I can barely breathe. Johathan Rhys-Meyers as the later-to-be corpulent monarch Henry VIII. "The Tudors" looks gorgeous, and everyone in it is suitably gorgeous. Does it make me a bad Catholic girl if I find Sam Neal as Cardinal Wolsey oddly sexy?
And "The Tudors" has got to be killer cause it's created and mostly written by Michael Hirst (Elizabeth) and the first 2 epies are directed by Chas McDougall of "Desp. Housewives" fame.
Pres of Entertainment at Showtime, Robert Greenblatt, describes "The Tudors" as "a newly imagined Henry the VIII with a seductive, modern sensibility."
From the trailers, I'd have to agree, but add, "the characters are remarkably squeeky clean for 16th Century courtiers, and JR-M even looks, gosh, kinda virile, in a 'he really worked out his forearms and the rest of his body so he could sit a horse in armor' sort of way."
Despite the hybrid contemporary music mixed with "classical" that's not necessarily from the time period (but still, well, gorgeous), "The Tudors" looks like it's gonna make me put down the romance novels for at least ten hours this spring. How bout you?
Oh, oh! My total costume drama crush from a couple years ago, Jeremy Northam, plays Sir Thomas More. As if I didn't love Sir Thomas enough already, now I'm going to find him, the guy who said "I die the king's good servant, and God's first," unbearably attractive, too.
I'm going straight to Hell.