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Is Becker a Good Soldier? (A Teamfest Meta)
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kristen_mara From: kristen_mara Date: July 20th, 2012 12:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

Excellent and very thorough look at Becker!

**and with all his theatre/Shakespeare experience he was probably more used to handling swords than guns!**

Hee - there's an interview with Ben where he said that he witnessed a thief racing out of a store and nearly went to stop them, then thought (am paraphrasing): 'What are you doing? You went to drama school and wore tights for years!'

Great points in the end paras. I wish Becker had followed Cutter into the bombed ARC in 3.03 when Cutter raced back in to find Helen.

The plot holes in Primeval were something I could usually put up with in S1, but then after S2 I'd had enough...

deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: July 21st, 2012 12:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lol, don't suppose you've got the link for that interview, have you?

Not saving Cutter was definitely one of Becker's worst failures. Of course it needed to happen for the plot, and it was more dramatically appropriate for Connor to be with him at the end, but it would have looked better for Becker if they could have found a genuine reason for him to not be there at that moment, such as having him injured, or obviously dealing with something else.
kristen_mara From: kristen_mara Date: July 21st, 2012 12:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

I'll check the article sometime tomorrow, but I think it was 'Bite Club' by Richard Edwards in SFX magazine. I haven't had it scanned yet to post up on LJ, but someone else might have put it up somewhere or have it in hard copy.

I did a quick net search and there are excerpts of the article here but not with Ben. It does give more details about the mag, which might help you find it on Google.

http://www.douglashenshall.com/3PrimevalSFXBiteclub.html
"Extracts from an article by Richard Edwards SFX magazine issue no. 181 April 2009."

I'd look through my clippings for it now, but I'm afraid I've got to head to bed. I hope it is that one!

kristen_mara From: kristen_mara Date: July 22nd, 2012 05:18 am (UTC) (Link)

SFX April 2009, #181, 'Bite Club' article about S3 with various people being quoted, written by Richard Edwards. At page 65, Ben Mansfield is asked four questions. Here are two:
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Q. Did you do much army training for the role?
A. I went to the armoury for the day and learned how to pull the guns apart and put them back together again with my eyes shut, and I got to fire the gun that Heath Ledger fired in 'The Dark Knight'. But I wasn't sent off to an Oliver Stone-type boot camp or anything.

Q. Has playing a soldier changed the way you behave in real life?
A. I was in a shop the other day and a guy ran out with some stuff and I almost tried to intervene. Then I thought, "What are you doing? Let him go! You went to drama school and wore tights for three years!" I automatically reached for my sidearm but it wasn't there!
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*nods emphatically re your 'not saving Cutter' points*

deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: July 23rd, 2012 05:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lol! Brilliant, thanks for finding that article.
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