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Paul McGann (Vershinin) and Emily Taaffe (Masha) in Three Sisters at the Southwark Playhouse. Photograph: Donald Cooper
I just watched Empire of the Sun with the impression that Mr McGann had a notable, if not starring, role (this presumption due to his name being credited to the film so often as one of the roles he was most famous for). The whole film I had the mindset of: "Oh, well he'll be in the NEXT scene then." It was a wonderful film without doubt, but why is he so 'famed' for a role that I missed because I blinked? Damn editors.
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Paul has spoken about his roles in Empire of the Sun, and similarly for Alien 3, in various interviews. To paraphrase what he says in Big Finish Talks Back (I think?), these big Hollywood productions tend to cast and film for multiple story lines or endings. What makes it into the theatrical version is what gets the best feedback from their showings to focus groups of their target audience. Paul’s character was supposed to be in a large part of the film, but was largely cut out for market reasons. Paul mentioned receiving a call from Spielberg himself to inform him that his parts didn’t make the final version. Spielberg even asked if he wanted his name to be removed from the cast list. For another example, with Alien 3, high school kids weren’t interested in Golic’s storyline, so a lot of his parts got cut from the final theatrical version. If you watch the Director’s cut of the film, Golic gets more screen time and we find out more about his character.

As to why his name is often credited to the film, I can only assume that it’s because there are well-known names attached to it. 

my-hearts-require-tea:

One of the best scenes in Give Us A Break and all of tv really.

my-hearts-require-tea:

Streets of Yesterday (1989)

my-hearts-require-tea:

Streets of Yesterday (1989)

All 4 parts have been uploaded by Lt. Hearts. Please enjoy after you’ve thanked her :)

p.s. masterpost

Am I being totally useless at internetting or is there quite a chunk of Mr McGann's filmography that hasn't been released on DVD that isn't available to watch online either? Do these people know how much money could be made from me alone if only they would release a bumper boxset of his entire works?
Anonymous

Oh god, yes. I’ve actually bought a VHS copy of Tree of Hands/Innocent Victim and the necessary equipment to make a digital copy of it. <_<

The BBC’s release of Give Us A Break on DVD was a great idea. We need more of that. 

While we’re on this topic, everybody keep an eye out for these titles:

  • Mother Me Daughter (short, 2001)
  • Fish (Principal, 2000)
  • Breathless Hush (1999)
  • Dance of Shiva (1998)
  • The Ancient Mariner (BBC)
  • Streets of Yesterday (1989)
  • Jackanory: The Whipping Boy (1989)
  • Cariani and the Courtesans (BBC, 1987)
  • Gaskin (BBC)
  • and misc. small roles (?) in some other titles

like-an-officer-and-a-sergeant:

Paul McGann catches the purring, wistful charisma of Vershinin.

That choice of words….(to tell the truth, Vershinin in the original Chekhov is quite a windbag…..a mix of a comedian and first-lover…)

OMG he looks like he’d been recently fighting in Bosnia

lots of beautiful photos of Paul in Three Sisters

my-hearts-require-tea:

18th Century Paul McGann in Catherine the Great (1996) and Kidnapped (2005). 

A gift for you also. He has just spotted us all x

my-hearts-require-tea:

Paul McGann on Radio 4’s Loose Ends 4/4/14

my-hearts-require-tea:

Paul McGann on Radio 4’s Loose Ends 4/4/14

i-left-the-shire-for-this:

not one single fuck was given by PMcG’s hair that day

and we have lift-off

i-left-the-shire-for-this:

not one single fuck was given by PMcG’s hair that day

and we have lift-off