Well then, goodbye. (x)
Happy New Year!!!
Actual King of Westeros Richard Carlisle - for Lisa, by request.
Iain Glen as Sir Richard Carlisle…
Q. I don’t want you to end up with your phone getting hacked, but is Richard Carlisle in any way supposed to be a gloss on a certain publishing baron of the modern day?
A. No, not specifically. I’ve read all these things, like Cora is supposed to be Mary Leiter. She isn’t really – she’s one of that genus, of which Mary Leiter is a famous example. And similarly, those press barons of the turn of the century, there were lots of them. And Carlisle is not modeled on any one of them in particular. It was just that they became a new type in London society.
Q. There would have been some justice to Mary ending up with Carlisle.
A. I think Mary and Carlisle were quite well-suited in some ways. But in the end he just wasn’t as nice as Matthew, really. And I think Lavinia was, in a way, a much sweeter person than Mary, and would have been a very loving and supportive wife. Whereas I think Mary is a much more prickly affair. He might have had an easier, if a more boring, time with Lavinia, and similarly, if Mary had married Carlisle, they would have really built something.
Although Sir Richard Carlisle, one-time fiance of Lady Mary, disappeared in series two of Downton Abbey, some think that she should have married him.
‘Exactly. Exactly!’ says Glen. ‘Julian Fellowes said quite sweetly he thinks they are quite suited to each other and would make a good couple. I agree.
'They are both steely, forceful individuals who tend to get their own way. I think there would be the odd argument, but generally they would get on.’
Now that Mary is a merry widow, he could come back. ‘He might! I would love if that was to happen. There are different whispers, but you believe nothing until something either happens or it doesn’t.’ — Iain Glen: Daily.co.uk
I’m hoping Iain Glen does return to Downton!
"…Carlisle has known that Mary was attracted to him because he’s very rich, and very powerful, and she is bringing to the marriage her noble birth and her social position. He will enter a level of society, and more importantly his children will be born into a level of society, that he would not have been able to reach without her help. In a sense, Mary is the giver, because she could probably get another rich man to marry her if she didn’t marry Carlisle. But the revelation of her past and the fact that she is not undamaged goods means that, in a sense, he is now doing her a favour by going ahead with the arrangement, making it a much more equal exchange. When the series went out, the audience on the whole decided Carlisle was a villain, but I don’t agree. He’s quite straight-forward, and he always tells the truth with Mary. Nor is he in the least ashamed of his own origins. All of that, to me anyway, makes him quite an attractive fellow. Added to which, he is very successful, so he can’t be a fool." —Julian Fellowes, Downton Abbey The Complete Scripts Season Two
“When the series went out, the audience on the whole decided Carlisle was a villain, but I don’t agree. He’s quite straightforward, and he always tells the truth with Mary. Nor is he the least ashamed of his origins. All of that, to me anyway, makes him quite an attractive fellow. Added to which, he is very successful, so he can’t be a fool.” —Julian Fellowes, Downton Abbey: The Complete Scripts Season 2
“I was keen to have this moment. I didn’t wish to say goodbye to Carlisle in the library when he’s lying on the floor, looking dishevelled and ridiculous. We owed him, and Iain glen who played him more than that, and for me, what he says in this scene is true. I am quite sure that Carlisle loved Mary much more than she loved him. In fact, I suspect they would have done pretty well together if Matthew had never existed. For this reason, and for so many others, we were very lucky to get Iain Glen. He had the confidence not to shrink from the hard side of the character, but he never entirely lost your sympathy. At any rate, he never lost mine. I thought he got the whole characterisation absolutely spot on.” —Julian Fellowes, Downton Abbey: The Complete Scripts Season 2
Carlisle represents, in a sense, the world that is coming. As I have explained, I’m not hostile to him. I’ve been accused of disliking him, but I don’t at all. His ways are not entirely compatible with the ways of the Crawleys, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like him. In fact, I admire people who have made the journey he’s made, but inevitably, when you have fought every step of the way, it beats all sentimentality out of you. Whereas the weakness of great families like the Crawleys is that they want to be liked, as well. So they’re terribly nice, with lots of ‘oh, nanny, you really must put your feet up,’ which is designed, although subconsciously for the most part, to present them as warm and caring people, when in actual fact their demands are no less stringent than those of Carlisle, and that’s what we’re contrasting here. —Julian Fellowes, Downton Abbey: The Complete Scripts Season 2