Watchmen: Tom Talks Episode 2



Episode 2 of Watchmen's first season gave us rather a lot of Tom to see (in several ways) and left us with even more questions than answers. That is typical of the show thus far. Tom did several interviews to discuss those shocking/mysterious/strange goings on in the country manor.

He revealed to Kim Roots from TVLine that he did use a body double for part of it, and did get to choose who it would be. For the record, he went with a lovely chap named Fergal. He talks about how he got the role of Mr. Phillips, and discussing the show, comics and the original Watchmen at length with showrunner Damon Lindelof.

He also had a chat with TV Insider about the very memorable episode, and more about developing the Mr. Phillips character. The country manor part of the show was quite separate from the rest, and they even "block shot" their bits at Penrhyn Castle in Wales, before the rest of the show was shot in Atlanta.

In an interview with THR about the episode, Tom talks about the difficulty of playing multiple roles, how Sara Vickers (Ms. Crookshanks) kept them all straight, and his approach to playing each with their own set of experiences informing them. Sadly, as Tom says, "they just think they're in Downton Abbey and they end up in Looney Tunes." Working with Jeremy Irons sounds like it was a wonderful experience. He had this to say when asked about his takeaway from working with the legendary actor:

"We had never met before the pilot. We'd had lots of mutual acquaintances and friends, but we went and rehearsed the first scene, the beginning of the horseshoe scene [from the pilot], and then they said, "Okay, everybody out, and we'll set up." I went back to my trailer, and a couple minutes later, there was a knock at the door, and it was Jeremy. He just came in, and sat down, and said, "All right, what do you think?" And he shared his thoughts, and I said mine, and we chatted for a long time. And then he said, "Great. Well, let's go and play." And that was such an important moment from the very beginning to know that he just wants to go and play around in this weird world. Of such a long, illustrious career, he'd never done anything like Watchmen, and so he just wanted to go and have fun with it. And it's quite nice to see an actor who's been doing it for so long still get such childish joy from it. It's nice to know that it's possible to enjoy a career 50-odd years into it. He turned 70 when we were there, so it must be about 50 years in a career, and he lives for it. He loves it and just wants to play around and throw ideas about. And that's the reason I wanted to become an actor: to go and use your imagination, and constructive pissing about, I think, is a good way to describe it. And Jeremy loves constructive pissing about as well. And that was throughout the whole thing."


Watchmen returns tonight on HBO at 9pm with episode 3, entitled "She Was Killed by Space Junk."

Watchmen: More from the Red Carpet

More interviews have popped up from the Los Angeles premiere of Watchmen.

At 1:05 in the post below, Tom is doing his best to answer questions while giving absolutely nothing away, lest the HBO suits descend upon him.



You can also see Tom at :52 in this video telling us that we may try to guess what's going on, but we are in for some surprises.



Watchmen: KTLA5 Interview


The morning after the Los Angeles premiere of Watchmen, Tom visited the KTLA studios for an interview, which you can watch below. He couldn't say much about his Watchmen character, Mr. Phillips, but we do get our first look at him. We learn that they block shot most of his scenes for the season with Jeremy Irons in a castle in Wales over the course of a month, before the bulk of most of the scripts were even written. Tom explains that he did have a history with Watchmen, even before the show. He read the original graphic novel as an angry 17 year old and it made him even angrier, then happened to pick it up again a couple of years ago, and reading it again at a different stage in his life gave him a different perspective on it. Six months after re-reading it that second time, Damon Lindelof called and asked him to "come be weird and British" in his new show.



Watchmen premieres this Sunday, October 20th at 9pm on HBO in the US. The show is also airing around the world, so check your local listings to find the show where you are.

The Rake: Photo Spread and Interview



The Rake magazine has featured Tom in it's October issue with a pretty spectacular array of photos of Tom wearing a variety of gorgeous suits and one beautiful cashmere turtleneck, as well as an interview. This may be Tom's first published interview in quite some time, and it's been even longer for a photoshoot, but this certainly makes up for that in spades. Additional images are in the galleries.

It's a short but excellent interview. The journalist, Ed Cummings, realizes quite soon what we already know -- that Tom "is about as charming as they come." He proceeds to query Tom about dropping out of drama school, his background being brought up in the London suburbs, and a bit about his stint in the play Posh. In the years since Sleepy Hollow, Tom has taken only a couple of well chosen roles, so it is interesting that he mentions in the interview that there was a point that he considered moving beyond acting. Luckily he re-discovered the joy of acting while playing the villain in a Restoration Comedy, of all things. Thank heavens for Fainall.

The Rake is available now on newstands in the UK, and will soon be available in the US (check out your local Barnes and Noble). The digital version is available now from Zinio.


Photos by Pip