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(Metro)   Dan Stevens says that leaving Downton Abbey was the right thing to do, asks if you could spare him a few quid so he can keep the lights on   (metro.co.uk) divider line 8
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2013-05-20 04:50:06 PM
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Silly Yanks and your Yank-centric view of the acting profession.

It's standard for actors on British shows to have year-to-year contracts, three years is pretty standard too. Like many UK actors, Dan Stevens is a professionally trained actor, not some guy that a perv producer saw at a car wash and "discovered" *cough cough* He trained at Cambridge and the National Theater, he was doing Shakespeare and all that before Downton Abbey blew up. He could easily not do movies or TV much and have a thriving career in the UK theater scene.

Plus, if this season of DA isn't as well received as the first three --and the changes and new cast members they're bringing in make it seem possible-- he'll look like a genius for abandoning ship before DA hits the iceberg. Much rather he leave early and the show end after the fourth season than it becomes one of the shows like M*A*S*H* that stays around for too long and becomes embarrassing, the end of it almost a relief.

As for Matthew and Sybil dying, good for Julian Fellowes. It's still the 1920's and even for the upper crust in England, things like typhoid, tuberculosis and venereal diseases were death sentences and birthin' babies did lead to death for women far too often. Hell, the influenza pandemic of 1918-20 killed anywhere from 50-100 million people worldwide, until the advent of mass-prodcued penicillin in the 1940's, life really could be nasty, brutish and short.

What worries me more about DA is that Fellowes has been quoted as saying it could go on for 10 seasons. The funny part is that would still be about 80 episodes + Christmas specials, barely enough for syndication in the American TV system.

/Yank
2013-05-20 04:18:06 PM
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Not watching any more Downton Abbey is also the right thing to do.

Yes, losing Sybil and Matthew like that while people like Thomas and O'Brien is supposed to be some British form of splashing freezing cold water in our faces to remind us that life isn't fair.  Here in America it comes across as an unnecessary kick in the nuts after a previous kick in the nuts.  I don't like getting kicked in the nuts, especially when watching TV.
2013-05-20 05:06:55 PM
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'But having him die in a car crash on Christmas Day on British TV did seem nearly sacrilegious. You aren't supposed to be killed off on Christmas Day!'

Tell that to the makers of every British TV soap ever.
2013-05-20 04:54:42 PM
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theurge14: Not watching any more Downton Abbey is also the right thing to do.

Yes, losing Sybil and Matthew like that while people like Thomas and O'Brien is supposed to be some British form of splashing freezing cold water in our faces to remind us that life isn't fair.  Here in America it comes across as an unnecessary kick in the nuts after a previous kick in the nuts.  I don't like getting kicked in the nuts, especially when watching TV.


Thomas and O'Brien may be major dicks, but I think the show's done a great job showing them to be human. Especially Thomas.
2013-05-20 04:50:28 PM
1 votes:

theurge14: Not watching any more Downton Abbey is also the right thing to do.

Yes, losing Sybil and Matthew like that while people like Thomas and O'Brien is supposed to be some British form of splashing freezing cold water in our faces to remind us that life isn't fair.  Here in America it comes across as an unnecessary kick in the nuts after a previous kick in the nuts.  I don't like getting kicked in the nuts, especially when watching TV.


Don't ever watch Game of Thrones
2013-05-20 04:29:50 PM
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Ivandrago: This was my problem with the whole Matthew thing. If he already knew he was going to have to kill Matthew it was completely unnecessary to kill Sybil.


I believe both actors wanted to leave the show.
2013-05-20 04:26:20 PM
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theurge14: Not watching any more Downton Abbey is also the right thing to do.

Yes, losing Sybil and Matthew like that while people like Thomas and O'Brien is supposed to be some British form of splashing freezing cold water in our faces to remind us that life isn't fair.  Here in America it comes across as an unnecessary kick in the nuts after a previous kick in the nuts.  I don't like getting kicked in the nuts, especially when watching TV.


This was my problem with the whole Matthew thing. If he already knew he was going to have to kill Matthew it was completely unnecessary to kill Sybil.
2013-05-20 02:50:21 PM
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