Date of publishing: 16th
Paul Blackthorne is a talented British actor with
simultaneous film, tv, and radio careers. He first
broke into acting through television commercials in
England. His first breakthrough commercial in the
UK was as the Grim Reaper for Virgin Atlantic. His
first silver screen success was the role of Captain
Andrew Russell in the Oscar-nominated Bollywood movie,
"Lagaan," for which he spent six months
learning Hindi. Paul’s most famous role on US
television was as Stephen Saunders, a biological terrorist,
on the third season of “24.” He also stars
in a new series titled, “The Dresden Files,”
based on the books written by Jim Butcher. Paul stars
as the lead character, professional wizard Harry Dresden.
(mini bio from TV.com)
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Linda Craddock: What
was your first impression when you received notification
of an audition for this role?
Paul Blackthorne: My first impression
when I received notification that I got the role,
I was very happy. I don't know what to say really.
I was very happy.
Craddock: What inspired
you about the story line of The Dresden Files?
Paul Blackthorne: What inspired me.
Well. It’s an interesting character. He's not
your everyday hero. He's a little more reluctant than
the everyday heroes. Suppose he does what he does
because he can, as opposed to really really wanting
to. You know, he'd rather stay home in bed really
things like that. And the story line, the context
of the world in which he operates is ... it’s
interesting because he has to reconcile two worlds.
He has to reconcile the real world. The likes that
you and I live in and the more supernatural world,
and when it comes to love, life, relationships, with
yourself and other people, it makes it rather difficult
to reconcile those both worlds. So from a character
point of view it was interesting on that respect.
Linda Craddock: Do
you believe in the possibility of a supernatural world?
Paul Blackthorne: All I know is that
I can't say that ... well, we're human beings and
we have five senses and we're very fortunate we have
very good senses. And we do pretty well with them,
but to think that all there is is that that can be
perceived with those five senses, I think is a little
potentially or possibly shortsighted. I think it’s
reasonable to suggest there’s more than what
we can perceive with our senses. What that is I have
Linda Craddock: Harry
Dresden defense bracelet a gift from his mother.
Paul Blackthorne: Good Old, Mum.
Linda Craddock: What
else can we expect from this life saving treasure?
Paul Blackthorne: She left me some
lovely dresses as well, but I'm never going to wear
them. What else can we expect mother left is that
what you're asking?
Linda Craddock: The
particular bracelet itself.
Paul Blackthorne: Oh, what else we
can expect from that and its qualities. Well it has
these defensive qualities as we've seen an all around
generally protective. As far as I know things can
change. That is as much as I'm aware of, the attributes
of that bracelet being defensive and protective. My
more offensive sort of attributes would be the hockey
stick of course and the drumstick that pops up when
I need something a little smaller.
Craddock: Can we
expect Murphy to buy into Dresden’s world or
will the writers continue with this unspoken line
between what Dresden tells her and what she believes
is more to a scenario?
Paul Blackthorne: Well you see the
problem the thing with Murphy is that she I mean,
it’s more possibly a question of her really
-- but from what I would perceive as an actor and
a character, she seems to be a little cynical about
the possibilities of anything existing beyond that
which our senses can perceive. However, she gets herself
in a little bit of a pickle because of course results
are achieved in a way in which she doesn’t understand
and as a police person she's happy that those results
are achieved, but as a human being she is perplexed
as to how they are achieved. This is an interesting
thing to write to I imagine. And as much as from one
week to the next she can receive greater or lesser
glimses into my world which perplex her, accordingly.
I think it's an interesting thing for a character
to gauge how she's dealing with that, because she's
getting results most of the time but the more she
gets an incite to the world the more difficult it
is for her to deal with. So have I covered your question?
There’s a four pronged question and I may have
covered one prong I’m not sure what do you think?
Linda Craddock: No.
I think it makes sense your answer. And it’s
just, you never know what to expect like you said
from week to week.
Paul Blackthorne: Yeah that's the
good thing about this show. The sci fi fantasy supernatural
context within which it's set allows you a potentially
-- so many possibilities you never really know what's
next. I certainly don't anyway.
Linda Craddock: In
"The Boon Identity" Bob mentioned the high
council and your darker half, give us a little background
Paul Blackthorne: Well. My background
and my darker past, that is something which will be
explored -- the background and any dark aspects of
Dresden’s background are explored throughout
the season and more so in the latter, the latter episodes.
And I think we should leave it for that really; because,
I think it would be more interesting for you to watch
it than for me to tell you about it actually.
Linda Craddock: Absolutely.
Absolutely. With regard to a new television series,
are you involved in any other aspect of the show behind
the camera special effects suggestions etc.?
Paul Blackthorne: I do all the special
effects and the catering. (laughs) I'm multi talented.
And then if I've got time I'll do some acting. No.
I'm an actor. In this show there's a great the actors
and the writers and the producers all have an open
mind and a good working relationship with the writers
and the producers about aspects of the character.
And we talk about that. But beyond that, no, my catering
is terrible so they got somebody else.
Linda Craddock: They
probably don't know what they're missing!
Paul Blackthorne: Not much. (laughs)
Craddock: Tell us
a little bit about your expectations for character
development for Harry Dresden; for instance, in the
walls you used your powers to ignite kaleb, this metal
rod he was holding to ultimately destroy him. What
other powers can we expect or character development
can we look forward to?
Paul Blackthorne: Character development,
I think that's one of the interesting thing about
this show. There is good character development going
on and the work says itself really. It develops as
it goes along. I hope it happened during the first
season. If we get a chance to go again then that will
continue. And what that will be, who knows, because
who knows what situations he’s going be faced
with as his character develops.
But in terms of looking at the past, I think we can
look -- more elements in the past will be explored,
I would imagine. The relationships with Bob, with
Murphy, I mean, they can go to different places, I
would imagine. These things tend to sort of actually,
hopefully, organically, evolve as you go along so
it's hard to say really at this stage. It's hard to
say. We'll see how this whole season feels at the
end of it, and I imagine you can take it from there.
Linda Craddock: Okay.
In that same episode, "The Boon Identity",
an Egyptian tablet called "the lock of Anubis"
was stolen and the hyrogliphics tattoo as part of
the plot. Can we expect more stories to focus on Egyptian
Paul Blackthorne: Well I think once
again with this strange world Dresden is a part of,
I don't mean our world, I mean the other world you
can get -- there's a potential for different possibilities,
for different story lines and from different aspects
of the supernatural and mythological and all that.
We -- maybe that would be explored again, but who
knows the writers have been coming up with some fantastic
ideas thus far, exploring all sorts of things; so
Linda Craddock: In
the physical confrontation, does Dresden get tossed
around quite a bit when he meats his adversary? Do
you do your own stunts or a lot of them?
Paul Blackthorne: I do as little
as I can when it come to throwing myself around.
Linda Craddock: Okay?
Paul Blackthorne: I'm not interesting
in any of those heroics. I've got a funny little back.
And I've had a few trips to the chiropractor. The
stuntman Len, good old Len, takes care of most of
that. He does a great job.
Linda Craddock: Okay.
So are you able to continue with your photography
based on your busy schedule?
Paul Blackthorne: Well my photography
has been something that I've done through my travels
or adventures or life. Really some of them have revolved
around work being in different places. I had a good
experience in India, where I was able to take some
nice photographs and have an exhibition and what not.
And I did a -- I picked up a few more travels and,
therefore, pictures, in recent years. So they sort
of, whenever I have an opportunity, take a picture
didn't really get much chance in Toronto. Tthough
I was really very busy; so I didn't get much chance
to take pictures there.
Craddock: Do you
anticipate directing or writing any future episodes
of Dresden files?
Paul Blackthorne: Yes. When we get
to the second season I'll be writing and directing
Linda Craddock: I'm
so looking forward to it!
Paul Blackthorne: I don't know really,
at this stage we've just got the first season completed
and obviously that’s showing now. And we'll
see if we get a second season, and see how it goes
from there. If it does do that idea, who knows, I
have no idea at this stage. We'll have to see what
Linda Craddock: Working
for Nicholas Cage, is this your first project with
him? Was this the first time you met him tell us about
Paul Blackthorne: Yes. Absolutely.
No I've never met him before and, no, this was the
only time, in The Dresden Files.
Linda Craddock: Okay.
Well I don't want to take up anymore of your time;
because, I know how busy you are.
Paul Blackthorne: Well, I've got
a dog in the car whose looking at me thinking, why
are you wandering around on the telephone when you
could be taking me for another walk. So that's the
only concern presently.
Linda Craddock: Well,
I just want to thank you for your time and I really
look forward to much more of Dresden files.
Paul Blackthorne: Great.
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