"James Frain Exclusive Interview TRON: LEGACY; Plus an Update on NBC’s THE CAPE" from Collider.com (Source here)
Here is the part about The Cape :
"Since you’ve done it a few times recently, in playing villains, do you prefer to play characters who quite enjoy the evil that they’re doing, as opposed to being angsty about it?
FRAIN: I don’t know. There’s no hard and fast rule. Evil is a broad church. There are so many different ways to be evil. Sometimes it’s fun to be the guy who doesn’t know that he’s bad, like the character I played in True Blood. He was pretty angsty about it, but he thought he was doing the right thing. And sometimes it’s fun to be the guy who just really enjoys it, like the guy I’m playing now on The Cape. He’s more that. He’s much more flashy and debonaire and devil may care-ish. He just loves doing bad in the world. That’s real fun to do.
tron_legacy_movie_image_james_frain_02Is there a specific moment or cause that makes your character on The Cape act the way that he does?
FRAIN: We haven’t put together a very specific backstory. It’s all up for grabs right now. There’s a lot of big storytelling on The Cape, and there’s a lot of things that they’re throwing up in the air, to come back to in later episodes. It’s very open. What happens is that, in doing a show like this, you find out who the character is as they write it, and they’re finding out as well. It’s an ongoing thing. I have my own sense of who he is. I don’t think people who behave this way come from very loving families. But, I’m not bogged down in that, necessarily.
What can you say about the show and how your character fits into the story? How is this superhero show different from others?
FRAIN: I’m not particularly an expert on the genre. Correct me if I’m wrong, but usually you see most of the super-villain in his villainous role. He’s the Green Goblin, or whatever various bad guys in Batman, or something like that. It’s the excessive, larger than life, cartoon-ish, costumed character that is the personification of evil and has to be destroyed. With my guy, every now and then, he puts on a mask and does that, but he isn’t that. Most of the time that we see him, he isn’t that. Most of the time that we see him, he’s fun to hang around with. I think that’s unusual, to that extent.
There’s something attractive about my character. He’s fun-loving. You can almost think, “Well, maybe he isn’t a bad guy, after all. Maybe he does a few things that are bad, but maybe he could learn his lesson.” But then, he has this unfortunate habit of dressing up as this crazy character and being completely psychotic. That is unfortunate, and I think he’s probably not going to be able to kick that habit. What’s fun in The Cape is that I think they’re going to explore – with both the lead hero and with the bad guy – this idea that, once you start donning a disguise, whatever that means, what is that going to do to you and how much are you going to be in control of it, or is it going to be in control of you, and is that a crazy thing to be doing anyway. They’re doing that. They’re having fun with it and staying in the genre, but they’re going to explore what that is.
Does Chess always wear the contacts with the chess pieces when he’s in bad guy mode? Is there a reason for him doing that?
FRAIN: I don’t know. We’ve not really pinned down where they come from or how that happens, but every time you see him as this bad guy Chess, he does have these chess contacts in, which is very effective at freaking you out.
What’s it like to be on a show that’s so heavily promoted? Do you worry about living up to the hype?
FRAIN: I think this is a big show, an expensive show and an ambitious show, and it has to launch big, and we have to go for it, as much as possible, so I think they’re doing the right thing."