Thursday, 7 June 2012

Matthew Goode as Roger Wakefield MacKenzie

I watched the film Leap Year about a year ago after buying it on DVD in a buy three for the price of two deal in HMV.  I have to admit that I only bought it because I had to buy two DVD's anyway for Christmas gifts so decided to pick up an extra one for myself. However, Leap Year has become one of my all time favourite movies because it's such a lovely romance story which you can watch more than once.


Matthew Goode is an English actor who was playing an Irishman in the movie.  Personally the accent sounded fine to me but in an interview he apologised for the awful accent to who am I to judge?  Whether he would do any better at a Scottish accent I have no idea but I'm sure he would be authentic enough to pass the test. 


Why do I think he could play Roger?  I think there is just something about him that would be ideal for the the part. We know whoever plays Roger has to be able to portray the character as someone who can move from being an Oxford Don, a Scottish folk singer and at the same time look like a pirate! In the photograph above Matthew Goode is unshaven and looking a little rough around the edges and I can definitely see Claire describing him as a black Celt. However as he's an actor and a fairly good one the picture below shows the way he would look to his students in lectures! 


Unlike a lot of other potential Roger's he's 6'2" tall and at 34 years old he's the ideal age. I think that he would show Roger's more sensitive side yet at the same time would be tough when needed and and could never be described as a wimp. There is one scene in the Leap Year movie where he is fighting which particularly reminds me of Roger because whilst he's a great fighter he does so reluctantly. 


If you agree (or disagree for that matter) feel free to leave a comment





12 comments:

LeslieUnfinished said...

Oh yes, I agree! Good find.

ecologyescapades said...

Yup..... I can definitely see him as Roger!

sassynach said...

He has ALWAYS been my Roger :)

NotThatTrashy said...

I think he'd be a fantastic Roger!

Anonymous said...

OMG! I saw him in Leap Year and loved him but it wasn’t until this moment that I realized he’s who I’ve been envisioning as Roger all along.

Dosaybe said...

Get him if you can: he has the same screen power as Sam Heughan. He is a classically trained actor who has done Jane Austen and Shakespeare and has bulked up for roles before... He was enchanting as Ben Calder in Chasing Liberty even with dubious heroines to match. Watchman and Stoker show he is capable also of a rather smiling dark side, and I know he has been in a band. Unfortunately, his current role forces him into Lawyerspeak as Finn Polmar on The GOod Wife.

Anonymous said...

Ben BArnes from the Narnia series! After watching him in Seventh Son he would be perfect!

Anonymous said...

Sorry but I'm convinced that RICHARD RANKIN would be the best choice for the part of Roger-no question about it!!!!

Anonymous said...

Sorry: Just not the same sex appeal of some of the others, such as Richard Rankin.

Anonymous said...

More Matthew Goode movies/tv series please!

Anonymous said...

He IS Roger

Anonymous said...

Matthew Goode is to Roger as Sam Heughan is to Jamie. Perfect for the part! All I can do is hope that the casting directors see it too.