Watchmen: First Look at Mr. Phillips

 

 

HBO PR has released a synopsis for each of the first 6 episodes of Watchmen's first season. Also included was the official first look at Tom as Mr. Phillips and Sara Vickers as Ms. Crookshanks. They are with Jeremy Irons, who is widely believed to be playing Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias, a recurrence of the character from the original graphic novel.

The show premieres on HBO this Sunday, October 20th at 9pm, with an episode titled "It's Summer and We're Running Out of Ice," directed by Nicole Kassell and written by Damon Lindelof.

 

Photo by Colin Hutton/HBO

Watchmen: KTLA5 Interview

 

The morning after the Los Angeles premiere of Watchmen, Tom visited the KTLA studios for an interview, which you can watch below. He couldn't say much about his Watchmen character, Mr. Phillips, but we do get our first look at him. We learn that they block shot most of his scenes for the season with Jeremy Irons in a castle in Wales over the course of a month, before the bulk of most of the scripts were even written. Tom explains that he did have a history with Watchmen, even before the show. He read the original graphic novel as an angry 17 year old and it made him even angrier, then happened to pick it up again a couple of years ago, and reading it again at a different stage in his life gave him a different perspective on it. Six months after re-reading it that second time, Damon Lindelof called and asked him to "come be weird and British" in his new show.

 

 

Watchmen premieres this Sunday, October 20th at 9pm on HBO in the US. The show is also airing around the world, so check your local listings to find the show where you are.

Watchmen: Red Carpet Premiere

 

 

Ok, well, the carpet was actually a lovely shade of Dr. Manhattan blue.

Many of the cast, including Tom, appeared at the Los Angeles premiere at the Cinerama Dome, as well as the after party. The party seemed to have included many of the props and designs that were at NYCC, with the addition of a squid tent. Yes, a squid tent. This show is gonna be wild. Check the galleries for additional images - more will be uploaded as they become available.

The embargo on reviews has been lifted, so watch this space for the expected onslaught of posts from the TV critics. The show airs on HBO on Sundays at 9pm starting October 20th.

 

Photo by Leon Bennett

The Rake: Photo Spread and Interview

 

 

The Rake magazine has featured Tom in it's October issue with a pretty spectacular array of photos of Tom wearing a variety of gorgeous suits and one beautiful cashmere turtleneck, as well as an interview. This may be Tom's first published interview in quite some time, and it's been even longer for a photoshoot, but this certainly makes up for that in spades. Additional images are in the galleries.

It's a short but excellent interview. The journalist, Ed Cummings, realizes quite soon what we already know -- that Tom "is about as charming as they come." He proceeds to query Tom about dropping out of drama school, his background being brought up in the London suburbs, and a bit about his stint in the play Posh. In the years since Sleepy Hollow, Tom has taken only a couple of well chosen roles, so it is interesting that he mentions in the interview that there was a point that he considered moving beyond acting. Luckily he re-discovered the joy of acting while playing the villain in a Restoration Comedy, of all things. Thank heavens for Fainall.

The Rake is available now on newstands in the UK, and will soon be available in the US (check out your local Barnes and Noble). The digital version is available now from Zinio.

 

Photos by Pip