The cast of Krod Mandoon (from left): Marques Ray (Bruce), Sean Maguire (Krod), Steve Speirs (Loquasto) and Kevin Hart (Zezelryck)
Comedy Central will branch out in April with its first full-on fantasy series, Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire, a satire on such shows as Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Legend of the Seeker, and SCI FI Wire talked with its star.
Krod (Sean Maguire) and his gang journey through a medieval fantasy world on a mission to fight an evil king (Little Britain's Matt Lucas).
Maguire is no stranger to spoofs: You might remember him as Leonidas in the 300 satire Meet the Spartans. The following Q&A features edited excerpts of an exclusive interview last week with Maguire at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Universal City, Calif. Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire debuts April 9.
If you're British, why is Krod American?
Maguire: I felt that when I read it, that Krod was very English, because I always associate Americans as quite heroic and blah blah blah, which I suppose Krod is to some degree, but because of the flaws of his character, I just thought it makes more sense that he be British, because you can see a British guy whining and moaning. I think that we did actually make the right choice, because we wanted him like an Indiana Jones or a Flash Gordon, those sort of '50s matinee Saturday morning heroes.
What is the tone of the humor here? Is it like the old Zucker spoofs, or Monty Python?
Maguire: I think it is in that mold. One of the things I didn't want us to do with this was to break the fourth wall. I didn't want all of a sudden somebody comes in a motorcycle. I wanted, as silly as it was, to keep an honesty about the world in which we were in, because for me, I think it helps having some rules or some structure to it. I think it is slightly more Monty Python than Zucker. More Blackadder is actually a better example of what we love and what we were kind of hoping to try and emulate.
But did they have chest wax in medieval times?
Maguire: That's me. I'm just that [hairless]. Look, there's only a little bit. That was there on the telly. My brother's got a chest like a panda bear. I don't know what happened to me. Krod's very clean. He doesn't like germs. He is a metrosexual. He was just a bit more honest. A lot of warriors wouldn't be honest about the fact that they cared about their hair, but Krod's honest.
And everyone has all their teeth.
Maguire: I think early on we decided that we were not making a historical document for scholars. We said, "Let's veer towards the comedy and not worry so much."
Who is your favorite medieval fantasy hero?
Maguire: I was a big Star Wars fan as a kid, and one of the things I liked about this was it had a similar structure: young hopeful farmboy and an evil nemesis and beautiful girl, comedic character. I liked the fact that there were parallels to it. I don't think I had one definitive favorite.