Thursday, May 3, 2012

American Idol Comes to Downton Abbey?

So a couple of days ago, I was on my Facebook page when one of the Downton Abbey pages I follow put up this article:

Simon Cowell to have cameo role in new series of Downton Abbey

Simon Cowell is swapping his trademark high-waisted trousers for white tie and tails, with a small part in the third series of Downton Abbey.
For his first acting role, the X Factor creator and music producer will appear as Baron de Wharffe, an industrialist and old schoolfriend of the Earl of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville). The Baron seeks refuge at Downton after falling on hard times when new laws force him to close down a number of
profitable meat factories. He puts his host in a difficult position, however, when he starts encouraging the servants to leave Downton and fulfil their childhood fantasies.“


Not really sure how to feel about this. On the one hand, Julian Fellowes (hopefully) knows what he's doing, but on the other hand Simon Cowell? Really? And it's his first acting job? I hoping that this isn't the point where Downton "jumps the shark".

What do you think? How would you feel about Simon Cowell on Downton Abbey? Does he have a chance? Or do you think it's a disaster waiting to happen? Leave a comment!

Edit: As it turns out, this article was an April Fools joke.

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  1. Frankly, I'm a bit scared, haha. But who knows? I think we'll just have to wait and see.(:


  2. Are you kidding me? Simon Cowell in Downton Abbey?! That's...unbelievable! I'll probably end up laughing as I watch him play the Baron. He's not the kind of person I'd expect to see in a period drama. And yes, I am dreading a huge catastrophe. I do not want to press the "buzzer" on Downton Abbey all because of him. But I must say, this is going to be really interesting.

  3. 'Tis a little odd to be sure, and especially on his first acting role to cast him as a "Baron de Wharffe" who would supposedly have a European accent of some kind?

    As to his acting abilities even being a judge on shows like American Idol and Britain's Got Talent require some acting ability. And I'm sure he would have to go through some casting interviews before being cast in the part.

    I was a little inclined to believe that the article had got Cowell's name mixed up with actor Simon Callow who is no stranger to period dramas and has played European gentlemen before, but he's a bit older to be playing an "old schoolfriend of the Earl of Grantham".

    This news is quite interesting!

  4. That article was posted April 1, it was an April Fools joke. Thank Heavens! ;)


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