Must See TV: Masterpiece Theater’s “Wuthering Heights”

Love, obsession, jealousy, revenge- it’s all pretty engaging!

 

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Hey, I know this new Heathcliff from somewhere!  This was my first thought when I saw the clips of this new adaptation of Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights

 

 

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The actor is versatile 31 y.o. Brit Tom Hardy; he had a major role in Star Trek: Nemesis.  You may’ve seen him in Black Hawk Down and Band of Brothers as well.  Notice the resemblance to Patrick Stewart…

 

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My action figure is great! It’s big and bald. It’s very disturbing to look at a toy and see yourself. At the same time, it’s very cool.

 – Hardy on his Shinzon action figure (from Star Trek: Nemesis)

 

I just watched Episode 1 of Wuthering Heights tonight (SUN, 9-10:30PM) on the MPT channel.    Tom is doing a good job with Heathcliff; my mom agrees.  She said “he’s very handsome.”  I’d say his looks are unusual (for a leading man).  This can be an asset for Heathcliff; his origins are mysterious.  Maybe his real parents were gypsies?   The voice and eyes stand out to me. 

 

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Whatever character you play, remember they are always doing something. They are not just talking. They are alive; going through a drama in which they will go through some sort of dramatic human experience. Keywords: Alive and Experience. It is your job to make them become so. Anything you do on stage or film has a direct relation to something you have experienced in one form or another in real life. Use your imagination to exaggerate or lessen that sensation. Then, disguise it in characterization and don’t forget to make lots and lots of mistakes, and look like a complete asshole. You’ll do fine.

– Tom Hardy, giving acting tip on a movie or play  

 

 

Cathy looks too modern, sorry to say.  But who could compare to the fab Juliette Binoche?

 

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The use of the Yorkshire accent is a change from the other film.  I like the music- it’s not too much.  Tune in to see more…

 

 

Links you may like:

The Readers Guide to Wuthering Heights

http://www.wuthering-heights.co.uk/

 

The PBS site re: this film

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/wutheringheights/index.html

 

Unofficial fan site of actor Tom Hardy

http://tomhardy.org/

  

  

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