Downton Abbey actor Dan Stevens showed off his new “HOLLYWOOD LOOK” following the death of Matthew Crawley. But a year after leaving the most beloved TV drama of recent times to try to advance his acting career, very little has happened to him.
Julian Fellowes had toyed with the idea of writing a plot line that involved Matthew moving to New York on business, leaving the door slightly ajar so that he could return, but Stevens didn’t want to come back, so that was that.
Stevens recent release, The Fifth Estate, was trashed by the critics and died at the box office. And his Broadway debut alongside Hollywood star Jessica Chastain in the Victorian period play The Heiress – was killed by The New York Times critic Ben Brantley, who damned Stevens with faint praise, saying his performance was “shiny, well spoken and lacking in discernible undercurrents.”
Instead of moving back to Britain at the end of the Broadway run, Stevens stayed — with his wife, singer Susie Hariet, and their children, Willow, four, and Aubrey, one, in a fashionable part of Brooklyn.
In ‘A Walk Among The Tombstones,’ which is due out some time in 2014, Stevens plays a heroin trafficker seeking revenge. Also awaiting a firm release date is another thriller, this time a low-budget independent film called The Guest. Stevens will also be in the third Night In The Museum film.
In the U.S. Stevens revamped his image after Abbey, with a dramatic weight loss and cutting off his golden locks -now he has designer stubble and hair cut in a swept-back style. Also a top PR team was hired to promoted him heavily in New York, getting him invitations to fashion shows and hip art events.
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