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Sujet: Re: Tutankhamun ITV 2016, avec Max Irons et Sam Neil Mer 13 Juil - 8:58
Un petit article sur la série sur le site What's on TV (toujours pas de date de diffusion par contre) :
Max Irons and Sam Neill delve into the ancient tombs of Egypt in ITV’s new four-part mini-series Tutankhamun. Women in Gold star Max Iron plays the role of British archaeologist Howard Carter in his search to discover the tomb of one of Ancient Egypt’s forgotten pharaohs, the boy-king Tutankhamun. Peaky Blinder star Sam Neill will play Lord Carnarvon, Carter’s eccentric financial backer. Further cast includes Downton Abbey’s Catherine Steadman, The Last Kingdom’s Amy Wren, Sherlock’s Jonathan Aris and Game of Thrones’ Rupert Vansittart. Written by Guy Burt, Tutankhamun retells the true story of Howard Carter and his journey from nobody to somebody, from a man struggling to survive on the cuffs of society to become a living icon in the early 20th Century. Set in the relentless heat of Egypt’s Valley of Kings in 1905, the young Howard is leading an expedition in search of the boy-king. While working alongside the locals, his temper causes him to lose everything. His license to dig is revoked, leaving him trapped in a desperate situation… With his reputation in ruins, he spends the following years homeless, selling everything he holds precious in order to survive. Against a stunning backdrop of sand and cliffs, it is only Carter’s determination that allows him to endure. The aristocratic Lord Carnarvon comes to the rescue, hiring him for a series of excavations. And so an unlikely friendship blossoms, eventually leading them to discover the last resting place of Tutankhamun. No word yet on when Tutankhamun will screen on ITV, but it will possibly this autumn.
Sujet: Re: Tutankhamun ITV 2016, avec Max Irons et Sam Neil Ven 7 Oct - 15:25
Le 1er épisode sera diffusé le dimanche 16 octobre
La série remplacera donc Victoria dont le dernier épisode sera diffusé ce dimanche
Et en prime, voici une belle interview de Max Irons pour Vanity Fair :
Max Irons as Howard Carter in ITV Studios' “Tutankhamun”
Can you see anything?” “Yes, wonderful things!” And truly, they were. The now-legendary words of Howard Carter to Lord Carnarvon on November 4, 1922, as he held out his candle and peered into the tomb of Tutankhamun, have come to convey all the drama and hope engendered by the pursuit of dreams. The story of the 20th century’s greatest archaeological discovery was perfect mini-series fuel, not least for the fascinating dynamics of the unlikely relationship between social misfit Carter and Carnarvon, a whimsical hobbyist aristocrat. It has triumph over adversity, it has a love affair, it has adventures aplenty, and it has characters that are a gift to a screenwriter; so we’re delighted that ITV Studios has done the decent thing and provided us with this autumn’s Television Event, casting Max Irons as Carter and Sam Neill as Carnarvon. We spoke to Max Irons to find out more. How did your role in Tutankhamun come about? In the traditional way… I got sent the script, I read the script, and I loved the script. Sometimes it’s… a bit of a chore having to read scripts. This one was a real pleasure. And how soon did you know you loved it? Oh, within 10 pages. I used to love reading adventure books as a kid. And this story would have been a perfect book for me. It was a golden period of history—what was happening in Egypt at that time was fascinating. Carter was different – this is what I think separated him from a lot of the other people out there at the time. They used to build these hotels in the middle of the desert, and all these English and Americans and French, they used to come out—and Egyptology and archaeology were very fashionable—so they’d just go and they’d dig around. Carter wasn’t one of those people. He wasn’t upper-class, he wasn’t wealthy, but he was very educated and he really knew his trade. The quality of the writing helped, but it was the world… It appealed to the child in me. Might Carter have been on the autism spectrum? A lot of people have said that. I don’t know if he was. I just think he was very single-minded. You know the notion of being “sound”? Carter was not considered to be sound. He didn’t do things the way that they “should” be done. He was a bit of a loose cannon. When you read his diary, he spoke of the connection through time and space that he felt when he was discovering shards of pottery—not gold and treasure and jewels, just shards of pottery—and he felt through that piece of pottery he could feel a connection with the family that would have been using it thousands of years ago. That’s the kind of imagination he had, and that love and that obsession was what was driving him. Great store was set at that time by observing social norms, and perhaps he didn’t fit in with that? I don’t think he really cared for it, and I think he thought that maybe it was getting in the way of other more important things and that perhaps a lot of the people that were out there were there for the wrong reasons—the fame, the glory, the monetary reward. Tell me about what you do to get in role. This was a real guy who people knew and people love and people are very interested in what he said and what he did, so I felt a bit of a responsibility, and I was slightly intimidated by that. So I did a huge amount of research; I read his diary, I read accounts of him, which varied wildly—which was telling, I thought. It usually just begins with just an instinctive notion of what emotionally drives a person, and then trying to map that out, because when you see something through your own eyes it’s your understanding of the universe that’s building theirs. You have to actually map down what it is they need from life, what it is they want, what they’re scared of, all those things. Spider charts? Silly as it is, there’s certainly a point that you do that, a moment where that’s useful. Yeah. How long did you take to film? Two months, and thank God, we were in the desert and we were up on the Namibian border in this beautiful valley. We had these amazing set designers who recreated the whole scene. What was it like working with Sam Neill? I love him. When I first met him I was very scared of him because he’s quite dry and he’ll just look you in the eye and not give anything away. I always said to him, be honest with me, if I’m doing something wrong just tell me, I won’t take it personally. Which he did on odd occasions. But we had a good time.