“Downton Abbey”‘s Thomas Has A Unicorn Fetish

“It took us four months to shoot this whole side storyline where he meets a unicorn. He’s out in the woods one day on a walk and he sees this enchanted beast. And he slowly builds up a relationship by feeding it. One day he puts some food 50 yards away, the next 25 yards away and so on until one day he’s petting this majestic creature. It was all about that relationship. What happens — it was quite tragic — the unicorn ended up getting murdered for its horn because as we all know it’s got magical properties. There was an evil queen who lives near Downton Abbey and she ground down the horn so she could live forever and be ethereal and beautiful.”

“So we shot all that, and they fucking cut it out of series three because it wasn’t ‘relevant.’ You’ve got this beautiful segue about unicorns never being used. Thomas painted the creature, too! One whole wall of his room that you never see on the show is a unicorn wall. There was a lovely scene as well, it mimicked Ghost, where he was doing the pottery wheel, making the unicorn’s head to give to the unicorn. As a gift. The unicorn was pissed off. He thought it was his big break. He said, “They fucking cut me.” He put so much work into it. It was all behind the eyes. It was like Alec Guinness.”

–That’s “Downton Abbey”‘s scheming butler Rob James Collier, on a “lost” subplot involving his character Thomas and a mythical unicorn. Of course he’s fucking with us, but I wouldn’t be surprised if a bunch of “Downton”/unicorn fanfic sprang out of this. Let’s hope, anyway. Season three of “Downton” premieres Sunday, January 6.  [NYMag.com]