Who should play Mustrum Ridcully?

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Who should play Mustrum Ridcully?

Postby Digressing » Thu Apr 28, 2011 10:33 pm

Personally I think it should Jeremy Clarkson. Idk i just think they share a lot of the same qualities. Just watch a few episodes of top gear :)

Please post if u agree or disagree or if you think someone else should do it.

I know Ridcully isnt exactly a "major" character but watching Jeremy Clarkson just makes me think he would be a perfect fit for the character lol.

anyway lmk what u think!
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Postby Quatermass » Fri Apr 29, 2011 12:15 am

Jeremy Clarkson's not an actor. The only acting he does is acting up!

Brian Blessed all the way.
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Postby Tonyblack » Fri Apr 29, 2011 6:17 am

Welcome to the site, Digressing! :D

Jeremy Clarkson has acted - sort of. He voiced a character in the British release of the animated film, Cars. But I really don't see him as Ridcully. He's not that good an actor. :)

Having said that, I don't see Brian Blessed as Ridcully either. He's too much over the top. Ridcully appears to be brash and stupid on the surface, but under that he is a lot more complex and really quite smart. Blessed comes across as too aggressive.

Q,I'm kind of surprised that you haven't thought of Tom Baker in the role. :wink:
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Postby spideyGirl » Fri Apr 29, 2011 7:48 am

Welcome Digressing!

Yeh Q, surely Tom Baker is a natural candidate? :D
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Postby Quatermass » Fri Apr 29, 2011 8:43 am

Brian Blessed can be subtle when he wants to. Has NOBODY here seen I, Claudius or Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet? I think Blessed is absolutely perfect for the role of Ridcully.

Whereas Tom Baker is just bats*** crazy. But if I had to choose a member of the Unseen University faculty he could play, well, the Bursar springs to mind, if we can mentally transform the Bursar from a thin scrawny type into a beefy type. I'm trying to think of another character in the series he could play. The voice of Death, maybe? He played a Grim Reaper in the remake of Medievil. Or maybe Om.
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Postby pip » Fri Apr 29, 2011 9:06 am

Agree with Brian Blessed for the role. Can you just imagine him screaming at the Bursar and Quaffing beers til late in his brash manner. He can actually act as well as Q points out. :D
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Postby Quatermass » Fri Apr 29, 2011 10:02 am

pip wrote:Agree with Brian Blessed for the role. Can you just imagine him screaming at the Bursar and Quaffing beers til late in his brash manner. He can actually act as well as Q points out. :D


Thanks, Pip. :)

I always hear "BUUURR-SAAAAARRR!" in Brian Blessed's voice when I am reading it.

Let's see, ideal Unseen University cast:

Ridcully= Brian Blessed

The Dean= Ian McNiece. Or maybe Colin Baker. Both have the girth, and I reckon that they could both summon up the immature petulance for the role.

Rincewind= Mackenzie Crook, or, at a pinch, David Tennant. I personally reckon Mackenzie Crook'd make a better Rincewind, though.

Ponder Stibbons= Uhhh, tough one, actually. Arthur Darvill, maybe? Or Sam Troughton?
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Postby dennykay » Fri Apr 29, 2011 10:28 am

and the bursar, q?
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Postby Penfold » Fri Apr 29, 2011 11:51 am

I think I would go with Q's first choice of Tom Baker as the Bursar. :D

A bit controversial maybe, but I think I would go down the typecasting route for Ponder and cast Daniel Radcliffe in the role. I'm guessing Ponder is still quite young since he graduated during, or just after, Moving Pictures. :wink:
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Postby Tonyblack » Fri Apr 29, 2011 11:58 am

Ponder is described as being quite fat and looking forward to getting fatter.
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Postby Dotsie » Fri Apr 29, 2011 12:07 pm

Penfold wrote: I'm guessing Ponder is still quite young since he graduated during, or just after, Moving Pictures. :wink:

Which was some time ago. I imagine him to be mid-thirties at the youngest. He probably looks like Peter Kay, but he needs to sound more intellectual (although I should really stick up for the Bolton accent).
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Postby Penfold » Fri Apr 29, 2011 1:14 pm

In which case I shall bow to your superior knowledge (and handbag) and agree with Peter Kay as a good choice. After seeing his appearance in Dr Who, he should be able to act the part well enough too! :D
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Postby Sjoerd3000 » Fri Apr 29, 2011 1:17 pm

Brian Blessed = Ridcully :D Q is right, Brian would be the perfect Ridcully :D
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Postby Digressing » Fri Apr 29, 2011 5:48 pm

Tonyblack wrote:Welcome to the site, Digressing! :D

Jeremy Clarkson has acted - sort of. He voiced a character in the British release of the animated film, Cars. But I really don't see him as Ridcully. He's not that good an actor. :)

Having said that, I don't see Brian Blessed as Ridcully either. He's too much over the top. Ridcully appears to be brash and stupid on the surface, but under that he is a lot more complex and really quite smart. Blessed comes across as too aggressive.

Q,I'm kind of surprised that you haven't thought of Tom Baker in the role. :wink:


thats the reason why i think jeremy would be a good ridcully not because he's a good actor but because he wouldnt have to do too much acting to be him. Jeremy also appears to be brash and stupid but is actually smart if he wants to be. theres also that competitive streak to think about lol. Of course this is just my humble opinion :P

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Postby Tonyblack » Fri Apr 29, 2011 6:20 pm

:lol: Plus he's probably got Ridcully's passion for hunting and killing small animals. :lol:
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