EDIE IZZARD IS WOLFE
You play a villain who’s featured heavily as the comic book unfolds. Are they using Wolfe the same way in the series?
We’re going in a slightly different place. [ At the start] he’s a less visible character. We take the essence of characters and story and build in that direction. I made him English because if he’s that old, he’d need to be English. You only have two centuries in America. Plus all superheroes are American. It’s been a historical thing which is interesting from a European perspective because we have all this history sitting around.
What was it about Powers that lured you back into another TV series commitment?
It’s got interesting places to drive to and I’m in exactly the right place in my life to play this role. It’s tricky to land because he has to be dark but beguiling.
Aside from the accent, are you finding any other interesting quirks to Wolfe?
I’ve worked out his theme song is “Mona Lisa” as I’ve been walking around covered in blood. It fits so oddly. I’ve already pitched this to Charlie ( Huston). I feel like I need to sing it at some point while killing. It’s such an odd song about a woman who is a block of ice. “Many dreams have been brought to your door step. They just lie there and they die there...”
What a fucking line!
Do you feel any affinity to superhero stories?
I have the powers of trans in my own life. It looks like a massive curse but it’s actually a massive blessing. It’s genetics and not a choice and that links me to the powers thing.