Read a preview of what to expect from series two - coming soon to BBC Three.
Two major new additions complicating Kieren’s life are Wunmi Mosaku’s Maxine Martin - the newly-elected MP for Roarton Valley and a member of ‘pro-life’ political party Victus - and Simon, a charismatic disciple of the Undead Prophet played by Emmett Scanlan.
"The thing is about Maxine Martin… she’s not a villain," Mitchell says. "She is the antagonist of the piece - and Simon is too in a weird way - but no-one’s ‘the bad guy’ - everyone is doing things for their own particular reasons and their own beliefs."
Maxine and Simon are “two sides of the same coin” with both looking to rouse support for their cause. “I always thought there would be a backlash to PDS sufferers and Maxine Martin is the backlash - a force to be reckoned with.”
Mitchell continues: “Simon is then the yin to Maxine Martin’s yang - he’s very pro PDS rights and very proud of who he is. People being scared of ‘the other’ is a big theme of the show and I always wanted to look at it through a political lens.”
In The Flesh returns to BBC Three in May with twice the episodes and every bit of the charm of series one…
Eyeing each other from opposite sides of those lines are two newcomers, recently elected MP Maxine Martin (Wunmi Mosaku), and WB Yeats-quoting Undead Prophet disciple Simon (Emmett Scanlan). Both are quickly bedded in to the series, each introduced with their own mysteries and, in the words of creator Dominic Mitchell, representing two sides of the same coin.
Read more: http://www.denofgeek.com/tv/in-the-flesh/29630/spoiler-free-in-the-flesh-series-2-episode-1-review#ixzz2vIORisT7
As the end of the year approaches many of the major media and entertainment sites are counting down the best TV shows of 2013.
The first series of The Fall, in which Emmett appeared as DC Glen Martin, has featured at #9 in The Guardian’s Top 30 TV Shows of 2013 and made #18 in Digital Spy’s Top 25 run down. With the second series filming in Belfast in 2014 we look forward to it and hopefully seeing more of Emmett as Glen.
In The Flesh’s first series rated highly on Digital Spy as #11 on their list and with a longer series beginning next year and Emmett playing undead discipline Simon you can just tell it’s going to be even better.
2014 is going to be a great year on TV for us Emmett fans.
More about The Fall
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Emmett J Scanlan radio interview | 29 Nov 2013
thanks to dodi sonata for the clip!
The Undead Prophet has a Disciple
On the other other side of the argument is Simon (Hollyoaks’ Emmett Scanlan). He’s a very charismatic person, and he’s kind of damaged…’ Unlike most PDS sufferers, Scanlan is in his zombie make-up for the duration. ‘He’s out and proud’ says Mitchell (Dominic). ‘He’s coming at it in a spiritual, but also a prideful way…
And about the Undead Prophet. ‘He’s a big influence, on Simon especially. He’s a bit of a mystery.’
(thanks to thesuttonian for this summary!)
— Ashley Taylor Dawson in the Inside Soap Yearbook (via empathist)
Personal Appearance has its first screening this month and after filming wrapped I was fortunate enough to grab an interview with Emmett about filming, his character Eoin and his thoughts on fame.
Click below to read the full interview.
Last summer, Toby Everett’s crowd-funded film Personal Appearance was made and is getting its premiere this month. Writer and director Toby, and star (who you might just have heard of) Emmett J Scanlan were kind enough to let me ask some questions about the film. Below you can read Toby’s great interview. Tomorrow I’ll be posting Emmett’s interview too.
From The Daily Mirror
First up is Mr Brendan Brady of Hollyoaks. Emmett J Scanlan played an absolute blinder as the troubled bar owner and when Brendan bowed out in March this year, I found myself in tears. Yes, Double-B had racked up an astonishing four murders during his time in Chester, but as he said himself ‘no one died that didn’t deserve to die’.When Brendan first rocked up, he was easy to dislike: being a homophobic gay man with tendencies towards murder and domestic violence are never going to make you popular. But by the time he danced his last dance, we’d followed Brendan on a journey, where we learned the reasons behind his messed-upness. A sexually abusive father and a grandmother who knew but had never stopped it are going to do that.
The writers wanted us to fall in love with Brendan, they wanted us to see that he wasn’t born bad and he wasn’t all bad. His final sacrifice proved that. Taking the blame for his sister Cheryl (who shot their abusive dad) and letting her live her life, touched me to tears. And although I felt a bit short-changed that Brendan didn’t get shot down in a blaze of glory, I’m actually pleased now that he didn’t get killed off. I’m hoping for a Warren and Brendan behind bars spin-off. Like a UK Prison Break.
Emmett talks in length about his roles in In The Flesh, The Fall and life post-Hollyoaks
I tend to work with actors on my own projects whom I’ve acted with before, and so for me it’s a kick when somebody wants to work with and trusts me so I’d be a little more careful as actors are sensitive! Having said that when you work with friends you can be open and forthcoming, and say the crap you need to when you need to. I’ll never forget having a massive blow out with Emmett Scanlan (Hollyoaks, The Fall), when we did Christian Blake because he wasn’t doing what I wanted. Then we kissed and made up the next day. We actually did the same on Charlie Casanova and The Inside, in a big way. Ok, so we fight…. I take it all back, I lose my temper when I need to….
Eoin Macken on working with Emmett Scanlan