HISTORY NO HELP FOR PASQUALINO
HE plays one of the most iconic characters in literary history. But Luke Pasqualino, who stars as d’Artagnan in BBC series The Musketeers, admits he’s more familiar with the 1980s cartoon version of The Three Musketeers than Alexandre Dumas’ classic novel.
“Dogtanian and the Muskehounds – yeah, I watched it as a kid,” he laughs, adding that while he read “loads of excerpts”, he didn’t peruse the historic novel from start to finish.
“I feel a sense of responsibility with every role I play,” he says. “But I guess even more so with d’Artagnan – because he’s such an iconic role in military history. That said … we were told we weren’t doing the book; that it was based on and inspired by it, but it would be different.”
The series, now in its third and final season, began shooting in 2013.
None of the cast knew one another before they took part in an intense boot camp, where they learnt to ride horses and fight with real swords.
“I think it was important we learnt how to do all that,” Pasqualino says. “We had to become musketeers. And if you’re a musketeer, you have to learn how to sword fight.
“Alexander Dumas wouldn’t have been very happy with us if we hadn’t – in fact, he would have been turning in his grave.”