I added to the gallery a new still from the upcoming episode of “Gotham”, “Beasts of Prey”, featuring Selina (Camren Bicondova) and Bruce (David Mazouz):
“Gotham” will be back on April 13, on Fox.
Thanks a lot to GothamSite for the picture!
Here is another new interview of Sean Pertwee (Alfred Pennyworth) with British website Digital Spy, promoting the return of “Gotham” in the UK, and where he talks about David Mazouz (Bruce Wayne):
“Then there’s the relationship between Bruce and Alfred, which is of course a rocky one. He’s had no experience with children. He’s lived a very closeted militaristic-style life and all of a sudden he’s in charge of one of the richest young men in the world, so it’s a bumpy ride!
“I’m lucky enough to work with David Mazouz, who’s just phenomenal. We’re sort of hermetically sealed for a lot of our stuff in the Manor – and we shoot chronologically so he’s growing in front of my eyes, and the audience’s eyes, and their relationship is constantly undergoing this change.
“It’s a fascinating journey because it’s a difficult one. I was fully aware that people were horrified at the way that Alfred treated young Master Bruce in the beginning but you’ve only ever seen the later versions of Alfred. He has to get there… so how do we get there? This is our point, so you have to make it as real as possible and give him a rock-solid background, which you will start to see more of – and I hope you like!”
How closely does your real-life relationship with David reflect Alfred’s dynamic with Bruce?
“We get on extremely well, we get on terribly well, I’m very close to him. I have a son virtually the same age – in fact, they play together, knock about together and play soccer… (pause) Soccer? I meant ‘football’ – god-dammit, I’ve been out here too long!
“But anyway – I’m lucky to work with David because he has a phenomenal sense of focus, which he brings to the screen, and I’ve learnt so much from him – and we’ve become extremely close and we trust each other implicitly.”
Episode 17 is a big one for Alfred, with his old pal Reggie (David O’Hara) dropping by – David himself is an old friend of yours, so how was that experience?
“I was extremely lucky for David to come on board, because he’s a phenomenally talented actor and of course then the interaction with Bruce as well… he got on terribly well with David.”
Gotham has been renewed for a second season – what are you most looking forward to going forward?
“I’m sure you’ve heard all these clichés a million times from actors, but it’s absolutely true – we’re a really tight company and we go to the table-reads in our lunch break even if we’re not working because we want to read the script together.
“There’s no prima donnas – it’s an absolute joy and we’re shooting in one of the greatest cities in the world [New York City] – and I love it!”
Sean Pertwee, a.k.a. Alfred Pennyworth in “Gotham”, gave an interview to The Observer where he talks among other things about his relationship with David Mazouz:
Funnily enough, most of the rare times Mr. Pertwee referred to the character as “I” instead of “he” came when he described the bond developing between David Mazouz – who plays a young Bruce Wayne – and himself. On the show, Mssrs. Mazouz and Pertwee portray a sort of inverted father and son dynamic, built on firm discipline and fierce protectiveness. The relationship has grown off camera, too.
“We’re shooting chronologically, so we are becoming more accustomed to each other in real time,” Mr. Pertwee said. “[David] has this flame in his eyes, this darkness, that he can just turn on, which I find terrifying but brilliant.”
But off-screen, Mr. Mazouz is still a 13-year-old boy, an age where finding common ground with your 50-year-old colleague can be a rough process. Luckily, common ground came in the form of Mr. Pertwee’s son named, what else, Alfred. Mr. Pertwee’s family live full time in England while he shoots “Gotham”, but frequently visit.
It wasn’t until he saw Mr. Mazouz playing with his son that he realized the full extent of the ties between them.
“I was reminded that Bruce is still a young boy in the series,” he said. “And it’s all very well to show Alfred giving him the stiff upper lip, but he – Bruce — also needs to laugh.”
Digital Spy visited the set of “Gotham” and talked to the actors about what is to come in the second half of the first season (the show will only return Monday, March 16, to Channel 5, in the UK). Here are the parts concerning Camren Bicondova’s Selina Kyle and David Mazouz’s Bruce Wayne:
Blame the parents
“Gotham” actors have been wising up on DC Comics since they were cast. John Doman, who plays Carmine Falcone, has enjoyed the research and discovered a potential storyline he is keen to explore. “I don’t know whether this is going to happen in the show but I believe that in the Batman stories Catwoman is actually Carmine’s daughter,” he says. “Bruno said, ‘If you have any ideas, tell me’. That’s the only one I talked about so far. That’s big.”
An early (Dark) Knight
What “Gotham” kids actually need, apart from an early night, is a dose of good parenting and some boundaries. Maybe that’s why David Mazouz has turned out so well – he reveals that he went through a lengthy auditioning process to play Bruce Wayne but when he finally secured the role his mum made him wait an extra day before telling him. “She didn’t wanna tell me that day because I’d got into trouble at school,” he explains.
Bruce is not going to discover the bat cave any time soon but he’s slowly developing skills for the future. “You really see hints to his Batman-like qualities,” says Mazouz. “You see his determination in finding out who killed his parents. You see his intelligence throughout that process, also his eagerness, his passion, all the qualities Batman has. Continually, gradually you’ll see more and more, little Easter eggs of those.”
Mazouz has already puffed his chest out for “a mini Batman” shot in a previous episode and way back in the very first episode you might have missed something. “When Bruce’s parents die and he’s screaming on the floor, if you look closely, he and his parents in the shadows form the shape of a bat. I don’t know if Danny Cannon did that on purpose but I noticed it. I’m gonna ask him about that.”
In the last episode shown in the UK, ‘Lovecraft’, Bruce went on the run with Selina Kyle and briefly managed to escape the ivory tower of Wayne Manor. “I wanna see Bruce go into the real world more,” says Mazouz. “I wanna see him really take his determination, his passion, take his adventures and interact, really face the people he has talked about as the opponent, the enemy. That wish of mine comes true in some of the episodes that come a little later.”
Selina Kyle, played by Camren Bicondova, is still on the run, preferring the streets and her feline independence to the home comforts of Wayne Manor, but her relationship with Bruce progresses. “When you watch any movie or read comic books and you see Batman and Catwoman together it always seems that they have history and they knew each other from another life but they never actually say that,” adds Mazouz. “Now we’re showing when they first interacted with each other, why that sense of history was there.”