Enter the anti- hero
RICHARD Castle may not be your typical swashbuckling action hero.
But for Nathan Fillion, who plays the charming mystery writer/ amateur sleuth on the Southern Cross drama Castle, he is still a kind of superman – just a more modern version.
‘‘ The thing I enjoy about Castle is that he doesn’t really register failure. He doesn’t know when he’s down,’’ Fillion ( pictured) says.
‘‘ I think the Arnold Schwarzenegger iconic hero . . . has had his day.
‘‘ We’re now on to the hero who fights losing battles and gets beat up, and he gets put down and struggles and struggles, and yet still somehow ends up on top.
‘‘ I like that about Castle. When he’s down, he doesn’t really register it. He still thinks he’s cool.’’
With season four of the show now being screened in Australia, viewers are gearing up for another rollercoaster ride of action, crime and, of course, romance, as the will- they- won’t- they? relationship between Castle and NYPD Detective Kate Beckett ( played by Stana Katic) becomes even more intense.
Castle’s declaration of love at the end of series three ( inspired by the lifethreatening shooting of Beckett) is what many fans have been waiting for since the very first episode.
But, in typical Castle style, it’s certain that the path of romance will be far from smooth. And this suits Fillion down to the ground.
‘‘ I am of the jumping- the- shark school of thought,’’ he says. ‘‘ As an audience member, I like knowing better than my characters on TV. I like being smarter than they are. I like watching them fail. I like saying to myself, ‘ Oh, you know what he should do? Just admit how he feels’.
‘‘ I love that omniscient kind of viewing.
‘‘ If you reconcile that, if you fix it all, and you give everybody what they want and you release that tension, that’s when people start going, ‘ OK. Done. Let’s change the channel. Let’s see what else is on’.’’
Another aspect of both his character and the show that stands out for Fillion is the strong female dynamic provided not just by Beckett but also by Castle’s family: his Broadway diva mother Martha ( Susan Sullivan) and his teenage daughter Alexis ( Molly Quinn).
‘‘ I think that’s kind of a neat thing about Castle: he’s not very macho,’’ Fillion says.
‘‘ He’s not very swagger manly. He’s more boyish than anything.
‘‘ He doesn’t have any male role models in life that can say, ‘ That’s how a man is supposed to act’.
‘‘ At one point, I remember, Castle was apologising to Alexis for blowing it on something, and I came up with lines saying, ‘ Be patient with me. Be forgiving. I’ve never been a dad to a teenage daughter before’.
‘‘ And I think that’s kind of part of Castle’s truth – he doesn’t know what he’s doing. He’s just doing the best he can.
‘‘ He just has a good heart and I think he comes from a woman with a good heart.’’