Donal Logue Talks Setting and Conflict in Fox's Gotham
February 18, 2014
Just last week came the official word that "Sons of Anarchy" and "Terriers" star Donal Logue had been cast as Harvey Bullock in Fox's upcoming Batman-inspired TV series, "Gotham." With production on the pilot still a few weeks away, the details on the series are still a under wraps, but speaking with Nerd Repository, Logue dropped some new info about the series, and talked at length about how he's hoping to turn Bullock into a fully realized character.
"My kids watched the animated series and I remember listening to it over the speaker on road trips up to Oregon, I would hear it. It’s that tricky thing where I’m not that guy, I don’t look visually like the guy even in the cartoon. Then there’s that weird thing where I don’t want to take someone’s choice from the cartoon and match it. I want to create a character, no different from Lee Toric in Sons of Anarchy or King Horik [from History's Vikings] or Hank Dolworth in Terriers. They’re all uniquely different scenarios and I don’t want to feel forced to do an impersonation of something else, which is a difficult thing to keep up over the course of a longer series. So we’ll have those talks."
Logue also teased the setting for the series, which seems to not exactly be set in the present time.
"What I do love about 'Gotham,' that I can say so far, is that it creates this incredible world that, for me, you can step into things that almost feel like the roaring '20s, and then there’s this other really kind of heavy Blade Runner vibe floating around. It has this anachronistic element to it where it feels like it’s either New York in the '70s, or it kind of exists independently of time and space in a way, and you can dip into all of these different genres. So I’m excited by it.....There were a couple of examples of modern technology, but maybe an antiquated version of it, that gave me a little bit of sense that it’s certainly not the '50s and the '60s. No one’s making a joke about how “there’s no way you can press a telephone button and have a piece of paper show up in another machine.” There is an acceptance of a certain technological reality. But its not high tech and it’s not futuristic, by any means.
He also touched on the conflicts that will be at the core of the series, which will likely come from his interactions with Ben McKenzie as Jim Gordon.
"There’s kind of an ambiguous line between good and bad. We have to let certain bad guys do certain things, in order for the greater good, for this machine to keep working. And then someone comes in who’s like 'No, I have a much more black and white view, I’m not into this notion of moral relativism. There’s right and there’s wrong.'....And what is law? Is law this platonic form of truth that floats in space that is fixed, or is it something that’s this arbitrary thing where it’s like “the law is me and you, right now, in this car. Whatever we determine, that’s the law.” And that’s the kind of thing that will be a conflict in this show."
"Gotham" has also cast several other notable DC characters including Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot, Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth, Zabryna Guevara as Gordon's boss at the GCPD, Captain Essen, and Erin Richards as Gordon's fiancee, Barbara Kean.
Bruno Heller ("The Mentalist," "Rome") wrote the pilot script and will serve as executive producer on the series. Danny Cannon ("CSI," "Nikita") will direct and executive produce the pilot