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Interrogating Marvel's Agent Carter: James D'Arcy
Marvel Alisha Grauso Published Jan 14, 2016
D'Arcy's discusses Jarvis' acclimation to Los Angeles, meeting his wife for the first time, & more!
In Season 1 of “Marvel’s Agent Carter”, Edwin Jarvis became Peggy Carter’s loyal--if somewhat reluctant--right hand man and most trusted ally. But in Season 2, premiering Tuesday, January 19 at 9:00 PM ET on ABC, the famously fussy Jarvis suddenly finds himself a fish out of water in Los Angeles. Actor James D’Arcy was all jokes and dry humor as he discussed his character for the upcoming season.
When asked what it is about L.A. that Jarvis hates so much, D’Arcy laughed. “’What’s right with L.A.?’ is how I think it is in Jarvis world.” Then, sounding very much like the buttoned-up character he plays, D’Arcy lamented about what it was like to shoot in period-appropriate attire.
“It’s too hot--have you seen this suit? This suit’s okay now because it’s November, but this suit when we started shooting in the beginning of September was misery--MISERY! I think the writers did it to me on purpose. In fact I’m absolutely certain they spent a day unable to write, gleefully enjoying the fact that they were going to put me in a three-piece woolen suit in the middle of a heat wave.”
D’Arcy didn’t know much about the upcoming season, or that it was moving to Los Angeles, at first.
“I knew as much as everyone at Comic-Con, and I knew what everyone at Comic-Con knew 30 seconds before everyone at Comic-Con knew,” laughs D’Arcy. “The extensive conversations between myself and the writers’ room went along the lines of two texts: ‘How do you feel about working with a flamingo?’ and then a follow-up: ‘Bahahahahahahaha.’ And that was pretty much all I knew about Season 2.”
Jarvis chasing Bernard the flamingo
About that…while he couldn’t give away plot details about the upcoming season, D’Arcy did reveal that one of the most memorable moments will involve Jarvis and a live pink flamingo. It was also D’Arcy’s own most memorable day on set, he explained in a hilarious story.
“There were four flamingos, as they told me, ranging in aggressive natures from ‘quite mild’ to ‘psychotic.’ The nicest one was called Simon and then the one that was a menace to society was called Cannibal. And Cannibal, we had to do this scene where I had to chase the flamingo around and be chased by the flamingo and it all looked very funny on paper. Then I arrived and asked, ‘Just checking, but it’s not…dangerous or anything, right?’ I mean, it’s a flamingo! And they went [puts on drawl], ‘Oh, yeah. Oh yeah, cowboy, that thing’ll peck your eyes right out.’ By the way, the handlers kept calling me ‘cowboy,’ which did not inspire confidence. So the handler put her arm out and Cannibal just went to town, just pecking away like a maniac, and I thought, ‘Well, this is certainly worrying.’”
Maybe Jarvis’ three-piece suit has magical powers, because as luck would have it, the flamingo actually ended up liking him and D’Arcy escaped without injury. “Poor Cannibal. I think he was happy when his day was over.”
Flamingos aren’t the only things Jarvis will be bonding with this season. We’re also getting our first look at Ana, Jarvis’ wife, who was only heard and not seen in Season 1.
“You know, people have been really interested in who she might be, it’s sort of caught people’s imagination. I was pleased for the audience in that regard, but actually, she’s very, very good dramatically for the story as well in Season 2. She’s not just introduced simply to satisfy the appetite of ‘What does she look like?’ and ‘What would she be like?’”
D’Arcy has been truly impressed by how actress Lotte Verbeek has embraced the role of Ana.
“Lotte is fantastic; she’s actually fantastic. I know, because I’ve done this before, that arriving into the second season of a show that’s already set up is very intimidating. First of all, everybody knows each other, and secondarily, you feel like, ‘Well, the show worked the first time without me, so if it doesn’t work now then I feel like I’ll probably bear a bit of the brunt of that.’ And I have to say that Lotte was fearless, she was completely fearless from day one.”
Just how fearless was Lotte and how good was their chemistry as Mr. and Ana Jarvis from the start? D’arcy laughed as he shared a story from day one of filming.
“She had just flown in and we had just met in makeup. We hadn’t even done any of the table reads, and suddenly we were on the set in front of the crew. Then she did something that wasn’t in the script--she smacked me on the ass at the end of one of her lines! And as she did it, I thought, ‘That is great!’ That is brilliantly courageous, first of all to do it to an actor you don’t know, and then also because it was so perfectly what they were hoping that Ana would be like.”
Jarvis & Peggy square off in Marvel's Agent Carter
Jarvis’ relationship with Peggy also deepens over the course of Season 2, though D’Arcy suspects it’s because Peggy relishes putting Jarvis in compromising positions.
“They obviously are not starting from zero, and Peggy knows that Jarvis is someone she can trust. Whilst not necessarily being the number one draft pick for going on missions, I think she quite likes torturing him, as well. There’s a sort of glee in her face as she makes me do things that I don’t want to do. And God bless Jarvis, he’s game…but ineffective for the most part,” jokes the actor.
Just as Peggy and Jarvis have bonded on screen, D’Arcy and actress Hayley Atwell have bonded off screen, and D’Arcy admits that he’s lucky to be in that situation.
“Hayley and I get on fantastically well, and it is a complete joy to go to work with that woman. I mean, she’s amazing! She’s carrying the show. She has all this action to do, she has all this dialogue, she’s in more or less every scene and she’s always got a smile on her face; she’s always kind to the crew. We laugh our heads off! We just have a really good time.”
Don’t miss the two-hour Season 2 premiere of “Marvel's Agent Carter” Tuesday, January 19 at 9:00 PM ET on ABC