Legends of Tomorrow star Victor Garber has admitted that he was “nervous” about doing the show without his original screen partner Robbie Amell.
Garber and Amell both first appeared on The Flash as Martin Stein and Ronnie Raymond, two very different men who come together to form the superhero Firestorm.
But with Amell unable to reprise his role as a series regular on spin-off Legends, a new partner for Stein had to be found. Ronnie was killed off, with Jefferson ‘Jax’ Jackson (Franz Drameh) taking his place.
“I was nervous about it,” Garber told Digital Spy. “Robbie and I are friends and we had such a great time together, so when it was not an option for him to do [Legends], I was very nervous.
“But I went in and did a chemistry read with Franz and the minute I met him, I just had this sense that this casting was a really good idea. He’s one of the most inventive and interesting people I’ve ever worked with.
“I love him, and I really find him challenging – he raises my game, because he’s so inventive. I think he’s a great addition and I think that he provides a dynamic that the show can really use, so it’s been great.”
Once it got underway, Legends of Tomorrow would continue to chop and change cast members – writing out Hawkman (Falk Hentschel) and Hawkgirl (Ciara Renée) at the end of its first season, and introducing Nate Heywood (Nick Zano) and Amaya (Maisie Richardson-Sellers) in season two.
“I think we found our stride in season two,” Garber said. “There’s been a huge bump in people’s appreciation for the show.
“Starting originally with it being eight principals… it’s a very challenging day. When you have a scene with eight people, sometimes you can lose your mind… it’s really hard. So the changes… I think in a way it’s been good.”
One advantage of a large cast, though, is unexpected pairings – with Legends fans taking to Stein’s scenes with brutish Mick Rory (Dominic Purcell), a partnership which Garber calls “a happy accident”.
“We had a couple of exchanges early on in the season and I think that they saw that Dominic and I have a rapport on-screen – they liked that, so they started writing to our strengths.”
One standout sequence in season two saw strait-laced Stein and menacing Mick forced to belt out ‘Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)’, to provide a distraction for their fellow Legends.
“When I read it, I thought, ‘OK, I’m going to kill somebody!’ – I had no idea how that was gonna work!” Garber admitted. “I was just amazed that people enjoyed it so much. I had no idea what I was gonna do. I literally had no idea.
“I’m working with the director of that episode again now as a matter of fact, and we were laughing about that scene the other day. That was so crazy. Crazy.”
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: Season Two is out now on Blu-ray™ and DVD.
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