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Published On: Thu, Nov 21st, 2013

Seth Gabel talks ‘Arrow’ season 2, returning as The Count, setting a trap for Stephen Amell

The hit CW series Arrow is deep into its second season and the battle against villains continues to grow and become more complex for Oliver Queen and his alter-ego.

State v. QueenIn the recent episode, State vs Queen, the villain Count Vertigo (just called The Count) on the show is back and Collider spoke to actor Seth Gabel in a Nov. 20 article about returning for the role.

“It is honestly the most fun I’ve ever had, playing a part,” Gabel begins.

Gabel’s villain has to have a scheme to counter ‘The Hood.’

“The Count wants two things.  He wants to control Starling City for the use of his Vertigo wonder drug, and he wants to eliminate any opponents to that goal.  Right now, The Arrow is the biggest adversary to The Count, and so one of the first steps to controlling the city is to eliminate Oliver Queen.  So, The Count breaks out of prison, he poisons the people of Starling City with Vertigo, and then he sets a trap for The Hood to walk into.”

Gabel made a memorable appearance in season one and really finds the fun in playing “crazy.”

“You have to find a realm where it’s real.  Even if it’s crazy and over-the-top, you can create a realm of logic where that is realistic.  You simply shift your mind from what is normal to what the character perceives as normal, and how he’s justified in doing so.  Power and the need for control can fuel people to do some pretty crazy things.  If you just amp up the character’s willingness to do whatever it takes to gain power and control, and then also amp down his sensitivity to the pain of others to causing chaos and to causing suffering, and turn off any kind of empathy there, and instead of him emphasizing and feeling bad for a person, if you cross the wires and say that he’s actually feeling joy when someone is suffering, then you can create a logic where it makes sense for you to be crazy, unhinged, violent, aggressive and existing on a different plane than other people do.  That’s how I justified it for myself.”

Check out the full interview HERE

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- Stephen is a contributor and writer on The Dispatch. Stephen is the founder and editor for the Steven Spielberg Fan Club website and contributes to pop culture stories on The Dispatch, especially upcoming movie news. Beginning in 2016, Stephen took the role of Managing Editor for the Tampa Dispatch.

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