When you’re known as a pirate … I get lots of peo­ple buy­ing me shots of rum’

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - TODAY’S PICK - BLACK SAILS THURS­DAY, 6.30PM, SHOW­CASE With Holly Byrnes WITH LUKE ARNOLD, BLACKSAILS

“AF­TER do­ing two sea­sons of Black Sails, with [tele­movie] Never Tear Us Apart in the mid­dle and the press obligations that went along with it, I had to take the last film­ing hia­tus off. So I just trav­elled Europe and vis­ited friends, drank a lot of beer and it was re­ally great. Bars are a great gauge of the reach of the show, which I think is now air­ing in about 140 coun­tries. The same thing hap­pened to me in Dublin, Lon­don and the Nether­lands ... you’d go to pay for drinks and some­one be­hind the bar would say, ‘No, this one’s on me, I love Black Sails.’

I def­i­nitely don’t get mobbed any­where, but when you’re known as a pirate, you end up hav­ing to drink a lot of rum. I like drink­ing rum any­way, but I get lots of peo­ple buy­ing me shots of rum around the world, which I have to say is one of the perks of the job.

I get to step into the shoes of some pretty charis­matic guys. Maybe a lit­tle bit of that has rubbed off, but I’m def­i­nitely not as cool as Michael Hutchence in real life, un­for­tu­nately. While we were shoot­ing, I def­i­nitely let my­self strut a bit more, but I’ve had to regress back to more of my nor­mal self.

On Black Sails this sea­son, there’s a mas­sive arc for [my char­ac­ter] Sil­ver. The most in­ter­est­ing thing for me was ex­plor­ing the re­la­tion­ship with Flint and work­ing with [ac­tor] Toby Stephens. It’s so much fun.

Go­ing toe-to-toe with some­one like him was such a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and a real joy. At the be­gin­ning of sea­son one, [Sil­ver] just wanted that bit of gold and then to get the hell out of there. But I think he’s some­one who never wants to rely on any­one else and doesn’t want any­one re­ly­ing on him.

The benefits of the ca­ma­raderie that life on a pirate ship of­fers starts to emerge and for him, the po­ten­tial that maybe there could be a bit of a leader in him, which is some­thing I don’t think he ever an­tic­i­pated.

Back in Eng­land at that time, the class sys­tem be­ing as rigid as it was there was no chance from the life he came from to ever be any­thing more. In this world, it kind of opens his eyes that he could be some­thing that he never could have been back home.

Even though it’s a much more danger­ous world … he re­alises maybe there’s some­thing to be gained by spend­ing a bit more time in the pirate world. We start to see shad­ows of the man he will be­come … the leg­end we know in Trea­sure Is­land.”

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