Actor Seth Gabel will soon be putting on the cloak for his role as Count Vertigo in The CW's hit series Arrow. Seth recently spoke with Jami Philbrick from the website iamrogue about his upcoming role as Count Vertigo and various other roles in shows like Allegiance and Fringe. Of course, you want to know about the Arrow stuff so we have posted the relevant portions of the interview below.
I’m a huge fan of the CW series Arrow, and the DC Comics character Green Arrow, which the series is based on. I was very excited to learn recently that you have been cast as one of Green Arrow’s archenemies from the comics – Count Vertigo. Did you go back and look at any of the classic comics for inspiration for the role, or are they going in a different direction with the character for the series?
Gabel: I knew right away that they were doing an adaptation of the character. In the original comic book series his name is Count Vertigo and he’s a guy of eastern European decent. In this, I play a street thug/drug kingpin and instead of having super powers, whatever super powers I may have get manifested in the form of a drug called Vertigo that I found in the street of Starling City. I’m using that to acquire money, power and psychologically disturbing citizens of Starling City so that I could eventually take over.
So they are kind of doing it like they did with The Scarecrow in Batman Begins. Where instead of him actually having a super power, it is manifested through a drug, is that correct?
Gabel: Yeah, that’s exactly right. With that said, I wanted him to have special abilities in some way. I really wanted to make sure that he had a physically intimidating presence on the street and that whoever he goes up against; he ends up being a very worthy adversary for them.
Did you choose to use an accent for the character similar to how he was depicted in the comics and his cartoon appearances?
Gabel: Yeah, I definitely have some kind of a voice. I threw myself into just taking big risks with the character, doing as much as I could to keep it grounded in reality, but at the same time not being afraid to be over the top. So I definitely have a voice of some kind or definitely some affectations, but they feel real and they were a blast to portray.
Does your character get to battle Green Arrow, and if so, what was it like shooting the fight scenes with Stephen Amell?
Gabel: Yeah, we got to do some fight choreography together. I think the stunt team on that show is incredible, as well as the fight director, and we spent a lot of time making some really cool stuff happen.
Do you know yet if the part will be a recurring role or is this just a one-shot?
Gabel: It’s definitely open to be recurring. That’s how it was presented to me initially and we’ll see what ultimately really happens. I would love to continue on, it was so much fun to do.
And just in case you don't know who Count Vertigo is... (courtesy of Wikipeida)
Count Vertigo first appeared in Star City, where he attempted to steal back the jewels his parents had sold when they escaped to England after the war. The victim of a hereditary inner ear defect that affected his balance, Vertigo had a small electronic device implanted in his right temple that compensated this problem. Tinkering with the device, Vertigo learned he was able to affect other people’s balance as well, distorting their perceptions so that they literally couldn’t tell up from down, an effect known as vertigo. Donning a costume and taking the name "Count Vertigo", he embarked on a life of crime. This would bring him in conflict with the heroes Green Arrow and Black Canary.