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It can’t really be compared to any of the other movies or anything that’s been made of it. CABRERA: They’re very close and have a respect for each other. I’m sure you’ve had moments where you just get someone and they get you. Whether it’s for Queen and country or King and country, when you’re in the trenches, you’re fighting for each other, but there’s the guy who’s watching your back and is going to protect you, and vice versa. It crosses over and becomes something deeper than just, “I’m a solider, and you’re a soldier.” You have to be brothers in arms, and it’s a more meaningful connection. In the past, there is a backstory of a first love that didn’t work out, so he’s trying to find something that he’s not finding.
As a result, King Louis XIII’s personal bodyguards, Athos (Tom Burke), Aramis (Santiago Cabrera) and Porthos (Howard Charles), stand for social justice, honor and valor.
Created by Adrian Hodges (Primeval), the show also stars Luke Pasqualino, Peter Capaldi, Maimie Mc Coy, Tamla Kari and Hugh Speer. TOM BURKE: I had a few auditions, and then my agent told me that the director wanted to talk to me on the phone. CHARLES: One of the biggest attractions for me was that it was Adrian Hodges. There was something about it being the right time and being done by the right people.
During this exclusive interview with Collider, actors Tom Burke, Santiago Cabrera and Howard Charles talked about how they came to this show, how familiar they’d been with the story of The Musketeers, why their characters work so well together, their characters’ weaknesses, how challenging the physical aspect of these roles is, their favorite action sequences, meeting at boot camp, working with Peter Capaldi, and what we’ll lean about these characters’ backstory. He said, “I really think you can do this, but I don’t think we’ve got everything we need. A lot of people at the BBC knew me because I had done Merlin, but Toby Haynes, the director, didn’t know who I was, as I’d never worked with him. He was very excited and hugely committed to paying homage to Dumas Sr., the father of the novelist, and I wanted to do that through Porthos. I knew that D’Artagnan was part of the story, but I didn’t distinctively know who Athos, Porthos and Aramis. It was packaged together as a really interesting project, with the added bonus that it was The Musketeers.
I’m going to get a room and some actors, so we can really do it on its feet.” So, I then went to this rather amazing building at a church and met these two actors, and to my horror, I was shown a piece of bamboo that they wanted me to use in the manner of a sword. SANTIAGO CABRERA: I read the script, loved it and thought it was a real page-turner. You read something and you hope that it’s done properly. He was going to be mixed race, and was written as a mixed race character, which was very refreshing. CHARLES: I think we have retained a lot of the world, which is cool.
Sometimes when guest stars came on, we’d get told by the stunt team, “Just calm down a bit.
They’ve only been doing this for two days.” BURKE: Normally, in the adaptations, they’re very immediately impressed by D’Artagnan.Because this was a 10-episode thing, you had to see the spark of him, but also give that journey. Sometimes it can be very D’Artagnan centric, but this was very much about four people. He’s got that raw talent, and he’s got a bit of all of us in him.And then, I started to find out all of the people that were getting cast in it and how it was developing, and that it actually was of the quality that you hope for. It was a page-turner, and it’s hard to turn down being a hero. It’s nice to play a character who’s written as a mixed race character and is not a drug addict. I wasn’t really that familiar with it either, but I knew the germ of it. BURKE: Athos is incredibly reliant on alcohol and has an almost fear of women. He’s like, “I just don’t know how to deal with the whole thing, so I’m just going to push it over there.” He finds solace in the friendships of the others.It’s nice to approach it from that angle because you don’t have these preconceived ideas of what it is and you have more ownership of it. They’ve all had very different experiences, but they all know the value of life and know that it’s very fragile. The name Athos actually comes from a mountain in Greece that is a holy mountain where women aren’t allowed. There’s a sadness there, but I really think he feels levitated by the others.I filled things in with a lot of other research, and then you have the script, which is unique unto itself. And the drink levitates him, as well, and keeps him functioning.That becomes the Bible, and then you just have this opportunity to create a world that’s fresh. CHARLES: That’s also the nature of being a soldier.