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.