Evil Under the Sun / Morte na Praia

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There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it {is} common among men [Eclesiastes 6.1, Bíblia versão King James]
Vi um mal debaixo do sol, que calca pesadamente o homem. [Eclesiastes 6:1, Bíblia versão católica]

A escritora inglesa Agatha Christie foi batizada na Igreja Anglicana, mas teve contato com o catolicismo, unitarismo, teosofia, zoroastrismo e o espiritismo em sua vida graças à mente avançada de sua mãe. Seu segundo marido, o arqueologista Max Mallowan, era católico romano. Em seus livros a autora costuma apresentar os princípios éticos cristãos ao punir o criminoso, o agente do Mal.

Sua personagem Miss Marple é anglicana, Hercule Poirot é católico; embora a autora defenda a punição do mal supremo que é o homicídio, ela também criticava a severidade exagerada dos fanáticos religiosos que expulsavam jovens grávidas de casa, por exemplo. Para ela, o único pecado imperdoável é tirar a vida de outra pessoa – tanto que se debate em dúvida sobre o que fazer com o criminoso apanhado.

Os romances de Agatha Christie demonstram a gradual mudança de percepção da autora sobre o assunto: se nos primeiros livros o assassino ia diretamente para a forca ou se justificava alguns casos de homicídio, ela passa a dedicar mais atenção à vítima nos livros posteriores.

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Dois atores, dois métodos

Em inglês mesmo, para não perder nada na tradução.

Michael Gambon sobre Dumbledore, da série Harry Potter.

Michael Gambon has played Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore for five years but he hasn’t been setting a good example for his students when it comes to finishing their homework: The beloved old wizard hasn’t cracked a single one of J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” novels.

The choice not to read Rowling’s book series, he explains, is deliberate and he points out that costars Ralph Fiennes and Alan Rickman haven’t taken up the books either.

“No point in reading the books because you’re playing with [screenwriter] Steve Kloves’ words.”
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In fact, many riled-up muggles also took to the Internet after the third film to complain that Gambon didn’t have the same kindly grandfather aura that they came to expect in the books and in the first two films when the role was portrayed by the late Richard Harris. [Los Angeles Times, 13/07/09]

David Suchet sobre Hercule Poirot, de Agatha Christie.

To prepare himself for the role, Suchet actually read every Poirot novel and short story by Agatha Christie. Said he on The Strand Magazine online: “What I did was, I had my file on one side of me and a pile of stories on the other side and day after day, week after week, I plowed through most of Agatha Christie’s novels about Hercule Poirot and wrote down characteristics until I had a file full of documentation of the character. And then it was my business not only to know what he was like, but to gradually become him. I had to become him before we started shooting.”
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David Suchet is careful in his performance as Poirot. He knows that fans are aware of the oddities and mannerisms that are Poirot’s. Suchet says this on his accuracy of Poirot: “I always carry around a list of ninety-three things to remember about him. As mundane as how many lumps of sugar he puts in his tea, and how many in his coffee. Because, you know, people WILL notice these things if you make a mistake. And they do write in about my accuracy. One of the nicest descriptions of him is that ‘his eyes twinkle’ and I’ve had some lovely fan mail in from some ladies who love him purely because of that. I wanted him to have . . . charm.” [Hercule Poirot Central]

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