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Interview : Bill Pullman on Torchwood : Miracle Day

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      In the run up to the finale of the epic Torchwood mini-arc Miracle Day
      we have interviews from the main cast which took place at San Diego
      Comic-Con this July. We kick off with Bill Pullman who plays executed
      child rapist and murderer Oswald Danes. Danes finds himself a media
      darling after becoming an advocate for those who have gone beyond death.

      *EOS : Actors often say that you never play a villain as a villain – how
      did you manage this with Oswald Danes? Did you try to make him likeable?*

      *BILL PULLMAN : * I never think of ‘likeable’, I think of value. How
      does this character have value, how does this person value himself? And
      you then throw the dice.

      *EOS : Did you have any reservations about playing this character?*

      BP: I should have, probably. I realised that in these movies about
      paedophiles where they’re acting out their paedophilia on camera… I
      didn’t know if I really wanted to do that. The fact that Oswald’s
      transgression was before the camera came on, and that my issues are
      different, I had all that baggage inside me so I had to kind of create
      that inside myself and I had to kind of find that place to begin with.
      Then I had to realise that I was given a chance to, like a phoenix, rise
      again. But with baggage. And I liked that I always felt that Russell T.
      Davies was invested in a personal way with Oswald Danes. I knew he
      wasn’t saying “Ooo, I can write a bad guy”, he was like, “I can imagine
      that side of myself”. Russell is a very respectful person, he sets this
      great mood for the set. People who had been working in crews in LA for
      thirty, forty years said it was the best working conditions they’d ever
      had. And yet at the same time he’s aware of his anger, he’s aware of his
      arrogance, and he owns it in a way, and /it/ sometimes rides him. I feel
      like I have to be as truthful in the way I go about Oswald Danes as he
      is about himself. He’s a vibrant person. Don’t tell him I said that.

      *EOS : Are there layers to the character that we will see peeled away as
      the series goes on?*

      *BP : *Yeah, because my story is following one thing and there’s all
      those other stories that.. I don’t care about (laughing). I’m a separate
      person and then the stories start to fold into each other, and that’s a
      tricky thing but it makes sense because of the connection with Jack
      Harkness. There’s that one person who is like a mirror image or a Janus
      face , the flipside of who you are, and when you meet that person you
      get a sense of great intimacy and they can read you no matter how
      disguised you are, and they can name you in a way that no-one else can.
      When Jack and Oswald met it was like that.

      *EOS : You’ve played a lot of diverse roles, what was it that made you
      choose this one and how did you adapt to a darker kind of character?*

      *BP :* Well what struck me when I was researching people who have these
      ‘appetites’ was that there’s often a disconnect with socialisation and I
      had to realise how much of my whole body is engaged with socialising and
      providing clues and cues to you that I’m likeable, that I’m friendly,
      that I’m not a threat. It involves every muscle of your face. And with
      certain people there’s a disconnect with that, and it’s not intentional,
      and it has a scary side but it also has a wonderful side where you throw
      off this fucking ‘obligation’ to be nice. It feels like you’ve been
      swimming with a sweatshirt on and now you get to take it off.

      EOS : What’s your abiding memory of John Barrowman on set?

      *BP : *Stuff I can say now? (Laughs) I think my favourite memory…Now I
      love John so much, he is an actor who loves all sides of what the job is
      - one is to do the work and one is to sell the work and he loves both
      sides. But there was a moment when we were on the Warner Bros. lot and
      John had decided that he was going to ride back and forth from the
      trailers on his big white bike, which had big fat tyres. He’d pedal down
      and he’d wave at everyone and he would have such a great time, and there
      was a day where we had to go down this alley where there’s a sound stage
      where they were shooting the George Lopez Show, and Prince was going to
      be on there. There were all these people lined up for Prince, and John
      rode down on his big bike and screamed “Hello!” and the people were like
      “Yes! Yes!” and I think that he thought they were there for him!

      *EOS : Did you watch any of the previous episodes of Torchwood, prior to
      this series?*

      *BP : *I watched ‘Children Of Earth’ and then I watched scattered parts
      of the other stuff. I think the elegance of the simple premise is a
      genius that he has – just stopping a simple component of the world.
      That’s so simple that you wonder how other people haven’t thought of it.

      /Additional reporting by Stephanie Gerk
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