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Old August 17 2013, 05:12 AM   #1
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Basis for Rygel in Farscape?

So I'm watching the 1954 version of "The Student Prince," and when I see Edmund Gwenn, all I can think of is Rygel. Gee, even the same moustache and haircut! Kind funny.

Was there ever anything written as to what inspired Rygel's looks? Or the others?

Or characters for other shows?
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Old August 17 2013, 06:50 AM   #2
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Re: Basis for Rygel in Farscape?

The most infamous thing like this is probably Contad Veidt's character in the 1928 film "The Man Who Laughs". The imagery is said to have inspired Batman's Joker; and the artistic similarities are a bit uncanny.

http://filmmakeriq.com/2011/08/the-1...man-who-laughs
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Old August 17 2013, 03:55 PM   #3
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Re: Basis for Rygel in Farscape?

In the Batman comics they actually redesigned Alfred to look like the actor who played him in the Batman serials.
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Old August 17 2013, 08:05 PM   #4
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Re: Basis for Rygel in Farscape?

I always thought Oscar the Grouch was the basis for Rigel...
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Old August 18 2013, 06:15 AM   #5
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Re: Basis for Rygel in Farscape?

TemporalFlux wrote: View Post
The most infamous thing like this is probably Contad Veidt's character in the 1928 film "The Man Who Laughs". The imagery is said to have inspired Batman's Joker; and the artistic similarities are a bit uncanny.

http://filmmakeriq.com/2011/08/the-1...man-who-laughs
I'd never heard about that before.
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Old August 23 2013, 10:26 PM   #6
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Re: Basis for Rygel in Farscape?

Veidt was a great actor. He is perhaps best known from Casablanca.
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Old August 24 2013, 05:34 PM   #7
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Veidt was a great actor. He is perhaps best known from Casablanca.
Or perhaps "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari," in which he played Cesare the murderous sleepwalker.
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Old September 3 2013, 11:00 AM   #8
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Re: Basis for Rygel in Farscape?

The imagery is said to have inspired Batman's Joker.
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Old September 6 2013, 09:48 AM   #9
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DonnaEdwards wrote: View Post
The imagery is said to have inspired Batman's Joker.
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Old September 6 2013, 07:42 PM   #10
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Re: Basis for Rygel in Farscape?

After giving it more thought, I've determined that Fish from Barney Miller is the true inspiration for Rygel.
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