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Watch an Awkward and Funny Moment From ‘Downton Abbey’ | Anatomy of a Scene

“I’m Michael Engler, and I
directed ‘Downton Abbey.’ At this point in the
movie, the king and queen and their retinue
have arrived, and they’re
staying at Downton. And this is the
big banquet dinner that they’re all going
to be at together. And the servants at
Downton have found out that they won’t be actually
serving the king and queen, and the royal staff is
going to be serving. And so there’s been this
conspiracy to replace them and to restore the
glory of Downton by having the staff
serve and make dinner for the king and queen.” “Tom, you’re looking
pleased with yourself.” “He was just praising
Lady Bagshaw’s maid.” “There’s always
a certain amount of tension between individual
agendas and behavior and then what is expected
of one and of the group.” “This is good. I thought something
else was planned. But it is excellent. So a well done
too old Courbet.” “This wasn’t Monsieur
Courbet, Your Majesty. Mrs. Patmore cooked it. In fact, it is the
Downton Abbey staff who are serving
you this evening.” “That sets it up so that
the contrast of when Molesley, who was supposed
to be seen and not heard, he speaks up, and
all eyes are on him. You know, I wanted these very
long, formal, static shots of–” “I do beg your
pardon, Your Majesty.” “The people at the
table looking at him, try to include as many
people as possible so you could see how big a
room had been quieted by this and was focused and stilled. But also we played around
with, well what shall we do with the score, here? What should it feel
like and all that. And then in the
end we played the absolute silence except
for the light ticking of the clock. Kevin Doyle who plays
Molesley is a brilliant actor. And because he
is so real and he can play the most
dramatic moments, but he is also fearless
comically and really, really funny.” “I suppose he’s excited
that they’ve had to take over from our people. I wonder what’s happened.” “Whatever may have
happened does not excuse his behavior.” “I can assure you,
Lady Grantham, we are quite used to people
behaving strangely when we are near.” [LAUGHTER]

13 thoughts on “Watch an Awkward and Funny Moment From ‘Downton Abbey’ | Anatomy of a Scene

  1. After witnessing/suffering through the first two seasons ("critics" said it was good) before coming to my senses, I would rather spoon out my own eyeballs than see this.

  2. Today, the New York Times has propagated false propaganda against India, this newspaper gets funds to run false news, what does New York know about India, it has run Pakistan's agenda,

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