell him she loved him and she wants him to be happy and Barry like rips off his mask begging her to stay awake and to just hold on.

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Free Fall - Request: Reader is from Earth 2 and she gets to Earth 1 for whatever reason, and when she meets Barry she freaks out because she was best friends with E2 Barry… Who just so happens to be a famous singer! (Because Grant Gustin has pipes and they need to be appreciated!)

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Leonard Snart

Forgive Me - Imagine it’s your birthday and your dearest as ditched you…what could Leonard Snart be doing on your special day?

Turn Down the Heat  - You’re the engineer and technician for the Wave Runner. While doing maintenance the ship takes off and you end up working with Rip Hunter’s new crew. One Leonard Snart seems to have an interest in you and you can’t help but feel drawn to him.

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I think HBO’s The Leftovers makes me FEEL more than any show currently on television.  

I watch a lot of television shows while lying down, and every now and then I know I’m incredibly invested in a show when all of a sudden I find myself sitting up. I can’t help it, all of a sudden I have to sit up. It’s not that I wasn’t paying attention before, but it’s as if my body feels like it has to do something to demonstrate how the stakes have somehow become higher for me as a viewer– I can’t just lie there and watch, I have to sit up.

It’s happened a lot during season one of The Leftovers, and never more intensely than in the last 20 minutes of Sunday night’s season finale.

I’ve been thinking a lot about why this show has affected me as much as it has, and it occurred to me recently that there have been a lot of TV shows in the past decade in which we are introduced to a situation where society has somehow fallen apart or some big chaotic weird thing has happened, and we meet an ensemble of characters and watch the different ways they all react. Lost, The Walking Dead, Battlestar Galactica, Falling Skies, Jericho, The 4400, Revolution, Under The Dome…  There’s probably more that I’ve never heard of, and I haven’t seen several of those shows I mentioned. Of the ones I have seen, a couple are good, some are terrible, and at times some of them are great, but I don’t think any of them made me FEEL the way that The Leftovers has.

I mean, I enjoyed a lot of Lost– I actually enjoyed the whole run of the show, warts and all, but it was hit-and-miss for me from the beginning and I knew that while it was a show that was a fantastic phenomenon to experience, it was always going to be more fun while the show was raising questions than it was delivering answers.

The Leftovers gets a lot of Lost comparisons because of show runner Damon Lindelof, and I think those comparisons are totally fair. There are some similarities in style and tone, and ambition. But I think that this is a show that takes all the parts I loved about Lost and ditches the parts where it seems to promise answers, and I think that’s perhaps why it’s such a powerful show for me. 

There’s a key moment in one episode where the character played by Christopher Eccleston is cheered to learn that a patient came out of a coma after his congregation prayed for her, only to learn that this “miracle” happened before the prayers. 

I feel like even when the show has seemed to deliver “answers” there is always the possibility that what we are actually seeing is characters making potentially false connections/assumptions, tying things together because they need to, and we, as an audience, NEED those answers. 

These things have to mean something, right? Life has meaning! Everything happens for a reason!  

I could be proven wrong, but I think the thing that makes this show great is that it is never going to tell us what happened but it is going to make me FEEL things about it.

For instance, I have never been angrier at something happening on a fictional TV show than I am at The Guilty Remnant. They make me so angry I almost can’t stand it.

And then they show me how angry the GR makes the other people on the show, and the way they goad them into becoming the worst versions of themselves and it makes me even angrier, because I do genuinely loathe the GR and yet I don’t want to see myself as being the kind of person who would be goaded into being what some of the people on this show become.

I’d like to think I’d be like Nora Durst, the coolest character on this show, and maybe the breakout performance on a show filled to overflowing with great performances by great actors.

Let me say this: if I am already liking your TV show and then you add Tom Noonan to the show for even one episode, you have me.

If I see the words “directed by Mimi Leder,” I am on board.

When I see the name of my first UCB improv hero Curtis Gwinn as one of the co-writers of an episode, I know I am about to see something great. (Side note: Curtis was my 401 improv teacher and presided over one of the most fascinating and compelling hours of Comedy Education I’ve ever been lucky enough to witness. It surprises me not at all that he finds himself a part of such a special show, and I hope he is involved in Season Two!)

This post is now devolving into a somewhat rambling listing of things I like about the show, and I could go on and on but I do know that I am thrilled that HBO has picked this show up for a 2nd season, even though I do feel that the ending to Season One was a very assured ending that could have served as a satisfying series finale if things had gone another way. (I felt the same way when Season One of The Wire originally reached its end– there was clearly more story to tell but the show runners had done a great job of making sure that it felt whole if HBO had opted not to go forward.)

There are so many unanswered questions in the world of The Leftovers, but it does not feel like a puzzle box show like Lost. I don’t feel like the mysteries are the point, and while they do interest me, I’m much more invested in the way these characters deal with loss and grief and confusion than I am with figuring out the mysteries of the universe. The questions the show is posing are unanswered but they are also unanswerable. It’s inherently frustrating, but the way this show frustrates me is entirely intentional and part of what I love about it. 

Did I mention the music? This show uses music very effectively. The score by Max Richter cuts me to the core.

ALSO: I have to admit, this show really snuck up on me. I started watching with no sense that this was going to be a show I really liked. I was intrigued, it was holding my interest but if you’d told me after the first episode or two that I’d want to ever re-watch the whole season, I would have doubted it. Now, I’m positive that that’s what I’m going to do. Even the opening titles sequence– at first, I thought “oh, that’s OKAY, but not as much of a WOW as a lot of other HBO shows.” Now, I think it gets more powerful each time I see it. It’s huge and over the top and sweeping, the combination of the music and the way the camera moves with the images, it captures the way the show makes me feel at its most intense. 

Maybe you’ve seen this show and hate it. That’s fine, too. It’s not for everybody, clearly. But I’m startled by how much it has affected me. I hope I’m not over-hyping it. I don’t think I am. 

This is a show about how hard it is to be in this world, and that’s a very big thing, indeed. It helps that is is really skillfully made– the sheer amount of craft this show demonstrates is astonishing to me. It is fearless and powerful and I end each episode hoping that I can someday be a part of something as bold as this. It’s a fucking terrific TV show.


anonymous asked:

what about a solavellan prompt where Vivienne and maybe Dorian send Lavellan some sexy Orlesian lingerie as a joke, but Solas doesn't think it's very funny *eyebrow waggle*.


He’s not sure who’s behind it – by the quality of the fabric, he suspects Vivienne’s hand, but the idea seems too crude for the usually strait-laced Enchanter. As is more likely, she will have overhead the hatching of a plan, and insisted that if a practical joke was to be had, it would be in style, and not by way of some second-rate shop in Val Royeaux. But it’s not hands-on enough for Sera; it does not involve public humiliation, for one. Or screaming.

No, he suspects the mind behind it all to be of another sort – desperately clever but easily bored, and prone to childish tendencies when driven past a certain point. Not to mention, while Sera might make lewd remarks in public and think nothing of it, there is a certain level of stealth to Dorian’s surreptitious prying. Solas is not privy to the extent of Ellana’s openness with the mage, but imagines that enough has been shared to warrant this…display of friendly revelry.

And perhaps he thinks it will spark a reaction of an entirely different sort than embarrassment.

Ellana holds the piece up before her, inspecting it with a look of bemusement. The package it came in sits on his desk – a runner had arrived with it earlier, a so-called “gift” with no sender, but she’d tugged off the colourful ribbons with quick, eager hands, and without sparing so much as a thought to what it might well be. As they will have expected her to, Solas thinks wryly, but refuses to give Dorian the satisfaction of lifting his eyes to the floor above.

“Not to your tastes?” she asks then, and he realizes his distaste must be showing on his face.

He looks at the – smalls is, ironically enough, too grand a term for the slip of fabric cradled in her grip. And it’s the most ridiculous thing he’s ever seen, a complex assortment of silk ribbons and rows upon rows of lace ruffles. It would cover nothing, and for a nation known for their obsession with hiding behind masks, it’s something of a contradiction.

He’s said nothing, but his silence probably says enough, and when he looks up to meet her eyes, it’s to find an amused quirk to her curious smile.

“And here I thought you liked frilly things.”

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“a spy organization recruits an unrefined, but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program, just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.”

dir.: matthew vaughn
action / adventure / comedy

colin firth as harry hart / galahad
samuel l. jackson as valentine
taron egerton as gary ‘eggsy’ unwin
mark strong as merlin
michael caine as arthur
sofia boutella as gazelle
mark hamill as professor arnold

some facts:

  • colin firth did 80% of his own stunts according to stunt coordinator & 2nd unit director bradley james allan.
  • many of the villains in the james bond franchise have had some form of physical dysfunction, difference or abnormality. samuel l. jackson’s character of richmond valentine was originally intended not to have a lisp, however jackson completed his 1st take with a lisp. director matthew vaughn yelled cut and talked to jackson who revealed to vaughn that prior to having an acting career he actually had a lisp which he eventually overcame. it was also jokingly remarked that this lisp is valentine’s reason for being villainous.
  • according to “the gentleman’s guide” on the film’s official website, “the rules” of a kingsman gentleman are as follows: 
      • a gentleman never tells about conquests, private matters, or dealings. his business is nobody else’s. 
      • a gentleman doesn’t clash in public with enemies or exes, or worse, with out-of-fashion contrasts, colors or styles. 
      • a gentleman is always happy to serve, whether it’s opening the door, picking up the bill, or merely calling a cab the next morning. ask him for help and he cannot refuse. 
      • a gentleman never reacts to rudeness. he pretends he doesn’t recognize it and moves on like it never happened, because it never should have. 
      • a gentleman is always on target with witty remarks, interesting facts, and conversation starters that bring the best out of everyone. 
      • a gentleman asks non-invasive questions to keep a conversation going and attention focused on others. he makes them feel like the most interesting person he’s ever met, whether that’s true or not.
  • when the new kingsman recruits have their 1st night’s sleep interrupted by a deluge of water pouring into the dorm, on set the scene went horrifically wrong. as vaughn recalls “i shouted 'action!’, the computer got it wrong and vrrrrssshh, everyone was 20’ down underwater. cameras, sound guys… guys were in waders full of water, panic, everyone diving in and pulling people out.” the set, painsstakingly planned and rehearsed using height markers and computer programmed water tanks, washed away in a near-biblical flood when said computers went rogue. “those actors weren’t acting, they were absolutely terrified,” shudders vaughn. “it was awful for the 1st day of filming.
  • a full kingsman secret service menswear line was created and crafted especially for the film, with tailoring and manufacturing by some of britain’s most elite, famous and trusted clothing brands. the classic british gentleman’s wardrobe featured in the film is a 60 piece collection that includes suits, watches, ties, umbrellas, briefcases and more. some movie posters for the picture feature the whole of the arsenal.
  • actress sofia boutella had to undergo an intense training schedule to portray the part of gazelle. boutella has said: "they taught me thai boxing, taekwondo, and how to work with cables. gazelle uses her legs to kill, so i had to learn different types of kicks. i’d never done anything like it before.”
  • in the film, the character of professor james arnold is played by mark hamill. in the comic series, hamill is the first celebrity kidnapped by dr. arnold.
  • amy purdy, the double amputee snowboarder in sochi and runner up from dancing with the stars was originally cast as “gazelle” but when filming was delayed she dropped out so she wouldn’t miss the olympics.
  • matthew vaughn describes the film as a love letter to the old-time bond movies and the stylish super-spy films and tv series he grew up with, such as the avengers (1961), the ipcress file (1965), the prisoner (1967), the man from u.n.c.l.e. (1964) and our man flint (1967).
  • the “looking good. feeling good” exchange is a reference to trading places (1983) which is a film about opposite ends of the class privilege scale and is referenced early in the movie.
  • actor mark strong, who plays merlin, has said of this film: “this [movie] will be to bond what kick-ass (2010) is to superhero movies.”
  • in the “secret service” comic, gazelle is a young man with artificial legs. in the film, gazelle is a female acrobatic dancer with artificial legs.
  • when the kingsman recruits are going through the basic training program, they still look good, and wear what are known as “siren suits.” these outfits were inspired by the one-piece garment famously worn by former english prime minister winston churchill.
  • director matthew vaughn has said that his vision for the picture should be interpreted in terms of what steven spielberg wanted to do with raiders of the lost ark (1981) where spielberg took the movie genre he grew up with as a kid and then re-interpreted it in a “modern, fresh, accessible way.”
  • inspired by the 2012 paralympics in london, matthew vaughn wanted to have a character with a prosthetic leg similar to the 'flex-foot cheetah’ as worn by paralympian sprinters. at one point, oscar pistorius was approached about playing the role of 'gazelle’ and his representatives were asked if pistorius could play a convincing killer. he later declined to take the role to focus on practicing for future sporting events. sadly, in february 2013 pistorius was put on trial for apparently shooting and killing his girlfriend reeva steenkamp. also in the film, gazelle shoots someone through a door. pistorius had shot steenkamp through a door.
  • comic book writer mark millar once told director matthew vaughn about a newspaper article he had read about how director terence young, who directed the first james bond film dr. no (1962), and had cast sean connery against the wishes of james bond creator ian fleming. fleming had seen agent 007 as more of a james mason or david niven type, the latter actually portraying him later in the unofficial spoof casino royale (1967). millar has said: “young realized he had to turn connery, this rough edinburgh guy, into a gentleman, and before they started shooting the film he took him to his tailor, to his favorite restaurants, and basically taught him how to eat, talk, and dress like a gentleman spy.”
  • the kingsman shop seen in the film is based on the world-renowned tailor huntsman shop according to production designer paul kirby. shooting on location was impractical, so kirby and his team built their own version of the kingsman shop in the studio at leavesden. the tailors at huntsman loaned the production some props to add authenticity. kirby has said: “we were then able to crank up the volume and density of some things, and strip away some others. if you walk down savile row and have a look in the huntsman window, as i’m sure some people will do after seeing this film, you’ll see some elements that are similar and some that aren’t. we wanted to put our own mark on it.”
  • the movie pays tribute to classic 1960s hit spy tv series get smart (1965) and the man from u.n.c.l.e. (1964) by setting the entrance to the headquarters in a tailor’s shop. entry to uncle’s new york hq was via del floria’s tailor shop whilst colin firth points out that an earlier model of the kingsman shoe had a phone in the heel, a la maxwell smart’s shoe phone.
  • james bond movie references appearing in the film include a discussion of the films, the method of how to mix a martini, arthur’s question concerning gary’s dog’s name and rosa klebb (lotte lenya)’s lethal dagger shoe that appeared in from russia with love (1963).
  • gadgets and weapons featured in the film include exploding silicon microchips, remote-activated poison pens, double-barrelled hand-pistols, bullet-proof designer-fashion suits, a 50,000 volt electrified sovereign ring, augmented virtual reality spectacles, a bulletproof ar targeting system ammunition-firing black designer umbrella, super-spy smart watches which can fire sleep darts and magnetized bolas, artificial razor-sharp silver-metal legs of female acrobat gazelle and shoes with poisoned neurotoxin pop-out blades reminiscent of those seen in from russia with love (1963).
  • lock & co., the store harry hart recommends valentine buy his hat from, is a real shop on st. james street in london.
  • only 3 of the characters from the source comic book “the secret service” by mark millar and dave gibbons were used for the screen version. they are gazelle (with a gender change), dr. james arnold (who is now a professor) & gary london who is now gary unwin.
  • it is quite common in american hollywood movies for the villains to be portrayed with an english accent; in kingsman the villain is distinctly american whereas the hero is english.
  • the movie was initially going to be set in the usa, but after much consideration it was finally decided to set the picture in the uk. director matthew vaughn insisted on keeping the story based in britain, so source comic-book writer mark millar knew he’d need to find a british illustrator to capture the subtle differences between the classes and that person was dave gibbons.
  • at one point in the film, eggsy calls merlin 'mycroft’ as in mycroft holmes, the brother of the fictional detective sherlock holmes. 'mark strong’, who plays merlin in this movie, also featured in the film sherlock holmes (2009).
  • the film was made and released about 3 years after its source comic book “the secret service” written by mark millar and dave gibbons was first published in 2012. “the secret service” rolled out onto the shelves of comic book stores in february 2012, telling the story of a gentleman spy training his street-punk nephew to be the next great secret agent, and exploring 2 co-existing sides of british culture.
  • several people involved in this film have worked on other comic book adaptations as well. director matthew vaughn directed x-men: first class (2011), samuel l. jackson played nick fury in several films and michael caine and mark hamill have both appeared in batman adaptations, as alfred pennyworth and the joker, respectively. mark strong also played sinestro in green lantern and the villain in kick-ass. hamill also played the trickster (james jesse) in the flash (1990).
  • according to the film’s press notes, the movie wryly subverts the conceits of the spy genre, telling the story of a gentleman spy who takes an ordinary working class kid under his wing and trains him in the art of espionage. it’s about a street kid’s journey from one social class to another, set in the two colliding worlds of life and death adventure and a very ordinary street existence. director and co-writer matthew vaughn has said: “the film is a blend of everything i learned from making lock stock [lock, stock and two smoking barrels (1998)], snatch. (2000), and layer cake (2004), which were gangster movies, as well as my comic-book films kick-ass (2010) and x-men: first class (2011).”
  • director matthew vaughn conceptualized the kingsman suits as being double breasted ones and not the traditionally cut and tailored style.
  • fashion editor, consultant and net-a-porter empire founder natalie massenet has said of this film to show-business trade paper 'the hollywood reporter’: “i knew the clothes had to really serve the plot - and they do in our film. an elite secret group of gentleman spies camouflage their identity by holding meetings in a savile row tailor’s shop. it’s not like the clothes are an added benefit or not utterly functional to the story. they are a big part of the story. colin [firth] is grooming a young man to be the next gentleman spy - and in this case, the clothes do make the man.”
  • the poster design style of one of the film’s main movie posters, with all its variations, with a woman’s legs and thighs in the foreground and a male in the background situated between them, was iconic and controversial when it was used for the earlier james bond film for your eyes only (1981). when shooting the still for that movie’s main poster, photographer morgan kane allegedly asked the model to put the bathing suit on backwards as they hung too low over her legs. after the poster had been released, some newspaper editors felt that there was too much buttock shown in the poster. to show less skin, the suit was extended or shorts were added to the hips in the posters. the original poster caused outrage amongst various groups, causing saskatchewan, canada to rate the film “special x”, despite being rated pg or equivalent virtually everywhere else. that rating was later lowered. apparently the model’s identity was not known for some time. more than one model alleged they were the owners of the legs but it was finally revealed they belonged to then 22 year old new york model joyce bartle. the kingsman: the secret service (2014) poster avoids the controversy by not having naked legs and thighs and with star colin firth’s eye-line gaze looking downwards, instead of bond’s in the for your eyes only (1981) poster looking upwards at the bond poster girl.
  • the film features a bulletproof ar targeting system ammunition-firing black designer umbrella. according to website 'myvue’, in real life, “back in 1978, bulgarian author georgi markov was assassinated when an umbrella, partly developed by the soviet kgb, fired a fatal pellet the size of a pinhead, containing the poison ricin into his leg.”
  • 3 of the film’s cast have notable espionage film experience. colin firth and mark strong had recently starred in john le carré’s el topo (2011) whilst michael caine had thrice portrayed the famous 60s spy character of harry palmer in the ipcress file (1965), funeral in berlin (1966) and billion dollar brain (1967).
  • the head camera seen in many scenes is a replayxd action camera.
  • a number of the characters have code names from arthurian legend. these include merlin (mark strong), galahad (aka harry hart) (colin firth), lancelot (jack davenport) and arthur (michael caine).
  • the gazelle (sofia boutella) henchwoman character has metallic weaponry anatomical appendages in keeping with some of the iconic villains and henchmen from the james bond series such as dr. no (1962) (metallic hands); the title character goldfinger (1964) with his obsession with gold as well as oddjob (steel rimmed bowler hat) from that same movie; tee-hee (metallic hook hand) from live and let die (1973); and jaws (metal teeth) from moonraker (1979) and the spy who loved me (1977).
  • the press notes state that the gentleman spy is a classic trope of british cinema, from the authentic view of the lonely sleuth presented by john le carré to the high-tech high-testosterone fantasies of the 1960s james bond films. lead actor colin firth has said: “so you have a bit of [author len deighton’s spy protagonist] harry palmer, a bit of [james] bond, and a bit of [john] le carré, and it’s all there for the sake of entertainment.”
  • samuel l. jackson’s character is called valentine, which is the same surname as eddie murphy’s character in trading places (1983), a film referenced in the film. also, one of jackson’s first screen roles was in an eddie murphy film, coming to america (1988).
  • the main character’s name was changed in the film from london to unwin, undoubtedly as a reference to stanley unwin who played the lead character of father unwin in the gerry anderson supermarionation series called the secret service (1969).
  • the character of colin firth wears spectacles (“teviot 74” alike) like that of spy harry palmer who was played in movies by michael caine, who also appears in kingsman: the secret service (2014).
  • the british gentleman’s wardrobe fashions seen in the film are a collaboration of director matthew vaughan, costume designer arianne phillips and 'mr porter", the award winning global men’s style retail tailors, combining the best international menswear with editorial content, these all creating for the film a dream team of british heritage brands to create a new menswear label that refreshes that wardrobe.
  • reportedly, the price-range for savile-row-style suiting seen in the film starts at around the us $1750 price tag.
  • the film’s art and set direction was inspired and influenced by long-time james bond franchise art director and production designer ken adam. given the film’s bondian influences, kingsman: the secret service (2014) production designer paul kirby embraced the opportunity to give a nod to famed production designer ken adam, who worked on many of the early james bond films. kirby has said: “we made something with its own sensibility but there are one or two subtle nods to acknowledge ken’s body of work. there’s not a designer in the world that isn’t a fan of his.” kirby has worked on three james bond films himself, and all pierce brosnan bond films, they being goldeneye (1995), die another day (2002) and tomorrow never dies (1997).
  • the comic book was originally suppose to be about the u.s. secret service who call themselves “uncle sam.”
  • the movie’s music score has said to be reminiscent of the soundtracks that john barry used to compose for the earlier james bond films.
  • you can see a millwall fc scarf in the background in eggsy’s room. geoff bell (dean) plays the leader of millwall’s firm in green street hooligans
  • brand integrations, product placements and promotional tie-ins seen in the movie in the exclusive kingsman designer range include the savile row shopfront; mackintosh coats and outwear; drakes handmade ties, pocket squares, bow ties and silk accessories; george cleverley shoes and footwear; turnbull & asser cotton poplin and oxford cloth shirts; bremont watches, clocks and timepieces; cutler & gross glasses, frames and eyewear; swaine adeney brigg leather goods; thomas briggs & sons umbrellas; and phillips suits, jackets, and trousers.
  • the picture was originally going to be released late 2014 around late october and november depending on the territory, but the movie was not ready so the worldwide release launches got pushed back to dates most of which are during february 2015.
  • richard brake, who plays the interrogator during the train scene, played joe chill (the man who shoots and kills bruce wayne’s parents) in batman - el inicio (2005); a movie that starred kingsman actor michael caine as alfred, bruce’s caretaker after his parents death. also in this movie is mark hamill, who has voiced batman’s arch-enemy, the joker, for over two decades.
  • england did beat germany 5-1 in a 2002 world cup qualification match played on september 1, 2001. the film makes reference of that match.
  • in the film, eggsy’s training dog is named jb, after american super spy jack bauer, from the fox series “24.” despite the characters north american origins, the series revival mini series took place in london, england, where this film is largely set.
  • actor colin firth won’t let his own kids (aged 11 and 13) watch this movie.
  • the pistol carried by the kingsman is actually a russian tokarev tt-33 from world war ii. it is heavily modified though, with an under barrel shotgun.
  • both mark hamill and samuel l. jackson have portrayed jedi knights in the star wars movies. hamill played luke skywalker and jackson played mace windu.
  • on the film’s specialized direct specific for movie product branding and manufacture, vanessa friedman of the 'the new york times’ has reported: “the clothing line is a risky move, as it is so dependent on the success of the film and its potential for sequel after sequel. and the investment required is not insignificant, especially compared with the traditional product placement deals where filmmakers get the stuff free (or as a pay-to-play, depending on the agreement) but the clothing brand gets the associated windfall if your picture makes it big. when you think about this approach, however, the payoff could be huge … ready-made content for marketing, not to mention ready-made celebrity spokespeople! every mention of the movie, every interview with an actor, will be a chance to move merch [= merchandising]. it takes the whole famous-person-with-a-fashion-line … to a more abstract, conceptual level.”
  • the wristwatch that valentine (samuel l. jackson) wears appears to be a casio ca-53w water resistant databank calculator watch.
  • while many people compare actors tom hardy with taron egerton, hardy was actually in another 'matthew vaughn’ film, layer cake (2004), and will be starring in the upcoming british crime drama legend (2015) with egerton.
  • the character james arnold was also named after james arnold taylor, a fellow voice-artist and close friend of mark hamill and mark millar.
  • this is the 2nd time a colin firth character recites shakespeare’s “to be or not to be” phrase, although this time it was parodied as “to pee or not to pee.” he previously recited the phrase while playing king george vi in the king’s speech (2010).
  • this movie and testament of youth (2014) are the 1st theatrical feature films of welsh actor taron egerton.
  • the top secret headquarters of the kingsman secret service is situated on elite men’s fashion street savile row.
  • the film’s costume designer, arianne phillips, teamed up with online fashion retail mrporter.com in creating a collection of suits as the ones worn by the actors in the film.
  • near the end of the movie, samuel l. jackson ends a speech with a line almost identical to a line he speaks in the film the 51st state (2001), “let’s get ready to party.” it is also spoken with the same emphasis and elongation of the word “party.”
  • actor colin firth joined the film’s cast to top-bill the picture on 29th april 2013.
  • 2nd movie from the 20th century fox studio in recent years to allegedly utilize the james bond film for your eyes only (1981) for material or marketing. in rise of the planet of the apes (2011), one of the primates kicks a car off a bridge, the same type of way that james bond (roger moore) did in for your eyes only (1981). secondly, in kingsman: the secret service (2014), one of the major release movie posters utilizes a close-up of a woman’s legs in the foreground with a character juxtaposed in the background between them, just as with the main movie poster for that bond film.
  • many movie posters for the film are reminiscent in design style of the iconic james bond film for for your eyes only (1981). this type of poster design with a woman’s legs and thighs in the foreground and a man (bond) between them in the background has also been used for abel ferrara’s ms .45 (1981) (aka angel of vengeance) and the french poster for transporter 2 (2005) amongst a few others.
  • the last name of the film’s main villain is valentine. coincidentally, the film’s united states release was on valentine’s day weekend.
  • in the scene where arthur and agent hart are reviewing professor arnold’s (mark hamill’s) file on the mirror screen in the kingsmen conference room, arnold’s education includes imperial college. hamill plays luke skywalker, who fought against the imperial army in the original star wars trilogy.
  • james bond star daniel craig was once directed by kingsman: the secret service (2014)’s director matthew vaughn in layer cake (2004). that was the film craig had last appeared in before it was announced that he would be the new james bond in casino royale (2006).
  • this is the third matthew vaughn film to have a score composed by henry jackman.
  • during and in the lead-up to the first and second world wars, the british intelligence services often used tailor shop as fronts for their activities.
  • kingsman: the secret service (2014) is being released in the same year as such other big spy espionage films as spy (2015), spectre (2015), mission: impossible - rogue nation (2015) and the man from u.n.c.l.e. (2015).
  • the production of this picture was first announced during late 2012.
  • the plane shown as being flown by the swedish prime minister, is not an accurate representation of the actual plane flown by the prime minister, who in reality flies a white painter gulfstream.
  • it was originally announced on 20th may 2014 that henry jackman and matthew margeson would be writing and composing the music for this picture but later on 11th july 2014 it was reported that gary barlow would be the film’s composer.
  • the song that’s played during the movie’s closing credits is take that’s “get ready for it” and has been taken from their 007th studio album entitled “iii” (2014).
  • when eggsy is stood in his room, a millwall f.c scarf can be seen on the mirror. eggsy’s step-dad in this film plays the boss of the millwall firm in green street (2005)
  • the promotional trade paperback book will be launched to tie in with the film on the 14th of january 2015.
  • kingsman: the secret service subtly references several television series produced by gerry anderson (1929-2012) in the late 1960s. most obvious is the connection to anderson’s “supermarionation” series the secret service (1969), whose lead character is an undercover spy named father stanley unwin. when gary unwin appears in the kingsman stinger segment during the final credits, he is wearing horn-rimmed glasses similar to those previously worn by his mentor, harry hart. father unwin in gerry anderson’s the secret service wore similar spectacles, as did the title character of anderson’s 1968-69 series joe 90. in that latter series, nine-year-old joe mcclaine is an ordinary boy who can appropriate the knowledge and skills of any profession (e.g. jet fighter pilot, surgeon, concert pianist), as long as he is wearing specially designed horn-rimmed glasses programmed with the necessary skill set. gary unwin’s rapid acquisition of espionage skills recalls joe mcclaine’s ability to instantaneously acquire similar skills in joe 90. finally, the tailor shop room that doubles as an elevator leading to a secret command centre recalls a similar feature in gerry anderson’s first live-action series, ufo (1970-71). in that series, a movie studio serves as the false front that connects to the headquarters of a top-secret agency tasked with protecting the earth from alien invasion. access to the agency’s high-tech facilities is gained via a film producer’s office that is actually an elevator that descends to the headquarters of supreme headquarters, alien defense organization (shado).
  • considering that a bespoke shop is a cover for the agency, michael caine, who appears in this film is a close friend of former footballer mike summerbee whom they worked in victory and became a tailor after retirement.
  • the tail number n247ck (november two four seven charlie kilo) was originally assigned to a 1982 canadair cl-600 challenger in october of 2009 and deregistered when the aircraft was exported to england in march of 2012. it is still on reserve until march of 2017.
  • in the scene where galahad and valentine confront each other at kingsman tailors, valentine says the line: “i guarantee it”, which is the slogan of the american men’s dress clothes retailer men’s warehouse.
  • the movie’s name kingsman: the secret service (2014) has 2 similarities with the james bond film title of on her majesty’s secret service (1969). both refer to a “regal” character and both refer to an intelligence “secret service.”
  • the videogame the order 1886, which was released in early 2015 like kingsman, has a main character who’s name is galahad

spoilers the trivia items below may give away important plot points.

  • in the big church sequence, colin firth’s galahad / harry hart character kills 79 people.
  • in michael caine’s final scene, he speaks with his native cockney accent, suggesting that arthur’s roots are not so aristocratic as one would think.
  • at the end of the film eggsy asks for the code to enter the cell holding princess tilde. merlin gives him the code '2625’ which if typed into a phone keypad would spell 'anal’.
  • in arthurian legend, sir lancelot is “the brave” and sir galahad is “the pure.” therefore, it is fitting that eggsy does not earn the title of lancelot and instead goes on to take harry’s place as galahad, as eggsy demonstrates repeatedly in the film that he is pure of heart, and roxy earns the lancelot title by conquering her fear.
  • the end joke is intended as an r-rated version of the classic bond movie end jokes. matthew vaughn said: “the whole movie is a post modern love letter to spy films and as a kid watching moonraker (1979), i hear "bond is about to attempt re-entry, sir.” i remember that line. so we’ve blown peoples heads up, we’ve had massacres in churches, we’ve pushed the boundaries, we should at least have the classic spy movie end joke and do the r-rated version.“ 
  • because of the brutality and violent nature of the church massacre sequence, it was removed in the vietnamese version of the film.
  • the world-domination scheme of the film’s arch villain richmond valentine (samuel l. jackson) is that it posits that the global population has swelled to uncontrollable levels, so it requires culling. his deadly plan is to produce sim cards that he will distribute freely around the world, and which will both stimulate aggression and reduce inhibition. they’ll literally cause people to tear each other apart, save for a select few chosen for their intelligence, power and beauty. with protective chips implanted into the heads of these elite, valentine has rounded them up and transported them to his secret base. source comic book writer mark millar has said: "i 'borrowed’ the idea from a professor i met from glasgow university. he had explained to me that if the reptilian complex at the very base of the human brain was activated, we would be extremely territorial and aggressive, and ultimately destroy each other. there’s a radio frequency that drives everyone nuts.”
  • the concept of giving trainees a puppy at the beginning of their training and having them kill it as the last step also appears in the song of ice and fire novels as a part of the training of the unsullied.
  • the clock valentine runs during the movies climax is the “v-day” clock likely referencing a doomsday clock. however, if successful, v-day or valentine’s day would be a worldwide massacre or a “valentine’s day massacre” so it could also be a reference to the infamous massacre in chicago.

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16 Reasons One Direction Are on Top of the Stadium Rock Game
Boy band's performance at New Jersey's MetLife Stadium proves their supremacy

1. For the past five years, the world’s biggest pop group has been the world’s biggest classic-rock band, doing their “Baba O'Riley” remake every night for 60,000 screaming girls. “People like us don’t get to play stages like this,” Harry Styles said last night at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium, and he’s right. Strange but true: One Direction are on top of the classic-rock stadium-band pyramid these days.

2. Harry and Louis are the Stevie and Lindsey of the mermaid-tattoo-era stadium-rock eye-contact game. Louis’ eyes are dark, intense, controlling, with a surly “damn your love, damn your life” edge. Harry’s eyes say “I hear the darkness you’re expressing and it’s important to me but my heart tells me to twirl right now,” so he twirls and touches his hair. The brooding look vs. the beatific twirl. When one of them gets happy, the other gets wistful. When one of them gets bitchy, the other gets sugary. I could watch them sing together for hours. I could probably watch them do laundry for hours. (I doubt they do laundry.)

3. One Direction played MetLife Stadium a year ago to the day, and they were great that night—but very different, and nowhere near as great. 1D are massively better as a foursome, because their personalities all have much more room. Last year they were so competitive for stage time — Niall and Zayn seemed to be auditioning for their solo careers. Harry spent much of the 2014 show with his mop wrapped up in a headband — obviously ambivalent about the onstage traffic jam. (Harry covering his hair onstage is like Stevie Nicks in sweatpants.) Tonight, the hair was free, and Harry’s hair is always the window into his soul. Without Zayn they have to work harder — they’re all singing more lines and patrolling more turf — but they’re needy boys and they like it that way.

4. Harry Styles, master of the power flounce. For a band that formed on TV, 1D are not done justice by video, because Harry is a performer you have to see live. The way he covers space is insane — imagine if Mick Jagger had the warm and benign heart of Paul McCartney, cast under a magic spell by Stevie Nicks, and you’re about halfway there. Every limb of his body is an instrument he uses to express to girls how happy he is to bask in their presence. He uses his arms, he uses his legs, he uses his style and he uses his sidestep. He’s in a pop-star zone where he can seem totally self-adoring and cosmically benevolent at the same time.

5. Literally the first thing Louis does onstage is run to the corner and wave up to the nosebleed seats in the upper deck, a mile in the sky with only a side view. He’ll take care of the fans up front later, but his first order of business is making sure the cheap seats get noticed.

6. Harry announces, “You’re lovely to be in here. We can see you at the top. We can see you up in the back. You’re a beautiful, beautiful bunch of people.” So much of 1D’s brilliance is convincing everyone they can see the crowd, despite all the glaring lights in their faces. The key line in their new smash “Drag Me Down”: “All these lights can’t blind me.”

7. The screaming is like two and a half hours inside a jet engine, but in a good way. Loudest moment: The climactic shriek in “Midnight Memories.” Runner up: when the video screen show’s Harry’s boots.

8. Harry’s twirl game explodes in the second chorus of “No Control” — he romps off to his corner and spins in circles. He’s not singing, he’s not up on the video screen, just going into his happy place. During “Diana,” he went for a sprint down the catwalk and back, for no reason. Dude’s been on his feet 90 minutes at this point.

It’s like watching the footage of Secretariat running the Belmont Stakes in 1973 — he’s 31 lengths ahead of the other horses, but he speeds up madly for the final stretch because he’s so in love with being fast. That’s what it’s like watching Harry work a stadium. You instinctively think, “Dude, save some for later,” but the whole physiology of saving some for later is alien to the Harry lifeform. The harder he works to give every drop of his Harry-osity away, the more of it he has. Watching Harry spit water and touch his hair makes me want to be a better person.

9. Speaking of twirling, we know from the gossip columns that Harry is a hardcore Stevie Nicks fan — he even baked her a birthday cake. Why haven’t we seen pictures of this cake?

10. These boys love the whole 1970s rock thing — they call this tour On the Road Again, which should be the name of a double-vinyl live album from a 1974-era Southern AOR sextet who sing about rockin’ down the highway. The tour program has the size and heft of an LP, full of Time Fades Away–style black-and-white pics of boys near amps. The classic-rock-as-teen-pop thing is so avant-garde, the rest of the music world still hasn’t found a way to imitate it. Their Fleetwood Mac homage “Fireproof” even nails the precise John McVie bass throb.

11. After “Fireproof,” Harry takes a bow at center stage — he bends all the way at the waist and then whips his hair up to high noon. Hair flip of the night.

12. Niall has really grown — his guitar used to seem like a shield he hid behind, but he was killing it from the first song (“Clouds,” where he takes such visible pride in playing the Wings guitar hook and looks around to see if his bandmates noticed) to the last (“Best Song Ever,” where he air-keyboards to the Townshend synth intro).

13. 1D talked a lot about how much they love their best song, “No Control.” “You’re the greatest fans in the world because you all fell in love with a song called ‘No Control,’” Liam yelled. “You made it your own!” When they asked the crowd to yell out their favorite song on Four, everyone in my section yelled “No Control.” Is this even an issue?

14. A year ago, there were basically no males — no dads, no dates. I saw more guys onstage than in the crowd. It’s different now — 1D have achieved their longtime goal of conquering the dads. Maybe it was that Vine clip of Louis and Harry and Ron Wood their daughters made them watch over Christmas — a six-second tutorial in what friendship is all about, a Vine I have re-watched and shed tears over and re-enacted and only rarely felt silly about loving — but the dads were here, often wearing T-shirts their daughters made. My faves were “This 1D Dad Is Larry AF” and “Maddy’s Dad Loves No Control.” 1D have achieved this without compromising their core mission, which is singing to girls about how excellent they (the girls) are and how fortunate they (the boys) are.

(That Vine: Louis shares a mic with Ron Wood, Louis knows how much Harry loves the Stones, so Louis slides over to make room for Harry to shimmy next to Ron Wood. This is one of my 10 favorite moments of Ron Wood’s life and I own three of his solo records.)

15. Favorite fan signs: “You Are Currently Attending My Sweet Sixteen,” “Harry Smile! Your Happiness Is The Most Important Thing In My Life.”

16. When 1D blew up, nobody — not even people who liked them — figured they’d be anything more than 16 to 18 months of kicks. What the band and their fans have built over the past five years is unique. If the girls sound cocky and vindicated when they scream, they should. And 1D are brilliant because they know exactly who’s in charge.