Dan Stevens Appreciation Week | Day 3: Favorite role
This is hard. Why I’ve gone past the date of this event to answer it lol…
Does one go with the one where he’s a guest?
Or a David?
or a soft spoken lover?
That guy in the red mess kit who’s also a true lover who doesn’t suffer fools?
This must have been easier for newer fans I suspect. Or for those who don’t have necessarily strong attachments to characters played by Dan in the past. They like them…but they don’t have the same oomph as the prince who growls
or the super mutant who’s also got a romance of the mind going on….
He’s brilliant in all of them. He doesn’t know how to do less…
But favorite ( a person or thing that is best liked or most enjoyed) …. argh
I would go with David Haller (I loved S1 David but I’m frustrated by idea that he’s not going to be as complex and badass without the parasite… I NEED HIM TO BE ALL THE THINGS…all of them… )– plus lots of people have already chosen him .
My soul mate is Matthew. It will always be Matthew….
In all honesty I almost went with James Harvey from The Ticket….that’s a raw performance. One that won’t get any awards or go much further than an indie theater and Netflix… but it’s one of his best. BEST. EVER. How he makes James bitter, sardonic, testy, egotistical, and caring all at the same time…and sexy af… and yet from his first tinges of guilt in talking to Grace outside the church to his gut wrenching breakdown at the end. I could easily choose James Harvey.
But I’m throwing my hat in the ring (as always) for Nick Guest… I’ve said it before. I’ll say it again.
I see the same raw vulnerability that Dan brought to Nick in David Haller. He draws you into the character and before you know it you feel like you’d die to protect him from all harm. It’s my mission in life to protect Nick from the harsh, cold, non-beautiful world… He trusted people too much.
I want to quote –not his beloved Henry James but F. Scott Fitzgerald to him “they’re careless people”– not worthy of your love. Except for Catherine– whose idea of getting him to understand reality was to make his life crash and burn…. and I’m still not sure he got it. He’s ever in a (futile?) search for the infinite line of beauty (in form, in love, in life).
“He wanted pure compliments, just as he wanted unconditional love.”
Dan will never be better than he was in The Line of Beauty. He might be equally as good…he won’t be better. He holds the screen… you feel him …you get Nick. This was his first big role. He’s so young. And yet so powerful and controlling in his performance. He’s so assured playing an unsure young man. I still find it astonishing on the tenth time watching it as I did the first time.
I shall stop my rambling now :)