Thursday, March 8, 2012

'Downton Abbey' actor Dan Stevens going back in time again for new movie (STAR TRIBUNE)

Article by: LOUISE DIXON and HILARY FOX , Associated Press Updated: March 7, 2012 - 1:28 PMLONDON -

"Downton Abbey" star Dan Stevens has been spending twice as much time in the past.

Along with shooting the third season of the 1920s-set Golden-Globe-winning TV show, he's been filming and executive producing another period project in London, playing one side of an Edwardian love triangle in the movie, "Summer in February."

The tight schedule means Stevens is the earnest Matthew Crawley amid the upper crust of Downtown Abbey one day — then a 1913 land agent who finds himself in a community of unconventional artists the next. "It's been a bit of a headache, but fortunately they're not too far apart in terms of period, which is one good thing," Stevens told The Associated Press on the set of his new film in Twickenham, outside London. Jumping between two sets is not something he'd do again, but "Summer in February" is a a passion project for the 29-year-old.

The film is based on a book by a teacher from his old school, Jonathan Smith, who also adapted the screenplay, and they had been talking about the project since the actor was a teenager. "The book came out around the time that I met him and he always joked that if it got made into a film or TV show, that I'd make a good Gilbert," he said.

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