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.
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.
Henry Kent’s mask finally slips completely to expose the warped mind of a man operating under the delusion that he’s God’s gift to women and should be compensated accordingly — or else…
The critic from The Guardian likened MK’s eyes in this scene to “blue poached eggs”.
Henry’s sudden outburst reveals a crack in his veneer that shocks Daisy and her friends.
I’d put off watching Falling because I didn’t relish watching Michael Kitchen play yet another bad guy. As it turned out, though, the nature of his role required him to be utterly charming throughout most of the movie, so MK was a joy to watch. And then there was this riot of a scene in which Henry takes a break from his gentlemanly alter ego, and MK makes him look like a naughty schoolboy playing hooky. I burst out laughing at MK’s lascivious expressions while flipping through what must be a real porn magazine. Just the incongruity of MK ogling “Asian Babes” is enough to make me giggle.
MK looking at the Asian Babe magazine is one of my favourite scenes from Falling.His expressions are priceless, and always make me laugh out loud. You can tell he really enjoys those slightly comedic touches which he does so well. What an expressive face that Man has!
I would even go so far as to say it’s my favorite scene in Falling. MK really gets far too few opportunities to do comedy, which I agree he obviously enjoys. So as I’ve noted before, I’m really hoping that AH can bring back some lighter moments when he writes FWS9. Even better would be another starring role for MK in a film along the lines of Reckless, Alibi, or Falling.
The impending arrival of Daisy’s friends throws a wrench in Henry’s plans. The last thing he wants is to spend a weekend with them, and helping Daisy with her preparations in the way she’s come to expect of him just adds insult to injury. So when Daisy all but orders him to mow the lawn, he responds here with seething resentment and then proceeds to storm out in a huff, pulling his cap down on his head so hard that for a moment he’s quite literally blinded by his fury.
After two weeks of evidently mind-blowing sex, Daisy has fallen in lust, while Henry feigns modesty and continues his charade of being similarly lovestruck. Another complete conquest seems to be within his grasp.
Little wonder that Daisy was ‘barmy’ about Henry Kent. When he lays on that charm, he’s quite irresistible. Thanks for more wonderful pics.
Yes, and who better to play him than MK, who’s usually irresistible without even trying!
“It’s only a song.” – Henry Kent making light of his sung marriage proposal after Daisy rejects him with no inkling of how dangerously serious he is.
Gulp. Imagine waking up to this. Henry Kent is turned on by inciting sexual frustration in women, and as a result, we get Michael Kitchen making major bedroom eyes and suggestively bringing his hand under the covers.
Henry takes advantage of a moment when Daisy is particularly vulnerable to go in for their first kiss and is subsequently invited into her bed.
Falling is one of my very favorites. Why he hasn’t been given more awards just baffles me.
Could it be that those handing out awards are not too keen on honoring an actor who shuns publicity and probably couldn’t care less about awards?
As Henry Kent, Michael Kitchen makes it clear through his pained smiles that visitors are not welcome when one is attempting to seduce and entrap a woman. With supreme effort, Henry suppresses his impatience and puts his best game face forward, first for the doctor paying a house call and then later for Daisy’s snooty friends from the city. The way his face falls in the second gif actually makes me feel sorry for him.
A gushing review from the Daily Express critic who hopefully has a strong stomach:
…what marked this out as top-notch drama was Kitchen’s utterly compelling turn as the silky-smooth rogue who has lost sight of where truth ends and con begins. “Don’t you trust me?” he asked anyone who showed signs of doubting him, making big spaniel eyes. It made them melt every time, and if he isn’t nominated for a Bafta, I’ll eat my keyboard.
Michael Kitchen should wear red plaid shirts more often. I also like the assortment of colored undershirts he wears in this film. Even in work clothes, he’s smartly dressed!