John Barrowman Opens Up About The Lack Of Captain Jack The Past Few Years
John Barrowman has been a sci-fi icon for years with his work as Captain Jack Harkness in Doctor Who and Torchwood, but he’s found an even larger audience lately with his turns as the evil Dark Archer Malcolm Merlyn in the CW‘s Arrow. While fans are thrilled to see him in a prominent role on American television, we’re all holding out hope that Barrowman will put on the long coat again and bring Captain Jack back into our lives. A recent report from Barrowman‘s Comic-Con panel with his sister and writing partner Carole E. Barrowman and his husband Scott Gill features Barrowman talking more openly than ever before about the whole Captain Jack ordeal.
Spinoff Online had the full rundown of Barrowman‘s panel, entitled Anything Goes. The actor was his usual feisty, cheeky, rude, crude, hilarious self. He fielded many questions from fans, but it was when he was asked how he felt about not reprising the role of Captain Jack that he opened up like never before. Barrowman is usually asked when he’s coming back, so being asked about the possibility of not returning let him answer it a different way:
You all know that I absolutely adore Captain Jack. Captain Jack changed my life. If there ever is a time we go back to the world of Jack. … I’m happy if they ask me to do it, but it’s not my decision.
All right, I’ll be honest with you: There was about a year grieving period. It’s like you lose a family member, really. And I’ve never … spoken about this publicly … because he was such an iconic, such a wonderful character to play that really … it was very hard to let go of him. There’s a little bit of me that hasn’t let go, and I know you haven’t … and I think that’s brilliant.
If you want things to progress on this, you have to do it in the right way. I can’t be the one to go out …[whiny voice] ‘I want my Jack. I’m missing him.’ It wouldn’t look right. it would look like an air of desperation, and what I don’t want them to think is that we’re desperate. But truly, when it’s time, Jack will return, and I would love that.
We last saw Captain Jack in Torchwood: Miracle Day back in 2011. There hasn’t been any word on Torchwood getting another series or movie, and Russel T. Davies has taken a break from writing. Unless Moffat pulled off the biggest surprise in his time as showrunner of Doctor Who and snuck Barrowman into the 50th Anniversary special, we probably won’t see the good Captain back for a while. It’s nice to know that Barrowman still holds a candle for Jack and he’d jump at the chance to come back to the world of Who. The Arrow showrunners already said they would be thrilled to work around any Who appearance, so maybe it will happen someday. You can read the full recap of Barrowman‘s panel by clicking here. What do you think about Barrowman opening up for the first time about his feelings on putting Jack on the shelf for a while?
Source : Spinoff.CBR