it’s still so weird to me that most of the people who see phantom aren’t obsessed phans
like how could you just go to something like that and not want to devote your entire life to it
there should be an avengers tv show but it should be filmed and executed like parks and rec
omg y’know i don’t think hugh being gone really sank in for me before
i’m watching his ask a star and it’s sinking in omg he’s gone and he needs to come back i miss him sm omg ????
I mean, at the end of the day, I guess it’s all personal preference. If you consider his sassy, child-like character ridiculous, then that’s certainly your opinion. But inauthentic? I definitely don’t see that at all. That man puts more emotion and more of himself into the role than anyone else ever has. I’ve always felt like it’s not just a role, but rather an extension of himself in a way. And that’s about as authentic as it gets!
And on that note, that’s personally what I think so many fans connect with. He is very open about ways in which he personally relates to the Phantom, and it truly does make it that much more real to an audience. He isn’t up there faking it. He’s taking his life and his personal experiences and incorporating them into this character. So as a result, instead of seeing just a one-dimensional being, we see this complicated, dynamic man onatage. I have literally seen that man crying onstage during performances. Not fake crying, but real crying from bringing so much of himself to the surface. Again, if that isn’t genuine and authentic, then I don’t know what is!
And in general, I would argue that nobody quite understands the character on the level that Hugh does. He really incorporates the many different sides of the Phantom, and brings every nuance of the character to life. This is again most likely due to the fact that he relates so heavily to the character, but is also a testament to the raw and empathetic talent that he has as an actor. And then there’s the fact that he literally always switches his character every night. I’ve seen him live ands the Phantom well over 60 times (some days back to back), and I’ve NEVER felt like I ever got the same show twice. There have been a few other Phantoms that have been extremely repetitive to me, and Hugh is certainly not one of them. I never knew what he was going to do night after night. I knew that it was going to be good, but I never truly knew what I was going to get with him. And that, after over 2,000 performances, is incredible.
As far as the Susan Kay influence, he comes about as close as I’ve ever seen anyone. Susan Kay’s version of Erik is particularly known for being quick-witted and sassy, much like Hugh’s Phantom. No, he’s not a carbon copy of Kay’s Phantom, but that’s just another testament to how many different sides and elements that he brings to his Phantom.
W H A T THAT’S AMAZING I would do anything to have seen that. |8
Also nice Jak icon