I see that Past Pleasures Ltd is looking for a man to play Henry VIII at Hampton Court Palace in 2009. You need to be 6ft tall with a large frame, have a playing age 40-50, be able to grow a beard, be within an easy commute of Hampton Court Palace and be knowledgeable about Tudor history.
It occurs to me that the one man most ably qualified to take on this role, Jonathan Rhys Meyers (who presently plays Henry VIII in The Tudors) would fail the audition.
For the actor is just a shade over 5ft 9ins, looks nothing like 40 let alone 50 (closer 30), doesn't do beards (yet), lives in LA and is probably not very knowledgeable about Tudor history – certainly the people behind The Tudors seem indifferent to it.
What a loss to Hampton Court Palace. But in any case if you aren’t Jonathan Rhys Meyers and you think you have what it takes to play an old scrote who murdered two of his wives, gave heart cancer to another and indirectly killed yet another with his cock, apply to email@example.com