Victoria, here. Be still, my heart! I know I have been busy and preoccupied these past weeks, but RUFUS SEWELL, my #1 heart throb actor, on PBS Masterpice this week? And I almost missed it???
Luckily, I did not fall asleep during Miss Marple last Sunday, though I came close. Not that the show was boring — just that things have been catching up with me. So I nearly missed the promo for the next week’s presentation: Zen, the story of a detective in Rome. Here is the PBS description of the three episodes.
It will come as no surprise to regular readers of this blog that I, Victoria, am a fan of Rufus. From the first moment I saw him as Septimus in Tom Stoppard’s brilliant play Arcadia in London many years ago, I have followed his career with special interest. See my blog of 8/11/2010 for more pictures and comments on his various film, stage and tv appearances.
Though he is admired as a versatile actor in a wide variety of roles, Rufus Sewell has never hit the pinnacle of acting, the BIG role that thrusts a performer into the stratosphere of stardom. Though he has played many character parts, he also excelled in the leading man roles that capitalize on his dark good looks and sexy eyes.
Perhaps these three episodes in which he stars as Aurelio Zen, a Venetian-born detective in Rome, will do the trick. Or then again, perhaps he doesn’t care to be a household name. The episodes ran first in the UK on the BBC, based on novels by Michael Dibdin.
The three episodes are Vendetta (screening July 17), Cabal (screening July 24) and Ratking (on July 31). Watch with me and let me know if you think this is the break-through role for Rufus.