Who could play Flashman?

#1
Due to cost/location etc it is unlikely that there will ever be a good TV/film version of any of the Flashman novels, which is a shame.

However if there was I would vote for Stephen Mangan of Green Wing fame to step into the boots of the nation's favourite fictional cad.

His performance as Dr Secretan had just the right amount of bullying, bluster, aggession and cowardice to do the job IMHO.
 
#2
Rhys Ifans - no question. I know he's Welsh but if you've seen his portrayal of Peter Cook, there could be no other modern era Flashy.
 

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#3
Tony Bliar - you can't get much more arrogant than that 8)
 
#6
Rik Mayall could reprise Alan B'stard as Flashman - I have always felt there was something of the new stateman about flashy.

I don't like the books as much now I've read GMF's autobio 'Quartered Safe out Here.' Bitter poisonous ranty stuff interspersed with some quite interesting jungle warfare.
 
#7
Lasalle said:
Malcolm MacDowell did a good job in the seventies.
No. He did not.

Maybe David Tennant, he has the build for it and can play arrogant (q.v. Casanova and Dr W)?

Or me?? No probably not me...
 
#8
I could picture a heavily be-whiskered Martin Clunes in the role.

It probably comes down to have you've visualised Old Flashy in your reading, which is not always the same as the written description.

I've always imagined a big, strapping fella with a lascivious, leery twinkle. Clunes in his 'Men Behaving Badly' days would have fitted the physical bill, swaggering a bit with chest puffed out he would have conveyed the parodic elements well I think.

I would be wary of any dramatisation only because I fear a PC, truncated and emasculated Flashy would either be too buffoonerised (in order to pass 'production value' judgment on the imperial enterprise) or rendered too proto-social worker to make him acceptable to the liberal palate.
 
#12
I always thought Peter Bowles would make a good Flashy though he's a bit old now. Martin Clunes with dyed hair and cavalry whiskers could carry it off. The others mentioned are all either too short or too skinny.
 
#13
there was an episode of the South Bank Show showcasing GMF, with Bowles acting out the role of Flashy as an old man reading his memoires to a pert servant girl. He was magnificent, just as I'd imagined Flashy to be!
 
#15
Heath Ledger?

Showed a talent for the comedic in Knight's Tale but showed he could age convincingly over the course of a movie in Brokeback Mountain.

Perfect for a series of films as Flashy ages or for a Little Big Man style recollection to start one off before he appears all youthful?
 

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#16
Why not me? :!: - I am surely the biggest coward going, but I can big it with the best - or least if we talk about Arrse.

I have whiskers, a liking for good food, drink and the occasional slattern, therefore am fully qualified for said post.

Flashman should be made made Colonel of the Regiment for 49 Para.
 
#17
I'm here :D
 
#19
To further my advocacy of Heath Ledger, I have just remembered he played an upper-crust British officer in the lamentable re-make of the Four Feathers.

The fillum was pants but the lad did well. Could he become the people's choice? I mean, now arrse opinions and comments are making the newspaper front pages could not a Flashman movie project be given a filip?
 
#20
Miles Anderson: the CO in "Ultimate Farce", but less well known, was exceptional in the 1994 London Palladium revival of "Oliver!" as a truly monstrous, but ever so charming, Bill Sikes. Would, I think, be brilliant as the aged "Flashy".

Ralph Fiennes for Flash in his pomp; whilst any Old Etonian of the right physique could probably do the business as the youngster - just act naturally!
 

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