[ “I wonder if Zozo (the previous Dark One) chose Rumple because he saw The Full Monty.”
Yes! He saw Rumpel’s rear of the year and thought: “That would look great, clad in skin thight leather.” 😆
But on a more serious note, I don’t think Zoso considered Rumpel’s intelligence. He saw a desperate man that would go to any length to save his son.
I think it is interesting to see how Robert Carlyle plays these parts of a self-sacrificing father, seeing his own background where his mom left him as a small kid (I keep forgetting if it is 4 or 6) and he has being raised by his dad. There seems to be such despair and yet fight in him. It is beautiful to watch, also because he conveys such an enormous love in it. It is conveyed through every action, which makes himsuch a wonderful actor. I think Carlyle himself would have followed his son through the portal though… but then there would have been no story.