Barnum is the founder of the Barnum & Bailey Circus.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow sure does love its unusual celebrity cameos, having previously had actors portray J.R.R. Tolkien and George Lucas. The latest will be the showman and businessman P.T. Barnum portrayed by The Phantom’s Billy Zane. Executive producer Phil Klemperer had nothing but praise for both Zane and Barnum.
I’m not sure that people know how funny Billy is, although we cast him as P.T. Barnum because we knew that he would be able to find the soul beneath the larger-than-life showman. Truth is, Barnum never said ‘there’s a sucker born every minute.’ He was less a conman, more the father of modern advertising. A guy who made things ‘go viral’ before that was a thing. Sure, in one sense, he’s the villain of our story, but in another, he’s just a guy who wants to put on a good show. Anyone who works in TV can relate to that, right?! Anyway, Billy seemed like the perfect guy to get that duality.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow returns Tuesday Oct. 10 at 9 p.m. ET this fall on The CW.
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