Friday, May 24, 2013

James Cameron vs. James Hook

I approve. Actor  Jonathan Hyde, who played Captain Hook in a 2010 California production of Peter Pan, has some insight into the character. Hyde also worked with James Cameron on Titanic, playing the part of J. Bruce Ismay, chairman and managing director of the White Star Line. When asked if he brought any of the director's temperament to the part of the Captain, he replied, "On set, Jim was fairly furious and fearless, and he served up some pretty fabulous pyrotechnics when things weren't going right. Which, I suppose, is also something Captain's Hook's nature."

His understanding of Hook may explain why he had already played the role 350 times in San Francisco and London. Of course there's more to the Captain than that, but one doesn't get to see much of it in the traditional stage performance.

This particular show must have been a bang-up production, performed in a tent in the round,with CGI, aerobatics, and puppetry. A bit Cirque de Soleil, mm? I'd give it a chance.

Interactive graphic of the Neverland tent

But the main thing, of course, is the actors, and it looks like at least of them was superlative. Look, he even has the hook on the correct hand.

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