Do you miss Emmett?
During the set visit, over lunch, the journalists ended up spending about an hour discussing the morality behind the show with the stars, Emmett, Emily and Luke: they weren’t just invested in their characters, they seemed to really understand their characters’ viewpoints (which was occasionally quite frightening coming from Emmett!)
We’ve been so lucky with the actors; they’re very invested in the show. They’ll call me up and ask me questions, and I’m always open to talking about any person’s character. They do so much work on them.
Twitter Q&A after episode one.
Read all the questions Emmett answered for the Twitter Q&A after the first episode of In The Flesh.
— Cultbox on Emmett Scanlan | Review of Series 2, Episode 1
Rob chats to In The Flesh’s Amy and newcomer Simon about series 2, otherness, belief and zombies with layers…
Great, really in depth interview with Emmett and Emily about their characters - well worth a read.
Rob chats to In The Flesh’s talented creator, Dominic Mitchell, about series 2, Roarton, Rotters and more…
And on the other side of that we’ve got Amy, who went to the commune at the end of the last series and at that commune she’s met another person called Simon. Simon is the twelfth disciple of the Undead Prophet. The Undead Prophet has twelve disciples and they run these communes all over the country, and Simon is the one who runs the one Amy went to. And the Undead Prophet has said to Simon, ‘You must go to Roarton, because Roarton is special’. There’s this rumour going around that The Rising happened first in Roarton, and that the first people to rise in the whole country were the people in Roarton. So he’s gone ‘go to Roarton and gather the undead of Roarton because they’re special and they’re the key’.
The whole thing about the Undead Prophet is that he wants a second Rising. He wants to take over. He doesn’t want the undead to be the minority anymore. He wants the undead to be the majority. And he believes that Roarton’s key.
So we’re bringing the outside world into Roarton, and by bringing the outside world in it messes Roarton up. They’ve just got this fragile peace and then these two characters, Simon from the Undead Liberation Army, and Maxine from Victus, just come and mess it all up.
Are we going to meet the undead prophet in the flesh (no pun intended)?
Well… I don’t want to give away too many spoilers, but very eagle-eyed viewers will maybe meet him. You’ve just got to look out for him. Because Simon is one of the disciples of the Undead Prophet we’re getting closer and closer to the Undead Prophet. He’s still a mystery though. He’s still an enigma. Maybe we meet him, maybe we don’t. That’s such a terrible answer! But yeah, he’s a mystery.
You mentioned The Rising. Is that an event you want to keep as a mystery or is it something you’re going to explore at some point?
That’s an interesting one. I think because we focus on the question ‘Is there going to be a second Rising?’ in series 2, we deal more with people’s belief about why The Rising happened. The Undead Prophet believes it happened because it was God’s wish for it to happen and that the undead, or ‘the redeemed’ as they call themselves were prophesised in The Bible and they’re the new species: the human beings are an old prototype that isn’t working, we’re a desperate species and should be got rid of. That’s why The Rising happened, in Simon’s mind.
As I said on Twitter, the magazine don’t like websites republishing their content until it’s at least out of the shops. So for the full set of 16 (yes, 16!) new images and the full article I’ll post those next month.
Here are some snippets from the article:
- The interviewer said he started dancing to the Human League’s last album during the photoshoot (there’s an image we’d like to see!)
- He says not knowing what character he’ll inhabit next is a ‘turn on’ and he loves the thrill and adrenaline of it.
- He teases that he’s ‘very happy’ for the chiseled Jamie Dornan, saying he’s lovely man. Asked if he could handle the Christian Grey character he says ‘I hear its predominantly sex and bondage and who can’t handle that? That’s a normal Saturday night.’
- He said he’d go to the ends of the earth for a character he believed in.
- He says he was excited about In The Flesh after seeing the first series and its the first time personalities have been given to zombies rather than vampires. He says he was raised on horror films from a young age.
- He explains that his character in In The Flesh, Simon, has never really been able to relate to the living in either lives and carries his darkness into his undead state. The Undead Liberation Army gives him new purpose, but that’s soon challenged by Kieren who he’s infatuated with. There will be more spoilers about In The Flesh on the Gay Times website in May.
Unfortunately I was out on Wednesday morning when Emmett was on the radio and was unable to record it but thank you to Sarah for these bits and pieces. I’m sorry this is not as exciting as hearing his lovely voice but this is the best I can do!
- He talked a little about playing Brendan and how it’s still flattering that people talk about him returning to Hollyoaks - his response being ‘never say never’.
- After finishing The Fall he’s taking a bit of a break but we’re looking forward to hearing what he has got planned afterwards.
- When asked who he’d love to work with he said Michael Fassbender and Matthew McConaughey, saying of recent movies he loved the recent award winners 12 Years A Slave, Dallas Buyer’s Club and American Hustle.
- He said his part in Guardians of the Galaxy is very small and he might not be in the final cut (but as he’s in the trailer - fingers crossed). He talked about how much of a Marvel and comics fan he is.
- He gave a lot of praise to In The Flesh’s first series and said lovely things about the crew. Thankfully we’ve only got a month to wait now!