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James D’Arcy says a ‘slightly impressionistic dance sequence’ is coming to ‘Agent Carter’
zap2it by Aaron Pruner at 03:02 PM on Feb 2, 2016
There have been a few big shifts ABC took when they brought “Agent Carter” back for its second season. First and foremost, the location has moved from New York to Los Angeles. With the change in scenery, comes a change in tone and a big part of that is the performance by James D’Arcy, who plays Edwin Jarvis in the Marvel series.
Not only does Jarvis get more screen time in Season 2, his talents are explored more and what the audience ends up getting is a quirky, odd character that delivers a fair share of comedy relief. The tonal change and added charisma isn’t lost on D’Arcy, at all.
Zap2it got a chance to sit down and talk with the actor about the challenges he faces this season, the introduction of his wife Ana, and try to get some details from him about this pesky Zero Matter.
Zap2It:Your character has gotten punched up a bit this season. Between the fighting, and some new slapstick comedy, can you talk a bit about who Edwin Jarvis is in Season 2?
James D’Arcy: I think that with the shift to L.A., there’s been a slight shift in tone for the show. I think it’s a bit lighter and they deliberately wanted it to be a bit funnier. Happily for me, a reasonable amount of that responsibility has fallen on Jarvis’ shoulders which is fantastic because they write it really really well and I love the opportunity to do the physical comedy.
I also, you know, was worried that the with his wife … that we’d never meet her. I think, because there was a very good reaction to the mention of her character to the fans — that’s why they wrote her into the show.
It’s been really great because I think they’ve done something that was unexpected with the character and Lotte [Verbeek] made it her own from day one. You know, it’s lovely that they’re a couple that’s just in love with each other and devoted to each other.
That was something that jumped out immediately. The notion that you’re rolling around on the floor with Peggy and your wife doesn’t show any jealous reaction.
Right, most shows can’t quite do that, because apparently there’s no drama in it. I promise you we find drama in it.
You’re quite funny this time around. Was this a challenge for you, to bring the laughs this season?
I’ve never done anything comedic before in my career and I almost didn’t do this job because I could see that it was going to be comedic — not as comedic in Season 1 as in Season 2 — I was seeing that as a role that could be easy … or could not be easy to play, and I was worried I would not be able to do it. You know, with the work that I’ve done, I don’t usually play roles that are anything like this.
Between your role in “Broadchurch,” and playing Norman Bates in “Hitchcock,” it’s definitely a big change in what audiences have seen from you.
Right, exactly! It was, honestly at first, quite frightening. It’s been a very sweet onramp. Season 1 was funny but not so much with the physical comedy. I’m putting words in somebody else’s mouth here, but I feel like … because that worked and I was able to do what they asked, I think they made out with it this season which was wonderful. I have felt less worried about going for it.
And the scenes between you and Hayley Atwell are delightful. Your on-screen chemistry pretty much makes the show.
With Hayley, you know, we really make a point of having a very fun time on the set. We really make a point out of it. We laugh all day and the writers are utterly brilliant and you just want to say their words.
Can you give any insight to where this pesky Zero Matter will take us?
All the way to the end. That’s where it takes us. All the way to the end!
Well, that’s very coy of you.
It’s an impossible question to answer without giving anything away. Look, things are going to get worse. The stakes are going to get higher. The comedy element isn’t going to go away. The drama element is going to increase exponentially. The action sequences are going to get better.
I believe this has already been leaked … there may be a slightly impressionistic dance sequence in the middle of all of that.