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[TV] Donal Logue Talks About The Conflict In Gotham
Posted by Joseph Lee on 02.18.2014



In an interview with The Nerd Repository, Donal Logue spoke about the conflicts that take place in Gotham, the new series from FOX. Here are highlights:

On the time setting of the series: "You know what, that's hard for me to really get into, I don't want to say. But there were a couple of examples of modern technology, but maybe an antiquated version of it, that gave me a little bit of sense that it's certainly not the 50s and the 60s. No one's making a joke about how 'there's no way you can press a telephone button and have a piece of paper show up in another machine.' There is an acceptance of a certain technological reality. But its not high tech and it's not futuristic, by any means."

On conflict between Bullock and Gordon: Not only do I foresee it, I guarantee that is the complete and utter core of the conflict. One guy's been around Chinatown for a long time, and knows how it has to work. Someone who's come in from a more idealistic world – not to say non-violent, he's coming back from the war – steps into it, and absolutely there's a huge moral quandary. I had a friend who's a combat vet of Iraq and Afghanistan, and he was telling me the other day about one of his partners who, after retiring from active military life became a police officer in New Orleans, and how much it threw him. And it's not that violence throws the person, it's just the nature of it and who's doing it.

It's a lot like Gotham, where there's kind of an ambiguous line between good and bad. We have to let certain bad guys do certain things, in order for the greater good, for this machine to keep working. And then someone comes in who's like 'no, I have a much more black and white view, I'm not into this notion of moral relativism. There's right and there's wrong.' And what is law? Is law this platonic form of truth that floats in space that is fixed, or is it something that's this arbitrary thing where it's like 'the law is me and you, right now, in this car. Whatever we determine, that's the law.' And that's the kind of thing that will be a conflict in this show."

On how long he'll be a part of the show: "Contractually, I'm obligated to be there. I'm gonna be around, for sure. But the story falls squarely on Jim Gordon's shoulders, and this awesome world where we get to meet the super infamous villains of Gotham City for the first time, when they're young. For me, that's the really interesting part: 'oh, so that's where you come from, Riddler.'"





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