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James D'Arcy: Agent Carter's Right Hand Man
Marvel News: Published Feb 2, 2016 By Alisha Grauso
The actor explores the deeper nature of Jarvis and Peggy's friendship!
Something that fans of “Marvel’s Agent Carter” have loved, and that the show has had in its DNA from the beginning, is the role reversal of the relationship between Agent Peggy Carter and her loyal butler-slash-sidekick, Edwin Jarvis. This season, Jarvis has stepped it up to become Peggy’s right hand and it’s never more apparent than in tonight’s episode, “Smoke and Mirrors.” Actor James D’Arcy sat down to discuss what we can expect from tonight’s episode and how vital Jarvis’ friendship has become to Peggy Carter.
“I think he thinks he’s about as great a sidekick as possible,” D’Arcy laughs. Of course, because it’s Jarvis, he definitely overestimates his abilities. “Oh, you mean where he’s so useful that he gets hit with a tranquilizer dart and then turns into a complete moron?” D’Arcy asks, poking fun at his character.
Oh, Jarvis. His enthusiasm never wanes, even if his abilities don’t quite live up to his own expectations. “I think actually, he is a fantastically wonderful support. Obviously, we saw him breaking out in episode two and getting a bit more involved, he does sort of try and give it a go. But God bless him and God bless the writers, things always go comically awry about 30 seconds after James D’Arcy stars as Edwin Jarvis in 'Marvel's Agent Carter,' premiering Tuesday, January 19 at 9:00 PM ET on ABC!
But all joking aside, there is more to Jarvis than meets the eye. It’s not a stretch to say he’s the unsung hero of the show, the true right hand of Peggy Carter and, by extension, the SSR. In Los Angeles, Peggy doesn’t really know anyone in the SSR office, aside from Daniel Sousa, so Jarvis is a familiar face in unfamiliar territory.
“What I really like about Jarvis,” says D’Arcy, “is that he’s a wonderfully reassuring person to have around because he’s so enthusiastic to help. I think Peggy wants that to happen. She wants him there and teaming up with her.”
It’s not just in the field where Jarvis is a great support. With her love life being so uncertain, the steady presence of Jarvis’ platonic friendship is a comfort to Peggy, who would generally rather die than let one of the men she works with see her weak or vulnerable or as a lovesick woman.
“They’re not going to try to date each other,” explains D’Arcy, pointing out that by design there has never been a sexual component involved in their relationship. “It’s just a real, old-school platonic friendship and I think that’s fantastic. We really don’t see much of that on television, it’s usually a ‘will they or won’t they’ situation. But Jarvis isn’t going to complicate her life. And we’ve seen this season already that her life, in terms of [her] love life, is complicated.”
While he can’t talk much about whether or not he’s Team Sousa or Team Wilkes (“I’d like to, but I’d give too much away!”), he is more than enthusiastic when it comes to talking about the strong women on the show in general.
“It’s wonderful to be part of that conversation, to be an answer when people are always talking about why there aren’t that many strong female characters on TV. It’s just like, ‘Well, look at our show. There are,’” he says proudly. “It’s a wonderful conversation stopper because we can now demonstratively say, in our case, because we’re in the second season, that once again we’ve got strong women in the show.”arvis tries to be really helpful.”