Changing plotlines in TV’s 12 Monkeys
You’re playing the role that Bruce Willis had in the original film. Did you rewatch it, or avoid it in preparation for the role? I watched it multiple times when I found out I was cast. You’re right, there are a lot of actors who – when they’re doing an adaptation – distance themselves as much as they can. They’re concerned they might somehow subconsciously mimic the original actor. For me it wasn’t a concern, because I’m such a fundamentally different casting choice to Bruce Willis I knew there was no danger of me replicating his performance. I’ve got a lot more hair for a start.
You’re a self- confessed sci- fi geek, so were you a nightmare for the show’s writers, pointing out all the time paradoxes? I do know my time paradoxes inside- out. But no, I’m not a nightmare for the writers, because the show’s writers are the biggest geek fanboys you’ll ever meet in your life. And that’s why they got involved as well. They love the film, and they love this kind of storytelling in general.
What does the show offer that the film didn’t? The great thing about television in general is you have the time to tell a big story. In the film we saw bits and pieces of it in the future world post- pandemnic. The show gives us that opportunity to really blow that world open much wider. There are all sort of plots in the future world that we explore, and all sorts of backstory to the Cassandra character to be explored.
You don’t get to wear a Terry Gilliam- inspired wardrobe though… I can honestly say that I don’t have any regrets that I didn’t get to wear a see- through plastic moo- moo. But they left a lot of Easter eggs in the show – a lot of nods to the original film. You’ll see all sorts of things pop up: costumes, props, lines here and there. Dave Golder
12 Monkeys airs Friday nights on Syfy UK.