Charles Dance Says Nothing Has Changed Since Childhood's End Was Written in 1952

Monday, 14 December 2015 - 2:59PM
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Monday, 14 December 2015 - 2:59PM
Charles Dance Says Nothing Has Changed Since Childhood's End Was Written in 1952
Syfy's highly anticipated adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke's classic novel, Childhood's End, premieres tonight, and although the book was written more than half a century ago, the show promises to explore themes that are politically relevant today. According to Game of Thrones actor Charles Dance, who plays the alien leader Karellen, the core problems of society haven't changed since the book was written in 1952.
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"This was written in 1952, talking about a world of economic crises, wars, famine, here we are in 2015 and nothing's changed," Dance told ComicBook.com. "I thought there was a lot of resonance for us now, which was reason enough to do it."
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He's probably not wrong; although things like the internet and smartphones make the world seem very different than it was sixty years ago, themes such as the conflict between freedom and happiness, the limits of technology, and the dangers of organized religion are essentially timeless. 

Dance also praised the script, which he claims eschews exposition to allow the viewer to extrapolate themes and backstory:

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"Exposition is a killer, it's deadly," said Dance. "Whenever a television show or a film resorts to exposition, it's because there are major flaws in the script. This doesn't resort to exposition."
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According to the early reviews, Karellen's appearance at the end of the first episode is one of the show's most shocking moments, and his costume has been kept tightly under wraps.

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"Karellen's first appearance is really what I'm most excited for people to see," he said.
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We don't know what Karellen will look like yet, but we do know it involves a lot of makeup and prosthetics:

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"I've never done anything that involved me being buried in layers of prosthetics," Dance said. "I thought it would be an interesting exercise, and indeed it was, in Melbourne at the hottest time of the year!"
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