Dragon AU: The Monocled Mutineer
Percy Toplis was just a young soldier when the first dragons attacked. Who was he to know they’d be after him for years yet to come.
Instagram: Paul and his fans. I cried.
For your McGann Monday treat this week (or whenever this is viewed - for every day can be McGann Monday), may i present:
It isn’t a pure ‘McGann cut’ as my others have been, in that i kept Eugene’s whole storyline, which means he’s not in every scene, but it makes more sense this way. It is still quite long, but it’s a time-saver compared to the near 6 hours of the original.
I hope everyone enjoys!
The Petrol Age, episode 3
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.
One of the best scenes in Give Us A Break and all of tv really.
Streets of Yesterday (1989)
All 4 parts have been uploaded by Lt. Hearts. Please enjoy after you’ve thanked her :)
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
As with her colloquial update of ‘The Seagull’ two years ago, Royal Court new-writing protégée Anya Reiss transplants the Prozorov siblings into the twenty-first…
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