Julian Sands in historical costume movies can play quirky romantic or that hot kind of jerk. He charmed Helena Bonham Carter‘s character (and all of us!) in A Room With a View, but he’s played a ton of baddies in some really schlocky horror movies and had bit parts in a fair number of frock flicks as the snarky second fiddle. You probably didn’t realize he was still around. Why not refresh our memories of his appeal?
A Room With a View (1985) – George Emerson
We all wanted to be swept up with a kiss in a field like that. Dreamy George was just what Lucy Honeychurch needed to loosen her metaphorical stays. *sigh*
Gothic (1986) – Percy Bysshe Shelley
I’ve mentioned before how this movie is very weird and kind of hot (in a horror film way). Typical for a Ken Russell production. The costumes come off about 10 minutes into the flick, and the crazy times start. Sands’ Shelley accompanies Gabriel Byrne’s Lord Byron here.
Impromptu (1991) – Franz Liszt
The casting is impeccable in this musical romp — Sands actually resembles Liszt, who was himself a hottie. So even as second fiddle, er, piano player, it’s all good.
Vatel (2000) – Louis XIV
Am I the only one who likes this movie? Also, am I the only one who didn’t realize that was Julian Sands underneath this dark wig as the king? Well, it’s a great, quirky, slightly sad movie with AH-MAY-ZING costumes, and Sands’ character is ridiculous and imperious and just right.
Crossbones (2014) – William Jagger
Julian Sands played the governor of Jamaica in this Blackbeard reboot by NBC starring John Malkovich. The one season is on Amazon, and I’m tempted…
The Village (2014) – Lord Kilmartin
This BBC series set in the 1910s to 1920s never made it across the pond, but Sands was in a few episodes as a dastardly upper-crust fellow who called the shots (and threw some punches). Still lookin’ good.
Bonus Julian Sands video:
While looking for pix for this post, I discovered that Sands filmed a PSA for the Turtle Conservancy. It’s adorable!
Did I miss your favorite Julian Sands historical costume movie role? Do you love turtles? Share in the comments!