“‘My father is the greatest pirate that ever lived. You, James, are the captain of a two-bit piece of shit stick of wood that dare never sail again. You’ve come here to make a fool of yourself, and I personally consider myself lucky that I will have the pleasure of laughing along with the rest of Leviathan.’ And I kick him in his fucking chest.”
—Lou Wilson as Fabian Aramais Seacaster, Dimension 20 Live, Fantasy High Sophomore Year, Episode 5 “Leviathan Rock City”
Lou’s performance here… He improvised this monologue. HE IMPROVISED IT! The acting is incredible. The way his voice booms like it might make the world quake. The commanding performance that turns his six other cast members and friends into spectators and fans delighting in the moment and having the same response to it as I did.
It’s not just a good monologue but a deeply in-character choice. Fabian’s a young man who loves his father very much, wants to honour his father and will defend that honour, but also, he’s an arrogant rich kid trying to live up to who he thinks his father wants him to be, floundering for an identity separate from his father, and stewing in the toxic masculinity with which he was raised. (Spoilers ahead.) Beneath it all Fabian is a 17 year old unsure of how to be his own man, how to escape the mindless violence and intimidation his father raised him to believe were marks of a man and leader. It’s this moment coupled with the imminent failures and loss of lives that leads him to re-evaluate these ideas and become a man of his own ideals, not a boy naively idolizing his father, blind to his shortcomings.