ROBIN IN OUR HOOD
GOTHAM STAR LORD TAYLOR IS A SPECIAL GUEST FOR POP CULTURE EXPO SUPANOVA
Robin Lord Taylor got all the validation he needed for his role as the Penguin on
Gotham after he heard Danny DeVito had been happily squawking about the TV series.
Lord Taylor plays Oswald “Penguin” Cobblepot in
Gotham, which is the origin story of Batman and the villains who rose to fight against him.
DeVito was outstanding as the Penguin in the feature film
Batman Returns in 1992. So when Lord Taylor was cast as the Penguin, all he wanted to do was not let DeVito or the character down.
He found out through actor Carol Kane, who plays Oswald Cobblepot’s mother in Gotham, and from watching a redcarpet premiere event that DeVito was in favour of the series.
“Carol is very close with Danny and they had dinner a few months ago and he said he was excited about where they’re taking the character and what I am doing with the character,” says Lord Taylor.
“After that, he was on the red carpet and he said a lot of nice things, and it was all the validation that I needed.
“I have been a fan of his my entire life and to hear that from him is a vote of confidence.”
When speaking with Lord Taylor, you get the feeling that he doesn’t feel he deserve his big break.
He still lives in a small apartment in New York and remembers well the days he spent auditioning for everything from commercials to small plays just to pay his health insurance.
Even though the series has been given the go-ahead for a second season, he knows from his career struggles that unemployment is only ever a day away.
“As an actor who has struggled to find his way through this industry, to be in this position, nothing prepares you for it,” he says.
“It’s not that I don’t think I deserve it, but I find it hard that it’s me that they wanted because you can’t depend on this kind of thing happening because it rarely ever does.
“Now I go back to my dumb couch and my tiny apartment.”
Lord Taylor will swap his apartment for the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre this weekend for the Supanova Pop Culture Expo.
Also among more than two dozen stars from cult TV shows and movies making the trip are Christopher Lloyd ( Back to the
Future) and Dolph Lundgren ( Rocky IV).
Lord Taylor says the conventions are very fulfilling for the actors.
“I’m trained in theatre and the interaction with the audience in a theatre is so much more immediate and you can tell what’s landing and what’s not,” he says.
“The conventions provide that for me and I can get a sense about what they feel and like about the show.”
Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald ‘Penguin’ Cobblepot in TV series