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How Downton Abbey Convinced Maggie Smith To Return For The Movie

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Warning: mild SPOILERS for Downton Abbey are in play. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, please leave this story and return once you’re caught up.

After Downton Abbey went off the air in 2015 and talk about a film adaptation began, there was one cast member who didn’t seem to terribly enthusiastic about taking part in the hypothetical proceedings. Dame Maggie Smith, the woman behind the keen portrayal of Dowager Countess Violet Crawley, was concerned that between her character’s presumed age,and the nature of Julian Fellowes’ then resolved series, there wouldn’t be much reason for there to be a movie, or for her to be involved.

But as preparations for Downton Abbey the movie came calling, it appears it didn’t take too much convincing to bring the legendary actor back to her exceedingly memorable character. I got to ask director Michael Engler, on behalf of CinemaBlend, specifically what did the trick when it came to bringing Dame Maggie Smith back to the Downton fold. During our conversation on the press day, Engler credited the following factors for her return:

That was Julian [Fellowes] and Gareth [Neame]. I think once everybody else was pretty much ready to go, I think she sort of thought ‘Call me when you’ve got a schedule, when it’s really happening’ and all that. And they pulled it together, and went to her, and said ‘Here’s the script. Everyone’s doing it, this is when it is.’ You know, I think she didn’t not want to be a part of it. I don’t think she needed to do it, more like that it was an unfinished business for her as an actor. But I think it was a group of people she really enjoyed working with over the years.

Smith’s concerns about her character weren’t of the garden variety type, where an actor feels that they’re over playing a role such as the Dowager Countess. Rather, the realistic factors such as Violet Crawley’s age, as well as where the story could go after Julian Fellowes’ memorable series concluded, were the driving factors in Dame Maggie’s doubts about a Downton Abbey movie.

And yet, when the time came, and duty called, Dame Maggie Smith returned alongside her fellow co-stars. Which is a very thankful fate, as Violet gets to be even sharper and wittier in the film version of Downton Abbey; something that Michael Engler chalks up to the natural upscaling process of enhancing the televised narrative of the show into a major motion picture.

Speaking of the Dowager Countess’s age, it’s always been a question as to how old the character really is in the world of Downton Abbey. Smith herself has gone on record thinking she was in the range of being 110 years old by time the show ended, but when I asked Engler if there was a chance that he knew Violet’s proper age, he responded:

No, I don’t [know]. I think if you were to ever actually trace it, it wouldn’t even be possible, because, what is she, 15 years older than when the series started? I don’t know, I think she’s probably, as a character, in her late eighties or something.

That’s certainly a pretty big gap between estimates, but no matter what the age of Violet Crawley truly is, there seems to be a story mechanic in play that’s given Dame Maggie Smith more leeway in deciding whether she’ll come back for any hypothetical sequels. Spoilers are definitely in play from this point on.

At the end of Downton Abbey, we discover that Violet is on borrowed time. A visit to the doctor’s in London confirmed that she is gravely ill, and she’s not sure how much time she has left on this earth. She imparts this news to Michelle Dockery’s Lady Mary, and comforts her by telling her that she’s the future of Downton, and she represents the best parts of herself.

So while it was relatively easy to bring Dame Maggie Smith back for this theatrical endeavor, should there be a sequel in the offing, we might not see the Dowager Countess along for the ride. While that prospect is sad, it’s still fantastic that we got to see Smith back in action with her fan favorite character for at least one movie, as sharp and as witty as ever.

Downton Abbey’s future as a cinematic franchise will more than likely be built on the same foundation of luck and dedication that his first film built its hopes upon. Just as Julian Fellowes didn’t know that there was even going to be a movie, Dame Maggie Smith’s participation wasn’t a given during this initial go. As always, fans will have to wait and see what the future brings when it comes to their favorite family of luxury.

What you don’t have to wait for though is Downton Abbey to hit theaters, as today marks the opening of the film in the domestic market.

 
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Dayaben’s entry in ‘Tarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma’ again, husband Mayur Pandya told the truth

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Dayaben's entry in 'Tarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma' again, husband Mayur Pandya told the truth

There is still confusion regarding the entry of Dayaben aka Disha Wakani in the serial ‘Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah ‘ . Disha Vakani went on to maternity leave in 2017, since which she has not returned to the show. For some time, news has been coming about Disha Wakani’s return to the show, but nothing has been confirmed about it yet. In the past, it was shown that Jethalal talks to Dayaben over the phone and she calls him ‘Tappu Ke Papa’.

Now Disha Vakani’s husband Mayur Pandya has broken the silence on her return to the show. In an interview with the Bombay Times, Mayur said – Disha has not yet decided to shoot full time on the show. Mayur said – Disha has shot some portions of the episode but no solution has been found to the ongoing conversation with the makers.

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Kareena Kapoor, seeing Kalki Kekalan’s baby bump, said, ‘I looked like a cow’

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Kareena Kapoor Wiki, Age, Photos and Family

There was a time when Kareena Kapoor was pregnant and about to give birth to Taimur. However, during her pregnancy, she was still in the discussion about her stylish look. During this, apart from getting the photoshoot done, he also did a ramp walk. Now the period through which Kareena has passed, the actress Kalki Kekalan is going through that period.

Kalki is about to give birth to her first child and this child is from her boyfriend Guy Hershberg. Recently, Kalki arrived as a guest on Kareena’s chat show. Although the conversation in this chat show has not been revealed yet, an unofficial conversation between the two has come up.

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The two actors in Bollywood wanted to marry Hema Malin

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Birthday of Bollywood’s Dream Girl – actress Hema Malini. Hema, who struck many with her beauty and acting, remains popular today. So fans are eager to know everything about them. Fans know the whole journey from Hema Malini and Dharmendra’s love story to marriage. But then there were many actors in Bollywood who wanted to marry Hema Malin. Among them are two actors who were among the leading actors at the time. Popular Bollywood actors Jitendra and Sanjeev Kumar had a strong desire to marry Hema Malini. But Hema Malini married Dharmendra.

Since Sanjeev wanted to marry Hema Malini, he decided to seek help from Jitendra. Sanjay asked Jitendra to convey the matter in his heart to Hema. But then Hema refused to marry Sanjeev. It is said that Hema refused to marry Sanjeev, but he started to like Jitendra. Jitendra and Hema confess their love to each other during the filming of the ‘bride’ movie. The couple’s family had also given permission for the marriage. Jitendra wanted to marry Hema but then he was dating Shobha.

Shobha and Jitendra were childhood friends. When Shobha learned this, he asked Hema to explain to Jitendra. But meanwhile Hema and Jitendra’s family met each other. While the two families were meeting on one side, Hema got a call from Dharmendra and expressed his love for Hema Malini. Before making any decision, Dharmendra asked Hema to meet him once.

It is said that since Dharmendra’s first wife was not willing to divorce him, Dharmendra accepted Islam to marry Hema Malini. Hema’s father V. S. Ramanujam Chakraborty was opposed to this marriage. Dharmendra and Prakash already had four children. Therefore, Ramanujam was strongly opposed to this marriage.

Dharmendra and Hema got married only after the death of their father. Hema’s mother was also opposed to the marriage, but they still married. According to Hema, Dharmendra was the main reason for his attraction. Dharmendra is just as calm and tough as his mother. Hema and Dharmendra are married with two daughters, Isha and Ahana, and both are married.

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