[quote="pettytyrant101":rdlrs86d]I thought I recognized his name! The guy from the Prisoner remake- now Tin if you'd said the guy with the acting talent of wood (at least in Prisoner where he made a mockery of Patrick McGoohan's characater and original perfomance) I'd have known who you meant![/quote:rdlrs86d]
Of course the person most to blame for the COMPLETELY DESTRUCTION of the legacy of the Prisoner is Bill Gallagher the director (actually the script-writer, but Nick Hurran was basically just a figurehead. Gallagher ran the show as his many interviews made absolutely clear).
Gallagher turned the Themes of the Original Prisoner upside down and inside out. In Gallagher's version, The Prisoner is an ode to Fascism (it's all for our own good don't you know
), a complete reversal of the original series which was about Liberation. It's VERY telling that McGoohan REFUSED to play any part in the Production.
I'm not sure why McKellen stooped to taking part in this Travesty, except that he appears to have been Shanghied by Gallagher who pulled a bait and switch. In dual interviews, McKellen appears to be humouring Gallagher, and distancing himself from Gallagher's take on The Prisoner (putting the best face on it ast were).
If anyone wants to see my complete deconstruction of Gallagher's script, and his stated intentions for writing such a script, just pop over to the official Prisoner forum, and go to the Prisoner 2009 sub-forum.