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'Downton Abbey' Needs To Cast David Boreanaz As The American Cowboy

Wed, February 22, 2012 4:35pm EDT by 3 Comments
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David tweeted that he’d love to be on the popular PBS series — and he couldn’t be more perfect for the role!

In the season two finale of Downton Abbey, the Earl of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) reveals to his daughter Lady Mary Crawley (Michelle Dockery) that he knows she slept with the Turkish ambassador way back in season one, and he doesn’t care if the revelation ruins the family. He suggests to Mary that she go visit her grandmother in America to find herself a cowboy from the “middle west” to “shake things up” at Downton while the scandal dies down. Although it’s unclear if Mary will actually go to America now that she’s engaged to Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens) (yes, they are related — but distantly), one actor hopes she does. David Boreanaz tweeted after watching the show that he wants to throw his hat in the ring for the part.

“I’d like to be that American cowboy who shakes things up at Downton Abbey. I’m open for a visit Mr Fellowes,” David wrote to the series’ writer and creator Julian Fellowes.

You know David as the brooding but hunky vampire with a soul from Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel — or the brooding but hunky former sniper-turned-FBI agent on Bones. But his performances in each reflect a wondrous subtlety that would fit perfectly in the Downton world. Just like Michelle — whose eyes alone can make you cry — David has the ability to bring an incredible nuance to the English drama that’s more two-dimensional than any cowboy has the right to be. Don’t believe me? Just watch as David’s Booth discovers his now-deceased abusive father’s box of mementos and try not to tear up.

And although I absolutely adore Matthew and Mary together, you know that their path to the altar won’t be easy. (It’s taken 8 years, three proposals, one dead fiancee, one dead Turkish hottie and one scorned newspaper man before things were settled.) So why not throw in a little romantic rivalry for the dashing Matthew?

So please, the powers that be, put David on this show. I’m begging you.

— Denise Warner

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