In the extras below, the actor opens up about his summer plans, bringing Firefly back, and the power of Twitter.
On growing up with English-teach parents.
“Grammar was a big deal. We could not use a double negative or end our sentences with prepositions. We couldn’t split infinitives. And we weren’t allowed to say ‘eh’ — you know, Canadians are fond of that stereotype of saying ‘eh’ at the end of their sentences. Now I catch my parents saying it!”
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What his parents think of him in Castle.
“My parents are big fans of anything I do. They have been far less critical of Castle than anything else I’ve done. There are other projects that that I don’t think were really their cup of tea. But Castle suits their sensibilities very well.”
On taking time off this summer.
“For this hiatus I have two very small jobs planned, and then after that it’s just free time. I’m looking forward to some travel with my brother. We take a bucket list trip every summer; he’s been an amazing travel companion. This year it’s going to be Brazil—Rio de Janeiro for sure. Morena Baccarin, who I did Firefly with, is from Brazil so she’s going to suggest I take her mom to dinner.”
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On the buzz that Firefly might be revived.
“There’ve been rumors for 10 years about that darn thing coming back. It was heartbreak for me when Firefly got canceled. The fact that we actually got a movie out of it [Serenity], bringing back characters I hadn’t had enough of yet, was a dream come true for me. Joss [Whedon] gave me the lead in a film, and that put me on a different path. Now I can be considered for a lead in a picture. So at this point to say I want more—it’s too selfish. I got exactly what I wanted.”
On filming Much Ado About Nothing with Joss Whedon.
“Joss has Shakespeare brunches at his house. He’ll assign everybody a character, and you’ll go have brunch and read through Shakespeare. He said, ‘Hey, we’re going to film one of these in my backyard, it’s going to be great.’ I have never performed Shakespeare. Reading it is one thing, performing it is another—memorizing it, locking it down, making choices. . . It’s very difficult. And at the time I was filming Castle and had something that I had to do on my weekend. I tried to chicken out. I called Joss and said, ‘I’m not going to be ready for the weekend. I don’t know how I’m going to be able to do this.’ And he did not let me chicken out. He said, ‘Look, you’re going to be great. This is something we are doing as a lark. This is not something that is going to be a crushing burden. You worry too much.’ He talked me down off of the roof, and I was so glad.
"I went to his house and for a little thing that we were filming in his backyard there were three camera guys, a sound department, cables everywhere. The lights, screen, blinds, catering better than they have on a lot of the shows I’ve been on, wardrobe and makeup departments. I mean, it was a production. I said, ‘What the hell, man?’ He said, ‘Yeah, I can’t do anything small.’”
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On the power of Twitter.
“Being on stage, and the immediacy of the audience’s reaction, is a big thrill. With film and television you don’t so much have that audience interaction anymore. The best you can hope for is that someone sees you on the street and says something or sends you a letter. But thanks to social media and the Internet, you get a very immediate reaction. You can watch your program on TV and scroll through Twitter, with people are commenting as you go. I like that about social media, the immediacy.”