Interview: Hugo Speer
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Hugo Speer (Skins, Bedlam and Lars Von Trier’s upcoming Nymphomaniac) is about to star in The Musketeers – a new ten-part drama inspired by Alexandre Dumas’s 1844 published, 17th Century set novel. What do you think makes this version of The Musketeers fresh? It has all the right ingredients. The young directors that they’ve brought on were always full of enthusiasm. I think the art department are incredible and the actors that they’ve brought on. I think it’s literally just everything about it that kind of gives it a real exciting fresh feel. I don’t think anything that has been done recently has been wide of the mark; this just feels more honest to the real sort of ethos of how Dumas wrote the novel. It’s seems like a good time to revisit it, but to revisit it honestly. I think certainly having seen the way it’s being produced and directed, it feels very pacey and I think that’s very exciting. You know it’s an exciting story but I think if told well then it just feels modern again. Can you tell us a bit about your character, Treville? He was effectively the first Musketeer. He was in King Louis’s court when they were kids. My father was a King’s soldier and he was his favourite solider, so when we were growing up as kids, Treville had access to the court and was able to play in the court with the young prince. So when the prince became older and when he became king it seemed natural for him when it came to creating an elite band of troops to act as his security and bodyguards and the like. It seemed a very natural thing to task Treville with that job - to be his number one left-hand man or right-hand or whatever it is, and also bring together the band of troops that became the Musketeers. Treville’s motto is loyalty and strength - that’s how he lives his life and that’s how he is in regard to the king as well. What is Treville's relationship like with the other Musketeers?
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