No disrespect to the man as he is a fantastic actor, but Donal Logue is probably someone most people will probably refer to as “that guy from that movie,” or “I know that dudes face …he was in… errrrr?!,” (there is an actual list of ‘those guys’ on imdb btw). Ultimately, most will be unable to put a face to the name. That is – of course – until now, due to his big break in DC’s bonafide hit Gotham (which airs on Fox TV). In a co-starring role playing Detective Harvey Bullock, Logue excels in his role and you can tell he is relishing in the part of the corrupt, morally ambivalent anti-hero; a character that is stuck between a rock and a hard place when it comes to his loyalty to the force. Great performance.
More to the point, Logue is no newcomer to the world of comic book adaptations. From his wicked antagonistic role in Marvel’s Blade (which was superbly directed by Steven Norrington), to the terrible (…but fun?) Mark Steven Johnson vehicle: Ghost Rider starring Nicolas Cage. Logue always does his job pulling off great performances in whatever movie he is in. He also comes across as a completely humble bloke and takes the positives from the negatives it seems. Speaking with Rolling Stone, he talks about a conversation he had with an individual at Comic-Con who had an axe to grind, complaining about Ghost Rider straying too far from the comic books.
“I was in Ghost Rider, which was, well, it was whatever it was, but it was fun as shit,” Logue told Rolling Stone. “Someone was grilling me at Comic Con about not being true to the comic book. I was like, ‘Dude, it’s a skeleton on a motorcycle on fire, but the leather jacket doesn’t burn! What level of dissection do we have to get to?’ I mean, I understand being precious about shit, but come on. There’s some goofy shit in that thing you just gotta roll with.”
Now this is perhaps a better way to look at some of the not-so-well-received comic book movie adaptations, as after Chrisopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, it seems a lot of studios and directors are taking a more “grounded approach” (i.e. upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Fantastic Four reboot etc…). However, looking back to the 90s, sticking on Sam Raimi’s Darkman and kicking back with a beer or two is a fun ride. The same can be said for Spawn, Batman Forever and the last series of Fantastic Four films. It seems that everyone – with the exception of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – is taking a more realistic and moody approach on their movie adaptations. If you think that these are just bad movies then fair enough, but you should check out a nice article in ShortList by Mark Kermode on why bad movies are actually good for you.
For example, there were recent articles posted about CW’s The Flash. It was after an episode aired when The Flash saves somebody from almost being hit by a car. Basically, a study was conducted by physics students from the University of Leicester (haven’t they got more important things to do other than study the logistics of a comic book character?). They suggested that, as opposed to The Flash saving people from impending crises, he should just leave fate as it is – as he would cause more harm due to his speed and impact when saving people. This led to a massive debate over the speed force aura, and how it helps with Barry’s (The Flash) impact, reducing it when saving people. Contrastingly, debates then centred on whether he could turn the speed force aura on and off at his pleasing, as sometimes there is major impact, and sometimes the speed force aura kicks in. We can leave Batman and his survival of great heights for another time…
These are comic books people! We need to suspend our disbelief when watching most films: albeit, adventure, horror, thriller or action. There was a debate on AVPGalaxy a while back that got quite heated. It was regarding the second installment of the Alien franchise – James Cameron’s Aliens. The debate was centered on a part of the movie when the crew’s tank runs over and crushes the Xenomorph and why the acid that squirted from the creature didn’t burn the tires. Well the reason that didn’t happen is because it would render the following scenes impossible to do unless there was a continuity error – which would no doubt incite another bout of incendiary debates. But, there were plenty of replies with people offering their own suggestions as to why this didn’t happen – and that is the beauty of individual interpretations. Another good one was on BleedingCool regarding A Nightmare on Elm Street, and it was the logistics concerning the fact that “people don’t fall asleep that fast,” …well maybe, but a child molester with a bladed glove can’t kill you in your dreams, so can we just put that comment to bed and continue watching the movie?
We also recently had Neil Degrasse Tyson talking about how realistic Interstellar actually is (he done this with the movie Gravity too). Well the film is filed under: Sci-Fi, …you know, …short for Science “Fiction”. If you look at it as a light-hearted article – then yeah – it could make for a fun read. However, there are people who get really riled up over the facts and logistics and sometimes it gets messy.
On the flip side, there is a limit to our suspension of disbelief. However that limit of course, all depends on the genre and the person. We don’t expect Constantine to turn up in serious drama to fight off demons. Time to put your feet up, kick back, …and enjoy the ride.
Also, if you are enjoying Logue’s performance in Gotham, check out some of his other work such as: Terriers, Coppers, Vikings, Sons of Anarchy, Knights of Prosperity and Silent Night.
Via – Nerdist