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June 26, 2014

BBC America's 'The Musketeers': All for one and one for all

Actors did their homework by reading the novel

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All have seen at least some of Richard Lester’s light-hearted 1973 version of “The Three Musketeers.”

“I really, really liked it,” said Cabrera. “It’s very much the book but then I stayed away from because I didn’t want these images start creeping into your mind.”

Hodges said he tried to catch some of that “unique blend of humor, wit, almost slapstick at times, but then that incredible darkness when it needs it.”

Everyone enjoys the filming in the Czech Republic where, says Hodges, they’ve built a mini-studio where “we shoot all our Paris locations and the Musketeer garrison.”

They also have had access to film in places usually not accessible to the public. “We’ve had the privilege of filming in locations that are rarely open to anyone,” says Charles, “let alone the public or a film crew, so they’ve been kind enough to open it up to us, and we respectfully use them.”

Pasqualino says, there are “so many of these monasteries and castles and getting the pleasure of filming inside of them (is) incredible.”

Series writer Hodges says, “You can have fun, you can have the swashbuckling thing that everybody always talks about when they talk about the Musketeers, but actually you can really go into some dark and serious places as well.”

A day after “The Musketeers” premieres Sunday on BBC America, it will be available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Microsoft Xbox Video, Sony PSN and Vudu.

 

Where to watch BBC America is available on all area cable and satellite television providers. Charter Communications: Channel 120. Enventis: 117 Dish Network: 135 DirecTV: 264

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