The Atlantis strongman on what’s in store for Hercules
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.