Season One Spoilers & Speculation Feb 14, 2014 19:39:09 GMT -6
Post by Alex Matthews on Feb 14, 2014 19:39:09 GMT -6
Fran Kranz Speeds By..!
With the first season of the latest show to join the VPN’s interpretation of the Smallville universe nearing the end of it’s current production run, VSGuide has returned to the set of “Metropolis: Special Crimes Unit” to talk to Fran Kranz. Most notably known for his 2-season run on Joss Whedon’s “Dollhouse”, as the eccentric Topher Brink, Fran answers some of our questions about his latest role - the SCU’s resident forensic whiz, Wally West.
VSGuide: Welcome to the VPN, Fran.
Fran Kranz: Thanks, it really great to be here finally!
VSGuide: There have been onset rumours that you might be leaving. Is this true?
FK: Okay, let me start from the beginning. No, I’m not leaving, we’ve definitely settled on where the character of Wally is going, and where he is coming from, but I will be honest in that I had some doubts I was right for the part.
VSGuide: Oh? Why is that?
FK: You see, I’ve been attached to this project from the beginning, I was one of the first actors cast for the new roles, and I really wanted to tackle the character of Wally and what Alex has planned for him. But as more scripts came in, I was worried that the audience wouldn’t believe me in the role, because Wally is written as rather immature, and I was afraid it would be too much of Topher in there. But we hammered out the storyline for Wally this season, and we realised that the fact that, here I am, a guy in his 30s, playing a character who is underdeveloped emotionally and in maturity, is what we want to show.
VSGuide: So, what was it that made you take to the role?
FK: Like I said, Wally is a really interesting character - he’s got all these brains and science skills, yet he’s still a big kid at first, until he’s forced to grow up during the season. On the surface, he is a LOT like Topher, but when you really look into the two characters, they are radically different.
VSGuide: How does Wally West differ from Topher Brink?
FK: Topher’s confidence and ego came from the fact that he was THE guy to go to when you needed something done that everyone else said was impossible, but as he saw what his work was really accomplishing, it ate away at him, and eventually drove him insane. Wally though, is going through the opposite pattern, beginning with being that little bit off, his social skills not really there at all, but thanks to his relationships and friends, he breaks out of his shell over the season, and confronts his issues.
VSGuide: What can you tell us about Wally’s interactions with the other main characters?
FK: Mostly, I deal with Jill Teed and David Patkaeu’s characters, and for the most part I am stuck in my little lab, but it’s not so bad, because it’s one of our most developed sets, with all the pieces of equipment they let me use. I do sometimes work with guest stars, when they let me out of the lab to do field work, which is always fun!
VSGuide: What kind of storylines does Wally have on the go this season?
FK: Wally’s main storyline is dealing with the fact that he’s gotten himself into trouble because of his trying to use his smarts to cheat at gambling, and it doesn’t really work they way he thinks it will. That is going to be explored over episodes 5 and 6, I think, and I really loved the read through we had - it was a different, more secretive and emotionally vulnerable side of Wally not seen in the first few episodes. Wally holds a lot of emotional scars that I’m looking forward to exploring as the show continues.
VSGuide: What do you hope to see from Wally as the series progresses?
FK: I know Alex has been asked about if Wally will ever become the ‘Flash’, or get any of his various love interests from the comics, and when he rewrote the premiere’s opening scene, he introduced a character [Tina McGee, played by Tina Majorino] who is from Wally’s backstory in the comics. Well, I finally get to meet her in Episode 6, and I’m looking forward to seeing where that goes, but as for his destiny, I’m in no rush for that to happen yet.