Actually, what I meant to write, was an order to Bezukhov to count the raindrops running down the window, e.g., “Count Bezukhov, count!” Readers of Tolstoy’s War & Peace will understand why I simply titled this “Count Bezukhov”. 🙂
Bezukhov has certainly had plenty of opportunity to count raindrops, as witnessed in these photos:
I guess I should start counting…
Raindrop 1, raindrop 2, raindrop 3…
Raindrop 78, raindrop 79, raindrop 80…
Raindrop 1,253… Oh, I lost my place!
Will it never end?
On the subject of War & Peace, in the UK, earlier this year, we were treated to a new BBC version: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_and_Peace_(2016_TV_series)
As my very own Bezukhov’s name came from the book, I felt I had to watch the series to see how well he was represented. The drama appeared to get mixed reviews & one of the areas of criticism was over the casting; were the right actors picked for the parts? It got me thinking that perhaps they would have been better off casting budgies? In which case, how would the cast list look?
!! Spoiler Alert !!
It goes without saying that Bezukhov would be ideally cast as Pierre Bezukhov; both have big hearts & a noble spirit. Tolstoy’s Bezukhov was on a great, spiritual journey, with twists & turns & ups & downs & through it all, everything he did was with the best of intentions. My very own Bezukhov has had many ups & downs, with his health & the loss of his girlfriend, leader & best buddy. Like Tolstoy’s Bezukhov, he has retained a lovely nature through it all & has been very forgiving & giving.
My next choice would be Atilla to play General Kutuzov. She was a born leader, as it seemed General Kutuzov was. She cared deeply for her flock, as General Kutuzov cared for his troops. Both had great presence of mind.
Who would her sister, Raspy play? I have chosen Hélène Kuragina, Count Bezukhov’s wife. Raspy could have drawn on her floozy tendencies (pre-Toyboys) to encapsulate the immoral behaviour of the beautiful princess. I make a point that Raspy was no stranger to a ‘bottom rub’ on a perch or toy, pre-Toyboys. Once Bezukhov came along, she was completely loyal to him. (It also seems appropriate that Bezukhov’s girlfriend, in real life, should play his wife – I hope you are keeping up!)
I confess I have problems placing Cagney with one character. My first thought was that he should play Andrei Bolkonsky, a key character, who was handsome & charming &, like his friend Pierre Bezukhov, had a good heart. However, he was also a deep, introspective person, who could come across as morose at times, which is at odds with Cagney’s personality.
This led me to wonder if perhaps Cagney would be better suited to play Fedya Dolokhov. Interestingly, this would mean that the scene of the duel between Dolokhov & Pierre Bezukhov would be played by Cagney & Bezukhov which makes sense as there were times when Cagney made a play for Raspy (Bezukhov’s girlfriend) & Bezukhov had to put him in his place. I also imagine that Cagney could play a character that causes trouble wherever he goes, has a devilish glint in his eye, is valiant in battle, yet cares for his family.
Cagney & Atilla
Bezukhov & Raspy
Thomas & Phineas
For Thomas, I have chosen Petya Rostov, youngest of the Rostov family. He was young, innocent & full of hope but was cruelly cut down in his prime. Much like our very own dear Thomas.
As for Phineas, whose middle name is ‘Trouble‘, the first character that comes to mind is Anatole Kuragin. He was an irresponsible man, without scruples, who had a reputation as a womaniser. I am sure Phineas, with his jiggy-jiggy urges, would play him well. He would just have to project the feelings he has for my hand onto the female of the species!
This all suggests that because of the complex & well-drawn characters, casting for War & Peace is a difficult task!
Please feel free to add your own casting ideas for a feathery version of War & Peace in the Comments below. 🙂