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."

Four Weddings and a Funeral: UK Release Set


Finally, the UK will be able to see Tom as Quentin in the series Four Weddings and a Funeral on StarzPlay, starting December 12. All 10 episodes will be available for your bingeing pleasure.

The series, based on the classic 1994 Richard Curtis film, was created by Mindy Kaling. Hulu has the following description posted:

Maya, the young communications director for a New York senatorial campaign, receives a wedding invitation from her college schoolmate now living in London. She leaves her professional and personal life behind, in favor of traveling to England and reconnecting with old friends and ends up in the midst of their personal crises. Relationships are forged and broken, political scandals exposed, London social life lampooned, love affairs ignited and doused, and of course, there are four weddings…and a funeral.


Photo by Jay Maidment


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: Character Video


HBO has released a video introducing us to Jeremy Irons' character who is named...well, we're not 100% sure. There had been reporting that the producers had confirmed he was Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias, but he has also coyly been referred to as Probably Who You Think He Is and, in this video below, as the Blonde Man.

The behind-the-scenes video brings us to an estate where Irons' character lives the life of a country gentleman in the 1930's. He has two servants, Mr. Phillips played by Tom and Ms. Crookshanks played by Sara Vickers, who seem perfectly normal on the exterior, but if you've seen the first episode, you know there is something a bit off about them. Warning...spoilers ahead.