Donal Logue On Rumors, Harvey Bullock And What To Expect From GOTHAM
A couple of weeks back, we got word that Ben McKenzie landed the coveted role of Jim Gordon on Fox’s new DC show, Gotham. A show that will follow Gordon in his early days in the city that Batman made famous. Not long after McKenzie was cast, word came in that Donal Logue was going to be joining the series as Harvey Bullock. Gordon’s partner and mentor who doesn’t always play by the book, but gets results.
Logue sat down with Nerd Repository where he talked about the strange rumors that he himself had been cast as Gordon in the series. “It’s funny because I don’t know how that went down. The truth is that I had met them a long time ago to talk to them about the project. All we had was a conversation, and it was funny when these rumors came out because they were unfounded in that Gordon was always supposed to younger and Bullock was older, so it was never a possibility for Gordon. Bullock was a possibility, but it was part of this vague conversation, and there never was an offer or something like that. It also puts them in a tricky spot because on something this big, with Warner Bros. and DC and everything, there are a lot of different people that weigh in on who’s going to be in it. When I finally did get an offer, which was very recently, they were very apologetic because they felt in a weird way that it was dragging through a weird rumor mill that was slightly awkward, you know? I knew that they were interested, I just knew that there were other people in the mix too, and until certain things were taken care of they couldn’t make decisions. So it was slightly humorous at the end when I got it and people were like “I told you so!” and it’s like “dude, you don’t even know how much of a possibility, how not a fait accompli this was.” I was one of a number of people, it very easily could have been someone else. It’s funny to be part of a project that is under such scrutiny because it appeals to a group of people who are very active and a fanbase that’s incredibly vocal, and really emotionally involved. It was kind of neat to go through it because I really hadn’t before,” explained Logue.
He also touched on what he hopes to bring to the character of Harvey Bullock. He is familiar with Batman: The Animates Series, the cartoon that gave Bullock new life, as his kids would watch it when they would take road-trips to Oregon. However, Logue admits, “I’m not that guy, I don’t look visually like the guy even in the cartoon. Then there’s that weird thing where I don’t want to take someone’s choice from the cartoon and match it. I want to create a character, no different from Lee Toric in Sons of Anarchy or King Horik [from History's Vikings] or Hank Dolworth in Terriers. They’re all uniquely different scenarios and I don’t want to feel forced to do an impersonation of something else, which is a difficult thing to keep up over the course of a longer series. So we’ll have those talks.”
A lot of fans have been wonder what to expect from the show as far as tone and what it might look like visually. Logue peeked my interest as he described it as, “There are elements of it that are completely contemporary and there are pieces of it that are very old-fashioned. I’m excited to see which way they go with the production design and wardrobe and all that kind of stuff.” He was also asked if we can expect Gordon to be using cell phones or if Gotham is set before a lot of modern technology. “You know what, that’s hard for me to really get into, I don’t want to say,” he explained. “But there were a couple of examples of modern technology, but maybe an antiquated version of it, that gave me a little bit of sense that it’s certainly not the 50s and the 60s. No one’s making a joke about how ‘there’s no way you can press a telephone button and have a piece of paper show up in another machine.’ There is an acceptance of a certain technological reality. But its not high tech and it’s not futuristic, by any means.”
Logue explained his first priory as developing the relationship between Bullock and Gordon, and said not only does he foresee that there are going to be some conflicts between the characters, he guarantees it. “That is the complete and utter core of the conflict. One guy’s been around Chinatown for a long time, and knows how it has to work. Someone who’s come in from a more idealistic world – not to say non-violent, he’s coming back from the war – steps into it, and absolutely there’s a huge moral quandary,” Logue said. He went on to explain the good cop bad cop aspects of the show as, “(In) Gotham, there’s kind of an ambiguous line between good and bad. We have to let certain bad guys do certain things, in order for the greater good, for this machine to keep working. And then someone comes in who’s like “no, I have a much more black and white view, I’m not into this notion of moral relativism. There’s right and there’s wrong. And what is law? Is law this platonic form of truth that floats in space that is fixed, or is it something that’s this arbitrary thing where it’s like “the law is me and you, right now, in this car. Whatever we determine, that’s the law.” And that’s the kind of thing that will be a conflict in this show.”
The series, according to Logue, fall squarely on Gordon’s shoulders. However, he said he is contractually obligated as series regular. He is also excited to be apart of this, “This awesome world where we get to meet the super infamous villains of Gotham City for the first time, when they’re young. For me, that’s the really interesting part: ‘oh, so that’s where you come from, Riddler.'”
By the sounds of the end of the interview, Logue says that not only will we see villains we have seen already, but we might even see some we haven’t before. The show is currently looking for a young Bruce Wayne to join the cast as a series regular. No word on when the show starts filming or when the premiere of the pilot might be. However, you can check back here at Comic Book Therapy for the latest on Gotham.
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