Patrick Fiori as Phoebus from Notre Dame de Paris picture image

Patrick Fiori as Phoebus Notre Dame de Paris

I have said this more than a few times but Phoebus is a character that can be molded to fit a few roles in a Hunchback narrative; he can be a the handsome hero, the vain villain or the expendable extra, you know narrative needs. In Notre Dame de Paris is more on the villainous side things.

Fleur-de-Lys and Phoebus Julie Zenatti Patrick Fiori Notre Dame de Paris picture image

Fleur-de-Lys and Phoebus

To be clear he is not the villain so to speak. Notre Dame de Paris doesn’t have a clear villain but if I were say I would say it would Frollo and Fleur de Lys with Phoebus as a minion between them. Frollo has control of aspects of Paris and he can command Phoebus. So it is Frollo who tells Phoebus to get Clopin’s people out of Paris and it Fleur de Lys who tells him to ensure Esmeralda’s death. So Phoebus pawn in the scheme of things however he shows no remorse for his actions, nor guilt for merely doing his job.

Fleur-de-Lys and Phoebus Patrick fiori Julie zenatti Notre Dame de Paris Esmeralda  Helene Segara picture image

Phoebus with Fleur-de-Lys and Esmeralda

So is Phoebus the jerk he is in the book? Not quite, he does have a slightly positive spin on his characterization and that his intentions towards Esmeralda. In the book it’s clear that for Phoebus, Esmeralda is a one-time thing. In this version he basically wants her in a more long-term capacity, balance an affair with her while being married to Fleur-de-Lys. He wants Esmeralda for a mistress which I don’t would have made this Esmeralda happy in the end. This still makes him a jerk-face.

Fleur-de-Lys and Phoebus Patrick fiori Julie zenatti Notre Dame de Paris picture image

Fleur-de-Lys and Phoebus

Much like Gringoire and Quasimodo, Phoebus’s depiction doesn’t differ from cast to cast of Notre Dame de Paris. He just a jerk little horny minion, but the ladies love him.

Next time Clopin

Luck Mervil as Clopin from Notre Dame de Paris

Luck Mervil as Clopin from Notre Dame de Paris

3 Thoughts on “Phoebus of Notre Dame de Paris; He’s a Tramp but they love him

  1. Anne on 03/10/2015 at 11:53 pm said:

    Phobeus is a jerk, and I agree, in the musical a minion. Lol
    I loved Alicia Vikander for Esmeralda, I saw it here and couldn’t agree more. For Frollo I’d love Joseph Fiennes, he already played a priest, and for Fleu (I really like her character in the book, catty, vain, she was basically a mean girl) I’d love Clemence Poesy (despite her age), she is very beautiful and can be something between a sweet lady and a jealous manipulative woman. What are your thoughts on Joseph and Clemence?

    • jess on 03/12/2015 at 4:39 pm said:

      I don’t kno much about either actor so I will look into Clemence Posesy and Joseph Fiennes, thanks for the suggestions.

      • Anne on 03/12/2015 at 8:31 pm said:

        You are welcome, oh, look for Joseph Fiennes in the role of Lutero if you want to see him as a priest, Clemence Poésy as Queen Margaret makes me think a lot about Fleur. ;)

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