Thursday, June 25, 2020

Good Morning, Gratuitous Ben Schnetzer

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It looks like the wonderful 2014 film Pride might be turning itself into one of those American-Graffiti-style generational texts that we look back at from the future and say, "Oh I didn't know all these people were in that one before they were somebody!" It's already given us Hot Priest Andrew Scott and Preacher's Joseph Gilgun (yes yes they were in things before but whatever) not to mention Mr. George Mackay, but here today comes Ben Schnetzer, snatching up some attention this morning. I don't know how I totally spaced on posting this news from February (thx Mac) but Ben here got himself cast as Yorick in the long suffering TV adaptation of one of my favorite graphic novels, Y: The Last Man. Let's hear it for Ben!

I don't have it in me to go into Y: The Last Man's eternal in-the-making story this morning, you can skim back through our archives for that -- just know that the last we'd heard our boy Barry Keoghan had ditched the project, and Schnetzer here is replacing him. I thought Barry was a weird but inspired choice for the role -- Schnetzer seems a little safer? But that's okay. I have nothing against Ben here, and he looks more like Yorick as he was drawn...

... than Barry ever did. I am open to this -- I am open to anything when it comes to this show, because I am so very tired of waiting for it to happen. That said after all this time they best not fuck it up! If you're unaware Y:The Last Man is a about a plague (heh) that kills all the world's men except one, Yorick Brown, leaving him alone on a planet full of women. It does not at all play out like the frat-boy fantasy that description might sound like at first blush -- it's complicated and dark and terrific. You should read the series if you have not! MNPP approved!

Anyway back to Ben here. Besides Pride you might recognize him from the TV program Happy Town (I never watched that) or the movies Goat (speaking of frat-boys), The Riot Club, Snowden, Warcraft... oh and I guess he's in Xavier Dolan's The Death and Life of John F. Donovan...

And it would seem that the movie Pride got him the attention of a few gay directors -- besides Dolan he also did a photo-shoot for Numero magazine last November alongside the actor Will Poulter that was photographed by no less than one Mr. Luca Guadagnino...

... of which I'll share more below. Still I like to think of this Euro Pink Mafia pushing around these names -- Xavier and Luca sitting on the phone, twirling the long twisty phone cords that no longer exist but exist in my imagining of this scenario, getting giddy about the boys of Pride. (Oh Luca should certainly work with Andrew Scott.) Anyway I digress, I always digress. I was reminded of Ben Schnetzer's casting as Yorick this week because this week came word that the show will air on FX on Hulu and not just regular FX. And here we are. Posting some pictures! Hit the jump for some pictures...























2 comments:

MJL said...

Major River Phoenix/Keanu vibes from that gif. I'm just amazed you didn't feel a need to fetishize the bookshelf photo.

Jason Adams said...

Haha I included that photo BECAUSE of the shelves, of course -- you can't even see him in it! But the shelves of books were enough :)