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What the fuck does a throne made of naked bodies have to do with Henry VIII?

Also, Showtime, his name is spelled with roman numerals at the end. He is King Henry VIII, not King Henry 8. And if you are worried that not enough people can read roman numerals to get the ad, then I worry for the fate of humanity. I learned how to read roman numerals in third grade, and can still read basic ones. I would hope that other people can as well.

Further more, Jonathan Rhys Myers looks nothing like King Henry VIII. Case in point:
King Henry VIII:

Jonathan Rhys Myers:
Just sayin’. Carry on.
EDIT: Maybe I am just a little slow. I saw this tag line next to the throne of bodies:

And I’m guessing it’s supposed to be a clever play on the fact that King Henry VIII is a womanizer that gets a lot of ass? So he’s sleeping with so many people, it’s like he’s getting everyone in his kingdom off?
I am clearly putting way too much thought into this.
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  1. Katherine
    Posted April 4, 2009 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

    Supposedly, though, King Henry VIII was supposed to be quite dashing as a young man…the only reason why we perceive him as an obese middle aged man is because the later Hans Holbein portraits of him are most famous. So while Henry is still relatively young, it's actually historically accurate, though I hope they fatten him up later!

  2. ~sublimealice~
    Posted April 4, 2009 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    i'm a little bit obsessed with the whole tudor thing and have read just about every book on it…henry was a hottie mchotterson until towards the end of the anne boleyn era. he got a wicked wound on his leg during that time that never healed, so he couldn't exercise anymore and started gaining weight. by this time in the show, he should be putting on weight at a pretty decent clip and growing a beard (anne liked him beardless so after he chopped her head off he always had a beard). (he also was never heard to speak her name again). sorry if i sound like a weirdo i just am a tudorphile.

  3. Daniela
    Posted April 5, 2009 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    OH MY GOD. The Roman numeral thing pissed me off like you wouldn't believe. You read my mind.

    I really don't like anything that glorifies dirty, nasty history like the Tudor history really was. No, people, it was NOT as glamorous as you think it was – people got diseases, people had to back-stab each other to stay alive and within Henry VIII's favor and generally, you wouldn't have wanted to be there. Ugh.

  4. ~sublimealice~
    Posted April 5, 2009 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    i think you'll find that most past time periods were pretty dirty and nasty. i think glamorize and "hollywood"ize are too often confused. if you watch the show they're not glamorizing henrys behavior at all. yes, he is too attractive (as well as every other character on the show), but they don't make him out to be some glamorous figure, if anything they villify him and gloss over what little good he did do.

  5. twg
    Posted April 6, 2009 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    Yeah, Henry VIII got a wound later in life that led to him being very sedentary, which made him obese, but he was quite the athlete in his younger years. Although I doubt they are going to throw Mr. Myers into a fat suit later in the show (which is fine with me, because I love him).

    The lack of Roman numerals thing is lame though. I do like the show a lot, though; I can't lie.

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