King Arthur ‘a modern-day Prince Harry’ in telly drama Merlin

May 4th, 2009 - 3:51 pm ICT by ANI  

London, May 4 (ANI): King Arthur in the British television drama series Merlin is a modern-day version of Prince Harry, since the legendary leader is “a bit of a d***head”, claims its producer.

Producer Johnny Capps made the revelation ahead of the launch of the second series based on the Arthurian legends of the mythical wizard Merlin and his relationship with Prince Arthur.

Capps drew the comparison between Arthur and the royal, known for his hard-party lifestyle and reported incidents involving cannabis, stressing the former was not perfect.

“We had to understand that Merlin was an older man and Arthur was king, and then subvert that, so when you first meet the young Prince Arthur, he’s a bit of a d***head,” the Daily Star quoted him as saying.

“He’s a modern-day Prince Harry, he occasionally shows great strength but likes to party and have fun,” he added.

Johnny continued: “He’s a slightly comic character but you see heroic moments, and the audience should enjoy going on the journey, seeing the first signs of the king he will eventually become.”

Co-producer Julian Murphy further dwelled upon the relationship between Prince Arthur and Merlin to 1990s show Jeeves & Wooster.

Julian said: “Merlin is like many heroes, he’s a secret hero. Nobody knows he’s the hero. He and Arthur are an odd couple in an almost Jeeves and Wooster way in that the servant knows more than the master, and often gets him out of trouble.

“So we’re taking the legend and twisting it, and saying without the servant, Arthur would not have been the man he was.” (ANI)

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