I saw the series premiere of The Tudors last night, even though I’d been dead set against it for two reasons. Firstly, Showtime has been teasing the series for about, oh, HALF MY LIFE, and secondly, it has a silly slogan, declaring Jonathan Rhys Meyers a “Sixteenth Century Fox.” I get it. Rhys Meyers is hot. But this does not a clever campaign make! People, aren’t we forgetting that Henry the Eighth looked like this? They’re trumpeting their own bad casting – like casting Angelina Jolie as Mother Teresa and then having the slogan: SHE WAS ONE MOTHERFUCKING HOT NUN.
Anyway, bad marketing aside, I was impressed with the show. Rhys Meyers as the petulant young king is great, and appears to fuck anyone who comes within 15 feet of the royal bed chamber. Who knew there were so many illegitimate bastard baby princes floating around the court? I’m now convinced that half of the English population is descended from royal blood, thanks to Henry’s prolific seed-sowing. Check out some red carpet pics from The Tudors premiere last night over at our neighbor Popbytes – that Rhys Meyers is such a fox, after all.
– Steven Corfe