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Who would you cast as King Galen?

Discussion in 'Dynasty' started by Snarky's Ghost, Aug 10, 2017.

  1. Snarky's Ghost

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    We tried this once before on the old website...

    Many of us didn't like the casting of Alex Ward AKA Joel Fabiani as King Galen on DYNASTY. Nothing against him as an actor, but he'll always be that paranoid CIA assassin out to kill Starsky & Hutch for friendly firing his wife.

    Plus, Lola Fabiani was clearly American, which made little sense.

    Who might you have cast in the role of King Galen of Moldavia?

    My first choice is usually Ricardo Montalban. Spelling liked him, he's actually from someplace ostensibly outside of the contiguous United States, and once Alexis dumps him, he could go over to THE COLBYS and supplant the role of Zach Powers.

    Perfect.

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  2. James from London

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    Well, Joel Fabiani reminds me of Christopher Plummer so my first instinct is to say Christopher Plummer but then they're so alike, it would kind of defeat the point of recasting him in the first place.
     
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    How about Timothy Dalton? I know he's a little bit too young to have dated Alexis in the 50s but that didn't stop them casting Gordon Thomson as her first born son, even though in reality JC and GT are only 12 years apart in age
     
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    Peter De Vilbis is still my favourite unsavory non-American Dynasty character (apart from the first Mrs. Carrington, of course) so it felt as if the Galens jumped on the euro-bandwagon.
    They also looked a little too neat, but I liked Duchess Elena.

    My choice for Galen would be Demis Roussos (although he had lost a lot of weight at the time they did the Moldavia story).
    But if he looked like this
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    that would have been awesome.

    I guess Omar Sharif was the most obvious candidate? Did they ask him?
     
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  5. Snarky's Ghost

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    Yes, she was just fine. Didn't JfL once refer to her as The Duchess of How Now Brown Cow?
     
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    I propose two others names :
    former french Holywood star Louis Jourdan (Octopussy vilain) or Greek star George Chakiris (West Side Story star and Nicholas in 1985-1986 season of Dallas)...
     

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  7. Snarky's Ghost

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    But Plummer indeed has more gravitas than Fabiani.

    Oh, Jourdan is a good choice.

    And there's always this guy as a possible, even though he's from New Jersey:
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    I really, really, really, wanted Dynasty to have nothing to do with mythical European kingdoms. But if I couldn't avoid it by undoing history, I would at least create more story for it. As in, I did not really mind the actor playing King Galen, but the show did not have him or his kingdom appear believable. The wedding Alexis proposed should have had more opposition than from just the duchess/ex fiancée. Nobody should be walking around without someone announcing them. There should have been more guards. Amanda could have talked about the foreign culture and how difficult it would have been to adapt to it and worry if people would accept it. And I have suggested an alternate coup d' état plot in another thread. In short: if Camille Marchetta wanted a Princess Di story, it should have more elements of the Princess Di story.

    But so as not to completely derail the thread, here is my suggestion of who would make a better Moldavian King (aka one somewhere around Romania and Moldova):

    Anthony Higgins (yes 14 years younger, but Gordon Thomson was already mentioned and how the show did not mind there)

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    Prince Abdullah Spray-Tan from Lace? Wasn't that bad enough?
     
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    Come on, if you like Peter Devilbus there is no way you don't, deep down, like Prince Abdullah!
     
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    I agree with Omar Sharif and Louis Jourdan, both are obvious choices. How about switching Joel Fabiani and Christopher Cazenove? Fabiani as Ben and Cazenove as Galen.
     
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    My problem with Cazenove as King Galen is that then I would not want the Moldavia story to end.
     
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    A lot of people seem to feel this way... To me, introducing a royal family seems totally natural to DYNASTY -- even necessary -- during the middle third of the series... But, like So Many Things DYNASTY, the execution is what makes it all seem so pointless and wrong.

    I would have made Peter DeVilbus (whose casting of smarmtastic Helmut Berger only works if the show around him works) or Count Pierre du Chalon (France Benard) in Season 4 somehow attached to the incoming rack of Moldavian regents of Season 5 and 6. With a re-cast King.

    But it would have to have led to Alexis' coronation midway through S6, a reverse-reverse coup removing her from the throne after three or four episodes, and she and the Moldavians returning to Denver for a few episodes more before being escorted out of Colorado by whatever means necessary. Although Prince Michael would stick around thru S7 to court all the pretty girls and force-abort Sammy Jo's baby to please his mother-in-law before his face is clawed off by a caged lion at the Olde Anglish Faiyyyrrre early in Season 8 when Miss Dean Carrington Reese shoves him to his death.


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