‘Downton Abbey’ season 4 notes: Gary Garr and Scotland surges

Downton Abbey CastRemember Diddy’s spoof of “Downton Abbey” last week? If you haven’t seen it, the man basically re-writes the history of the ITV show and makes himself the first-ever black character, complete with some chuckle-worthy moments and proof that given the right sort of role, the music mogul has acting chops.

It’s also rather nice to see that the show’s actual first-ever black actor has a great sense of humor about the whole ordeal. Gary Carr was confirmed to be playing the part of a charismatic jazz singer named Jack Ross, and you can check out his Twitter response to Diddy’s “casting” on the show below:

“Think you just gave me some new ideas of how to play my role of Jack Ross in the next season of @DowntonAbbey. It’s a good look!”

For whatever reason, this one tweet alone makes us more excited to see what Carr brings to the show, who is welcoming in a slew of new characters for season 4 following the exit of Dan Stevens and Jessica Brown Findlay. Plus, we’re really entering the roarin’ part of the twenties, which means there is much more of a good time to be had (and more reasons for Mr. Carson to scowl at the youth of the world).

Let’s talk Scotland – In other news, remember the setting for the “Downton Abbey” season 3 Christmas special? While it’s clear to everyone that the all-familiar Highclere Castle has joined the ranks of Dubrovnik, Croatia and Albuquerque, New Mexico as great TV settings, a certain residence in Scotland featured in only part of that episode is reaping in some benefits.

According to local reports, the series filming there has already boosted year-to-year tourism at Inveraray Castle by 20%, and to think that the busy part of tourism season has yet to even arrive. This news also makes us wonder if any other castles / estates across the United Kingdom are calling Julian Fellowes up and offering an open house?

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