Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Patrick Wilson on playing The Owl
SHH!: Can you talk about working with Jackie Earle Haley again since your days on "Little Children"?
Wilson: Well, we get along great. The first stuff we shot together was us breaking into Adrian's office. It was the first time I was in the suit, so nobody had ever really seen me in the suit. So we sat there before the first take and Jackie's putting his mask on and we're like, "What are we doing?" It's Brad Adamson and Ronald James McGorvey gone terribly wrong! [laughs] But it was great. Especially when you're playing guys who have known each other for a really long time, it helped. He's so great and such a warm person anyway. I found on this movie, not just between me and Jackie, everybody has this same focus. Everybody is in love with this material. The script, the graphic novel and so when that's you're common link, nothing else matters.
SHH!: Dan is probably the most normal of the group, how do you fit yourself in with all of these eccentric characters?
Wilson: I can only read it from his perspective all along, so it's hard for me to even look at everybody else's arc. To me, he's such a complex guy, he is very real. I think the Batman similarities are on purpose. Dr. Manhattan is the only one with any real super power. I found him to have so much heart. When you see Dan with his glasses, he's a great guy. So all of the problems that are interesting as an actor: The sexual issues, the not knowing who you are, who am I? Now that I'm not fighting that battle? Who am I? So there's a lot to latch onto and we've really just begun. That's the stuff I'm looking forward to shooting. He goes through such a wide range of being introverted and lost. Trying to adjust to society. It's a great journey. I don't feel any loss of the flashiness.
SHH!: Are you looking forward to piloting the Owl Ship?
Wilson: Oh yeah, have you seen it? It's pretty great. This whole thing, every new set you walk onto, you're just blown away.