Gifs from Wonderland Magazine interview with Tom Riley.
Are you a lover or a fighter?
A lover. Every time it looks like I might be getting into a fight I just kiss the guy till he surrenders.
Da Vinci’s Demons episode 6 ‘The Devil’ on Starz tonight at 9pm.
The one where Leonardo discovers why Vlad Dracula is nicknamed The Impaler.
Leonardo: Every kiss sends a message…
Da Vinci’s Demons episode 5 The Tower.
Da Vinci’s Demons episode 5 ‘The Tower’
Leonardo & Lucrezia gifs
BL: Why do you think it was important for us to see this scene — especially their kiss?
DG: I feel without it, there still could be some ambivalence. For me, this was the key to the entire episode. I was adamant that we do the trial this season while some on my fellow producers wanted to shy away from it and not cause controversy this season. It led to an argument but I felt we’d be doing Leonardo a disservice if we didn’t ‘go there’ this season. Beyond that, what I’d hoped to accomplish was to narratively thread the needle — I wanted for Leonardo to arrange to have the charges dropped, rather than to have himself be proven innocent. I felt that would be critical. That it was no one’s business what people did with their sexual lives. Then, after the charges were dropped, I hoped we could sucker punch the audience and reveal that the ‘sodomy’ actually did happen (albeit consensually). I guess I wanted complicated. There was a relationship. Sodomy did happen. But, it was consensual. Jacopo felt jilted then took a bribe in order to sensationalize the charges, which were politically motivated. The kiss was so critical, in fact, we didn’t release the scene to the network or studio beforehand. Tom, myself, the writer Joe Ahearne, and director Paul Wilmshurst conspired to keep the scene secret and shoot it on the day. We hoped that, once everyone saw the scene, they’d get it. Fortunately, they did.
TR: Once [the scene was] shot, we showed the dailies to Starz, who absolutely loved it, were 100% supportive, and determined that it would remain in the show. So it turned out we need never have worried. But with the sad restrictions and expectations placed on U.S. television by parts of its audience, it was a risk we weren’t prepared to take.