Sidewalks Entertainment interviewed Jack Coleman at last year’s Heroes and Villains Fan Fest. In the interview, Jack talked about his career start, his TV shows Dynasty, Heroes, Heroes Reborn, why he wasn’t on the Dynasty reunion, his basketball days and most importantly, that he has been developing a comedy show on his own. Fingers crossed!
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Heroes Reborn starts tonight (Tuesday, February 16) at 9pm on 5* in the UK and Jack Coleman was recently interviewed by Digital Spy about the show, Claire and Heroes’ influence on today’s TV shows:
” I would have loved to have had the opportunity to work with Hayden again and explore the Noah-Claire relationship and all of its complexities,” he told us.
“But five years down the line you’ve got people who have other commitments and contracts, and it’s tough to extract everybody. I would have liked everyone to have come back, the originals. We do get a number of the originals back though.”
He said: “It was ahead of its time, in that there were not a lot of superhero shows on the air. The thing that made it so successful was the family drama aspect of it – the Bennets and the Petrellis etc…
“It worked on a couple of levels, it had the superhero element but it also had a domestic drama. That’s what was compelling to people who weren’t necessarily sci-fi fans.
“If nothing else, just showing that these shows are popular on TV. When you’re dealing with a genre which is very dependent of special effects – special effects are very expensive. People go and see Avatar or Iron Man and the amount of money that is spent on those effects is just staggering.
“It’s very hard to do that on a television budget, and to compete. But one of the things Heroes did was make it safe for networks and studios to do this on television. And say ‘OK, it’s not going to look like The Matrix, but it will still work and people will tune in for the characters and the adventure’ - I think Heroes had a profound effect on what we see on television now.”
Here’s a mini-interview with Jack Coleman where he discusses the series finale of Heroes Reborn. He also talks about one of his favorite moments as character Noah Bennet during the shooting of the show.
With how interconnected Noah and Claire’s story was in the first series, did it feel like Hayden Panettiere was noticeably absent this time?
COLEMAN: Yes, she’s noticeably absent, and yet everything that Noah Bennet does is motivated by Claire, whether it’s to find her, to protect her, to find out what happened to her, or to honor her. Whatever he does, it’s always driven by her. So, that oddly remained the same, even though Hayden wasn’t around. I would have loved to have had all of the old cast around, and Hayden in particular, but this is Reborn. This is a new time, a new story and a new series, even though it is Heroes. We get to spend time with a lot of the original cast, but it’s a new show, so obviously it’s going to be dominated by new actors.
Which episode has been your favorite, either to film or to watch?
Seven and Eight, which were June 13th Part One and Part Two, were pretty great. I loved getting to play both Noah’s. It was very time-consuming and exhausting, in a way. It’s really fun to see those scenes where I’m having scenes with myself. I have to give credit here to Rick Marcus, who is my stunt double and also my acting double in these two shows where he did the scenes with me. Playing both parts. You know, I was playing 2014 HRG and he’d be 2015, and then we’d switch and he’d be 15 and I’d be 14. He did an incredible job. He looks a lot like me, he’s a really good double for me.
It was very helpful for me and for production to have him there. But those scenes, it’s always fun to see something like that, because that’s not something I’ve done a lot of. I also think that as a story it’s just great to go back to that day and see what had happened and explain how Claire died, and how it was that someone who regenerated was not able to regenerate. I think that it answered a lot of questions that had been asked of the audience. I think that they really answered a lot of those questions.
SPINOFF: Huge reveal last episode: Claire died during childbirth. Did you already know about this going in?
Jack Coleman: I didn’t know when we first started, but it was revealed to me fairly early what was going to happen and who [the twins were] and what had happened with Claire. And in the next episode we find out why she died. We know how she died – she died in childbirth – and in the next episode we find out how that happened, how someone who is supposedly immortal died in childbirth.
Speaking of Robbie, as revealed, Noah is the grandfather of Robbie’s character Tommy and Danika’s character Malina. Did you tell them the news yourself?
I didn’t realize it right away and had the great indignity of both him and Danika calling me grandpa. It just tears my insides out. My own daughter being 16, and they’re older than my daughter, and they’re calling me grandpa. Of course, in my real life I started late, so I certainly could be a grandpa, but not to the like of those whippersnappers.
Let’s talk a little about what’s to come in Episode 8, the second part of the June 13 flashback. What can we expect to see?
There’s a couple of things. You get to see the butterflies being trampled on, and then you get to see the result of that. And the result of it is pretty jarring, and I think pretty cool, and it happens at the end of the episode. So, there’s a lot of fallout from Noah’s rash decision to go after Erica. I think that’s all I can say before getting too spoiler-y.
That all said, though, would you come back?
Sure. I don’t see why not. It would be interesting to see if I came back in the same capacity. I imagine I’d come back in a somewhat different capacity. But I’m definitely game to come back.
Jack Coleman is busy with promoting Heroes Reborn and a new interview pops up every week. Here are the recent interviews with Jack Coleman where he talks about Heroes Reborn and also Dynasty, his guest roles in Scandal, Castle and Burn Notice.
UNDER THE MASK (TV-14)
MANY LEARN OF THEIR DESTINIES AS NEW FOES ARE REVEALED – DYLAN BRUCE, FRANCESCA EASTWOOD AND PRUITT TAYLOR VINCE GUEST STAR – Erica Kravid (Rya Khilstedt), the powerful woman behind the global conglomerate Renautas, reveals just how far she will go to protect the world from Evos. Tommy (Robbie Kay) finds comfort in sharing his ability with Emily (Gatlin Green) and a new-found popularity at school. In Japan, Miko’s (Kiki Sukezane) rescue mission comes up against some unexpected obstacles. Elsewhere, Noah Bennet (Jack Coleman) continues to work with Quentin (Henry Zeborwski) in his search for the truth and Malina (Danika Yarosh) is guided by an unseen force. Meanwhile, Luke (Zachary Levi) and Joanne (Judi Shekioni) continue on their deadly mission and Carlos’ (Ryan Guzman) search for answers causes him to dig deep to find the hero within. Eve Harlow, Cle Bennett, Toru Uchikado, Lucius Hoyos and Nazneen Contractor also guest star.
AX: How is it getting back together with the members of the team who are returning?
COLEMAN: It’s amazing. It’s awesome to be in Toronto, and all of a sudden, there’s Sendhil and there’s Grunny and there’s Masi and there’s Cris Rose and Jimmy Jean-Louis. To have these guys back on board is fantastic.
AX: Are you having a sense of déjà vu?
COLEMAN: It’s somewhere in between déjà vu and vuja de. Occasionally, it feels like I’m on the old show. Most of the time it does not, because it is not the old show. It’s very much a new thing, new cast, new stories, but from time to time, there are things that happen, especially when some of the original cast comes back that you have those moments.
AX: You’re back on CASTLE for the beginning of their eighth season. How do you enjoy your work there?
COLEMAN: Oh, I’ve had a really good time on CASTLE. I love working with Stana [Katic], I love working with Nathan [Fillion], Jon [Huertas] and Seamus [Dever], they’re all just fantastic and they’re so welcoming.
Q: Who would have thought a pair of glasses would be so valuable to your character?
JC: You know, after “The Upfronts’s” Charlie Robinson came up to me and said, “I didn’t realize until today that your entire show was about your glasses?”
Q: Did you keep them after the show finished?
JC: I did keep a pair. And it was a good thing because I have to wear them in the Super Bowl promo because production didn’t have them. Well they couldn’t find them; they’ve since come up with a whole new batch, some of which are actually prescription, which is great because I am blind. So I did keep a pair and I wore them in the Super Bowl promo. When they called asking, “Do you have a pair…”
They were just happy to hear me say yes.
Q: Can you talk about putting them back on for the first time?
JC: I haven’t put them on since the show ended and they just sat on the shelf in my living room, so putting them back on for the first time was for that promo. It really felt like dress up, like Halloween, it was like, “Oh this is weird.” In the promo I didn’t know exactly what was happening, and you can see it definitely ties into the show, but I didn’t know exactly how yet. It was definitely a “try them on and see how they fit” thing. Even the first time when we started shooting it, took like an hour before I felt I was back in my skin again.
Q: Will we find out how the other members of the Bennett family react to Claire’s death?
JC: I’m not sure, probably not right away. It could come to that. I will tell you that Claire figures very prominently throughout the show. Whatever form she takes, she is not forgotten – ever.
Don’t miss the special 2-hour premiere of Heroes Reborn tomorrow. HRG is back to TV after a 5 year absence!
More Jack Coleman and the cast interviews from #TIFF, HERE.
Jack Coleman and some of the cast talk with THR about reprising the roles and what to expect from their returns in Reborn:
Where he left off: Watching his daughter Claire leap from a Ferris wheel in order to show the world her powers, despite his insistence she stay hidden.
When he returns: Episode 1. This is very much a story following his experience among new heroes and it is about the new heroes themselves.
On reprising the role: “The really good news is they picked up five years later as opposed to a prequel where I’d have to be five years younger. So that’s one of the comfortable things about it, to be in your skin as you are as opposed to putting on a hair piece and sucking in my gut,” he says. “At first it was a little like, ‘OK wait, what are we doing?’ And then after about an hour or two I’m like. ‘Oh yeah I know this guy.’ It was really fun to get back into it.”
On the impact Claire’s death will have on him: “She casts a very long shadow — everything Noah does is based on her and trying to figure out what happened. He needs to justify how her death makes sense and to make something good of it. Noah will always be tied to her.”
On what’s changed: “The kind of stories you can tell, the effects you can do and the kinds of stunts you can do. All that stuff is next generation. But the show itself is true to ordinary people with extraordinary abilities. But it’s five years later and it’s a very dark and different world for them now. It’s a dangerous place to be an evo. The stakes are higher.”
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