News Matthew Rhys to Play Perry Mason in HBO Limited Series

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  1. Enterprise is Great

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    https://tvline.com/2019/01/14/matthew-rhys-perry-mason-hbo-limited-series-cast

    Matthew Rhys. Perry Mason. 1932 Los Angeles. I'm so there.
     
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    Is Hamilton Burger going to win at least ONE case? Or will he be as incompetent as he was in the original series? :lol:
     
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    It will be interesting to see Mason go back to the original 1930s setting of the books and early movies, which has been vastly overshadowed by the TV show in the popular consciousness.

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    Hoping he is :p. I'll have to wait until it comes out on dvd to watch it though as I don't get HBO.
     
  5. Christopher

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    My pick for a new Perry Mason would've been someone like Lawrence Fishburne, but I guess if it's going to be a period piece, that wouldn't really work.

    As it happens, Matthew Rhys played the killer in the very last Columbo movie, Columbo Likes the Nightlife. So he has that prior connection to detective fiction, for what it's worth.
     
  6. Mr. Laser Beam

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    What made RDJ change his mind about actually playing Mason?
     
  7. The Nth Doctor

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    Interesting. I only watched a few episodes of Perry Mason as a kid but I never got into it, but I might check this out because Matthew Rhys is terrific in everything he does.
     
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    I hope they keep the theme music. :techman:
     
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  9. Professor Zoom

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    Since Mason will be a private detective in this series.... Maybe? I wonder how much courtroom action will happen.
    And why do Perry Mason and NOT make him a lawyer? The show and the TV movies later are probably better known than the original novels.

    It's an interesting approach. I hope it works out for them.
     
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    Maybe he was too busy.
     
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    Interesting. I'll probably check it out.
     
  13. Amaris

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    It's not that Hamilton Burger was incompetent, it's that Perry knew how to spin him around in circles. Oh, and somehow the guilty party would always confess right there in court.
    That being said, it's what you get when your name is Ham Burger.

    This looks like it could be great. I loved Rhys in "The Americans," and have been itching to see him in other series.
     
  14. Christopher

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    And in the preliminary hearing, no less, at least in the show (don't know about the books). I think there were only one or two episodes of the show where the case actually got to a jury trial. One was the episode about the one case Perry "lost," which opened with his client's conviction and then had him prove the guy innocent after all.
     
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  15. Spot's Meow

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    I don't know if it's incredible luck or really savvy decision making, but Matthew Rhys chooses really great projects. Or maybe it's that whatever projects he chooses he makes great by being a part of them.