Lots of interviews out today with Antony and the rest of the Banshee gang. This one is from “Complex”.
Interview: The Cast and Creators of “Banshee” Talk Stunt Injuries, Behemoth Bad Boys, and the Splat Cow Heads Make
By Justin Monrow, 24th January 2014, Complex
ANTONY STARR (LUCAS HOOD)
How badly have you been beaten up filming Banshee’s fight scenes?
Every time we do a fight scene I get cut and bruised and battered. It’s par for the course. You know if you’re doing fight scenes you’re going to get smashed around a bit. There’s a perverse sense of accomplishment and gratification when you come out and you’ve got battle scars. Inevitably the guys that I’m fighting are 6’3″, 6’4″, 6’5, and 230, 250 pounds. It’s not a good place for a smaller chap like me to put himself, but we all work hard on those scenes and they come out pretty good, pretty rough, and pretty real.
Speaking of the behemoths you play-fight with, what was your reaction when you saw Geno Segers, who plays Lucas Hood’s new adversary Chayton Littlestone?
He’s the biggest we’ve had! [Laughs.] I just looked at everyone and went, “Ugh, Christ. It’s going to be a hard day at work that day.” But it’s good. Those characters will come in, and physically they’re just such a big threat to the characters, so anything that threatening is going to be good for the show. When we lock horns it makes for good drama.
Of all the adversaries that Lucas has had and that’s developing over the course of this season do you have a favorite adversary for him?
There’s one coming up that will lie in wait that I can’t talk about. In the first season it would be the albino and in the second season [so far] I’d say Nola [Longshadow, played by Odette Annable]. It’s interesting seeing Lucas getting his ass handed to him by a woman. A lot of the violence in the show is funny and entertaining. It’s not strictly fight-to-the-death serious. It’s a language of the show that can be light/dark and can go anywhere.