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I'm with you. For me, Rhys-Meyers does an outstanding job of portraying Henry as a king who could *almost* have been great - but is stopped just short by his internal flaws.

I am also quite pleased by his decision to not become fat. I think that modern-day society would have trouble taking an obese king seriously, whereas his majesty, power, and even capricousness would have made him extremely attractive in his own day, no matter how he looked.

And his performance is so beautifully subtle. When Mary was addressing the people of York, you could see him vacillating between anger and pride, before settling on pride, all without saying a word. Or at one point, he asks Catherine how she is, and she responds that she is the most happy, unconsciously repeating Anne Boleyn's motto. He shoots her a black look, but says nothing. It's these little touches that make me find the series so amazing.

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