It’s been a week since I watched Hamilton, then I watched it again the next day, and I absolutely cannot get it out of my head. Particularly ‘Guns And Ships’. Leslie Odom’s hype-man moments are fucking contagious.
I’ve basically just been listening to it non-stop on Spotify since I watched it last Wednesday, it’s incredible. I know the king is not a good dude but his songs are fucking hilarious, I love him.
What blew my mind is that Jonathan Groff, who played the king, also played Holden on Mindhunter. That straight up does not compute lol
if there’s anyone who needs a Crown-esque Netflix show, it’s this dude. 18 years old, born to an aristocratic family, gets bored/disillusioned with his privileged life and decides to do something with it., he lands up in a new country (without any help from his rich family), doesn’t speak the language and no one gives a shit who he was in France, but he ends up working his way up through the rebel army and being intstrumental in the nation’s founding. In paricular, he helped outfox Cornwalis at the Battle of Yorktown; the final and decisive battle of the war. Bear in mind that he’s 24 at the end of the Revolutionary War
8 years later, he ends up in the middle of the French Revolution and manages to stay alive due to a God-level mastering of realpolitick and sheer luck because Robespierre wanted his head. He was a member of the aristocracy but also fully cognizant of the fact that the peasants were completely right about everything having gone through it with the Americans. he had to flee the country to avoid the guillotine and so did his entire family. not wanting to piss off the French, he was held prisoner in Austria until Robespierre himself got executed and shit went back to somewhat normal And then once that was all over, he had to deal with this crazy little man named Napoleon who he barely tolerated and refused to entertain his grandiose ideas of becoming a God-emperor. remember that Lafayette had served under Washington, and despite Napoleon’s brilliance, he was no George Washington (EDIT: People don’t seem to understand this line. I agree. Napoleon was one of the most brilliant generals to ever live. However, his ultimate legacy is one of failure. The man died on a god-forsaken rock in the middle of the ocean alone because he was an arrogant prick who was aiming to install a continent wide military dictatorship. Why on Earth would Lafayette go along with that? Lafayette realized that about Napoleon and was able to discern the intentions between both men)
The fact that he didn’t get executed during this period is nuts in and of itself, but that just goes to the respect and power Lafayette had at this point. Napoleon’s arrogance eventually becomes his downfall and the British exile him to the middle of nowhere never to be seen again (post-Waterloo of course)
To top it all off, he returns to the US as an old man and is hailed as a God. The entire country from Massachusetts to Georgia comes out like he’s a one-man version of The Beatles. It’s just months of parades, statues, tributes, etc; something insane for an old man who hasn’t been to the country in decades to witness. He meets his old friends, the ones who are still left and who spread tales of his legend throughout the land, and is able to see the nation head toward its path of greatness. He outlived most of the Founding Fathers and the fact that he went back to his wife and children in France (many of whom he named after his American friends including George Washington) right after the Revolutionary War is probably why there haven’t been 90 movies about his life already since he wasn’t around for the Constitution and the establishment of the Presidency etc. (see French Revolution which was happening at the same time)
And I have no idea why because Lafayette’s life is NUTS. He was 18 on July 4, 1776 and wouldn’t turn 19 until September of that year. Absolute madness. Truly one of the most impressive Wikipedia articles I’ve ever read. Highly recommend if you’ve got a spare hour or two.