Sam Worthington, who stars as Josh Levinson on the hit Syfy TV series "Being Human," will be in attendance at C2E2 in Chicago from April 26-28.
Syfy’s hit series “Being Human” has a premise that almost sounds like a joke: A werewolf, a vampire and a ghost all share a flat in Boston. The show, which just wrapped up its third season and has already been renewed for a fourth, is no laughing matter, though. Sam Huntington, who plays Jewish werewolf Josh Levison on the show, will be answering fans question on a panel at C2E2 April 26th at 8:15 p.m. and signing autographs all weekend at the convention. He spoke to us about the show:
Question:What were your thoughts when you first saw the script?
Sam Huntington: It sounded like the set up for a joke, doesn’t it? I’m glad my agents didn’t tell me it was originally a British series, because I probably would have passed on auditioning for it.
Q.Why is that?
SH: It’s very hard to adapt a great British TV series. Look at the British version of “The Office.” That is some of the best television ever produced. It is in a class all by itself and can’t be touched. When I heard they were remaking it for NBC, I was mortified. And yet, the U.S. version is also a very good TV show. But it is different. They are two different beasts. Fortunately for “Being Human,” the North American writers took that to heart. We did our due diligence in terms of honoring the British series –especially in the first season. Now that we’ve just wrapped our third season, we are our own entity, though. And that is how it should be, really.
Q.Have you watched the British version of your show?
SH: I waited until after we finished the first season. I didn’t want to have it influence anything. Russell Tovey [who plays werewolf George on the UK series] is a genius actor. I didn’t want my character of Josh to emulate anything he did as George. Nor did I want to steer away from playing a scene a certain way if it was right for the character just because it was something that Russell had already done.
Q.Have the two casts met?
SH: Actually, no. We would love to meet that cast and give them a big hug. Megan [Rath, who plays Sally the Ghost], Sam [Witwer, the vampire Aiden] and I feel we owe them a debt of gratitude.
Q.Your character Josh was temporarily cured for the first part of this season. Did you miss the wolf aspect of him?
SH: I can’t say I missed the prosthetics! Honestly, the first thing I thought about. ‘Yes! I don’t have to spend all those hours in the makeup chair.’. Five episodes into the season and I started to feel a bit uneasy. When Josh was no longer a supernatural being, he couldn’t see Sally anymore and as a human, he didn’t really have the supernatural connection to Aiden, either. I felt disconnected from both Sam and Megan. And it was exactly what my character Josh was starting to feel. Being a werewolf is such a part of who he is. Without it, I missed it and Josh certain missed it. Fortunately, Josh was scratch by another werewolf and cursed again.
Q.You are married in real life and your character just married on the show. Which wedding was easier?
SH: The wedding scene on the show was pretty brutal. We shoot two episodes back to back on the show. The wedding scene was shot at the end of a really long day. We had 15-20 minutes to shoot the whole scene. It was just like theater. It was really heady. The last thing any one of us wanted to do is f--- it up. There is a crew of 90 people who had all being working what ended up being a really long day. The last thing you want to do is lose focus, flub a line and make the day even longer.
Q.Your character ended the season possibly trapped in wolf form. Any hints where the story is going to pick up in season four when the show returns next January?
SH: I wish! I know Sam and Megan have both bent the writers ears to find out what’s in store for their characters, but I haven’t yet. Is Josh stuck as a wolf? Is his new wolf more violent or more calm? The fanboy in me really wants to know what’s going to happen. I’m very, very curious.
♦ Q&A panel with Sam Huntington, April 26 8:15-9:15 p.m. April 26, Room W470B, West Building of McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive. Huntington will also be signing autographs all weekend throughout the convention.
Misha Davenport is a local free-lance writer.