Have you been looking for something different to watch on television? I got hooked on the BBC America tv show Orphan Black back in 2013. The star of the show is Tatiana Maslany who plays multiple characters who are clones. New York Times Magazine has an article titled The Many Faces of Tatiana Maslany. I find it amazing that one actress can play so many different roles on the same show. Tatiana plays a surburban housewife, a bisexual graduate student and Ukranian assassin just to name a few.
The grand adventure of a set visit is entering a universe where everyone — absolutely everyone — is a pro at playing pretend. They’re admirably adult about it. They drink coffee and sit in chairs and operate machines, as if there weren’t lights so hot that they banish the winter outside, as if it’s perfectly normal for a sweltering interior to look like a dusty, sunbaked facade. Insides become outsides here, as gravel underfoot transforms a soundstage floor into a sandy desert.
But the illusions are particularly vertiginous on the set of “Orphan Black,” the BBC America television show that has the same star many times over. “Orphan Black,” you see, is about a group of persecuted clones, and all of them are played by Tatiana Maslany, a 29-year-old actress who has ridden her multiple roles to cult stardom and critical acclaim. On a recent morning in Toronto, Maslany was wearing a frizzy blond wig and was made up as Helena, the dangerously mercurial Ukrainian clone. Her face was covered in blood and filth. She was not — as far as I could tell — thinking about the Screen Actors Guild Award nomination she received that morning, or (as I was) the circumstances that landed her in the peculiar fishbowl of fame. She was focused instead on butter.
Season 3 of Orphan Black starts April 18, 2015. You can read the entire article at the New York Times.
Last night the BBC America crime drama miniseries Luther premiered.
Idris Elba stars as the self destructive detective John Luther.
Luther is a gripping, psychological thriller driven by a brilliant and emotionally impulsive detective tormented by the darker side of humanity.
A self-destructive near-genius, Luther might just be as dangerous as the depraved criminals he hunts. In each episode, the murderer’s identity is known from the start, focusing the drama on the psychological duel between predator and prey.
Luther shines a light into the hearts and minds of psychopaths and killers, and the shadowy spaces of his own soul.
The six part miniseries first aired on BBC One in England earlier this year. A second series for Luther will air in England 2011. It will air as 2 two hour long movies.
I enjoyed part one. A nice change of pace to hear Idris talk in his native British accent. The actress who plays Alice Morgan looked familiar. Her name is Ruth Wilson. After doing a google search I recognized her from a PBS miniseries I saw earlier this year starring Naomie Harris titled Small Island.
If you missed part one you can catch it again on BBC America on Thursday October 21 at 9:00pm. New episodes of Luther air on Sundays at 10:00pm.
Yesterday’s Washington Post has an interesting article about rising star Idris Elba.
I first laid eyes on Mr. Elba, aka Stringer Bell in the HBO series The Wire. After leaving the show he starred in many films including Sometimes in April, The Gospel, Daddy’s Little Girls, American Gangster, 28 Weeks Later and Obsessed. He’s currently starring in the film Takers.
By Vanessa Williams
Saturday, August 28, 2010; C01
Idris Elba, looking as cool and virile as the fictional Baltimore drug lord whom he so memorably played on the acclaimed HBO series “The Wire,” winces at the mention of the s-word.
“Sexy?” he repeats, shifting in his chair and wrinkling his brow in a convincing display of mild discomfort. “I’m a little sheepish about it. Whenever I meet fans and they’re like, ‘Oh, you’re so sexy,’ I just don’t get that. There’s no way one man can be universally sexy.”
It’s a good answer, because had he said, “Hell, yeah, I’m sexy!” even in that cute British accent of his, it wouldn’t at all jibe with the image of the sensually serious man whose face these days is all over magazine covers and television and movie screens.
Right now, Elba’s career as an actor also is hot.
And that is something he is not only comfortable with, but eager to talk about. Elba, through the character of Russell “Stringer” Bell, seduced a loyal following that crossed race, class and gender lines. He also has been the most successful acting alumnus of the series, appearing in a number of movies, such as “American Gangster” with Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe, and several episodes of the TV sitcom “The Office.”
His latest project, “Takers,” a heist flick starring the rapper T.I., Chris Brown and Matt Dillon, opened Friday. Once again, Elba plays a cerebral criminal, the head of a high-tech, high-class ring of thieves who rob banks for big bucks.
He is also back on premium cable TV, in a recurring role in Showtime’s new series “The Big C,” starring Laura Linney. He will play a love interest of her character, an uptight suburban homemaker who decides to let loose after learning she has terminal cancer. And last year, he was praised in England for his starring role in a new BBC cop drama, “Luther,” which U.S. fans will get to see later this year on BBC America.
Check out the entire Post article here.
Idris Elba’s slow and steady rise might speed up with this news: The Wire actor has been cast as Dr. Alex Cross in a reboot of the role that Morgan Freeman originated in Kiss the Girls and Along Came A Spider. Deadline reports that Elba will star in David Twohy’s adaptation of James Patterson’s novel Cross, the 12th book in the series, which follows the forensic psychologist as he tries to help nab a serial rapist and mutilator (Michael Sullivan, the Butcher of Sligo) who used to work for the mob and may have killed Cross’ pregnant wife years earlier.