I’ve added stills and screencaps to the gallery of Antony from the Banshee season 2 finale, “Bullets and Tears”.
The screencaps from the Banshee finale will be added shortly, but in the meantime here is a Maxim article from last week where Antony answers a few questions!
“Banshee” Actor Antony Starr Talks Epic Fist Fights & Nude Scenes
By: Nick Leftley, Maxim, 12th March 2014
With Season 2 ending tomorrow night on Cinemax, the New Zealand actor answers the same 10 questions we always ask everyone!
For people who haven’t got around to seeing it yet, how would you describe the show Banshee?
Banshee is the story of a man who gets out of prison, tracks down his long-lost love, and tries to reclaim what was stolen from him years earlier by assuming the identity of a sheriff. I guess you could say it’s an explosive action drama – sit down, strap in, and enjoy the ride!
The show has some pretty epic fight scenes. How much of the stunt work do you do yourself?
We do a lot of the stunt work ourselves, because with the nature of the show, we try and make it as gritty as possible and give the directors as many options as they can in the cutting room. So we do a lot of it ourselves, which means that we get beaten up quite a lot and get extremely well used by the end of the season… It’s really quite an enjoyable process, ironically, because it’s really something I’ve never done before. I’ve never done any stunts. It was great to join a team that’s really focused on trying to bring some fresh and interesting action sequences to the small screen.
Have any of your stunts ever gone wrong?
You always get little bumps and nicks and bruises, and they’re not massively fun. I think the only thing that has really gone wrong is on day one of the entire shoot – day one, season one – one of the other actors threw his head up mid-fight scene, which sort of screwed the choreography up. My lip exploded and I had to get six stitches, but I had to keep filming for six hours before we could get me to the hospital!
Access Hollywood have a new interview with Antony, where he discusses the character of Lucas Hood and how he’s happy to avoid the spotlight.
Banshee: Antony Starr on Developing Lucas Hood
by Jolie Lash, Access Hollywood, 14th March 2014
Lucas Hood can’t walk through the town of “Banshee” without attracting attention, but actor Antony Starr, who plays the tough anti-hero, is quite happy to avoid the spotlight.
“It’s relatively tame,” he told Access Hollywood about getting recognized for his stateside role. “Which, to be honest, I’m a really private person, so it kind of works for me. The more time I have without that happening, I’m OK with that. It’s one of those things, you know… I do value my privacy and that’s gonna be something that’s interesting if and when the show starts becoming a bit more mainstream.”
“Banshee” will conclude its Season 2 run Friday night at 10 PM ET/PT on Cinemax, and Antony’s character heads into it with a lot (Chayton, Proctor, Brock and Gordon, Rabbit) of enemies.
“This is where this character thrives,” Antony said of Lucas. “He’s not the kind of guy that’s gonna settle down in suburbia and look at the library in content. He needs to have that adrenalized lifestyle to really feel that he’s alive in a lot of ways.
“When we first started, we were very careful to keep him pretty contained and have a real ‘less is more’ philosophy so we didn’t really know what was going on with the character. And… slowly, as the series progressed [in] Season 1, the character really shifted and then in Season 2, we’re trying to add a lot more humor, deliberately, to put it in there, to lighten things up a little bit and just show that he’s adapting and finding it easier to socialize in the outside world and letting go of that really… sort of emancipating himself from the inside,” Antony continued. “And that will continue into Season 3. I’ve heard the plans already and there’s an extension of that growth and that development into Season 3, so it’s going to be really exciting.”
Continue reading at: Access Hollywood
In their recent issue (March 10th), TV Guide previewed this week’s Banshee finale with the following article.
Thanks to Brianne for the scan. To see the full size scan, just click on the preview image.
Men’s Fitness has a brand new interview with Antony about Banshee and Fanshee’s!
A 20-Minute Session with the Badass from Banshee
By Mike Simone, Men’s Fitness, 12th March 2014
Banshee is one of those shows you go on a complete bender watching. Hell, I did. It’s from the creators of True Blood, starring New Zealand native Antony Starr as Lucas Hood, an ex-con and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, PA, where he continues his criminal activities, even as he is hunted by the shadowy gangster he betrayed years earlier.
Each and every episode not only brings some of the craziest and twisted physical scenes but also a culmination of story lines from each of its characters. You’ve got the townies, thugs, Ukrainian gangsters, and political powerhouses all squeezed into a little-known rural town all battling for control. And, of course, Antony Starr as Hood.
If you haven’t been watching this Cinemax edge-of-your-seat thriller, here’s a quick recap of what you’ve been missing.
Season 1 brings us into the world of the ex-con Lucas Hood (Antony Starr). Hood is released from prison after 15 years, and while looking for the love of his life, his former accomplice and love Carrie/Anna (played by Ivana Milicevic), through a series of action-packed events he ends up as the new sheriff in the quirky small town of Banshee. In the close of Season 1, our ex-con and master thief, but presumed ‘hero’, finds himself in an all-out battle for his life when his past catches up with him.
It’s almost here. The finale of Banshee’s second season is on next Friday night and here is the promo for it.
Elle has a quick little interview with Antony that has the most interesting title, but is about the physical side of doing the stunts on Banshee.
Taking a Cold Bath With Antony Starr
By Tasha Stratis, Elle, 6th March 2014
As Lucas Hood, an ex-criminal posing as a small town sheriff on Cinemax’s racy Banshee, it’s nearly impossible not to fall victim to blue-eyed, New Zealand import Antony Starr’s bad boy vibes. The show, which is the 38-year-old Kiwi actor’s first leading role in the U.S., has gained popularity for its boundary-pushing sense of morality—plus some serious action sequences. In anticipation of the season two finale (next Friday, March 14 at 10 P.M.), we catch up with Starr, who talks about the physicality behind the role and gives us a few tips for our own workout recovery:
How do you get yourself into the mindset of a character, with whom you don’t have much in common?
Actors tend to draw upon their experiences whenever possible, but I don’t really know what it’s like to be in prison for any sort of time—let alone 15 years-so it was quite challenging to get that mindset going. I guess you have to look at it from a human point of view. I might not know what it’s like to be in prison for 15 years, but I think a lot of us know what isolation is like.
You do a lot of your own stunts on the show. Do you enjoy that aspect?
It’s a really fine line with the stunt work because you’ve got people doing stunts all the time who aren’t trained to do them. The risk factor goes up exponentially. All of a sudden there is a much greater risk, but you’ve got to weigh that risk against the reward. There are a couple of fights that I would have loved to have my stunt double do. As we go on, I have a much better understanding of what I can and can’t do as well. I’m very happy to put my hand up and tag out with my stunt double. There’s nothing fun about getting injured.
How do you prepare yourself for the physical demands of the show?
We have a trainer that comes out and tries to keep us in as good as shape as possible. I did martial arts for eight or nine years when I was growing up. I know how to throw a punch and that has helped hugely. There’s a difference between knowing what to do when you’re rehearsing it, and being able to do it once you’re adrenalized and emotional. That’s when the injuries occur. Actors all want to try to pretend that they’re experts at everything, but we’re not.
Are there any tricks you’ve picked up to help with your recovery?
Getting regular massages and doing whatever we can to maintain good physical condition. I was told to have an ice bath once, which I did once, and it was the most horrific experience. In my head it sounded like a great idea, so I filled my bath with ice and water and it was absolutely horrendous. In my brain, it was going to be something completely different, but the reality of it, I could only stay in it for 30 seconds.
The second last episode of Banshee for the year airs tonight! Nooooooo!! Here’s a preview clip from the episode, “Homecoming” featuring Lucas and Emmett. There’s also a few non-Lucas clips which you can see via the links.