Prepare to have your questions answered
As the groundbreaking first season of Heroes comes to a close, it seems that the biggest thing fans can have now is information. People have questions but they aren't simply about what's going on. They want to know where the show's going? What is it all leading up to? How are all these characters related?
Recently, Adrian Pasdar (Nathan Petrelli), Malcolm McDowell (Mr. Linderman) and Cristine Rose (Angela Petrelli) sat down to discuss these and other questions about America's favorite show.
Malcolm, you've played a lot of bad guys throughout your career. What was it like to play someone whose presence loomed so heavily in this first season?
Malcolm McDowell: It made my job much easier. We've all been talking about this character... I didn't even know until Adrian actually told me... they had the phone calls with me, I didn't even know who was gonna play that part at the time. You are right, I have had my fair share of villains and this is one of the really good ones.
Adrian, what can we expect from the finale?
Adrian Pasdar: It's so frustrating doing a conference call and they ask you to promote the show and they tell you at the same time, "You can't tell anybody anything." Having said that, questions do get resolved in a huge way. I have a big part in the final decision making in the last few moments of the finale. Those questions that are posited in the pilot are answered almost to a "T" in the finale. Its a beautifully structured finale. I think I did remember reading the first page of the script... there is a really wonderful moment at the very end that just, I just looped 22 and 23 the other day... its just mind-blowing the way it's all cut together.
Is it true in the next episode we may learn more about the identity of the Petrelli dad?
Adrian Pasdar: I've always been under the suspicion... wouldn't it be interesting if Malcolm had more to do with being more a part of the Petrelli...
Malcolm McDowell: I think from what I understand, I can say this, I knew your father quite well.
Adrian Pasdar: I understood he knew him a lot better than you might imagine.
Cristine Rose: Wait a minute...
Malcolm McDowell: Does this have anything to do with a tattoo on my left buttock?
Adrian Pasdar: I'm just hypothesizing, but I think there's...
Cristine Rose: People said, "Don't they deal with the dad in the graphic novel on the internet right now?" Showing Malcolm as the Dad?
Adrian Pasdar: That's what I would like to think. That Malcolm did sire...
Malcolm McDowell: I'd like to take responsibility for this but you know I think we need a blood test on this one.
Cristine Rose: This is actually my theory... wish fulfillment... I'd like to think that Angela and Linderman met at Woodstook and they conceived Nathan. You might not remember because we were in a daze of drug filled joy.
Malcolm, what about stories like Heroes appeal to you as an actor?
Malcolm McDowell: To be honest with you, its not so much that I'm attracted to them but I get asked to do them. I'm very lucky that I was asked to do this, Heroes, because as I've said before its a gift of role. Its clearly a wonderful part. Same with Loomis and I've been very lucky through the years to get a few good parts here and there, amongst the crap, you know? Lets face it, there's quite a lot of crap out there too, so the odd little pearl that comes my way, you seize on it, you say, "Thank you, very much."
How do all the elements like a graphic novel for Heroes, all the online stuff, being constantly asked questions that maybe only the writers know... how does that change your job?
Malcolm McDowell: I'm not really savvy to all that so I can tell you it doesn't make one bit of difference to me because I've never been online with it. I do believe... I know that its huge online and I know the French... I hear they even download Heroes in France . They can pay $1.99 or whatever it is and get it on iTunes. That's amazing to me. The online part is very important because I went to do ADR and I was asked if I would go next door and record, on video, and talk about... something I had no idea what the hell I was talking about, actually. It was something to do with the show which I really didn't know much about but I sort of made it up as I went along. The possibilities with this are endless aren't they?
Adrian Pasdar: I think we're coming to the end of appointment television in the next few years. Heroes is a very graceful way to be a part of the end of an era of television.
Malcolm McDowell: You mean they won't need actors anymore?
Adrian Pasdar: No, they'll need actors its just about the way the material is viewed and the media is downloaded. I don't think appointment TV is gonna last with TiVo, Video On Demand, people are gonna be able to watch what they want to watch whenever they want to watch it. I don't think you can remove the water cooler element of television. People always want to gather and say, "Did you see this?" There still will be that but the specificity with which television is delivered now is gonna alter rapidly.
Malcolm and Cristine, do you know how long you're contracted on the show for?
Cristine Rose: That passed through my mind halfway through this season. While wondering if I would ever get more involved in the story line, I was taking great comfort in the fact that I wasn't important enough to kill. (Laughs)
Adrian Pasdar: Its a double edged sword isn't it?
Cristine Rose: Exactly, a little bit of job security there. It's all up in the air.
Malcolm McDowell: If I told you how many I'm doing it would probably give it away so I'd better not say anything about that. Suffice to say, I'm doing a few of these. I'm doing other work too so I'll go in and out, I suppose... as needed.
Malcolm, with your role in Halloween are you paying homage to Donald Pleasence?
Malcolm McDowell: No, I have to tell you that I've never seen Halloween 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7. I must be one of the only people on the planet, I think, never to have seen any of the films, and I'm so glad because I asked the director, Rob Zombie, who is a wonderful director, if he thought I should see them. He said, "No, better not." Of course I knew Donald Pleasence, and a brilliant actor he was with that wonderful, sinister kind of thing of his. I could imagine him playing Loomis, of course, with that sinister kind of thing that he has... its a new look. Its a reinvention of it. He is completely different, my Loomis, I presume. I guess there will be some people who will be sort of disappointed if they think I'm just gonna copy him because I'm not.
There were actually 8 Halloween's before this.
Malcolm McDowell: Well, I'm obviously talking to an expert. I've signed for 3, howabout that?
Malcolm McDowell: They obviously think its gonna be a big hit.
Do you folks talk about the obvious parallels on the show to today's political and geopolitical landscape?
Adrian Pasdar: I think they have done a wonderful job of creating a fictional character, and I think whenever anything is successfully drawn these parallels can be drawn to existing people. Having said that, there haven't been any attempts to base this on anything other than a writer's imagination. The conversations we tend to have on the set, by and large, tend to focus around everything but the parallels that might be drawn to what we're doing in real life. We're just a bunch of actors at the end of the day.
Heroes airs Mondays at 9/8c on NBC.
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