You can’t always believe everything you read on the Internet, especially when the news is coming from an often incorrect source of entertainment gossip. Likewise, you can’t always believe everything an actor says while he is negotiating his contract for a television series in which he plays an integral role. Things change. Deals are made. The world continues to turn. With that said, though, I have some very bad news for the ladies out there: COUSIN MATTHEW IS LEAVING DOWNTON ABBEY AND HE’S NEVER EVER GOING TO COME BACK!!! From The Daily Mail:
One of Downton Abbey’s main characters could soon quit the show in order to concentrate on trying to forge a career on Broadway.
Actor Dan Stevens, 29, who plays Matthew Crawley, heir to the Downton estate, has reportedly refused to sign up for a fourth series next year.
Later this month Mr Stevens will appear in Broadway play The Heiress.
He said: ‘New York for me is going to be one big adventure. I will be taking the whole family out and we will be there for six months.‘I don’t know if I will be returning to Downton.’
As a Downton Abbey fan I have to admit that the most alarming piece of this blurb — and this is true for any blurb containing a similar piece of information — is the fact that DAN STEVENS IS 29?! That is at least 5 years younger than I would’ve guessed!! Slow down, everyone! YOU’RE MAKING ME WORRIED ABOUT MY DRIVE! But I don’t want to distract too much from the pressing question this blurb raises: Who should replace Cousin Matthew in what I can only imagine will be a direct Bewitched‘s Darrin-type scenario? My first choice is, without question, Vincent Gallo — but surely there must be others who could fit the role! Macaulay Culkin? Benedict Cumberbatch? Bart Simpson? RYAN GOSLING? (Tilda Swinton, for real?) Who should it be?!