The countdown to the premiere of “The Bastard Executioner” is officially on, as we’ve got less than a month until Steve graces us once again with his presence on our television screens. And what better way to celebrate than new footage of Steve as Milus Corbett? Steve says, “[TBX] is just phenomenal storytelling, rich multi-layered characters, incredible drama.” TBX premieres Tuesday, September 15th on FX.
Let’s thank the gods for that! Steve anti’d up with two very nice pictures of John Ales in their photo war on Twitter before John struck again and tweeted a snapshot of Steve playing a handheld game of Yahtzee. Mr. Ales will have wowed Steve’s followers with such a close up of his hands, which are a favoured part of Steve’s anatomy (just check out some fan made montages if you don’t believe us).
Now all John Ales has to do is tweet a photo of Steve with his tongue sticking out … he’ll feel the joy around the world. Hopefully, John starts looking through his Uprising Archives immediately!
Monsters & Critics, April Neale attended “The Bastard Executioner’s” Panel at last week’s TCA Summer Tour and has also seen the two hour premiere episode. April shares some fun details (spoiler free!), including that there are ten episodes running the course of nine weeks (presumably the premiere counts as two episodes). April breaks down five things you need to know about The Bastard Executioner:
1) The Art Department Is Fucking Amazing
At the recent TCA’s at the Beverly Hilton, the FX TBX panel spoke of their amazing production designer Giles Masters and the art department that works under him. Paris Barclay said, “Most of the castles you see in the show are built. Giles Masters, who is our production designer, is truly a master. And most of what you see, including that 50 foot castle that is Castle Ventris, exists on our backlot. Most of the interiors you see we built on stages.
We have four different stages in Wales that we do the show in. The dungeons, the Lady Love’s bedroom, all those were built meticulously by extraordinary craftsmen. I was really kind of blown away by what we got for value and for craft in the UK.”
Stephen Moyer, who plays Milus Corbett, a rather violent fellow, said, “The thing I’ll say about the locations is, as a the geek in me was super excited to be shooting the scene where we walk we’re walking down the corridor in one castle, in Caerphilly, which Caerphilly Castle was built in 1156. And then we go to St. Donat’s, which is 1250. And then for the next scene, we open the door, and we go into the courtyard of St. Donat’s. And then we walk through there, and then we come out of the doorway and portcullis of our castle that we’ve built.”
“And the extraordinary aspect of that is that our characters, the way that Kurt’s written it, would have been in those castles. They’re the specific castles that our characters would have existed in. So there is a kind of beautiful sort of tying up of historical detail that is kind of amazing to be part of.”
2) The Cast Has Period Perfect Jacked Up Teeth
See the pretty teeth of our stars Katey Sagal and Stephen Moyer in the photo above? You won’t be seeing those pearly whites while they are in character.
Sagal’s husband is Kurt Sutter, who like Paris Barclay, has AMAZING teeth in real life too, except when Mr. Sutter is dressed as The Dark Mute. When asked at the TCA panel about these dim period-perfect choppers, Barclay said, “Don’t ask the actors about the teeth.”
Well of course the TV critics who saw the 2 hour pilot were fixated. All of the characters have a grey brownish film on their teeth. Sutter passed the ball to Stephen Moyer, who made hay with the fact his character on HBO’s “True Blood” pretty much wore fangs for seven years. Moyer said, “I really didn’t think I was going to be coming onto a show where we were going to have to have teeth casts. But every motherfucker did.”
“So we all have pieces that we put in, bottoms and tops. And I think that, you know, what I actually respect about that is that I don’t think and I’m talking for Kurt here. I don’t know this. But I don’t think you want to be criticized for something as stupid as shiny teeth, you know.”
“When you’re looking at when you’re looking at the screen, you want to not be thinking about other little tiny details that could have been better. ‘Oh, it would have been better if’ blah. ‘It would have been’ you know, so I think that Kurt and Paris rightly wanted that to be something that was taken away.”
“And therefore, you know, you get a lot of people talking like this for a couple of days. Katey Sagal added, “And they’re very uncomfortable, yes…You get used to it.”
Sutter couldn’t resist the set-up. “So not only did I make them do dialects, I made them do it with mouth guards in.”
3) Penny Dreadful’s Danny Sapani Has A Significant Role In TBX’s Brotherhood
First, if you never watched Penny Dreadful on Showtime, shame on you, it’s excellent. Danny Sapani was one of the reasons why. At the recent TCA FX party after the panel, I accosted Paris Barclay on the way out and begged him for any insight on Sapani’s character, Berber the Moor, who lives in Wilkin’s village with his wife. Paris said, “Danny is a fantastic actor, and I cannot tell you if his character makes it to the end of the season.”
4) Katey Sagal Has An Accent That Was Handed Down In The Family
Katey Sagal has a Slavic accent that was inspired by her own grandmother’s voice. At the TCA panel, Sagal said, “Actually, it was a choice of Kurt’s to make Annora of Slavic descent. And that’s my descent as well. My background is Russian. So I think there was and I have a real affinity for it as my grandmother spoke with that accent, and it was something that came somewhat naturally.”
5) The Violence Will Cometh
Sutter told all of us that he immersed himself in the history of the Plantagenets, and what he described as that “whole really fucked up lineage.”
What does this mean to the bloody-thirsty fans who have migrated from the SOA ranks and are now flying their TBX flags on social media? It means the Welsh are going to kick some English ass, motherfuckers! Scotland had “Braveheart” and the Irish had “Bloody Sunday” to tell their tales of English woe, now Wales is in the spotlight with its own mythology and history with “The Bastard Executioner.”
Fans can count on graphic unflinching deaths, up close and bloody in grim medieval settings. On panel, Sutter said, “Nothing wrong with colorful brutality, but I think you know, my mandate, as it was on ‘Sons,’ is the same for this, which is that the violence, as absurd as it could be sometimes on “Sons,” was it always came from an organic place and that it was never done in a vacuum, meaning that to every violent act, there are ramifications.
And I feel like I was able to follow through with that. And that’s sort of my same mandate here. And yes, it’s a medieval setting, and their laws in terms of punishment are a lot were brutal and heinous…so that’s a reality of the world.”
From what I saw in the first two hours, you fans of the ultra-violent won’t be disappointed.
This medieval period drama set in Wales will see ten episodes run over nine weeks beginning with a two-hour series premiere on September 15th on FX.
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Everyone enjoys a photo with a handsome man and his dog, but when it’s Stephen Moyer with Dave … it’s a must see.
It seems John Ales doesn’t make idle threats when it comes to his friendly photo war with Stephen Moyer. Just two days ago on September 9th John threatened to hit Steve with the big guns and he did just that. Well done, Mr. Ales! No matter the reason for Steve’s killer hair and we’re thinking he might have had a rough one the night before, it’s time for Mr. Emery to step up his game.
John you’ve thrilled Steve’s fans from around the globe with your very welcome photos of him from years ago. And Steve, we love the candid photos of you, but … that’s two people now that have gotten the edge on you when it comes to sharing embarrassing photos of you on Twitter; John Ales and your wife, Anna Paquin. Where’s your artillery, my man?
We’ll be waiting with bated breath for hopefully the next installment of The Photo Wars!
Quite a few fans in Stevedom have been discussing Steve’s role of Milus Corbett in The Bastard Executioner and how much screen time his character will be getting. Just as important has been the discussion of whether of not Steve will get his kit off in his new series. Well, ladies and gents, Fox news has your answer. Now it’s up to you to keep your panties on.
It’s more gory bloodbaths, bad teeth and opportunistic sex for Stephen Moyer who transitions from his vampire lifestyle as Bill Compton on “True Blood” to a sword-slaying chamberlain on FX’s new medieval drama set in Wales, “The Bastard Executioner.”
“I’m quite squeamish around blood but I’ve gotten quite used to [graphic sex scenes],” Moyer told FOX411 at the FX Television Critics Association session for the series from “Sons of Anarchy” creator Kurt Sutter. “There are a couple of moments in this show that are not quite that, but not a billion miles away. It seems to be a path I’m going down.”
Having to wear prosthetic teeth while delivering dialogue is another talent that Moyer, who wore fangs for seven years on the HBO vamp drama, has become proficient at. And since there were no pearly white, Crest smiles in the 14th century, the entire cast of “The Bastard Executioner” was outfitted with teeth casts.
“We all have pieces that we put in, bottoms and tops,” Moyer said. “What I actually respect about that is — and I’m talking for Kurt here, so I don’t know this — but I don’t think you want to be criticized for something as stupid as shiny teeth. When you’re looking at the screen, you want to not be thinking about little, tiny details that could have been better.”
According to Moyer, his character Milus Corbett is a man on his way up the power ladder. He comes from nothing and is building himself up to try and be something — and he will do what needs to be done to achieve his goal, including having sex with anyone who can help him along the way, be it male or female.
“I asked Kurt a question about it and he said, ‘Sex is power,'” Moyer says. “In modern society, we like to put things in boxes and go, ‘This person is like this. This person is like that. This person doesn’t do this, therefore, he won’t like this over here.’ If you look at some societies in the world right now, for instance, a society where sexual relations are not allowed before marriage, homosexuality is quite a part of boys and girls growing up. The only chance they get to experience any kind of unraveling who they are is with their own sex. I think that was probably the case in Medieval times.”
Rob Monynihan, a senior writer for TV Guide Magazine, shared this photo and tweet on August 7th. There’s so much goodness coming out of the TCA Press Tour we just want to hug the person that made sure Stephen Moyer made it to America for it. Would that be you Kurt Sutter or should we just save the hugging for Steve?
Stephen Moyer and John Ales are attempting to raise the stakes in their non-lethal game of Photo War by endeavoring to bring in an additional player. Another fellow actor, Luke Mably, who also acted beside Steve and John in Uprising, has been tweeted and hopefully will join in the fun. The more the merrier when it comes to new photos of Steve.
Bring it on Mr. Mably!
This is a continuation of our last post on the photo war between John Ales and Stephen Moyer that’s happening on Twitter. So far, all the photos have come from the set of Uprising, a made for TV movie that both Steve and John worked on that aired in 2001. The latest contribution was tweeted by @IAmJohnAles on 8/08, which as far as we’re concerned puts him in the lead, I mean … look at this photo!
WELL DONE, MR. ALES! WE THINK WE LOVE YOU!
A close friend of Steve’s (Bertie Portal) once told us that Steve was quite tenacious and we’ve seen a few examples of this over the years. Well, today Steve presented us with another example of his tenacity. Not a man to lose the photo wars going on between himself and John Ales on Twitter, he presented another photo of Mr. Ales in costume from the film Uprising.
Unfortunately for Steve, John Ales made a quick comeback with another choice photo of Steve. This quick rebound on John’s part gives him the lead right back.
After jetting to LA to promote The Bastard Executioner at the Television Critics Association Summer Panel, Steve made a quick exit back to the UK. And he made it back to London just in time to watch his beloved West Ham defeat their rivals Arsenal with a 2-0 victory at Emirates. Steve was kind enough to post a photo from the match to his IG.
Stephen Moyer and John Ales took advantage of Twitter during Flashback Friday, August 7th, to share photos of each other taken while filming the made for TV movie, Uprising. The project aired back in 2001, so it’s nice to see, but not surprising, that these travelin’ pals friendship has endured.
Steve tossed up another photo of his buddy, John Ales, so the ball is now in John’ court. Keep the photos coming, boys!
If you haven’t seen Uprising yet, you can either buy the DVD or stream it through Amazon.
What does True Blood and The Bastard Executioner have in common for Stephen Moyer? The last thing you would probably expect … Steve is still wearing fake teeth, though I’m sure he’s not drawing blood with the ones for TBX. Here’s a little excerpt from The Bastard Executioner panel at the TCA Summer Press Tour.
Steve discovered there was one unpleasant thing he just couldn’t get away from: the teeth. For the time period, all the actors have to wear teeth casts on their top and bottom teeth, and after showrunner Kurt Sutter joked that we shouldn’t ask Moyer about the dirty teeth of the 14th century Welsh setting, Moyer chimed in. “After seven years of wearing fangs, I didn’t think that I was going to be coming on to a show that had teeth casts! But every motherfucker did,” he lamented. Costar Katey Sagal added, “they’re very uncomfortable,” but “you get used to it.”
Moyer isn’t too upset, though, saying he respected the aesthetic choice and that he wouldn’t want the show to be “criticized for something as stupid as shiny teeth . . . you want to not be thinking about little tiny details that could have been better,” he added.
The 2015 Television Critics Association Summer Panel is in full swing, and The Bastard Executioner was well represented earlier today. Steve was joined by cast mates Katey Sagal and Lee Jones, as well as Series Creator/Executive Producer Kurt Sutter, Executive Producer Brian Grazer, and Executive Producer/Director Paris Barclay. The panel discussion took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. More info should be coming our way!
Stephen Moyer joined Kurt Sutter, Katey Sagal and Lee Jones for the 2015 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour today, August 7th, to discuss the soon to be television hit, The Bastard Executioner. All the great photos of Steve were taken at the FOX All-Star Party held at the Soho House in Los Angeles Thursday night, August 6th.
It’s what we’ve all been waiting for, the premiere date of The Bastard Executioner. Stephen Moyer will once again grace your television screens on September 15th! Now that you have a date, you can set your recorder, plan your premiere party and reserve that special bottle of wine or six pack of ale to get in the mood.
Not only are we Steve fans looking forward to TBX, but according to Epoch Times, The Bastard Executioner is one of only a handful of new shows to stand out among many premiering this autumn. They also state that TBX is one of few that can guarantee success. Hopefully, that means we have a number of years with Steve gracing our screen on Tuesday evenings.