Month: August 2018

This. Is. Not. Happening!

Gertie August 21, 2018 Celebrities

If you are a fan, you have a fansite. I do. And then there is my blog. If you are deep into your object of admiration, you have memorabilia galore. I do. I have amassed a collection of stuff on Jonathan Rhys Myers over the years. Ever since I first noticed him. I have boxes devoted to TV and others to movies. I have original photos, unfortunately not taken by me; and many are autographed. This is the basis of any true fan collection. Then you jump up to articles of clothing and personal objects. Those you obtain from other fans and people who know the actor. They aren’t easy to find and can be costly if rare.  It has been fun for the duration of his career, and no doubt it will grow.

I say this with some sorrow in my heart because this wonderful, loving collection has recently taken a hit. It wasn’t lost or stolen. Much of it was the victim of a flood in the storage area of my apartment building caused by a busted water heater. How mundane. I wish it has been tankless. Isn’t just like my landlord to put off modernization for so long? The standing water caused by the water heater leak spread to my storage compartment which is near the floor. Some items were damaged, including a prized script from The Tudors. These don’t pop up for sale very often. It is now a bit waterlogged and stained. Even dried out, the paper has wrinkled and curled. Some of it remains, but not in good condition. Nevertheless, it stays in the collection. A few photos I had to toss. I guess there is always more of those out there. I will have to contact my sources. I make trades and purchases with other fans, although getting them to part with something good is like prying a lock off a prison door.

I gave the landlord a piece of mind and didn’t appreciate my scorn. He could care less about memorabilia on Jonathan Rhys Myers. Showing him the damage had no impact. “It’s just a bunch of paper,” he mocked. The only movie he knew about was Bend It Like Beckham. Philistine! He did not offer to pay for anything since as he put it, “These things happen.” Never again, I thought, as I planned how to exit my lease.

I tried to make him feel guilty and mentioned his stellar role as Elvis Presley. Ok, maybe it wasn’t his best. But he got the point and finally gave in and offered a discount on the next month’s rent. Not enough, but it was a decent gesture.

Jousting on “The Tudors”

Gertie August 17, 2018 Celebrities

You can tell from the title of my blog who my favorite actor is. There is nothing about Jonathan Rhys Meyers I don’t want to know. I am sure everyone has their top picks when it comes to this profession – mine is none other than the Irish actor who has been featured in some of the most sought after films of the century, whether it be the recent file Stonewall or the drama, Tudors, which as you might know got quite popular during the latter part of 2000’s.

Yes, I adore his various portrayals. What I also love about him is grit and his determined personality, apart from acting skills that are sure to blow anyone away. I mean, he is one of those few actors who has been everywhere and done everything – whether it be a voice over during the Elvis mini-series, as a television actor for the television series, Dracula, or as one of the finest actors in contemporary movies (Velvet Goldmine, Bend it Like Beckham, and Mission Impossible: III). Please join me in my adulation.

Today I just want to talk about the Tudors. Didn’t you love that jousting equipment? Didn’t the knights look divine on their steeds? Too bad John didn’t get to do it: that is not the role of the king. This is a whole new world for me and I was fascinated by all the metal gear. They had to find authentic pieces somewhere and get busy custom making it for the series. I can see the forge now with 16th century workers busy creating armor and lances. It is surely not done that way anymore, so I started to look it up. The process has come a long way as steel mills have been automated and updated to supply the great demand of modern times. In the Renaissance it was no doubt an art to decorate breast plates and pub metal flourishes on everything.

Now it is all about sleek modern styles of industrial products. Artisans today who want to look old-fashioned learn how to use a welder in the old way. There is a constant craving for relics of the past. I love how The Tudors. Casting metal is no longer a lost art. By the way, the show ran for four seasons, giving us all a great opportunity to relish the costumes and accoutrements.

John looked superb as Henry VIII in the early years of his reign. It was a great role for him; he is so adaptable, like a chameleon that can become anything it wants. He did it for a whopping 38 episodes! I watched each and every one at least five times.

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