So where are you this summer? What are you doing? Is it even summer where you are? It is where I am, that is certain!
During the dog days of summer, I think it is nice to stay indoors in the air conditioning (when it is functioning, of course) and work on behind-the-scenes website projects. So that’s what I’ve been doing–and you’ll see some evidence of this in the forthcoming Byrne-ing News. That’s how I stay connected to Gabriel Byrne when he is off filming in lovely locales (Ireland!) or taking a summer vacation.
How do YOU stay connected to Gabriel when things are quiet and there is not very much news? I wondered about that–and I had a thought.
A question, really. That turned into a challenge:
Patrick Stewart will soon return to his iconic role as Captain Jean Luc Picard after leaving the part 25 years ago. Star Trek: Picard will debut on television in 2020. This is very exciting indeed for Star Trek fans!
So I wondered: if Gabriel were to reprise a role from his past, what role would YOU choose for him to bring to life again?
I challenged Byrneholics fans on Facebook with this question. And they responded!
There were many suggestions, with lots of agreement about certain roles, but early on in the voting, Gabriel’s role as Paul Weston in In Treatment was a favorite.
Right away, Susan wanted to know what happened to Paul. So did Verónica and a bunch of other fans. Including me!
But other roles were popular, too.
Josh chose Just A Sigh, Part Deux, noting that Doug has her letter, so why not continue the story?
Father Andrew Kiernan in Stigmata received several votes, but so did Satan in End of Days!
Professor Friedrich Bhaer in Little Woman was popular–I wonder if everyone knows someone else is playing that role in the remake coming this Christmas?
Kristen was torn between Just A Sigh and Stigmata and can we blame her?
D’Artagnan in The Man in the Iron Mask was the very romantic choice of several fans of the rose.
Violetta chose another direction: “I’d like to see Dr. Quirke in other novels. I often imagine Gabriel in that role again after reading all of them” and I have to agree with that. I would love to see Quirke again. Those last three Benjamin Black novels were beautifully realized and the character is unique, enigmatic, and mesmerizing.
Carol just wanted to see him do an American television series again. Now that’s a tantalizing idea!
Karen would love to see Murphy in Ghost Ship again, but without the dying part.
Tom Reagan in Miller’s Crossing, Papa Reilly in Into The West, and Bob in Point of No Return all had their fans.
The big winner of the challenge, however, was Paul in In Treatment.
So, HBO and Gabriel, if you are listening, the verdict is in: Bring back Paul Weston in In Treatment and make oodles of Gabriel Byrne Fans happy!