Re: The Character of Duncan

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Posted by Jess on July 30, 1999 at 20:38:51:

In Reply to: Re: The Character of Duncan posted by MMMMarcia on July 30, 1999 at 20:08:18:

: Well said, Kate, and my sentiments, exactly. I've always had a soft spot for poor ol' Duncan, and Steven Waddington's portrayal of him is just spot-on, as you folks from over the Pond say! (You DO say that, don't you??)

: MMMMarcia

Miss Marcia-
You're not the only one with a soft spot for Duncan. When I first saw LOTM, I detested Duncan, but the more I thought of it, the more I understood him and the more I liked him. Now I must admit that I, too have a soft spot for him. Something interesting- in the novel, Duncan is actually in love with Alice, and at some point, from what I interpreted, he asked Col. Munro for her hand in marriage. I do agree with everyone else when they said that he was noble and committed to do the right thing. I found that one of the most touching things in the film was when he agreed to burn instead of Cora, and rather than let Hawkeye burn for her. That was a very selfless gesture. I found Cooper's Duncan to be quite stubborn and frankly annoying. But Mann's Duncan was a work of art. He created a Duncan we could relate to and like. I think that Steven Waddington is a great actor. And, Marcia- you asked about more of his work, I have only seen him in one more film and that was "Carrington" with Emma Thompson. It was a good movie, with a good plot, but it is very slow. It is also quite raunchy. It was a strange way to see our Duncan. It's not for everyone, but check it out if you can. Also, I hear that he is starring in a film called "The Headless Horseman" that should be in theaters everywhere by Halloween. I'm planning on seeing it. Talk to you all later.

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