Jonathan Rhys Meyers by Jonathan Hession/Showtime
Jeers to Jonathan Rhys Meyers for his one-note performance on
. No, make that two-note: As King Henry VIII, he swings between pouting and rage with nothing in between. Such a limited emotional palette suited Rhys Meyers fine when he played a shallow sociopath in Woody Allen's
, but it quickly grows dull to watch on a weekly TV series. (And does anybody else think it's historically improbable that Henry is prettier than any of his wives so far?) In the bodice-ripper's second season, the truly regal presence of Peter O'Toole - as the pope, no less - only makes Rhys Meyers look more plebian. His work's unfit for a king.
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