FRINGE fans were delighted when the series traveled back Over There one last time during the show’s two-hour finale event, and they weren’t alone: when I spoke with ARROW guest star, Seth Gabel, he told me he was equally thrilled to pop back in to play Lincoln again.
“I was very happy, that on some level, you got to see Lincoln was happy in the other universe with a family, married to Olivia, who he was in love with,” he told me. “But also in that episode, you see a glimmer of doubt and wondering whether or not if he had stayed in our universe, if he could have possibly made a difference between Peter and Olivia, maybe have helped in some way and maybe have stopped all of this terrible stuff from happening in the first place.”
Speaking of that newly revealed family that Lincoln and the other Olivia have, Gabel confirmed that he and Anna Torv (Olivia) filmed a little scene with their fictional son that ended up being cut from the finale.
“We shot a scene where you kind of see us, we were out shopping for the day and we stopped to get some coffee,” Gabel said. “And we’re just hanging out together as a family, and our son starts drinking some coffee and then Olivia gets the call [that was seen in "Liberty"] that something bigger is going down. And that’s when we get pulled into the story that leads to the arc of the finale…[the actor who played our son] kind of looks like both of us, which was interesting to see!”
But while FRINGE fans may be watching and rewatching the show’s final hours to cope with the series ending, Gabel confessed he hasn’t actually seen his last episode yet: “I haven’t actually watched the finale yet, because I’ve been waiting to watch the whole season nonstop!”
Seth was delightful as The Count. I love seeing him show his dark side! Here are screen captures:
Promo for next week’s episode of Arrow, which Seth guest stars as The Count. May I say the episode looks awesome? Thanks Sean for the heads up
Fringe final farewell had the presence of the alternate universe and our very own Lincoln Lee. Here are caps and one still. Enjoy!
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Here’s a first look at Seth as The Count in Arrow, airing January 30th! From TVGuide.com:
The Count is coming!
Fringe alum Seth Gabel will make his way to Arrow in the upcoming Wednesday, Jan. 30 episode, fittingly titled “Vertigo.” The Count is actually based on DC Comics’ supervillain Count Vertigo, though in Arrow’s take, Vertigo will actually be the name of a drug that plagues Starling City.
That drug comes from The Count, so it should come as no surprise that when Thea (Willa Holland) falls victim to it, Oliver (Stephen Amell) will go after the man himself. “What gets Oliver into The Count’s orbit and puts the two of them in conflict is actually a really personal motivation,” executive producer Marc Guggenheim tells TVGuide.com. “Someone close to him is actually hurt by The Count. This is the first time the Arrow goes after someone purely out of revenge. There’s argument to be made that the Arrow’s general mission is one of vengeance, but this is very specific. This time, it’s personal.”
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His name may have changed, but expect The Count to be as diabolical as his comic book counterpart. “He’s a very interesting character, and the way Seth performs him, he plays him with a lot of flair,” Guggenheim says. “The fun thing about The Count is he’s actually a businessman. He’s got a little bit of a sociopathic streak in him, for sure, but he sees himself as an entrepreneur, as creating not drugs, but art. He compares his drug to performing a social service and to a fine wine, so he has a very skewed view of what it is that he does. At the same time, we know that he’s not only sociopathic, but he’s very sadistic as well.”
Looks like Lincoln Lee will be on the final episodes of Fringe, airing next week, a 2h episode!
The episode 1×12 of Arrow title “Vertigo” will air on Wednesday, January 30th.
In the episode Seth plays “The Count”
You’re unlikely to find two characters as diametrically opposed as Seth Gabel’s new villain (dubbed “The Count”) on “Arrow” and his understated performance in new film “Allegiance” (released Dec. 28 in New York and Los Angeles, available on VOD now) — but that’s probably the point.
The 31-year-old actor may be best known for playing Lincoln Lee on Fox’s “Fringe” and the dysfunctional Jeremy Darling in ABC’s gone-but-not-forgotten “Dirty Sexy Money,” but his latest performances seem poised make you view the star in a whole new light.
The Huffington Post caught up with Gabel earlier this week to discuss his villainous “Arrow” role. Light spoilers ahead.
Let’s talk a little bit about your role on “Arrow,” since it sounds like your character is pivotal to the story.
Yeah, that was so much fun to do, and so much fun to be a part of. I love how much people are interested in it because it seems like a smaller show, but they are doing really great work over there, and a lot of people are paying attention. So I’m honored to have been a part of it, and I hope I get to continue to do so. The character is the most fun I’ve ever had playing a part.
What can you reveal about your first episode, Episode 12 [titled "Vertigo"]?
I play a character called The Count, who is based on Count Vertigo of the comic book series. And the super powers that the comic book character had are manifested in a drug called Vertigo that I sell on the street. So my character is a street drug kingpin that basically rules the streets of Starling City, and he’s quickly rising to a higher station and [forming] a evil empire and The Arrow needs to stop him. And I, interestingly, welcome the challenge because I love having a force for me to fight against, and the opportunity to really prove my power over Starling City.
The show has been subtly teasing Thea’s [Willa Holland] experimentation with drugs since the pilot. Do you have any direct scenes with Willa or are they mostly with Stephen Amell?
It’s mostly with Stephen, but I like to feel like I have … I’m kind of involved in what Thea is going through.
How did the producers describe the role to you, and how did you become involved with the show?
[Executive producer] Greg Berlanti called, who I worked with on “Dirty Sexy Money.” And he said that there was a Joker-type character coming up on “Arrow,” which was intriguing and something I thought maybe I wanted to avoid, because you hear “The Joker” and you think of Heath Ledger. There’s just no way to come anywhere near that. So when I saw the character I was really interested to see if I could create something that had a similar energy but definitely distinct from what Heath had done, and make sure that I can do something that was my own version of that thing, and I felt like I did. I worked really hard on it, and it’s definitely the most risk that I’ve ever taken playing a part.
And you’ve only shot one episode so far, correct?
I’ve only shot one, and it’s up in the air whether or not there’s going to be more. We’re kind of talking about it now.
I believe [executive producer] Andrew Kreisberg described your character as the first time that Oliver has actually created a supervillain through his own actions. Is there anything you can tease about that aspect of the character without spoiling anything?
I can say that our showdown leads to potentially more future showdowns in which I become more powerful.
Did you go back and read up on the comics out of curiosity, since the role is obviously less fantastical than the original version?
Yeah I kind of looked online. Wikipedia is definitely very helpful. But mostly it was just, in the amount of time that I had to prepare, I wanted to watch as much of the show as I could and really make sure that I understood the world of the show because when you hear “comic book” you might make impressions that it’s one thing. But I think what’s so great about “Arrow” is that they really ground everything in reality. And so in playing this character that, on the page, could be very over the top, I wanted to make sure that he still fit in the world that they were creating. And so I spent a lot of time trying to find that balance … He’s flamboyant, theatrical, grounded, and very street. I really wanted to make sure that I was in my body, and that I was physically intimidating while at the same time not being afraid to be over the top.
“Arrow” returns Wed., Jan. 16 at 8 p.m. EST on The CW.