The "Brit a Day" series

What does a months-long parade of attractive British men have to do with fiction, you might well ask? These gentlemen have inspired some lovely scenes, part of the life I live in my head. Over time, some of these scenes reach out to one another and begin to form a story. For the present, each one of these pictures provides a writing prompt for me, a way to keep me writing with a sense of passion and narrative, even when the stories are not yet fully formed.

Friday, October 12, 2012

A Brit a Day [#915]

OK, I got all kindsa things to say about this picture.  1] Spoiler Alert!  Henry V dies!  But an even bolder choice on the part of the BBC production was to open the play with a sequence from King Henry's funeral, thus making the whole of the action a flashback--brilliant.  2] Seeing Tom Hiddleston playing the dead king is one of the most beautiful and disturbing things I've ever seen--he's my New Favorite Corpse [NFC]; and finally, 3] What is going on with the two crowns here?  Was there a special lying-down crown made for not poking the back of his head?  I guess it would be difficult to play dead if you are wincing from the pain of your crown.  "Uneasy lies the head..."  In any event, it seems to be a serious matter for the two costumers on set.  And Hiddleston hasn't even broken character as he lifts his head.  How DO you get in character to play a dead monarch?

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