Silas Weir Mitchell drawn to the 'inner conflict' of his reformed werewolf character on 'Grimm'
In “Grimm,” Munroe must hide his werewolf identity but Silas Weir Mitchell, the actor playing this “reformed” Blutbad, takes the very opposite approach, immersing himself in werewolf culture.
He’s even found himself an old book, published in 1933, and has been reading up on a time when werewolves were thought of as real.
“It’s one of the classics on werewolf-ism,” Mitchell told CTV.ca in a recent conference call.
Though werewolves don’t exist beyond the world of “Grimm” Mitchell finds the dark, fantastical characters in the show to be rooted in humans.
“The creature element is an expression of the mythological underpinnings…of the human psyche,” he says. “We all live in a world where there are monsters. Monsters are real – murderers and people who are on death row and people who have done terrible, terrible things – and the creature element of this show addresses this mythical darkness.”
He was attracted to the series because of its inherent darkness and drawn to the role he plays because of Munroe’s inner conflict: “That is rich territory for an actor, to have that kind of secret, a secret you’re trying to deal with on a daily basis, a secret in every breath you’re trying to maintain.”
To achieve a realistic werewolf-ish look, Mitchell changes his posture, rounding his shoulders slightly and changing his gait, and also relies on makeup and prosthesis to transform his face.
“The idea is that it’s CGI on top of makeup, but you can still tell it’s my face…When someone morphs, they don’t just turn into a (generic) werewolf, they turn into their werewolf…what they would look like as this creature,” he explains.
He admits that he faced a few challenges for the pilot episode. “I’ve been on a lot of series, but I’ve never been one of the central pillars (in) the narrative and I found that challenging, knowing a lot was riding on me,” Mitchell admits.
He’s hitting his stride, though, playing this beastly creature self tamed through a strict regime of “diet, drugs and Pilates,” and is enjoying filming upcoming episodes. “It’s a great environment to work in,” he says.
And, he promises: “The episodes get deliciously dark and creepy.”
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