Now that he can talk about his character, Rob Kazinsky’s been awfully forthcoming, this time with Vulture. 🙂 Excerpts the Read More.
So what are the parameters with vampire-faerie hybrids? What are all their powers and weaknesses? We’ve never seen one on the show before.
And he’s the only one that’s ever been made. Can he bleed? Can he cry? Can he have children? These are all questions we’re going to find out about. It’s kind of nice to be a new breed of creature. Faeries have never been the most fascinating of creatures on the show. They’ve always been kind of pathetic, let’s be honest. They’ve always been fairly weak. And here’s one who’s 6,000 years old. And he’s not only the most powerful faerie around, he’s the most powerful vampire around, too. And that’s kind of an intimidating prospect, if he were to ever let go, if you know what I mean. The best way I can describe him is he’s a drug addict, and he hates what he is, he hates being addicted, he’s been clean for a long time, but he’s prone to the occasional relapse. And if he were to ever truly, really let go, it could possibly be the end of all things. And the future of all vampires kind of depends on his actions. But you’re also dealing with a creature of immense pride, and if someone’s going to cross him, it’s not going to end up well. He has a temper. He has a dark side.
What are his motives with Sookie Stackhouse? He saved Jason. He saved Niall as a child. And instead of killing Niall, he transports him to another realm.
Here’s the thing: The best way I can possibly describe Warlow is, he is a faerie. Faeries are of good will, they’re good creatures at heart, they’re creatures of light. And that’s not going to change in him. Even though he’s been changed to the ultimate perversion of that, it doesn’t change the conscience he carries around with him; he’s still a moral creature. He still wishes to do the right thing at all times, where possible, and that is the only thing that is stopping him. However, you’re also dealing with a creature who was thrown out by his own people, who has been thrown out by humans, faeries, and vampires. He’s very lonely. And despite the fact that he hates everything he is, he never had the courage to end it, he had the arrogance to think that he’d make it right, and he’s never really been able to stop himself from letting go. We made a decision that when it was daytime, he’d be in control of what he was, and when it was nighttime, he wouldn’t be as in control of what he was. [My emphasis – MVB]
I have to love that he confirms what I thought was going on with Warlow on the bridge:
Is that why he has two different identities, two different appearances?
Not really two different appearances. They were purposely vague about his appearance in season five because they didn’t know who was going to be playing him later. But you saw him when he came in with the big beard and the hat — which, I got to tell you, was so much fun to put on. I went into what we refer to on set as “toilet jail,” because everyone comes out all covered in goop, and I come out with this giant beard, giant hair, giant fingernails, claws, really, because he had been in there for so very long! The guy was in prison, in solitary confinement [when Claudine had banished him to another realm] for 20, 25 years. If that doesn’t make you a little Boo Radley … and that was four or five hours every day of getting into this horrible getup, which was massively uncomfortable. But the fact that I look nothing like that guy is kind of a good red herring.
That, and the lies Warlow told as Ben.
Everything Ben said to Sookie is true. When he was being Ben, he wasn’t lying. He really does feel that way. And he has idolized her from afar for a very, very long time. That’s the fundamental thing to remember: He wasn’t putting on an act. He was being himself. But he knew that if he were to approach her as Warlow, he would never, ever get close. [My emphasis – MVB]
Apparently you have a lot of nude scenes coming up?
I have an awful lot of nude scenes coming up, because you’re dealing with fae, who are incredibly sexual creatures, and there’s a lot of sex scenes — not just with Sookie! There’s kind of a sixties free love impermanence in Bon Temps. It’s going to be quite compulsive viewing, I hope. There’s nothing that takes you out of the show more than someone who isn’t naked when they should be. If someone’s naked in character, they should be naked on the show. And there’s nothing more removing than someone who’s using a vase to cover their modesty. You can specify how much nudity you’re willing to do in your rider, but I didn’t specify anything, so I’m just naked all the time. Hopefully people won’t be too disappointed.
Please, no sex with Sookie, although it’s fine with me if he has sex with the rest of Bon Temps!
So, let me get this straight: Benlow/Barlow/BenWarlow is an entirely new creature, both fully fae and fully vampire. So, was that what he meant by being a halfling? And we just assumed he meant half human rather than half vampire. And it sounds as if he is some sort of Beauty and the Beast creature, where he is fine during the day, but when night falls, his monster side comes out. That could actually be interesting, but I still hope Sookie doesn’t fall for it.