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.

Watchmen: Red Carpet Premiere



Ok, well, the carpet was actually a lovely shade of Dr. Manhattan blue.

Many of the cast, including Tom, appeared at the Los Angeles premiere at the Cinerama Dome, as well as the after party. The party seemed to have included many of the props and designs that were at NYCC, with the addition of a squid tent. Yes, a squid tent. This show is gonna be wild. Check the galleries for additional images - more will be uploaded as they become available.

The embargo on reviews has been lifted, so watch this space for the expected onslaught of posts from the TV critics. The show airs on HBO on Sundays at 9pm starting October 20th.


Photo by Leon Bennett

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

Watchmen: Screening and Panel at NYCC


A group of very appreciative fans got to screen the first episode of Watchmen last Friday at New York Comic Con, yours truly included. The room was filled to capacity, and gave an extremely enthusiastic ovation to the show and to the panel of folks from the show who chatted about it afterwards. Damon Lindelof, director/EP Nicole Kassell and cast members Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Jean Smart, Tim Blake Nelson, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Louis Gossett Jr., and Hong Chau were on hand to answer questions about how they all were cast in their roles and what relationship, if any, they all had to the source material. Co-Creator of the original graphic novel, Dave Gibbons, also made an appearance, putting his seal of approval on the show.

Watchmen's presence was very much felt throughout the Con, with billboards outside the venue, a Watchmen lounge in which weary Con attendees could rest, charge their devices and be surrounded by Watchmen branding, an after party where signature drinks were served, a DJ did their thing on top of a Night Owl ship replica and Watchmen Swatches were the swag for departing guests, and even signs for the restroom were branded with the Watchmen squid.

No spoilers here about the show, but Tom was certainly in it in a pretty surprising way. Let's just say his scenes generated more questions than answers, and it's going to be a lot of fun getting to the bottom of it all.

Watchmen premieres on HBO on Sunday, October 20th at 9pm.