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"What is solid? Bodie is solid."

LC seems rather hands-on to MS as a co-star - giving him surprise!real whisky (though MS was TT), goosing him (*twice* in Hunter/Hunted IIRC), the infamous hand on the arse as they climb the stairs, trying to make him corpse, and now T'hy'la has noticed thigh-slapping into the bargain. (What the plonking bollards is that little lip-purse in the second gif in aid of?)

Still, it gave MS ample scope to use his wide selection of "Give me strength" and dirty looks. The glare he gives LC in that first gif is classic.

Does anyone else look at Bodie's responses to Doyle whistling at him or calling his name and think, "His Master's Voice"?

The more I watch this show, the more convinced I am that they - but Lewis/Bodie especially - were actually thirty-something going on thirteen. I'm never quite sure how much of Bodie is actually Lew, you know? :)

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msmoat
Feb. 17th, 2015 12:27 am (UTC)
Somewhere, there's an article (or maybe it was an interview?) where MS says they did enjoy playing with all the 'toys'. *g* There is one instance where MS gooses LC--in "Blind Run". So, hey, a little payback. *g*
natsuko1978
Feb. 17th, 2015 01:13 am (UTC)
I must rewatch "Blind Run" - I always remember it most for MS practically sitting on LC's lap during one of the car chases and MS braining himself on the narrowboat as he mistimed his jump from shore.

I know they were actors, schweedie, but for a man who reportedly didn't want to be there, MS often looks like he's enjoying himself.

I often wonder how often they muffed things like the gun toss and catch in "Where the Jungle Ends".

Also, on QI or something, I remember a load of comic-actors talking about how hard it is to fake a laugh so it doesn't sound/look faked. So were MS and LC just stellar actors, or actually tickled, when MS sounds like Sid James or they splutter and chuckle and *giggle* like loons?
ali15son
Feb. 17th, 2015 07:48 am (UTC)
i as you well know adore lewis , well my opinion is that alot of his bodie character is so much like lewis himself and his fun nature and the way he always seems to want to joke around with martin is probably how he came across in real life . I put that down to coming from liverpool , i know quite a few scousers and they all have that same humour and friendliness. When lewis died i remember one of the first things martin said about him was how funny he was and just a really friendly person .
natsuko1978
Feb. 17th, 2015 08:06 am (UTC)
Hee! Bodie even says, in The Rack, "I'm just naturally jocular. It's my Liverpool-Irish upbringing."

Even if I am more of a Martin/Doyle fan, I *can* totally see what you like about Bodie/Lewis. :) And as Bodie and Doyle they really do balance each other beautifully.

And really you shouldn't be too much Acting Is Serious Business (IMO) about a show like Pros. :)
moonlightmead
Feb. 17th, 2015 06:39 pm (UTC)
LC is *all over* MS, yes! And his put-upon looks when he carries the baggage are classics. There's a lovely moment where he accidentally sprays someone while opening a can, and he flashes that impish 'sorry' smile and just carries on with the scene. Pure Lewis, that.
natsuko1978
Feb. 17th, 2015 07:14 pm (UTC)
It's such a lovely thing that he made part of Bodie - the truly scary hard-man and the mischievous little boy. :)

And just, oh my lawks, the TOUCHING. So much touching. :D I wonder if he knew just how much m/m fic he would inspire with all that touching, even 37 years later! :D Yes, there's the chemistry and the relationship; the looks and the banter and the "flirting; but, in this pairing, there's also "I can't keep my hands off you!" :)
heliophile_oxon
Feb. 17th, 2015 06:50 pm (UTC)
I think what you describe here is a huge part of why I love this pair so much and why the spark between them is always and forever fresh and new; the impression that they were simultaneously highly professional and - often, anyway - having fun. Enjoying themselves, enjoying each other.

Yup; chemistry!
natsuko1978
Feb. 17th, 2015 07:10 pm (UTC)
That old adage of "If the performers enjoy themselves, so will the audience" :)

There is so very very much on-screen that you could never script or direct - I'm pretty sure no one sat down and took the charater decision that Doyle will always finish his drink before exiting a scene (if there was an actual decision it was one of the few bits of continuity in the whole show, since they can wear the same clothes for two "scren" days or alternatively, show up in successive scenes in different outfits etc!), or the LOOKS Doyle and Bodie give each other over and over and T'hy'la's "Magnets" drawing them together over the course of a scene.

I think this is why they (a) garner new fans on ITV4 and (b) bear re-re-watching. It certainly isn't the plots/stories, but there's always something new to notice and to say to other fans, "Did you see in such-and-such, where Bodie did that thing? Or when Doyle did that other thing?" etc. :D

A Thing of Beauty is a joy forever. And this show and the Lads are that indeed. :)

(Thank you for commenting. Tumblr scares me (and takes three years to buffer on my broadband speeds) so I'm not there. Some day I really ought to let T'hy'la know I make these posts.:/ )
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