The team behind The CW’s Arrow is making a subtle play for some of Fringe’s leftover fan base this week, with the addition of Seth Gabel as new enemy the Count. Though at first glance it looks like a one-and-done baddie of the week, don’t count the Count out just yet.
Gabel set up some lofty comparisons with his take on the classic DC character, likening the character to Heath Ledger’s unhinged turn as the Joker in The Dark Knight. He’s going for creepy and imposing, regardless of physical stature.
Here’s how he explained it all to TV Guide:
"He don't have any super powers per se, but I think he still qualifies as a super villain because he is psychotic. [Executive producers] Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg had initially pitched the character as a Joker type, which I was intimidated by because I didn't want to live up to anything that Heath Ledger had done. But at the same time, I was really excited to come up with my own version of that intensity and intimacy with violence.
I really want to make The Count worthy as being Arrow's adversary. Ultimately, I found that being super casual with it and super relaxed about it — like I might drop the gun at any moment or blow someone's head off at any moment — was the coolest way to do it. The Count has a physical presence that can rival anyone."
We’re definitely intrigued. Regardless of the multiple universes, Gabel never really got a chance to play a true baddie on Fringe. But he became a fan favorite on both sides, and it’ll be a nice change of pace to see him play pure evil.
As for Arrow himself, series star Stephen Amell sounds excited about the storyline surrounding the character, and teases that the Count could become a regular in Starling City’s rogues gallery:
"Uncovering this guy and sending the police towards The Count is a way that Oliver can get Thea off the hook. We see a lot more personal responsibility, angst and determination from Oliver than maybe we see when he's just pursuing someone on the list ... He is formidable, and I don't think, regardless of what we see Wednesday, that we've seen the last of The Count."
Are you glad to see Gabel popping up so soon after Fringe’s finale? Do you think he can pull off a crazed drug dealer?
(Via TV Guide)