Saddened to learn that John Mahoney has left us. Just four years ago, he was filming his guest appearance on Foyle’s War. The one exchange he shared with Michael Kitchen in High Castle was wordless:
Seems Mr. Mahoney cherished his privacy also, turning down almost all publicity. “I would rather walk across broken glass,” he told Rick Kogan of the Chicago Tribune. Yet unlike MK, JM sat down for some lengthy interviews over the years and showed himself to be a wonderfully engaging, articulate man. Wish we could see that side of MK as well.
Messing about with the photographic files in the archive. What I do on a daily basis with little risk of detection.
Michael Kitchen will be filming scenes in a caravan again if Rhys Thomas gets his wish.
Reading Hannah Long’s blog reviews of the episodes comprising Foyle’s War S9 was almost more enjoyable than watching:
Foyle’s War S9 to screen on PBS beginning as early as May 1
My favorite article about the end of Foyle’s War is the one from the Sunday Express.
And from the The Spectator (Australia):
Talking of the 1940s, my great sorrow this week was the end of my all-time favourite Sunday evening let’s-settle-back-and-try-and-forget-it’s-Monday-tomorrow drama, Foyle’s War. There never has been an actor quite like Michael Kitchen for expressing a perfectly calibrated moral judgment with the twitch of an eyebrow. The creator of the series, Anthony Horowitz, has already, Conan Doyle-style, brought it back from the dead once. Fingers crossed that he does so again.
Foyle discusses a serious matter with Valentine, but I couldn’t help thinking jelly babies.
Is there something wrong with the coffee, too?
Zooming in on Michael Kitchen’s face is always a good idea.
In the S9 DVD featurette The Truth Behind the Fiction: High Castle, Anthony Horowitz said of this scene:
I wanted to see Foyle in front of a concentration camp. That was the single thought that sparked off the very first episode. It occurred to me that if Foyle was the epitome of good and decency in the period 1940 through to ’46, ’47, then it would be quite interesting to juxtapose him against the symbol of all evil.
Sam is back to using her maiden name while working undercover. Problems with Adam? Definitely a less light-hearted atmosphere here compared to the other notable occasion when Sam explained her shortened name to a new employer.
Filming Foyle’s War on Sunday again. I do believe that’s MK.
A magazine article on the filming at this site:
Michael Kitchen, Nigel Lindsay, and John Mahoney looking good on the set of FW S9.
The photo was probably taken inside Dorfold Hall:
Some highlights from a Front Row Features interview with John Mahoney when High Castle premiered in early 2015:
Q: Were you familiar with the series before you got the part?
Mahoney: I’ve been a fan right from the start. Michael Kitchen and I were in a movie together called “The Russia House.” We spent quite a bit of time together on location in Vancouver. That’s how I first started watching it—to see Michael’s show.
Q: When did you shoot this?
Mahoney: About a year ago. I remember it was absolutely freezing, just like it is here now. I remember huddling in the trailer trying to get warm. (He chuckles.)
Q: Did you shoot your scenes at the studio or on location?
Mahoney: We were on location at this gorgeous home. It was almost a mini-castle in Liverpool.
Q: You don’t have any scenes with Michael in this, but did you get a chance to hang out with him off the set?
Mahoney: No. He’s not that kind of guy. He doesn’t hang out. But he is extremely welcoming and friendly, and that’s what he did. On my first day of work, he wasn’t scheduled to work but he was there and he welcomed me. We reminisced a little bit about our time together in Vancouver. He’s not a man for tons of nostalgia or anything like that. He just gets the job done.