Good overview of the Thorne/Hendricks vibe, selected mainly from Sleepyhead, with a bit of Scaredycat: “David Morrissey and Aidan Gillen in Thorne - Tom and Phil.” I’d call it…platonic with a bit of unrequited lust, but I wouldn’t totally discount the idea of there having been some drunken fumbling in the past.
A big highlight of both Thorne films is the relationship between Thorne and Phil Hendricks (Aidan Gillen), the openly gay, Irish coroner working on both cases, who also helped Thorne with his earlier career and is probably his only real friend. The events of Sleepyhead drive a wedge between them, but things appear to have been forgiven by halfway through Scaredycat, if only because that case becomes so frankly gonzo that if Hendricks wasn’t along for the ride, Thorne would probably end up either getting killed or killing himself.
Of the two movies, Sleepyhead is definitely superior, and acts as a nice introductory origin story/case-file. Someone’s trying to deliberately produce “locked-in syndrome” in apparently randomly-selected women, but only one has survived the inducement process thus far. Thorne suspects the case has something to do with his first real break, the “rock the church was built on,” as rival detective Eddie Marsan sneers, and fears increasingly that the investigation will reveal some fiddly business attached to that particular incident. So you get a nice back-and-forth as to the trustworthiness of Thorne’s very few allies, as well as himself, and much overall vulnerability and sympathetic quasi-assholery results.
David Morrissey as Tom Thorne.
Ah, long tall Tom Thorne, existentially depressed Liverpudlian detective, who mopes loomingly around London listening to the Louvin Brothers singing “Satan is Real” on his iPod. British/Quebec co-pros jumpstarted by Morrissey himself (who discovered that Thorne mysteries author Mark Billingham, when asked who he’d cast as Thorne, immediately said: “David Morrissey,” so he phoned him up and asked if he’d be willing to let him try), the Thorne movies are a winning combination of kitchen sink angst and truly crazy guignol—the sort of mysteries A Touch of Cloth parodies, but really fun, especially if you’ve always wanted to see Morrissey get man-handled by a variety of smaller, crazier people.
David Morrissey as Tom Thorne
Quit smiling, you’re suppose to be professional.
Always Edward Gorey. Always.
I’m with you! Except, of course, for the sad fact that I would STILL climb him like a pole. Andrea made some dumb decisions in her time, but from my POV, that wasn’t one of ‘em.
"I wish The Governor was a good guy, or they got David Morrissey to play a good guy. Because seriously, I would climb him like a pole."
and the angels sit
telling him to stop
feeling so pained
“where does it hurt?” they ask,
he points to you.
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