David Tennant‘s performance as Kilgrave is undoubtedly one of the most awaited aspects of Jessica Jones. Given the masterful performance of Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson Fisk in the devilish series precursor to Jessica Jones, fans are expecting no less from Tennant. Over the past few weeks, promotion for the show has been slowly gearing up. In what seems to be his first public interview since getting cast, Tennant has spoken to Digital Spy UK about his experiences in getting to know the mythology and possibly being painted purple.
I’ve always had comics on the go a little bit and so thought I was quite the Marvel aficionado when this job came in. I realized I’d never heard of Jessica Jones. It’s quite a niche – or it was, I suspect it won’t be now – it was quite a niche comic book.
Despite his unfamiliarity with the comic, Tennant seemed to be immensely pleased with the source material.
But when I read it I thought to myself ‘Why did I miss this? This is sensational writing; brilliantly put together.’ It’s such a clever idea that the story starts when Jessica Jones has already given up being a superhero. I was reading the comic thinking ‘Have I missed — is there a like a layer of continuity I’ve missed? Is there a whole 50 issues of the Avengers with Jewel that I didn’t realize?” It’s such a brilliant concept.
When asked about whether there was any talk of actually having to be painted purple, Tennant jokingly had this to say:
There was about a day between first hearing about this and then having a conversation with Melissa Rosenberg and Jeph Loeb to sort of get an idea of what was being talked about. So for 24 hours I was thinking ‘Am I going to be painted purple everyday?’ until Jeph and Melissa told me that wasn’t their intention. I think it’s a bright decision. Some things work beautifully in a comic book that don’t really translate to live-action. This iteration of him is a bit more — you wouldn’t notice him walking down the street. He’s very sharply dressed but beyond that there’s nothing to tell. There’s nothing to give away with what’s ticking inside.
With that interview mind, it’s scary how much of a charmer Tennant is in real life. The dude is just likable on all levels. Imagine how that charm is about to take a terrifyingly evil turn in a little over a week. We are in for one thrilling experience.
Jessica Jones is set to be released on Netflix on November 20.
Source: Digital Spy.