Another great article and interview with Antony about all things Banshee!
Antony Starr enjoys his ‘Banshee’ beatdowns
By Curt Wagner, 24th January 2014, Show Patrol
Antony Starr worries that he’s angered the producers of his Cinemax series “Banshee,” or possibly the universe in general.
“If I’m honest it has crossed my mind that possibly I’ve done wrong to someone, I’ve pissed them off in some way,” the New Zealand native said during a recent phone chat, “because the guys that I’m fighting just seem to get bigger and bigger. And every day I do a fight sequence I come out of it battered and bruised. So, you know, it’s payback for some transgression either in this or a past life.”
As Sheriff Lucas Hood in the action series, Starr squares off against increasingly larger foes, often getting beat to a pulp even if he comes out on top in the end. In the show’s first season, Hood faced down a character known as The Albino in prison. This season’s answer to that bruiser is Chayton Littlestone (Geno Segers), a member of the Kinaho tribe living next to the Amish outside of Banshee, Penn.
“That guy is huge! He is huge,” exec producer Greg Yaitanes told me in a separate interview. “If you are a big human being you have a good shot at being on ‘Banshee.'”
Littlestone and Hood battle in “The Warrior Class,” airing at 9 p.m. Jan. 24 on Cinemax, when the sheriff attempts to question Littlestone’s friend in connection with the murder a girl from the tribe. As you can see in the video preview above, Starr once again gets tossed about in the epic fight.
Exec producer, writer and creator Jonathan Tropper didn’t sound too distressed about putting Starr in the line of fire when I spoke to him, telling me, “Some guys just look better bloody.”
Not that Starr is complaining about the stunt work. He actually enjoys getting the crap beat out of him.
“Yeah, look, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t. I do quite enjoy them—weirdly and maybe in a slightly masochistic way,” he said. “What I love about them is not getting battered and bruised but I love the fact that the character goes in against all odds and sort of pits himself against ridiculous ogres of men. And it’s the spirit that triumphs in the end.”
Starr, who before “Banshee” had done mostly TV work in New Zealand, had never done much stunt work. He said the stunts are demanding but a challenge he enjoys. Part of the prep work for a season on “Banshee” includes a lot of physical training, he said, but nothing really prepares you for filming the fight scenes, which can take up to 25 hours to shoot.
“I mean, I’m not a huge guy. I’m about 180 pounds and I’m fighting guys that are like anywhere from 230 to 250. So it really is getting thrown around by big dudes and getting hit by them,” he said. “Even when it’s just play acting it does take its toll after a while. So it’s pretty brutal.”
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