ROBIN IN OUR HOOD

GOTHAM STAR LORD TAY­LOR IS A SPE­CIAL GUEST FOR POP CUL­TURE EXPO SU­PANOVA

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - DAR­REN CARTWRIGHT Su­panova, Gold Coast Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre, Satur­day and Sun­day

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

Gotham.

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