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Random stages of mental static watching this particular comic romantic pairing:

Me: Right; the entire "we totally hate him!" speech exists, like, 95% so that the hero can answer the door and be incredibly good looking and knock the heroine's socks off... and 5% so that the idiot best friend can then bring it up again at the least convenient time.



Me: ... wait, what? Has that actor always been THAT TALL, or is it just that the heroine is really short?

Me: *Interwebs* Well, six of one, half-dozen of the other....

Seriously, there is something like a foot and a quarter of difference, which somehow has the effect of making him appear even taller-- she's actually below-average height, but since none of the male cast members are as tall as he is (and he hasn't had any scenes next to any of them), and the actress who plays the best friend is about the same height as the heroine, the optical effect is somehow to make her seem normal and him just seem distractingly, extremely tall in this particular setting.

Said setting is primarily "picturesque historical English country cottages," which means that he is in fact slightly taller than any of the doorframes, which makes it more disconcerting-- sort of like I kept expecting it to be like Gandalf in Bag End, with constantly bonking his head on that fool chandelier.

(Additional disconcerting Tolkein references brought to you courtesy of the fact that the extremely tall character is played by the extremely tall Richard Armitage, whose most recent/current role is, you know, not so much supposed to be really tall... well, I mean, tall for a dwarf? Taller than a hobbit? But, you know, clearly not as tall as, say, Gandalf, or the assorted elves, or probably the men of Laketown when we get there)

(I don't know why I am hung up on the Aoshi/Misao-esque height difference here, but apparently it's going to be my mental static for the duration)

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On June 3rd, 2013 10:17 pm (UTC), bloodied_snow commented:
It's all about how the cameras are angled. o v o/

You can make people look different via how you angle the camera. That's how they make the giant in Big Fish look so tall. In addition they use smaller than normal props and edit it a little. o n o

It's all in the mind. o - o
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On June 4th, 2013 02:26 am (UTC), jane_drew_ replied:
Oh, I know-- I've seen some of the "making of" LOTR features, speficically the bit where they have Gandalf and Frodo riding in the cart at the start of "Fellowship"-- and the perspective tricks were fascinating. Also a bit disturbing. But mostly fascinating.

(watching more of the show I was discussing above, it was interesting to see how they dealt with the height disparity- they were clearly not trying to minimize it, but they also had to deal with the fact that any kind of romantic scene between people who are that far apart in height is potentially a bit tricky to stage...)
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