Arrow: Even the Actor Didn't Realize They Were Playing Prometheus At First
MAJOR spoilers for tonight's episode of Arrow!
Tonight's episode of Arrow, 'Fighting Fire With Fire', was explosive for a myriad of reasons. The biggest of which, of course, is that the season's Big Bad, Prometheus, has finally been unmasked...
...as Star City District Attorney, Adrian Chase.
While some fans have suggested this twist in the months since both Prometheus and Chase were introduced on the show, the reveal came as a shock to a large number of fans. Many even went so far to assure that it's a misdirect, particularly due to the reveal occurring in the middle of the episode.
According to Josh Segarra, who plays Chase, the twist is very much real - even though it actually surprised him too at first.
Earlier today, Segarra told us the story of how a phone call with executive produers Marc Guggenheim and Wendy Mericle led to him learning he was playing the season's big bad, even though it wasn't in a way that he had initially thought.
"They start talking to me about this character, and that 'there's a history of Big Bads on our show.' I had watched the show a little bit before, and I love Neal McDonough, so I watched a lot of Damien Darhk actually.
They started describing [my character], like 'You're going to be the Big Bad of the season and you're going to play this guy.' And they described Prometheus to me. So I'm like 'Man, okay. This is going to be pretty exciting! I'm going to go, and I'll get to train, and put different skill sets to use.' But it was just a casual conversation of them, just kind of, honestly introducing me to them, and us to know each other a little bit before we signed on to work on a project for the future. That was more of what that conversation was, but they mentioned Prometheus along the way."
Segarra later went on to celebrate the role with friends and family, and when he spoke to them about the role, he didn't have many details to share. When his casting was officially announced, he was under the impression that he was in fact playing Vigilante, given the comic book origin of his character's name.
"So now, I get to Vancouver, and I think I'm playing this guy Vigilante, because that's who everybody thought, right? I started reading Vigilante comics, and I'm reading about Chase, and reading all about the history of these guys."
According to Segarra, this led to an awkward exchange between him and Guggenheim, in which he finally realized who exactly his version of Adrian Chase would be.
"I get to work and I'm talking to Marc, and I'm like 'Marc! I'm really doing my research! I'm really being studious about the Vigilante guy.'
And he's like 'What do you mean?'
I'm like 'Oh, dude, you know. We announced it, finally! So I'm going to be a great Adrian Chase/Vigilante.'
He was like 'That's not who you're playing.'"
Now that viewers have seen the reveal, it's safe to say that they can expect to see a whole new side of both Chase and Prometheus in the episodes ahead.
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