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.”
Deadline announces that actor Chris Chalk will be joining the cast of “Gotham” to play Lucius Fox at the end of season one:
Another key character from the DC Batman universe is heading to “Gotham”. Chris Chalk (“12 Years A Slave”) has been cast as Lucius Fox in the Fox drama series. He will appear in the penultimate Episode 21 of the current first season with an option to return in Season 2.
Lucius Fox is Wayne Enterprises’ resident tech genius. In a corporation shadowed by nefarious dealings, Fox emerges as a moral beacon for young Bruce Wayne. His desire to help Bruce uphold Thomas Wayne’s legacy eventually will earn him a spot as one of the boy’s most important confidants. Indeed, in the comics, Fox goes on to become Wayne Enterprises President/CEO when Bruce Wayne becomes Batman. The role was played by Morgan Freeman in the “Dark Knight” trilogy.
Chalk, who started off in theater in New York, is coming off a recurring role on HBO’s “The Newsroom”. He is repped by Stone Manners Salners and Brillstein Entertainment.
The nominations for the 41st Annual Saturn Awards were announced earlier today, and Camren Bicondova and “Gotham” are among the nominees!
Best Superhero Adaptation Television Series:
“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a Television Series:
Camren Bicondova – “Gotham”
Maxim Knight – “Falling Skies”
Tyler Posey – “Teen Wolf”
Chandler Riggs – “The Walking Dead”
Holly Taylor – “The Americans”
Maisie Williams – “Game of Thrones”
Congratulations to the “Gotham” team! The winners will be announced at the 41st Annual Saturn Awards ceremony, on June 25, 2015.
Here is tonight’s episode’s official description, thanks to GothamSite:
While Gordon seeks information about the recent controversy with Commissioner Loeb, Fish’s allegiance with the prisoners is questioned when she appears to join forces with Dr. Dulmacher (guest star Colm Feore, “The Borgias,” “24”). Meanwhile, after an attack close to home, Bruce deals with the aftermath in the all-new “Everyone Has A Cobblepot” episode of GOTHAM airing Monday, March 2 (8:00-9:00 ET/PT) on FOX. (GTH-118) (TV-14 L, V)
You can watch the promo for “Everyone Has A Cobblepot” below:
Here are HQ stills from tonight’s episode of “Gotham”, “Red Hood”, featuring Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) and Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova):
You can also read the official description of the episode below, thanks to GothamSite:
Following several bank robberies, Gordon and Bullock investigate the Red Hood gang. Selina Kyle continues to bond with Barbara, and Fish Mooney tries to reclaim her position in the underworld in the all-new “Red Hood” episode of GOTHAM airing Monday, Feb. 23 (8:00-9:00 ET/PT) on FOX. (GTH-117) (TV-14 D, L, V)
Watch the episode’s promotional video below, and have a look at a preview clip with Selina Kyle, Barbara Kean (Erin Richards) and Ivy Pepper (Clare Foley)!
Here are some information about the next episode of “Gotham”, “The Blind Fortune Teller”, which airs this monday. You will find HQ stills of Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) in the gallery:
Read the official description of the episode below, thanks to The Futon Critic:
LIFE IN GOTHAM BECOMES A THREE-RING CIRCUS ON AN ALL-NEW “GOTHAM” MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16, ON FOX
Gordon takes Dr. Leslie Thompkins (guest star Morena Baccarin) to the circus, but the day turns quickly when the circus comes under attack. Then, Falcone enlists Butch Gilzean to help Penguin with the night club, while Fish Mooney is otherwise occupied. Also, Bruce Wayne schedules a meeting with the Wayne Enterprises board in the all new “The Blind Fortune Teller” episode of GOTHAM airing Monday, Feb. 16 (8:00-9:00 ET/PT) on FOX. (GTH-116) (TV-14 D, L, V)
Cast: Ben McKenzie as Detective James Gordon, Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney, Sean Pertwee as Alfred, Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin, Erin Richards as Barbara Kean, David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne, Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle/the future Catwoman, Zabryna Guevara as Captain Sarah Essen, Cory Michael Smith as Edward Nygma/the future Riddler, Victoria Cartagena as Renee Montoya, Andrew Stewart Jones as Crispus Allen, John Doman as Carmine Falcone
Guest Cast: Drew Powell as Butch Gilzean, Morena Baccarin as Dr. Leslie Thompkins, Carol Kane as Gertrude Kapelput, Anthony Carrigan as Victor Zsasz, Dashiell Eaves as Kelly, James Monroe Inglehart as Ringmaster, Robert Gorrie as John Grayson, Abbi Snee as Mary Lloyd, Cameron Monaghan as Jerome
And watch the promo for the episode below!