Re: RARA-AVIS: Rebus

From: Karin Montin (
Date: 24 Mar 2006

Check out the archives for some discussion of John Hannah as Rebus. Nobody much liked him in the part.

I seem to remember reading somewhere that Rankin wasn't keen on Hannah but he didn't say so outright. I also remember reading somewhere that he said he liked Ken Stott better. Sorry, no references.

The Scotsman (you may need to sign up; it's free) had an interview last November with Stott, calling him the ideal Rebus.

If you click on the Rankin & Rebus link at the bottom, you'll get an eight-page list of other articles on the subject.


At 10:31 AM 24/03/2006 -0500, Stewart wrote:

>On 3/24/06, <> wrote:
>> I just noticed that Koch has released three of the British TV
>> adaptations of Rankin's Rebus on DVD. Anyone seen these? How are they?
>A couple of them were aired a while back in Ontario. I watched one
>(Black and Blue). It was a pretty faithful adaptations of the book,
>plot-wise. I enjoyed it okay, but not enough to watch another. I
>particularly didn't like the choice of actor for Rebus. Although a
>good actor, Hannah wasn't at all what I imagined Rebus should be, and
>it resulted in a serious toning-down of the character. To me it would
>be like casting Kevin Spacey as Parker. I heard Rankin had Hannah in
>mind as a perfect Rebus from very early on, but I have no idea why.
>In any case, if you've read the books, I don't know if the adaptations
>will do much for you.

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