20:10 Saturday 11 January 2014  Written by Andrew Watt

Musketeer Luke Pasqualino on bringing D'Artagnan to life

"Impulsive and passionate" is how former Skins actor Luke Pasqualino describes his character D'Artagnan in the forthcoming Musketeers action drama from the BBC.

Luke Pasqualino as D'Artagnan in The Musketeers
Luke Pasqualino as D'Artagnan in The Musketeers

As a child, he had grown up watching the cartoon "Dogtanian and the Muskehounds" which gave him a vague background to the source material but working for the BBC was the big pull for him.

"Just to be involved in a BBC drama was great. In my opinion, the BBC are one of the best producers of drama in the world, and it made me incredibly happy to get the opportunity to be one of the leading men in one of their productions."

To prepare for the role, the cast stayed in a castle on the outskirts of Prague for a week. While there, after an early rise, the daily outine consisted of fitness tests, two hours of horse riding, two hours of sword fighting, repeated after lunch.

Pasqualino wants the audience to look at this production with fresh eyes and not think of it as a copy of previous dramatasations of the Alexander Dumas novel.

"I think we have a very different vibe to it - the fact that we are actually using muskets for example. It’s not a fairy tale, that’s not what we are making, it’s very true to life. The Musketeers on one side are trying to fight with their loyalties and their passion about being a musketeer balanced with their own personal compulsions, be that women or gambling. They have to balance that whilst still having a duty to protect the king no matter what’s going on in their own lives. They have to do what is right no matter what, and I think that is a really cool story and message to tell the audience."

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