Take That S Gary Barlow Urged To Hand ..
Mariah Carey Needed Extra Help Raising..
Actor Hartnett takes on mystery and monsters in 'Penny Dreadful'
By SP_COP on May 12, 2014 | From www.reuters.com
Actor Hartnett takes on mystery and monsters in 'Penny Dreadful' Monsters and murders of the Victorian age come alive in Showtime's new supernatural drama "Penny Dreadful," as actor Josh Hartnett leads a band of gothic mavericks to uncover the terrors that attack the city of London.

"Penny Dreadful," premiering on the CBS Corp cable network on Sunday, follows wealthy explorer Sir Malcolm Murray (Timothy Dalton) on a quest to find his kidnapped daughter Mina, as a terrifying creature wreaks havoc by devouring humans in the nighttime shadows of London.

Murray enlists the help of eclectic outsiders, some mined from British literature like Oscar Wilde's Dorian Gray and Mary Shelley's Victor Frankenstein, while others, such as Eva Green's mysterious Vanessa Ives or Hartnett's Ethan Chandler were developed by the show's creator John Logan.

Hartnett, who makes his return to television after a breakout role 17 years ago in the short-lived series "Cracker," said he drew inspiration for the gun-slinging charmer Ethan from gunfighters of the old American West, such as Wild Bill Hickok and Buffalo Bill Cody.

"He's a Russian doll of a character, and I wanted that to come across immediately," he said. "In that first scene, he's wearing a costume over a costume, he's wearing a mustache over a mustache. It's important to me that you know from the get-go that he's not what he seems."

The term 'penny dreadful' refers to cheap Victorian-era books containing tawdry, graphic stories of monsters and murder, and the show is loosely inspired by the tales of horror that thrilled working-class readers.

"Penny Dreadful" is the latest U.S. television show drawing from Victorian England after shows such as NBC's "Dracula" and Fox's "Sleepy Hollow" also resurrected gothic literary characters for the modern-day audience.

Hartnett said he saw similarities in the social changes of 19th century England and today, accounting for why audiences may relate to the bygone age.

"It was a time that was on the cusp of something new, which I think is kind of an equivalent to what's happening now, there's reverberation of change in everything," he said....
Read Complete Story (www.reuters.com)
MORE IN Josh Hartnett
Josh Hartnett: Older, Wiser And Just As Hot As We Remember...
SP_COP - June 11, 2014 - www.marieclaire.co.uk
Josh Hartnett had it all, gave it 
up, and now he’s back in summer’s biggest TV series, Penny Dreadful. Here he talks to Marie Claire's Martha Hayes about his Hollywood vanishing act and the hot...
© Retna
© Columbia Pictures
Hartnett: Victorians were sex-crazed
SP_COP - May 14, 2014 - www.film-news.co.uk
Josh Hartnett thinks people in the Victorian era were “sex-crazed”.The 35-year-old actor portrays Ethan Chandler in the new Showtime TV series Penny Dreadful, which centres on 19th century Londoners w...
Josh Hartnett : Yu Tsai photoshoots
1748 views, 2 replies
Josh Hartnett Shoot Unknown X7
696 views, 0 replies
© Retna
© Twentieth Century Fox

TOP