April 6-7, 2024
With Arrow’s eighth and final season quickly approaching, there was an influx of fan questions when Stephen and Robbie Amell, Italia Ricci and David Rasmey – a.k.a. Green Arrow, Firestorm, Silver Banshee and Spartan – took to the stage in Sydney for our massive Arrowverse panel.
Here are just a few highlights.
“For me, it will always be the Arrow pilot. You never know what you’re doing… Completing that and working with [director] David Nutter, and all the variables that go into something like that.”
“Just be yourself. Whoever you’re auditioning for, they want to see you, so just be yourself. That’s really the best advice I’ve been given and it’s worked for me.”
“I was in a collective eight minutes of the show. It was fun – I was in hair and makeup longer than I was on screen, but it was all fun. I don’t know how you guys do it all the time because most of the work I’ve ever done is very dramatic [in] reality. I remember filming the crossover with Grant and Melissa, and Melissa doesn’t actually fly and Grant doesn’t actually run at the speed of light. So you see them do these fake-out things and I was like, ‘We are ridiculous.’ It took me a second, but then when you finally let go it’s so fun and you feel like a kid, but it’s not easy, it’s terrifying.”
“Just being in the suit, in the same way that putting on the Arrow suit, I feel like it changes my body language a little bit. Putting on the Flash suit and even putting on wardrobe that would make me feel like Barry Allen, that changed my body language a little bit. I always have fun doing any scene with David in the crossover if it involves the Flash.”
David: “John Barrowman.”
Stephen: “Barrowman for sure – anyone on The Flash?”
Stephen: “In a season where I switched bodies with somebody, traveled to different earths – I can’t even think of all of the different things that happened – the most unrealistic thing that happened over the course of Arrow season seven was me beating up Michael Jai White. That guy is a terrifying human being. Nicest guy in the world.”
David: “I had never worked with an actor who had picked up martial arts and made it look like they’d been doing it since they were four like Stephen has.
Stephen: “I don’t really think of it as a rivalry because they’re ending in season 15. But no, there’s two of them, so when you divide it in two that’s only seven-and-a-half seasons. It’s just mathematics. There’s no rivalry, I love those guys and they’ve helped me so much with advice, friendship. Even though we’re the same age… they could have big timed me when I got to the network and they didn’t, they were awesome.”
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“It’s not nearly as much imaginary fun as the Arrowverse, but it’s different. The shoes hurt a lot more.”
Italia: Hugh Jackman
Robbie: Nicole Kidman
Stephen Amell: Director P.T. Anderson
David: Ryan Reynolds
“It was great. I got to shoot in New York, my daughter thinks I know the Turtles… I thought I acquitted myself really well, but I also feel as though I’ll be more comfortable and prepared next time.”
Italia: “I think it would be fun to be the female Dexter.”
Robbie: “I really loved Batman Begins, but I want the show to just be Bruce Wayne. And I know that there’s Gotham, but not child Bruce Wayne, like a Bruce Wayne before he becomes Batman.”
Stephen: “I’d take Mad Men, but inverse it so that the women were in power and I got to play Peggy Olsen.”
David: “I’d redo Misfits of Science… thank you for that splatter of applause.”
Stephen: “I was up in Vancouver about a month before the pilot, I had never shot a bow and arrow as an adult and I did it every day and I got pretty good. I got refused service at a carnival game for archery because I won it the first time and I got the biggest stuffed animal and came back to get a second one and the guy was like, ‘We reserve the right to refuse service.’”
Lead image by Ewan Ly.