Sharlto Co­p­ley

Polic­ing the im­pos­si­ble in Pow­ers

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What about Pow­ers made you want to shift to TV? There’s some re­ally good writ­ing – if not de­bat­ably the best writ­ing – in tele­vi­sion, so we started look­ing at pi­lot projects. Last year this one came along and I thought it was in­ter­est­ing for sev­eral rea­sons. There was the PlaySta­tion Net­work launch. Hav­ing been a founder of a tele­vi­sion sta­tion, I’m very in­ter­ested in where me­dia is go­ing and dis­tri­bu­tion. I also felt the show was a very dif­fer­ent take on su­per­hero and cop shows. And the so­cial com­men­tary as­pect had some­thing to say about power and fame which ap­pealed to me. Chris­tian used to have pow­ers as Di­a­mond. Does he miss the abil­i­ties or the fame of his abil­i­ties more? He cer­tainly has a good heart and has hu­man­i­tar­ian in­stincts deep down. When he sees a per­son in trou­ble his first in­stinct is to help them. But what I love about the uni­verse is that it’s set in Los An­ge­les, and all the [ su­per­heroes] are like fa­mous peo­ple in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try. In­stead of a pop star ad­ver­tis­ing a cola on a bill­board, you have Retro Girl. How would you de­scribe Walker and Deena’s part­ner­ship? There’s a clas­sic fun, buddy- cop chem­istry with Deena and that I en­joy. But Deena is a de­tec­tive and po­lice of­fi­cer in her mind, and Chris­tian is a bit of a rock star in his mind. So it’s in­ter­est­ing to watch that dy­namic play out where Deena rep­re­sents some sort of light for Walker and the bet­ter sides of him­self at times. Tara Bennett Pow­ers is cur­rently air­ing on the PlaySta­tion Net­work in the US. A UK air­date is TBC.

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