Heroes is gearing up big time again. Season Two is coming this fall, the Season One DVD is coming out this month with tons of extras, and the cast is going on a world tour to take the show global. Many of the Heroes came to NBC’s summer party with production just underway. I found Jack Coleman hidden in a corner schmoozing with Tim Kring. They must have had super powers to avoid the crowd of other journalists looking for scoops, or maybe I have a genetic ability to spot celebs.
CraveOnline: Coming back for season two, are people calling you Noah now?
Jack Coleman:On the show? Not so much. So far, no, there hasn’t been a lot of Noah calling. Not so much. Not yet, maybe later.
CraveOnline: What was the point of revealing that then?
Jack Coleman: Doesn’t mean it won’t come into play later. We’re only two episodes in.
CraveOnline: What’s different about being back for a second season?
Jack Coleman: In terms of the show, I just think the scripts feel very strong and sure footed, which they did last season as well but it is a really nice combination of letting people in, people who haven’t been watching but also rewarding those who have been watching. Personally the difference is I feel a lot more comfortable this year than I did at the beginning of last year. This time a year ago I was not as comfortable as I am now.
CraveOnline: Have you gotten to work with any of the new cast members?
Jack Coleman: You know what? Not a lot. Not yet. That’s still coming.
CraveOnline: Are you back with Hayden or are they still separate?
Jack Coleman: I have been working with Hayden so far, yeah.
CraveOnline: How have things developed on the show?
Jack Coleman: Well, the Bennet family is in a different location but very quickly old habits and old ghosts will reappear.
CraveOnline: Do you play it differently or is there a familiarity to playing those old issues?
Jack Coleman: Well, there’s a familiarity but the circumstances are definitely different. It’s very interesting that the dynamic within the family is quite different and yet you start to see that the idea of full disclosure is not really one that comes naturally.
CraveOnline: How is Mrs. Bennet doing with her brain after all the memory wipes?
Jack Coleman: So far so good. We haven’t seen any cerebral meltdowns so that’s a good sign.
CraveOnline: What are you looking forward to playing this year?
Jack Coleman: I’m looking forward to playing the line between loving father and lethal operative. I think that what’ll happen is as the season goes on, the dark side of his character will start to come out more and more.
CraveOnline: And here things were going so well…
Jack Coleman: It’s a drama. It’s based on conflicts.
CraveOnline: Do you enjoy that more as an actor when they bring the darkness back?
Jack Coleman: Well, I enjoy it for this character but again, it’s a combination of the light and dark. I don’t want to just be a moustache twirling villain but on the other hand, I want to have the light and loving stuff with Claire and with the family. You see that side of him but then you also see that this is a guy that is pretty Machiavellian. He will do what needs to be done and he’s not worried about hurting people’s feelings.
CraveOnline: Have you gotten to do any flashbacks into the backstory of this Generations chapter?
Jack Coleman: Not as of yet but we’re very, very early into the season. I have not yet gotten into anything that goes back.
CraveOnline: How do you feel about the cast splitting up again after the finale brought you all together?
Jack Coleman: I think it’s a great idea. I think you can’t keep everyone apart for too long and yet you can’t just have them all in each other’s face because there’s too many people. What’s interesting is the shifting allegiances. All of a sudden you see two people together that you never imagined would be working together. And I think you’ll see some right off the bat. You’ll see some strange bedfellows and that’s what I like about the show. It’s kind of fun that everyone’s in the far flung corners being drawn inexorably together by forces outside of their control.
CraveOnline: Have you had any new partnerships different from last year?
Jack Coleman: Yes. I can’t say who it is.
CraveOnline: Was there anyone you didn’t encounter last year?
Jack Coleman: Whether or not I encountered them didn’t mean it was a partnership.
CraveOnline: Are you going anywhere on the world tour?
Jack Coleman: I’m going to
CraveOnline: Have you encountered European fans before?
Jack Coleman: Not for Heroes yet. No, I haven’t. I have not been over to
CraveOnline: Do you get to see any of the sights?
Jack Coleman: You know, it’s sort of two to three days in each city and I’m sure we’re going to be very busy. So I don’t think there’s going to be a whole lot of sight seeing. That said, I believe our hotel in Paris is right across the street from the Arch de Triomphe so I think just looking out the window will be sight seeing.
CraveOnline: Did you do anything for the first season DVD?
Jack Coleman: Oh yeah, there’s a bunch of commentaries. I did commentary on I think episode 12. I did commentary on
CraveOnline: What sort of insights did you have to share?
Jack Coleman: Oh, I was saying really insightful things like, "He looks funny in that hat." That’s about how deep it got for me. We sort of watch it as fans to a certain extent. I did it with Sendhil and with Leonard, I did it with Greg and with Leonard. Then Company Man I did with Bryan Fuller who wrote the episode and Allan Arkush who directed it. Alan brought much a deeper understanding to the events whereas you leave a bunch of actors together and it gets pretty silly.
CraveOnline: But the fans think about it deeply. Don’t you want to go there yourself?
Jack Coleman: Deeply is different. What I mean is he gave a film class as to what his thoughts were in terms of old movies, based on old movies, what he wanted to do with the camera here, how the editing was done. It was actually really interesting for me, even having been through it with him, after the fact to hear what he had in mind in all these different shots. And you realize directors in television do not get nearly enough credit. They get too much credit in film and not nearly enough in television.