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Séries da TV was with Benedict Wong at the press conference and panel held on the 14th and 15th of September at Comic Con Portugal 2019. We also got a chance to interview the actor, you can find the interview transcrip at the end of this article.
The actor, known for his roles in Marco Polo and Deadly Class, came on stage in a Hawaiian shirt, a straw hat and a very laid-back look, which was proven to be his own personality during the time we were talking with him. The first question was about his role in Dr. Strange and the MCU universe as Wong (yes, believe me it was easy to get into the skin of a character of the same name). The chance to play this role amazed Benedict; when he was a child he read comics, played with action figures and now, as an adult, he found himself wearing the skin of a character from this universe. Incidentally, for Wong, the world of superheroes is currently spectacular as we had the opportunity to see all the MCU movies culminating in Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame.
If you want to know more about Wong’s performance at Marco Polo, or find out what he thinks about Deadly Class, you can read the INTERVIEW we had with him:
As we walked into the interview room, we came across Wong standing motionless in a display case pretending to be a statue, which immediately gave us an indication of what came next: a 5 minutes conversation with a relaxed, fun and friendly person.
SDTV: One of Marco Polo‘s most iconic scenes is the battle of Kublai (character played by Wong) against Ariq. How was the experience of recording this battle? Did you use a stunt double?
Wong: It took a lot of hours to record this battle and we had a pretty good fight choreography coordinator. I wish I had done all my scenes, but they wouldn’t let me, and at one point it was a double, although most of it I did myself.
SDTV: It worked, because it really gave the impression that it was a battle that might have happened.
Wong: (laughs) Good thing, that’s the impression we want to give to the audience.
SDTV: Unfortunately, the series was cancelled. Do you think there would still be story for more seasons?
Wong: Of course I do. Kublai became one of the most powerful men in the world and had many more achievements to be reckoned with. Unfortunately, sometimes these decisions happen, but there was still a lot more to tell, enough for at least three more seasons!
SDTV: Maybe we will have the chance to see a movie that allows the show to end with dignity?
Wong: At this stage there is nothing on the table, but it is entirely possible. I know I would like that and I wish we could go on.
SDTV: You were also part of Deadly Class. What do you think about the dichotomy between being a show full of violence when the cast and characters are almost all young?
Wong: I don’t think about this dichotomy very much, because the series addresses a parallel theme: it’s a murder academy, so violence is normal. Those young people are there to learn to be murderers. Another series that had potential for much more, but unfortunately was cancelled early.
SDTV: Any idea on what the plot for season 2 would be?
Wong: No, the screenwriters never told me, but I know there was a story to that. Maybe someday we will have the opportunity to get back on that show.
SDTV: And what other projects are you currently doing that you can share with us?
Wong: I made two films that will come out in the near future, I had a role in Project Gemini and Nine Days. In addition, I also performed Bull’s voice in Lady and the Tramp animation, which will be one of Disney’s upcoming live actions.
SDTV: Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview.
Wong: I appreciate the questions.
Basically, he was always an available and friendly person throughout Comic Con Portugal.