We now have our first look at Seth Gabel as “The Count” in the hit television series Arrow. Just like with the title character, The Count has had his name shortened from Count Vertigo to make it more plausible for TV. In this incarnation of the character Vertigo will be the name of the drug he peddles to the people of Starling City.
His name may have changed, but expect The Count to be as diabolical as his comic book counterpart. “He’s a very interesting character, and the way Seth performs him, he plays him with a lot of flair,” Guggenheim says. “The fun thing about The Count is he’s actually a businessman. He’s got a little bit of a sociopathic streak in him, for sure, but he sees himself as an entrepreneur, as creating not drugs, but art. He compares his drug to performing a social service and to a fine wine, so he has a very skewed view of what it is that he does. At the same time, we know that he’s not only sociopathic, but he’s very sadistic as well.”