Flashman: Which actor would be best at it ?

#1
I had the pleasure of watching the latest series of adverts for “Bombardier” Beer starring Rik Mayall. You Tube. Simply type in - Bombardier Rik Mayall.

To be fair, they are a bit of a hoot in fact one is over 3 minutes long, but I thought I was viewing Lord Flasheart’s Grandad.

So, it got me thinking. Who in the thesp world to do justice to George MacDonald-Fraser’s creation. I mean they’re all bit, well, modern and tame nowadays. Who would burst through the PC bollocks and give us a great bit of viewing ? That MacDowell chap did a reasonably good job in "Royal Flash" some years back against and equally creative baddie, the one and only Ollie Reed (Rest easy mate – former RAMC lad y’know).

Rik is bit old for it now, but if we’re going to re-create the whole series, then he's dead right for the job later on a Lt Col, Col etc. But not right off, that needs a younger type. (Sorry Rik if you’re reading this, your agent will understand).

For a start, Flashie has to be a bit on the large side as he is well over 6 foot, so my choice of David Tennant is probably way off the mark, though I’m certain he could act up a storm in the character.

But who wouldn't be a Flashman ? That tit from 'the office' who is as funny as bowel cancer or Russell Brand.

Over to you, ARSSERs, name the new Flashman and hope to buggery some hack reads it and mentions it to a thesp mate.
 
#10
Didn't Rupert Penry-Jones do some of audiobooks? I think with the right whiskers his face would fit, if you don't mind the fact that he's fair whereas Flashman is supposed to be quite swarthy. It all depends on the book; one often forgets that Flashy is supposed to be very young during many of his escapades; he's twenty-three during the First Sikh War, for example.
 
#14
It would have to be an old school actor, who could play dead straight hero, and poltroon depending on where we see him. Jack Hawkins, Alec Guiness type, Michael Caine in his younger days. Possibly Hugh Laurie.
 
#18
Obviously it needs to be a young studly chap capable of growing whiskers if not a pair, must be able to look terrified at the drop of a hat, I give you Aaron Johnson from Kickass.
 
#19
Errol Flynn is the only guy who could ever really pull it off:




GMF said as much himself, he said that he wanted a 'Flynn type' to play Flashman. Personally I think GMF even went as far as basing Flashman's character on Flynn's personal life, he was well known for being a callous, womanising bastard. I think he'd have loved the role too, even the artwork for the Flashman books look similar to the Flynn posters.














These movies were all filmed in the 40s/50s, years before the books were published. Undoubtedly they had an influence on GMF and his writings.