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Natalie Dormer, is she really Anne Boleyn?
September 11, 2012
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This may be a little off topic, but i joined the Natalie Dormer page on facebook, marked as official, eventhough it soon became clear that it was in fact ‘manned’ by a girl from punjabi, and i am continually amazed at the amount of fans who clearly cannot define between Natalie and Anne. On the date of Annes beheading, there were legions of fans who left comments that amazed me, things like ‘you poor beautiful woman, you died so unfairly’. I can understand if people can associate Natalies depiction of Anne with their idea of Anne, but surely these people realise that Natalie isnt actually Anne. Check it out on Facebook if you like, you will be able to tell which one it is cos im on it moaning and groaning at people! lol some of the comments are pretty funny, and some of them a little pathetic, but oh well, its not like its an Anne Boleyn forum, where we are all so serious and completely correct with our ideas 😉

September 11, 2012
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That being said, whenever i fantasise about living in Henry’s court, i tend to lean towards the Tudors show depiction, Jonathan Rhys Myers is so much yummier, not fat or smelly looking at all! Guilty pleasure i guess…..hmmmmm

September 11, 2012
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You know I can’t identify with about 90% of the actors cast in the Tudors as their respective historical figures. I thought Cromwell, Cranmer and Chapuys all looked the part, and none of the rest (off the top of my head). Didn’t diminish my enjoyment of it, I loved the acting. But sometimes I will watch a movie and the characters are cast so well that’s how I picture them when I am reading the books (LOTR or Narnia for example) and I don’t think I ever will with the Tudors.
Tash I can’t find the page there seems to be about twelve of them, do you have a link? I think that happens quite a bit in all honesty. I remember that poor sod who plays Edward in Twilight saying some woman asked him to bite her baby. I think in the case of real celebrity worship the lines between life and fantasy get very blurred. Not to sound judgemental, but a lot of it sounds pretty disturbing

September 11, 2012
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I still want to throw a set of darts at Padraic Delaney. I know it’s not entirely fair on the poor bugger (pardon the pun) but what can you do?!

September 11, 2012
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Natalie Dormer was good but for no one can beat Genevieve Bujold interpretation. She seems to portray Anne just the way I imagine Anne to be.
Firey, determined and very resolute, but also with a soft and sentimental side which came out when she was teaching Elizabeth to walk with a train..

To be honest here though every actress who has portrayed her has brought their own unique side to Anne out. I would imagine that Anne Boleyn is a very difficult part to master. KOA was quite tame in her temper when it comes to Anne’s spitfire moments and J.S was plainly bread and water next to Anne.
The only actress I had difficulty with playing Anne was Jodhi May to me at least she just didn’t seem right for the part. She didn’t seem to have that unique spark if that makes sense?

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September 11, 2012
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I saw a clip of Jodhi May playing Anne Boleyn and I have to say that until then I hadn’t thought of Anne as plain, plump and pouty, with the lovability of a cushion. It was like watching someone completely devoid of personality and charisma. It was like Anne Boleyn on valium.

September 11, 2012
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LOL Louise I never looked at Jodhi May’s interpretation like that. I did feel that her whole portrayal was very wooden and had more holes in it than a Swiss cheese. It was almost as if her head was somewhere else. Mind you Jared Harris was as much use as a fart in a spacesuit when it came to Henry. Don’t know if it’s just me but the 2003 version of TOBG just didn’t do it for me. I found the whole film very wooden and non sensical, not to mention the annoying music that was played when something dramatic was happening, such as when Anne found the bit of paper with her picture on it minus her head…. Sounded like a rusty door hinge opening.

The 2008 version was much better but still lacked that certain something.

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September 12, 2012
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http://www.facebook.com/#!/nat…..iedormerfp is the link. I havent checked it for a while, but imagine its more of the same. I think the reason they call people ‘fans’ aka fanatics, is cos they are out of their minds! I originally saw Nataliedormer.org, thinking that was official too, but none of the info was backed up (they actually estimated her birth date!) and it was closed down two weeks later….its so weird that people put ‘official’ on these sites when they are clearly not, what is with that??? I guess i cant really talk tho, i sit around over an hour a day discussing Anne Boleyn, and she’s been dead for nearly 500 years, i guess im a fanatic to, or a Annophile…

September 12, 2012
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I still cannot imagine lady Macbeth as anyone other than Judy Dench. That bit where she “unsexes” herself, gives me the hibber jibbers! Its like watching my Grandma get it on with herself, eeeew! I actually think she is sexier as M in the bond movies! I have to say tho, i think eventhough TOBG from 2008 was pretty poor, Natalie Portman did ok, she is a strong actress, but it was despite the film that she was good, not because of it. Gregorys story was so butchered it was unrecognisable, and considering Gregory did her own butchering of the original story in the first place, it’s almost as if the film has absolutely no relation to the original…any resemblence to characters living or deceased is purely coincidence….

September 12, 2012
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Tash Wakefield said

http://www.facebook.com/#!/nat…..iedormerfp is the link. I havent checked it for a while, but imagine its more of the same. I think the reason they call people ‘fans’ aka fanatics, is cos they are out of their minds! I originally saw Nataliedormer.org, thinking that was official too, but none of the info was backed up (they actually estimated her birth date!) and it was closed down two weeks later….its so weird that people put ‘official’ on these sites when they are clearly not, what is with that??? I guess i cant really talk tho, i sit around over an hour a day discussing Anne Boleyn, and she’s been dead for nearly 500 years, i guess im a fanatic to, or a Annophile…

I suppose we are all Annophiles LOL but then it also shows just how important this site is to us all. Many of us have spouses or partners who really aren’t into history, so dicussing any ideas that we have with them about what we believe went on is like hitting yourself over the head with a slice of lemon wrapped around a housebrick. This site is where like minded people can gather share views and basically be able to chat about anything historical without being told to shut up.

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September 13, 2012
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Yeah i thought “Annophile” i originally thought of “Boleyner” but it sounds too much like “Ich bin ein Berliner”!

September 14, 2012
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you’re a doughnut??

eta link http://www.snopes.com/language…..rliner.asp

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September 16, 2012
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OMG Anyanka you are a pastry genius! I actually speak German fluently and love that you found this article, cos ive had that debate with my classmates in highschool over whether Kennedy was calling himself a donut unwittingly! I think the ‘ein’ simply makes it seem formal, gramatically putting the ‘ein’ there is old school, but still correct. Although anything that takes the piss like him calling himself a donut is pretty apt in my books! I have a small piece of the wall floating around my place somewhere, what a weird thing that was!!

September 16, 2012
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Oh and Boleyn, I watched a bit of the Genevieve Bujold rendition of Anne lastnight, she was so sublime! She somehow brought more vulnerability and i felt far more pity for her than any other anne i have seen portrayed, and she seemed so much more french. Good call!

September 17, 2012
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Tash Wakefield said

Oh and Boleyn, I watched a bit of the Genevieve Bujold rendition of Anne lastnight, she was so sublime! She somehow brought more vulnerability and i felt far more pity for her than any other anne i have seen portrayed, and she seemed so much more french. Good call!

She’s A French Quebecer…une Quebecquiose(sp??) her acccent is a rather typical of some accents I hear round my neck of the woods so to speak.

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October 7, 2012
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I have a pain in my side laughing Tash and agree, some take this far too seriously.I too have that page on FB and often have an eyebrow raised at some of the comments on there. I remember the 19th of May and had both eyebrows raised at the same time :-)
On the other hand, its the role that made Natalie and I was pleasantly surprised to see some of the interviews she did, post her time in “Tudors”
Natalie researched her role in great detail which has to be admired. She most definitely know who she was playing. There are lots of video clips on you tube, here is one…

And JRM about to charm the neck of Ladies the world over in “Dracula” Not bad for a boy from North Mon school in Cork City, Ireland. Cool

If it was not this, then it would be something else?

October 15, 2012
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I agree with you Boleyn, Genevieve Bujold IS anne boleyn for me. All who play her do their part quite well, but when i want to watch Anne boleyn in anything, i always go back to ‘Anne of a Thousand Days.’ Reading books to, i see her in my mind playing Anne.

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October 17, 2012
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I’ve had messages and comments directed at The Anne Boleyn Files calling me Anne too, particularly around the 19th May. It is rather odd.

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January 30, 2013
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Natalie is beautiful with her pretty little pixie face, and her character was very good, but the best Anne I saw was in “the Other Boleyn girl” with Jodhi May as Anne, I thought she was good in the role. Helena Bonham Carter did Anne well also in the Henry 8th drama with Ray Winston. Johnathon Rhys Myers just wasn’t my idea of Henry at all though, he was a Red head, in fact my best mate called Arthur would be a good Henry as he’s solid and well made with red hair and the right nose and lips.

January 31, 2013
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I have to admit that, at first, I didn’t like JRM in the role of Henry. He was just too good looking to be the Henry that I had created in my mind. But as the show progressed, JRM settled into the role more comfortably for me and by the time I was through the 4th season, I dislike him as much as I disliked the Henry in my mind! LOL! I loved Genevieve Bujold as Anne, but I also like Natalie’s portrayal. Both brought unique qualities to the part. Smile

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