MONKEY AROUND WITH TIME TRAVEL
Apart from the fact Aaron Stanford doesn’t remotely resemble Bruce Willis — “I don’t ordinarily go in for Bruce Willis roles” he admits — there’s one big difference between 1995 classic 12 Monkeys and its new TV series remake.
In the film, time traveller Cole (Willis) discovered that not only was he unable to change the past, but that he’d helped bring about the future he wanted to avoid.
But in the new series Cole — played by X-Men star Stanford — can change the past and jumps back and forth between 2043 and today to stop the release of an apocalyptic virus.
This can get confusing. He says it wasn’t until he watched the series on TV he understood all of the back and forth. “There actually have been a few moments when I’ve thought: Oh, that’s what that was about!”
A sci-fi fan, Stanford got the gig through producers Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett, who he’d worked with on Nikita.
He says the show, renewed for season two on Friday, isn’t trying to ape the 1995 film, or the 1962 short that inspired it La Jetée. “We kept that core story that’s been around since then and basically changed everything else,” he says.
12 MONKEYS, SYFY, THURSDAY, 8.30PM