One of the many things that can be said about 12 Years a Slave actor Chris Chalk, it’s that he has made the role of Gotham’s Lucius Fox his own over the course of four seasons, ever since his first appearance on Bruno Heller’s pre-Batman series at the end of Season 1. While not the first person to play the role in live-action form (Morgan Freeman played the character in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy), this younger take on the character has definitely resonated with Gotham viewers.
SYFY WIRE’s Mike Avila caught up with Chalk during the recent DC in D.C. 2018 event. There the actor chatted about Lucius’ awesome dry wit; getting an upcoming surprising storyline; his role in Bruce Wayne’s (David Mazouz) angsty-and-out-of-control life in Season 4 (which totally differs from Sean Pertwee's Alfred, whose tough-love approach included beating the crap out of Bruce); and more.
“I think Lucius’ character is more of an uncle,” Chalk told us about his character’s relationship with our young Master Wayne. “And because Alfred is such a father, you have that natural resistance, that ‘Don’t tell me what to do, I’m a grown-up, I’m the billionaire.’ But when Lucius is around it’s like, ‘Hey man, how you doing?’ ‘I’m doing all right, unc, what’s going on?’ Cause he’s never coming from … I feel Lucius’ gift is that he’s looking at people straight on and he talks to everybody the same way. We’re all adults here, even the kid. He’s just like, ‘I’m gonna meet you for who you are,’ and I think that doesn’t rub grumpy Bruce the wrong way.”
When we asked the actor about an upcoming specific storyline that will take Gotham fans by surprise, Chalk tried to play coy but did offer this interesting tidbit:
“There is a storyline where Lucius briefly falls in love that’s gonna be weird to see him out of character. Way out of character.” When he was asked if that character would be Barbara Kean (Erin Richards), Chalk continued: “That’s who I was looking for. I’ve been trying to plant that since I’ve been on the show. There should be a Barbaralu. They should fall in love. I’ve been developing this thing, man, but nobody’s into it. It’s just me.”
As per usual, don’t forget to check out our video interview above for more, and chime in with your thoughts below. Gotham returns March 1 on Fox.
Additional material by Nathalie Caron.