I could have used a handyman and/or a tall, sturdy ladder today.
On this final day of National Library Week…
From the Glencoe Public Library blog:
There is a bit of wall in a staff area of the library where librarians for a time posted pictures of their favorite actors. One by one, the handsome men were replaced by beloved dogs, past and present. Eventually, only one man’s picture remained among the pooches. That actor? Michael Kitchen. Interpret this as you will, but it does seem to speak to the appeal of the distinguished Mr. Kitchen.
Another librarian commented on the blog, Read Roger :
…a little while back, I displayed the whole stack of [Foyle’s War] DVDs on the circulation desk. The sign just had an arrow pointing to Michael Kitchen with a note that said, “My new boyfriend.”
You wouldn’t believe the number of patrons who came in and got all gushy.
From the Facebook page of Barnoldwick and Barlickers Then and Now, Michael Kitchen and Penelope Wilton filming Falling on location at Greenberfield Locks:
From Burnley Express:
Actors Penelope Wilton and Michael Kitchen and a film crew arrived in Barnoldswick on Tuesday.
The canalside cottage had already been given a new look for their arrival, with weeds laid down outside to give an unkempt appearance to the property and changes made to rooms inside.
The doors were also removed to make it easier for the camera crews to work and a false window fitted so Michael Kitchen did not hurt himself when asked to put his fist through it as part of the script.
And from an interview with Penelope Wilton in The Stage:
Wilton recalls the hardships she and co-star Michael Kitchen had to endure while filming Falling, Andrew Davies’ adaptation of Elizabeth Jane Howard’s suspense novel.
“Andrew had the idea that it would be better to relocate it to Yorkshire. It looks glorious, I agree, and very autumnal but the weather was freezing. There are some scenes that are a bit too painful to think about – the ones where I’m standing around in light summer clothing, trying not to be seen to shiver. The main locations are around a cottage next to a canal, which looks idyllic, but in reality is was very cold and damp.”
If I got to work with Michael Kitchen, I’d want to include his name on my CV, too, but here the end result is rather amusing.
My top 20 Michael Kitchen roles:
11. Henry Kent in Falling (2005)
Creepy character, but except for the last 20 minutes when his true nature is revealed to Daisy, the conman as played by MK is actually quite the charmer and extremely entertaining to watch.
How lovely to see you “active” again! However much you do will be great!
Thank you, anon. Yes, an unplanned spurt of blogging this week, even as KF takes a backseat now to other activities…
Michael Kitchen smoking.
Glad Foyle doesn’t smoke. Wonder if MK had anything to do with that decision.
“Saint Michael no more. Michael Kitchen, a violent philanderer? Unlikely, but he does it chillingly in Falling.”
Excerpts from possibly my favorite review of Falling:
With that sweet Bagpuss face, wide-eyed and gently rumpled, Michael Kitchen is so trustworthy I can’t think of another actor who could have made the bad guy conman in Andrew Davies’s adaptation of Elizabeth Jane Howard’s novel Falling anywhere near as compelling.
A forelock-tugger by birth, Kent had been raised in the grounds of a stately home where, as a young gardener, he had his Mellors moments with the daughter of the house and gained access to an impressive library of books, which, in turn, gave him a taste for posh totty and literature, and ideas above his station. The morning after the horny-handed cad had his way with her, Langrish looked like a cat-in-kitten-heels, which meant that Kent was, clearly, also a demon in the sack.
– Kathryn Flett, The Observer
What a great review of Falling, KF. I snorted with laughter when MK’s beautiful face was compared with that battered, old, pink and white striped cat but, on reflection, it’s surprisingly apt.
Thanks so much for pointing this out. The resemblance is uncanny. I’m happy you found the review as well-written and entertaining as I did.
As creepy as Henry was, you can’t deny these scenes made you smile ;o)
MK as Henry Kent in Falling (2005)
Love the tenderness of this scene, but I must be the only female MK fan who prefers him with a shirt on.
TMO there is no tenderness in this scene!Pure calculation!So arrogant,he almost laughs proud of himself!
Yes, Henry’s moves are calculated, but he wouldn’t be able to seduce his victims without showing them tenderness, which is what I see here, even though that tenderness is only skin-deep.
According to this Sunday Mail article on Falling, Michael Kitchen joked about his role:
It’s probably goodbye to the fan base – I can’t see either of them approving of this.
Writing this as a member of his considerably greater than two person fan base, I not only approve, but tidbits like these really make me wish we had access to more of MK’s witty, self-deprecating sense of humor.
Henry’s failure to get his way with Daisy leads to his abrupt expulsion from her life, but the setback appears likely to be only temporary for the smooth-talking fraudster, who’s back to his old tricks in no time.
Just reminding myself, after the last few posts, how irresistible Henry Kent can be when he sets his mind to it.
Seriously, who could resist that face!
Just this one critic who I think needs to have his eyes examined!
Michael Kitchen not charming? Really? He needs his eyes and ears examined! Even when he’s playing killer roles, I’ve heard him called charming.
Yep, Michael Kitchen and charm pretty much go hand in hand no matter what role he’s playing.
Alongside Daisy, we learn the horrific truth about Henry and how for years he cruelly exploited his ex-wife, Hazel, another gullible woman entirely besotted with him who in the end barely escaped with her life.