Friday, 30 August 2013

Stephen Walters as Angus Mhor

My initial excitement at the news that the amazing casting company has chosen an actor to play Angus Mhor was slightly disappointing as not only have I never heard of Stephen Walters but I can't find much about him on the internet either!  He does have a long(ish) list of accomplishments but information on the man himself seems rather elusive! 

My main question is just how large is he?  Angus is obviously a very big man in the books and my mental picture has him looking something like Robbie Coltrane but judging by the images I have found of him he's a "wee little man"!  [E.T.A. He's 5'8"]

The announcement of this casting choice was made via this website and to quote the article:

"Walters will play Angus Mhor, whose role in the books was much smaller, but will be expanded for the series. Another member of Clan Mackenzie, Angus is a hard drinker who's always looking for a fight. Angus hates the Brits, so as far as he's concerned, Claire can go back to where she came from — dead or alive. Rarely seen without a bottle in his hand, Angus is nonetheless an extremely skilled fighter, and a loyal clansman, making him an asset to both Colum and Dougal."

Firstly the author has used "Brits" to refer to the English which never ceases to annoy me and secondly it worries me slightly that one of the characters is going to be altered too much.  As fans we do expect a few changes to the story because that's how adaptations work but it seems as if they are going to turn Angus into a drunken thug with a vendetta against the English and a hatred for Claire. Angus has always been a very loyal clansman whose role included punishing others at the behest of Colum and part of his "charm" was his levelheadedness and his control. The impression I get from the above quote is that levelheadedness and control are the last thing we are going to see from this new version of Angus Mhor! 

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