Fandom Asks: Dan Stevens

Now that I’ve become familiar with more of the characters that Dan Stevens has portrayed, I can finally use them to answer this ‘Fandom Asks’ questionnaire! Maybe I’ll make it a series and apply it to other crushes as well. We’ll start with Dan though, because he’s so much fun.

Dan, inconspicuously visiting Disneyland, just weeks after the release of ‘Beauty and The Beast’ had made him the newest Disney prince. in his rose covered shoes.

 

The first character I first fell in love with: David Haller, Legion

He’s so sweet and clueless and broken, and he has no idea how very powerful he truly is. Once he starts to discover his powers though, he levitates, and moves things without touching them, and can take you outside of your body into the Astral Plain where he’s set up a nice little love nest for the two of you… I mean, Syd. the love nest that he set up for Syd.

 

The character I never expected to love as much as I do now: David Collins, The Guest

He’s a psychopath, but so damn polite about it! It’s not his fault though, the big bad government used him for an experiment and made him a super soldier without empathy, so that makes it okay to love him. As long as he thinks it’s his ‘mission’ to make you happy; don’t disrupt the mission.

 

The character everyone else loves that I don’t: The Beast, Beauty and The Beast

I like him well enough, but c’mon! They hid that beautiful face under CGI fur for almost the whole movie! His grumpiness has a certain charm to it, I’ll admit. I like him much better after the transformation though.

 

The character I love that everyone else hates: Noah Dorfman, Criminal Activities

I don’t know that others hate him, necessarily, it’s just that he’s not exactly a heartthrob. He tries too hard to fit in, willingly letting his ‘friends’ take advantage of him, and he’s kind of bouncy like a puppy. He has an enjoyable dry wit that comes out in full force when he’s stressed though, and his curly hair is adorable!

 

The character I used to love but don’t any longer: Will Porter, Killswitch

I really liked him in the build up to the release of the movie but then once I saw the movie, he felt flat, very one dimensional. And not actually on screen all that much. The movie, while inventive, was full of dead ends.

he ‘gazes’ like nobody’s business though!

 

The character I would totally smooch: Joey Van Helsing, Vamps

The floppy hair and the boyish smile, and the fact that he doesn’t run away screaming when he finds out that you’re a vampire. Not only that, but he still wants to make out with you, even though his dad is a vampire hunter. He’s a keeper!

 

The character I’d want to be like: David Cameron, Hilde

Confident, Charismatic, Cocky

 

The character I’d slap: James Harvey, The Ticket

I go from wanting to cuddle him in his disheveled clothes, to wanting to slap him in his designer suits. Maybe we should eliminate the clothing factor altogether and see what I feel then?

 

 

A pairing that I love: All of them and their Beautiful Blue Eyes

 

Fav fanvid: Dangerous- David Collins, The Guest

Warning: gun violence, brief female nudity, swear words, but excellent editing!

ETA: unfortunately this video was removed. so I’ll change the answer to this question to ‘There’s An Infestation in My Mind’s Imagination- David Haller, Legion’. the subject matter may be tamer but the song and editing is on point!

 

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Hilde

One of the things I like about following the careers of film actors, is when I’m introduced to a film through them that I might not have stumbled across otherwise. Ewan McGregor in ‘Little Voice’, Richard Armitage in ‘Sparkhouse’, James McAvoy in ‘Starter for 10’ (I love Benedict Cumberbatch in that one too!), and now Dan Stevens in Hilde. I can safely say that I would not have come across Hilde on my own because it’s in German, and I (unfortunately) only speak English. but thanks to the wonder of subtitles, I was able to follow along and ended up really enjoying this film.

 

Hilde is about the German actress/singer Hildegard Knef. It shows what she went through in order to follow her dream and become an actress, the hurdles and hardships she had to overcome. First as a young woman in Germany during World War II, then as a War Bride trying to catch a break in Hollywood, and finally as a well known name back on her native soil-  though maybe not always ‘known’ for the right reasons. Hilde had spirit and tenacity in abundance, but also a good dose of naivete. She had a tendency to jump into things feet first, which always seemed to come back and bite her later.

being refused service, because of a risque film she was in

 

So by the time she finds herself back in Germany as a well known actress, she’s a bit rough around the edges and cynical. This is when Dan Stevens steps in, playing an actor by the name of David Cameron, who is set to costar with Hilde in a movie.

 

The first meeting between Hilde and David is not all sunshine and roses. He jovially introduces himself, while Hilde tells him to be quiet because she needs to ‘shut down’. He eventually breaks through her protective wall with some self depreciating British charm.

 

And so she invites him to a party that she’s hosting, enticing him to attend by promising that industry insiders will be there. When he shows up though, some surprises are in store. He surprises her by speaking German (he communicated in English up until this point), and she surprises him by being the only one present; she canceled the party to spend time with him instead.

a woman who knows what she wants.

 

What follows is a love story that I really liked. It was short, compared to the rest of the movie, but meaningful to me in the way that David connected with Hilde. He understood her, didn’t judge her, kept calm through her storms of fear and doubt, and encouraged her to pursue her dream of becoming a singer.

 

There’s a ‘morning after’ scene with Hilde and David in bed together that I find particularly sweet. They are so playful with one another, caressing hands and full of smiles. She gestures for him to listen, and when he does but seems confused about what he’s supposed to be hearing, she says it’s her happiness. He then proclaims that it’s a historic moment because Hilde is happy! it’s really cute.

 

In another scene, Hilde has finally gathered the nerve to record a song professionally. David has never heard her sing before and shows up in the recording studio to watch. The person working the soundboard tells him that she’s really nervous and David says he’s already made up his mind to tell her that she’s brilliant, regardless of what she sounds like. The song she sings is so good though, so heartfelt, that it makes him cry. You can see how proud of her he is, how much he admires and loves her.

 

I found the film interesting for it’s historical subject matter, inspiring for Hilde’s determination to become an actress at any cost, and touching for the emotional support that she finally finds in David.

 

I’m not familiar with the real actress/singer Hildegard Knef, so I can’t say whether Heike Makatsch captured her mannerisms and essence, but I liked the deeper sounding voice that she used for the character.

 

Dan Stevens’ eyes hypnotized (like always) and the floppy hair style just added to his charm; I’ve always had a weak spot for the floppy haired look.

 

I liked hearing him speak his lines in German too. I can’t rightfully judge whether he spoke it well or not, but it sounded nice to my ears. Watching this film was an all around pleasant experience: good story, nice music, and a delightful Dan Stevens. win/win!