About half an hour ago you said I was in with a shot!
He could have been a contender
In the Loop, Armando Ianucci (2009)
And I got the part.
In the commentary for the first episode of TTOI, Armando (and maybe Adam Tandy?) talk about how they didn’t know if the show was going to work until seeing the humanity vacate Malcolm’s eyes in the Cliff Lawton sacking scene. For them, they knew it would work when they saw that physical reaction.
But what I think is fascinating, is a far back as auditioning for Malcolm (which is what Peter is talking about here), his lock on the character came from Malcolm’s words. And in this case, Malcolm’s words were Peter’s words as his audition scene was completely improvised with Armando around the same situation that would later become Malcolm’s first scene in the show.
Peter Capaldi as Malcolm Tucker’s PR guy and official spokesman is better than reality should ever be.
Armando: There is another side that I kind of like in this episode which is that Malcolm out of office, Malcolm in casual wear going to the BBC —that’s the actual BBC there—and just, and Peter playing it differently. Peter playing it as if he’s had, as if he’s been crying for forty-eight hours and he’s now stopped, but he’s sort of exhausted and his face looks a little bit tired, but he can’t, there’s no energy. The energy’s gone out. It’s all a quieter, kind of subdued Malcolm.
Jesse (or Adam): And again the civvies, just sending out all the wrong signals. You just feel so uncomfortable watching him out of his environment.
The too-big shirt collar really adds to the sense of how small and uncertain Malcolm is when he’s just himself, without the armor of Downing Street authority.
I think Malcolm’s talking about me, but I’m perfectly ok with that.
No one could argue that those wouldn’t be very surprising dates indeed.
(part 2 of a 2 part series: Malcolm makes Julius laugh)