Dan Stevens is not Shelley Long because we're likely to never hear from him again. Most boring (and apparently bored) actor ever. That Matthew Crawley type is the only thing he's ever played. What else is he going to do?
I think leaving Downton Abbey (a show other actors would kill to be in) will be career suicide for him - nobody will want to cast him in another series in case he decides to walk after a season or two, but he is a costume drama actor. Ok he did The Line of Beauty 5 or so years ago, but has lost his looks lately. Even The Heiress play is another costume drama. I can't see him being another Tom Hardy - a Tom Hollander maybe.
Why would anyone cast him in a different series? He's a known quitter.
Maybe he could be cast in drag.
The reason he left Downton is because he ultimately wants to concentrate on his writing career and not his acting career. I'm sure he couldn't care less if he's the next Shelley Long.
He has said, "As long as I can write in some form, I’ll be happy."
He's already made a feature film with Amy Herckerling (rom/com, he plays a vampire), that's soon to be released. Heckerling saw him in "The Line of Beauty" and then in a play that he did with Judi Dench; she cast him before he began work on Downton.
He also cut his chops on the London stage. Should he want to act, and Hollywood isn't interested, I'm sure he would be more than happy doing his thing in the West End.
OP are you suggesting he will make a movie with Bette Midler?
What about the actress who played Sybil? She left on her own too.
Are you talking about VAMPS, R8?
Because that was released last November. Where it made a spectacular $3,361.00 at the box office.
I couldn't make this up if I tried.
Just looked at his IMDB and he's going to be in some film with Liam Neeson. Not bad - I mean, the movie will probably be bad because Neeson stars in shit these days, but still, they tend to do well at the box office.
He signed a three year contract and fulfilled it. How's that make him a quitter?
I can see why a sell-respecting actor would want to get out of Downton Abbey before it drowns in its own preposterousness. For heaven's sake the plot ended at the end of the first season, and the writers are just stringing it out for the money now. Apparently in the next episode it turns out Lady Sybil's death in childbirth was just the under-footman having a bad dream ....
Sorry, Eddie Murphy, but with all the makeup, wigs and female clothes in the world, Dan Stevens may become the Shelley Long, but he can never become as beautiful as this Murphy!
Yeah if you actually listen to what Dan Stevens said he didn't leave Downton because he thought he could "do better", he left simply because he wanted to move on. He freely admits that might be the most high profile gig he does. Even if you disagree with his decision at least get it right.
He could've at least bottomed for Thomas once before he kicked the bucket.
Doughy and pasty (and so disappointing in a Speedo in Line of Beauty), he lacks charisma. Let him go.
Sybil is beautiful and has charisma. She has a shot at something bigger. Stevens on the other hand does not. He will indeed join the list headed by David Caruso and McLean Stevens as actors that overestimated their worth.
More importantly, will he keep up the bottle blonde look?
Stevens was underwhelming in THE HEIRESS - rather dull, in fact, and looking pudgy in a Matthew Broderick way. Some people may have liked him in the play because he looked better than Jessica Chastain, who was so dreadful in the lead.
He was also less-than-fascinating in THE LINE OF BEAUTY - just adequate. Though the mini-series itself was a shadow of the novel.
If he does plan to focus more on writing than acting, let's hope he's a better wordsmith than performer.
Who's Dan Stevens and who's Shelly Long?
[R. 21] How do you know he's a bleached blond?
M'lady, Matthew will now have weekends off.
Dowager: "What's a weekend?"
R21, Matthew is male. Blond is correct, blonde is just ignorant.
[quote]nobody will want to cast him in another series
Yes, because they're too busy casting him in movies - check out his IMDB page. Plus, he's ALREADY been cast in another series, a prequel to Pride and Prejudice.
Even if he gets tightening under the chin and jaw area, he still has a big chin and it ruins him.
He's the next Marlon Brando.
In terms of weight gain.
He was in the year below me at school and played the lead role in most of the plays, he is more of an intellectual type though than purely an actor and was mentioned earlier could well turn to writing!
Why did they let him get so fat?
And Thomas the footman has ballooned too.
Branson is on the verge of getting tubby.
Diets, boys! Diuretics!
While many of us have been critical about Dan Stevens leaving Downton Abbey--and for good reason--since many an actor has tried his tactic and disappeared from the scene.
However, there's a good chance that Stevens and his management team have plotted out the next couple of year of his career so that he's not leaving Downton Abbey and entering into an abyss. He may know what he's doing at least for the not-too-distant future.
He probably won't be the next Hugh Jackman or even Hugh Grant, but he may work fairly steadily--and that may be his plan...as the star of a project, supporting role or member of the ensemble as he is on Downton.
"He also cut his chops on the London stage"
Well, at least he always has butchering chops to fall back on.
David Caruso ended up doing just fine.
R34. Yes, David Caruso eventually did fine, but at the time, his decision to leave his show after about a year or two was pretty much regarded as very unwise and disastrous for his career. And for a while those sentiments proved true. Caruso was gone from sight.
However, people like McLean Stevenson and Wayne Rogers of MASH never recovered and just about left the business due to lack of work. Shelly Long fared a bit better, but her star fell significantly, which is fine if that is an actor's intent--but that'sn rarely why an actor leaves a hit show. They leave to capitalize on their appeal and fame. Sometimes it works; sometimes not so much.
Anyone ever see Dan Stevens' feet?
This is like when Farrah left. Maybe Shelley Hack is avaialble.
[quote]I can see why a sell-respecting actor would want to get out of Downton Abbey before it drowns in its own preposterousness.
Considering his character hobbled home from the war at the exact moment his love was hosting a home party for wounded veterans, and considering he was a paraplegic whose spine magically healed itself, I'd say the Abbey sank under preposterousness a while back.
[quote] Some people may have liked him in the play because he looked better than Jessica Chastain, who was so dreadful in the lead.
I liked her. His character is dashing;hers is a frump. He's supposed to look better.
R39, by "looked" I meant his performance compared to hers, not their comparative physical appearances.