Mark Addy

The At­lantis strong­man on what’s in store for Her­cules

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Were you pleased with the re­ac­tion to the first se­ries? Very pleased. It can take a while for an au­di­ence to find a show and get what it is. I think peo­ple pos­si­bly ex­pected it to take it­self more se­ri­ously, but I quite like the fact that it doesn’t. Yes, se­ries two is a bit more se­ri­ous, but the hu­mour is still there as well, it’s an im­por­tant el­e­ment of the show. It al­lows you to go to more per­ilous places.

Is there hope for Her­cules and Me­dusa? Well Me­dusa is in the next stu­dio, so she is back on the scene this se­ries. She was left at the end of sea­son one in a cave, cursed, but she’s back for a while. So there is a bit of hap­pi­ness for Her­cules, but it’s a doomed re­la­tion­ship from the out­set. As is At­lantis it­self. There’s al­ways the thought that this is not go­ing to end well.

We saw plenty of Ja­son top­less last se­ries, is it Her­cules’ turn this year? Yes I’m afraid, you’ve got to take the rough with the smooth! Robert Emms [ Pythago­ras] hasn’t had to take his shirt off yet, which needs ad­dress­ing. Pos­si­bly if we need more light – he’s the only man in At­lantis with no tan. He’s the Jimmy White of At­lantis.

Have you seen the Her­cules movie yet? Not yet. We should put to­gether a se­ries of tests be­tween my­self and Mr John­son [ The Rock]. I could prob­a­bly drink him un­der the ta­ble, or I’d give it a good go! But that’s about it. I will see it, just to see what the com­pe­ti­tion is like. Jor­dan Far­ley

At­lantis se­ries two is cur­rently air­ing Satur­days on BBC One.

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