Can we talk about movie Connor for a sec? Cause I wanna talk about movie Connor for a sec.
Honestly, movie Connor was better than Broadway Connor. An I don't mean that Colton Ryan is a better actor than Mike Faist, because I love both of them a whole lot, and both Connors have ups and downs and are amazing for their own reasons. I also will say that my gripe with Broadway Connor also extends to Colton's performance.
But on-screen you get a level of nuance and subtlety that you don't get on-stage. On-stage, half of your audience is very, very far away from you. So any subtleties go largely unnoticed by anyone who isn't in the first few rows. This means that movie Connor was able to be less one-dimensional. It meant that Colton had infinitely more room to portray Connor in a way he couldn't before-- and also in a way that Mike Faist couldn't.
Film is so much more easy a medium to show subtle emotion in because it's so much closer; more intimate. It's easy for stuff to get lost on-stage because you have to act big in everything you do so the whole audience gets it. Which means portraying the complicate emotions Connor is suffering from isn't exactly a walk in the park.
For example. Take the library scene. On-stage, it almost seems as if he hadn't freaked out at Evan beforehand. As if he's trying to play it off like it never happened and just forget about it, like he's trying to sweep it under the rug by distracting Evan from it. You can't exactly tell if there's any sort of remorse there or not, despite most people hoping there is. When he yells at Evan again, he's just... livid. No sort of indication of hurt feelings, personal conflict, lack of understanding or sadness. Just anger, nothing else. And it felt almost like him taking the letter was more to punish Evan than it was to keep him from using it against him. When he runs off that's the last you see, Evan doesn't follow him.
And then you take the movie version, one of the only scenes I genuinely actually liked better on-screen. Connor sits with Evan and tries to connect. You can tell there's remorse, you can tell he's trying to connect because he feels bad to some degree. It's all in the subtle details in his expression, mostly the almost caring, softer expression. Evan tells him the tree story, he laughs and drops the "that's the saddest thing I've ever heard" line, etc.
Now the ability to read his expression in itself is a very notable change because it indicates remorse and good intentions-- But my personal favorite moment in this scene is when Evan says "yeah, I know" and walks away, and Connor seems almost angry with himself for thinking poking fun at him would help ease tension. He knows he made it worse, he knows he said the wrong thing, and he's disappointed in himself for it.
And in turn, he finds Evan's letter and reads over it, noticing his sister's name. He, instead of being quick to anger, just... Asks why. He asks why Zoe is mentioned, and when Evan is vague and obviously lying to him, then he becomes upset. But what's better about this than on-stage is how you can see Connor is more hurt and scared for himself and Zoe than he is angry. He's about to cry, you can see and hear it in his voice. He's raising his voice as he keeps speaking instead of immediately yelling, and again-- he's becoming emotional.
He runs off with the letter, and Evan follows him. Connor stops, turns on his heels and, pretty aggressively, pushes Evan onto the floor. He stands there for a second, breathing heavily and still about to cry, then storms off again.
This, again, isn't to discredit Broadway performers, specifically ones who have been cast as Connor. But it is, however, to highlight how much more nuance you can fit into a movie than a play.
Much love to Colton Ryan for giving it his all as Connor. And much love to Mike Faist, as well as other Broadway Connors, for giving it their all too. The story simply would not be the same if Connor wasn't well-portrayed, and casting directors have done an amazing job keeping Connor's portrayal intact.
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Dear Mister Laurens
We’ve been way too out of touch
The war has been crazy
And it sucks that you don’t write that much
But I should tell you that I think of you each night
I run my nipples and start moaning with delight
Ami, why would you write zat?
I’m just trying to tell the truth-
This needs to be perfect
These letters have to prove that we were historically ‘friends’!
Just- I’ll do it-
Dear Mister Hamilton
I also miss our chats
Stop telling me
I need to find a wife or wear ‘cravats’
I’m drawing pictures of the most amazing birds!
Instead of whining about me
You could write words!
(As you can see, I had a little fun with this-)
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