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January 23rd, 2010

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10:41 pm - I may need another John Simm icon at some point
I just watched an episode of the British crime drama Cracker (which stars Robbie Coltrane and is kind of awesome, despite being very, very dysfunctional and dark); my new LJ friend travels_in_time reminded me that one of John Simm's first remarked-upon roles was in this show.

He's so young! 24 or 25, playing a very convincing 17-year-old, broken, manipulative, pitiable, and scary by turns--and occasionally all at once. Voice pitched higher than I'm used to hearing (to the point where I'm not sure I would have recognized him by voice alone, which I'm quite good at normally); only a couple of times did I think "there's John!" such as when he did that sly/bemused half-smile that I'm so used to seeing from Sam Tyler.

The more I see of his work, the more impressed with him I am. I'd love to write a script for him someday, see if I can't give him something to work with that he hasn't tried yet (I have this weird desire to cast him as an Anglican priest, but no story to go with it yet).
Current Mood: impressedimpressed

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Date:January 24th, 2010 03:10 pm (UTC)
Clearly we need to get someone to make more Trollope adaptations. Or do Howatch (though I can't think who I'd cast him as; possibly Nicholas, given that he can be both a woobie and vaguely uncanny convincingly).

Or perhaps someone should make "The Perpetual Curate", which is a wonderful Victorian novel about the trials and tribulations of a rather hapless Ritualist curate in a provincial town that is suspicious of Anglo-Catholic slum priests....
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Date:January 24th, 2010 05:03 pm (UTC)
*makes note of books to read* :)
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Date:January 24th, 2010 11:26 pm (UTC)
He's just one of those actors where you want to give him something really different just 'cause you want to see him make it awesome. The man has range.
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Date:January 25th, 2010 12:36 am (UTC)
Yesss, exactly. Just to see him make it awesome. (Actually, now I kind of want to put him and Jensen Ackles in something together, because they can both do that--though I think Simm is the superior talent of the two.)

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