Matt spent this past week in Perth, Australia where he attended Supernova Comic Con and did a round of press as part of the new crew of CW’s Legends of tomorrow. Check out the photos from the panel and the video interviews he did.
Last week, I had the chance to see Matt on stage during a weekend performance of “Knives in Hens“. The play was amazing and Matt did a superb job. It was my first time seeing him on stage and I’m hoping it won’t be the last.
I got to sit down with Matt after the play for a mini interview, these were his answers.
Matt about the Play: It’s so intense and concentrated and the thing is, it’s not literal, it’s very symbolic and metaphorical and ambiguous, lots of questions are deliberately left unanswered. The play I think is very filmic, with the lighting and the pictures and the sensuality of it.
Matt about the Cast: The way we work together as actors, very early on we did a lot of physical work so that when we came to it, we’re way used to each other’s bodies. Getting used to the physicality of that so that there’s no fear for us as actors.
Matt about the Director: Our director is unbelievable, [Yaël Farber] she’s such a special human being and director.
Matt about any future projects: (smirks) Maybe.
Knives in Hens runs until October 7, so make sure to try and see him before the show runs end.
Do you think there’ll be some crossover with the DC cinematic universe Warner Bros. is creating? Could Constantine appear alongside Henry Cavill’s Superman and Ben Affleck’s Batman on the big screen?
I’m not sure. The show’s made by Warner Bros., which has the deal with DC, and it’s licensed to NBC, so I don’t know how the ins and outs of that work. But as an actor, how amazing would that be to do a crossover? [more at source]
Hellblazer has a huge legacy and a lot of big fans, including myself and many of our readers on Den of Geek. Have you felt pressured by that? How do you deal with that?
I think that like with any iconic character like this, there is a bit of pressure, especially when there’s such a hardcore fanbase, but at the same time it’s really exciting. Once I started delving into the comics I fell in love with the character and [was] really trying to get under his skin. I think the one guiding compass that I use is the comics. It’s like, just keep on going back to the comics and just keep on trying to be true to the DNA of the comics and hopefully that guides me in the right way. Yeah, I think I feel a bit of pressure, but at the same time it’s exciting and you just kind of throw yourself into it with everything you’ve got and use those comics as a guiding compass.
What did you do to prepare for the role?
I read the comics! I started training as well, obviously. I’d just come off of the back of a play and I started training for a month or so and getting myself in shape ready for the long shoot, and then I was just reading comics. I mean my life was hell because I was just going to the gym and reading Hellblazer comics! (laughs) I mean I was just like, “This is a dream job!” [More at source]
1. How do you prepare to play John Constantine? Do you have a specific routine?
Matt Ryan: I find listening to music really helpful for getting into character. Usually some rock or punk.
2. What qualities do you feel like you share with John?
Matt Ryan: I would say the one thing we have in common are our sense of humor.
3. Describe John in three words (or more if you feel like it).
Matt Ryan: Cunning. Ruthless. Working class anti-hero.
4. What’s the biggest challenge you face in bringing such a well-known character to life?
Matt Ryan: I know you can’t please everybody, but trying to stay true to the DNA of the character that the fans love so much.
5. What’s one fun fact about you that fans would be surprised to know?
Matt Ryan: I have a passion for motorbikes. [source]