Monday, June 20, 2016

Male on Monday - Dominic Cooper

Pink Heart Society editor, Ali Williams, is talking about the star of her favourite new tv show Preacher - Dominic Cooper...

I first came across Dominic Cooper at the age of 17 when I went with one of my best friends to the theatre to see the original producttion of The History Boys.

It was a seminal production - launching the careers of Dominic Cooper, James Corden, Russell Tovey and Jamie Parker amongst others - and for a teenage me, an introduction to a completely new way of approaching essays.

Cooper played Dakin, a cocky, confident teenager, and he shone on stage, amidst a cast of sheer perfection.

Since then he's made it big on both small screen and big.

There was his role in Mamma Mia, as Amanda Seyfried's fiancé, which featured a particularly steamy number where the two lovebirds sing Lay All Your Love On Me - part on the beach, part in the ocean a la From Here To Eternity...

From the musical to the classical...  

Also in 2008, he started in the BBC's adaptation of the Jane Austen classic, Sense and Sensibility as rake and heartbreaker Mr WIlloughby.

Speaking of dashing and debonair...

There's his role as eccentric playboy billionaire inventor Howard Stark in the very first Captain America film; a role he recently reprised in both the first and second television series of Agent Carter.

From one spy to another...

There was his turn as Ian Fleming, the British secret agent and creator of the infamous James Bond in Fleming:  The Man Who Would Be Bond.

So how do we get from these roles to his current in Preacher.

In Preacher he plays Jesse Custer, a Texan preacher who is accidentally possessed by a supernatural creature.  

Based on a comic book series of the same name, the tv show is brutally violent, full of humour that's undeniably in bad taste at times, and turns typical fantasy tropes on their head.

It's gripping and I'm more than a little addicted to the series - and am especially impressed by Cooper's performance.

As a character, Custer is torn between trying to do the right thing as a preacher in a small town, as he promised his father, and his previous life of crime with his ex Tulip.  

It's a show filled with promise and potential, and I'm definitely going to be following along...

Have you seen Preacher? Do you thinker's Dominic Cooper's best role? Let Ali know in the comments!

Ali Williams grew up in Croydon and spent her teenage years in a convent girls’ school. She then fled to university where she discovered champagne cocktails, a capella singing and erotica.

These days she blogs about perceptions of romance as well as curating The CatRom Project, which looks at the way that social issues are addressed and engaged with in category romance.

Editor for the Pink Heart Society, guest blogger for Mills & Boon and Harper Impulse, and occasional columnist for For Books' Sake, she defies you to slam romance novels within her hearing!

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