DC's Legends of Tomorrow's Johnathon Schaech talks Jonah Hex's appearance on the CW show, spin-off potential, working with the Legends team and more!
Jonah Hex has been a character we’ve seen on the big screen and the small screen, as well as in animated form and live-action -- What were you most excited about when it came to your take on portraying the character?
The collaboration -- I was exciting to talk to FX, make-up and costumes about the Hex plans! Everyone was particularly excited for Hex! Hex's scar of the demon was incredibly challenging. At first we shaved half my face -- then we started to trim it down. But I still walked around Vancouver with half a beard.
The costume was so bad ass! It was very close to the comics. With a little more leather. A lot more ACTUALLY. The creation of the character was so cared for. I was so proud of the team. It was great talking with Marc Guggenheim and Thor Freudenthal about the details -- everyone trusted everyone else and they trusted me. When I stepped on set all I heard was, "that's bad ass."
You’ve read some, if not all, of the Jonah Hex comics, what were you looking forward to seeing on the show when it came to his specific story being shown a bit on Legends?
You know I thought I had read them all but I've been finding more and more. I'm a big Joseph Campbell fan and I read the heroes' journey in this Legends script. It felt like these young heroes needed to be shown how it was done.
I liked how Hex had that dry sense of humor in the script. I liked how he responded differently and specifically to each character.
He had a backstory with Rip. The past needed some clarity and resolution! It was 60 pages but it had so much of Hex. It also had the Hex I knew as a boy. I had been praying for a role like this and here I was all geared up to kick ass!
Was there something different in that script that really had you intrigued from the get-go?
I was intrigued by all the other characters. I wanted to know more about them. I was curious about the Star Trek time machine. The bad guys from other worlds chasing us. I mean they had me at page friggin' one. The world they’ve created was layered in mythology, legend and easter eggs!
Despite him being in one episode on Legends…for now and that we know of…Jonah Hex has a rich comic book background spanning multiple issues and series. Would you be up for a spin-off show if there were ever talk of one? It doesn’t seem so far-fetched knowing that superhero shows are all the rage right now!
Hex has been written to be a time traveler, A warrior, a soldier and a bounty hunter. He's human but has an almost immortal quality to him.
The curse on his face gives him a beauty and the beast appeal.
If they spin it off I can see it going many different ways. But I'd like a different bad guy to collect bounty on each week, meanwhile with each episode we unravel the intense complexity of this man's soul.
What would you be looking forward to the most for that potential show/if it were to happen?
Creating a family of storytellers. Having success and building on that. Getting to know their lives and working with the DC universe and listening to the fans who love this kinda stuff.
With Hex’s introduction on Legends, viewers are basically getting to see Hex meet some characters who he’s never really been introduced to in the comics or any other forms in which he’s appeared. Are there some other characters/superheroes that you’d love to have him meet in the future if he returns/reappears on the show? How would you imagine that going/what kind of scenario would it be to meet the other character?
I mentioned Sgt. Rock in my audition. I could see Rock and Hex battling armies like the White Walkers.
What was it like working with the Legends of Tomorrow cast and crew? From the scenes we saw in the sizzle reel, you essentially work with all of the main Legends team members. Anyone in particular you really want to work with again?
Victor Garber, Brandon Routh, Caity Lotz, Franz Drameh, Ciara Renée, Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller...
It gets personal with Rip! Arthur Darvill's got some serious acting skill. Brandon Routh is a father like myself with a youngin'. We bonded. Victor Garber helped me feel at ease with the acting. I was a little nervous about how to block the scenes with all the characters in them. Wentworth and Dominic are those savvy vets I mentioned earlier. All the characters are bad ass. Caity is an actual fighter and has this spunk. Firestorm is me 20 years ago. We spent a lot of time avoiding the rain and the flood waters!
Are there any other projects you are currently involved with? Can you tell us a bit more about them?
I'm on Blue Bloods with Donnie Wahlberg. And I'm in this film, Marauders, with Bruce Willis, Dave Bautista, Adrian Grenier and Chris Meloni. I love it. It's coming out in August. I don't know if it'll get a chance to win awards or make lots of money, but I'm proud of it. Watch the trailer and tell me what you think.
Watchtivist was created “for the active watchers of entertainment .” I’d love to know what shows/movies you’re currently hooked on. What are YOU bingeing right now?
Vinyl. Sense 8. Baskets. Vice. Aquarius. Ray Donovan. The Flash. Doc McStuffins.
If you could be on any one of those/join the cast of any of them, which would it be? What type of character on that show and why that show/character?
I wanna play a famous Country music star like Johnny Cash on Vinyl! I wish Sean Walker didn't die in Ray Donovan. I'd like to be the good looking guy who gets Baskets' French girlfriend/green-card wife pregnant causing his world to spin more out of control. But then he comes to realize you can't just judge a person by what they see on the outside.
And lastly, anything else you would like to say to the readers and viewers?
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