En­ter the anti- hero

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Television - LYNN CAMERON CAS­TLE, South­ern Cross, Sun­day, 9.30pm

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.’’

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