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The Tudors (above), tonight @ 9 PM on Showtime. Only 2 episodes left…
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May 19, 2010
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Jonathan Rhys Meyers who plays King Henry VIII on Showtime’s The Tudors, has entered rehab for the 4th time, after a drunken incident on an airplane at JFK International Airport.
“He just really wants to get better,” a source told the mag. “This has been an ongoing battle for him.”
The 32-year-old actor’s latest attempt to get sober follows a RadarOnline.com report that claimed he recently became “belligerent” and “disruptive” when airport staff prohibited him from boarding a flight after noticing he was “pounding drinks” before take off.
The drunken incident, which reportedly occurred at New York’s John F. Kennedy airport in early May, is said to have resulted in the actor getting banned from flying United Airlines in the future.
This isn’t the first trip to rehab for Rhys Meyers, who has had a string of airport-related incidents end in scandal.
Meyers reportedly used a racial slur, helping him earn the ban.
Tudors star Jonathan Rhys Meyers was detained for several hours after allegedly punching a waiter in a drunken scuffle at a Paris airport, Agence France Presse reports.
We hope the talented actor gets well and stays that way.
May 10, 2010
King Henry VIII (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) has been having a quiet season of it in season 4 of The Tudors, the show’s last season, in the final episodes of Showtime’s best ever original drama. The King had seemed happy enough, taking a new young wife, Katherine Howard (Tamzin Merchant), dilly dallying a bit with his ex, the German Anne of Cleaves (Joss Stone), and was extremely pleased when his son Edward, who looked to be on death’s door, opened his bright eyes and the color returned to his face.
Behind the King’s back though, King Henry fans, who have watched patiently as the new Queen entertained two lovers–one a childhood sweetheart, and one, a personal attendant of Henry’s–gasp, have been getting antsy, especially since the show is winding down. The King has another wife to marry, a war to fight, and will die all in the next month and a half of Sunday nights. Only the honorable lady Mary (Sarah Bolger), a Catholic stalwart and virtuous sort, has seen through Queen Katherine’s facade, publicly disrespecting her, and privately telling her confidantes, like the slippery Spanish ambassador, Chapuys (Anthony Brophy), that the Queen lives to party only, making a frequent spectacle of herself by dancing so much at court.
Queen Katherine was so angry at Mary’s Christmas time snub, that she ordered two of Lady Mary’s attendants re-assigned, for a lack of respect, and because as the Queen said “I can.” The lady Mary went and had a good cry to her best bud, the silky smooth Ambassador Chapuys, who counseled her to have patience.
Though Mary had no scenes last night, she couldn’t have been too upset with the outcome. The truth came out last night, with the help of a good old fashioned torture rack, a few toe nail extractions, and by about 9:40 the blood thirsty natives had started to get what they wanted: a good old fashioned blood bath that featured the execution of Dereham (Allen Leech, below)–the Queen’s childhood lover, who instead of being beheaded was drawn and quartered, at the King’s pleasure, because as Henry said, “he took her innocence. I hate him more.”
For the rest it was some good old off per suum caput capitis (off with their heads), good old King Henry VIII style. Leading off the procession of executions was Culpepper (Torrance Coombs), the King’s attendant, who seduced Queen Katherine. That was a quickie, compared to Dereham, who was hung a couple of times, let down, then strapped to a board, while the executioner held a lance to a fire and then began to work the adulterer over–a fitting end for the cocky Dereham, who forced his way into the Queen’s court by blackmail, and then made loud, drunken insinuations about how well he knew the Queen.
That was the undercard. Lady Rochford (Joanne King, below), who was also sleeping with Culpepper, and who was responsible for hiding him in the Queen’s closet and for sneaking him into her chambers, was up third. Sure, she had tried to play the insanity card, smearing her own shit on the walls of her cell and whatnot, knowing that an English person could not be executed for treason if mentally ill, but King Henry swiftly had parliament change that law, while he planned a party in which he would invite about 20 hot chicks, and himself.
Queen Katherine, who, for some bizarre reason, asked to have the stump that she’d be beheaded on brought up to her in the tower so that she could practice–naked by the way–nice touch, didn’t count on all of Lady Rochford’s blood being splattered on it. But she saddled up, and her last words were “today I die a Queen, but I’d rather die the wife of Culpepper (below).”
And King Henry took that, while 20 or so ladies were feeding him fruit at that bash he threw. It’s still good to be the King.
Be Careful With Your Dome,
April 12, 2010
Perhaps the best program that Showtime has ever brought to television, The Tudors, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Henry VIII (pictured above), returns tonight at 9 PM. Tonight we see the premiere of season 4, which will be the last for the cult hit and well done period piece, that has brought Henry’s reign to life.
For those history buffs who may have issue with some of the inaccuracies depicted on The Tudors, I sympathize. Personally, I cringed when I saw the crude depiction of Michelangelo, who was made to seem like a caveman, and who painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel for Pope Julius II, which he began in 1508–not during King Henry’s marriage to Ann Boleyn, and not for the Peter O’Toole Pope portrayed in season 2.
Still, I put aside any such problems I have because I am a sucker for a good period piece, which The Tudors most certainly is. Jonathan Rhys Meyers is phenomenal as Henry–truly one of the top 2 or 3 best lead roles in dramatic television today. Fans of the show or of history would know that Henry was famous for getting his way, though season 4 which begins tonight is a much different look at Henry, who is now the aging king, struggling with syphilus, among other physical and psychological problems.
Above, we see Henry riding with good friend, Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, played by Henry Cavill. We apologize for the poor quality of the photo, which is meant to display how the two have aged, with Henry and Brandon now both sporting long hair and beards.
This season Henry deals with some problems that we have more routinely seen others deal with as a result of his behavior. During seasons 1 and 2 we watched as Catherine of Aragon (Maria Doyle Kennedy) sat by while Henry fucked everything in sight. Henry married Catherine at a very young age, and Catherine was many years his senior. So it should be interesting to see Henry put in this position, dealing with a young wife, Kathryn Howard (Tamzin Merchant, pictured below), wife #5, who is unfaithful.
It will be interesting indeed, if not unpredictable. We will also see Henry marry and widow his 6th wife, Katherine Parr, as well as developments with Henry’s children, who will each get their time on the thrown: Mary I (actress Sarah Bolger), Elizabeth I, and Edward VI.
I’d like to commend Showtime for their attitude toward their original programming. The Tudors was a show that began with a viewership around 600,000–a figure that would get an HBO original series cancelled in a heart beat. Showtime stuck with the expensive to produce Tudors, saying they were only concerned with making good television. That wouldn’t account for what Showtime’s excuse is for Weeds, but in the case of The Tudors, it’s a shame that King Henry is near his end.
Your loyal subject,