BBC America’s “The Musketeers” premieres stateside on Sunday night, and star Luke Pasqualino said to expect something different.
“I think it’s going to be very interesting. It’s not the usual Musketeers that people are used to,” Luke told Access Hollywood. “We’re not making a fairytale here. … It’s kind of like real life people, real problems, real situations.”
But, the show doesn’t hold back when it comes to excitement, according to Luke.
”[There’s] lots of action, loads of that. A little bit of romance in there. It wouldn’t be ‘The Musketeers’ without a bit of romance,” he said.
To gear up for the role of D’Artagnan, Luke traveled to a village near Prague alongside his co-stars, Santiago Cabrera (Aramis), Tom Burke (Athos) and Howard Charles (Porthos), for “Musketeer” boot camp.
“We actually were put in a boot camp a week before we started filming it,” he said. “They put us up in a beautiful castle for a week.
“It was a really, really tough week. It set the benchmark for what it was going to be like for the next seven months,” Luke said.
The British actor (an alum of “Skins” and “The Borgias”) explained that part of the boot camp included horse maintenance – including, cleaning the stables and brushing the horses.
“Yeah, they did, just so we [could] — if we had a scene where we had to kill some time in the background or wanted to put a bit of movement into the scene, that’s something very valuable and useful to do ‘cause obviously the Musketeers would have taken care of their own horses and stuff,” Luke said. “So we did that and then we had about three, four hours a day sword fighting, three, four hours a day horse riding every day for a week and it was great. Absolutely great. And also, as well, just to get us four together in the same environment before we started filming, you kind of take that energy on to set. It really kind of helped us gel which is great.”
Actors cleaning up after horses? Luke said they actually got used to it.
“We only did that a couple of times actually. We didn’t do it every morning,” he said.
“It’s one of those thing — as weird as it sounds, you get used to being around kind of like smelly horses and horse feces, let’s say,” he said. “It’s one of those things — after seven months of kind of being around horses and just watching them excrete all over the place, you kind of get used to it in a weird kind of way. It kind of just becomes like a second smell.”
“The Musketeers” premieres Sunday, June 22 at 9/8c on BBC America.
-- Jolie Lash