Re: The Character of Duncan

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Posted by Sarah M. on July 29, 1999 at 20:22:08:

In Reply to: Re: The Character of Duncan posted by MMMMarcia on July 29, 1999 at 19:20:21:

: As for Steven Waddington's portrayal, it was marvelous. A lot has been said on this board about Wes Studi's wonderful ability to convey great depth of feeling with a mere expression, and to be sure, he can. But let us not overlook that same ability on the part of Steven Waddington. You mention the canoes going over the waterfall...a perfect example. The look on his face as he approaches the fall registers shock, and then determination in rapid succession. But better still is the look of pleased surprise as his canoe lands & he realizes he has survived! Such brief moments that say so much.

: Two other examples that come to mind: the look of disgust and contempt when he lets General Webb know without too many words just what he thinks of negotiating with the Colonials; and the look of disbelief and utter dejection when Cora tells him her final answer must be no.

: I would really like to see him in another good role, and if anyone has info on anything he's involved with currently, I'd love to hear about it.

: MMMMarcia

I'm with you! I think Steven Waddington was fabulous. As you say, those expressions on his face!! There are two that do it for me: the first is when he's asking Cora to "please consider that": she says yes, and he looks up tentatively, shyly, with a tiny twitch of his eyebrow -- perhaps of joy tightly held. (That's how I see it.) I love that look. At first, I thought Cora was loony to ignore that. The second one is at the Huron village, his hands are bound behind him and he's firing off French faster than an automatic rifle. He pauses and looks at Hawkeye, and his jaw clenches sideways in SUCH a look of determination and will. He's partnered with his enemy for their survival and they have to be very quick on their feet -- and his face says it all.

As for Mann's Duncan -- I agree, he was in something alien to how he was trained and didn't handle it well at all -- they acted as Europeans in a completely non-European world. I don't think he really had a bad bone in him, just some jealousy and youthful pride.

MMMM -- if you haven't see A&E's Ivanhoe, you must. It has Steven as the hero Ivanhoe. It's three or so years old now but was on quite recently. He was in some stupid Tarzan thing that was dreadful (and he was a really baddy, and good at it too, which I always think says something for an acter to play both sides).

Now, how can we get R&E connected with Mr. Waddington for an interview??

Sarah M.

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