Constantine's Matt Ryan reveals why they axed Lucy Griffith's Liv, added Zed

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Jul 16, 2014, 11:57 AM EDT (Updated)

It’s still a few months out, but we already know NBC’s Constantine is going through some shake-ups — and now star Matt Ryan has opened up about those big changes.

If you’re unfamiliar, the producers opted to write out Lucy Griffith’s sidekick character Liv and replace her with Angélica Celaya’s Zed, largely because Liv was extremely lame. Ryan chatted with Super Hero Hype about the casting shakeup and explained how the new character will have a very different dynamic than the boring Liv.

Here’s an excerpt:

“Yeah, Lucy’s great, but I’ve known Lucy for years. I worked with her before on a TV show called ‘Collision’ in the U.K. She’s a wonderful actress and she’s fantastic. She did a great job in the pilot. I can see where the guys have gone in terms of the character of Liv is someone who’s more susceptible to John’s manipulations, so maybe then it’s not as hard for John to manipulate her. I think the character of Zed is someone who can maybe take John up on his shit a little bit more, be a little bit more in his face. I can see where they’ve gone creatively with that but obviously, I love Lucy and it’ll be a shame not to work with her …

I think she’s (Zed) feisty. I think she’ll get a lot more in John’s face and challenge John a little bit more. I think John’s the type of person that feels he can easily manipulate anyone. When there’s someone who comes along who can take him up on his sh*t, he kind of likes that. There’s the possibility of a sexual chemistry there as well. He likes this person because she can give it back to him. I think that makes an interesting dynamic for the show and the episodes that they’re not always going to agree with each other. She’s not just going to follow him around. She’s a leader as well.”

After seeing the original cut of the pilot, we’d have to agree completely with Ryan’s take on the characters. Liv was not a good fit for the tone of the series, and we’d have to think Zed’s strength will be a much better match for Constantine’s attitude.

What do you think of Ryan’s assessment of the casting changes? Make sense?

(Via Super Hero Hype)