Last Tuesday (January 12) Boyd Holbrook and his Justified: City Primeval co-stars Timothy Olyphant, Adelaide Clemens, Vondie Curtis-Hall and Vivian Olyphant went to the 2023 Winter Television Critics Association (TCA) Press Tour to promote the upcoming FX mini-series.
Check out some photos from the panel and the press line below:(more…)
Speaking at the 2023 Winter TCA press tour, Boyd Holbrook talked about playing villain Clement Mansell in the upcoming Justified prequel series panel:(more…)
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Boyd Holbrook discusses his character in Netflix’s adaptation of The Sandman and his hope for a comeback in season 2:
The Corinthian is all about the eyes. The living nightmare who looms over season 1 of Netflix’s The Sandman is most notable for the fact that his sockets are filled with teeth (which he uses to eat other people’s eyes, before he kills them). Naturally, this is something the character keeps hidden behind sunglasses most of the time, so that he can walk around in public without raising undue alarm.
When actor Boyd Holbrook thinks back to his audition process amidst the raging COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, he’s confident that securing the role and gaining the approval of The Sandman co-creator Neil Gaiman came down to how he handled his shades.
“I know I’m giving too much away, but I think Neil’s thing was that he never really liked how actors took off their glasses in these auditions, because it was maybe a little heavy-handed, a little over-the-top. So I latched onto that,” Holbrook tells EW over Zoom. “If you have a disability, or a special ability, it’s not special to you. It’s second nature, so you don’t really have to present it. It’s just in a fluid motion. So I really saw the power in that and how to make it unique.”
As created by Gaiman and artist Mike Dringenberg, the Corinthian first appeared in issue 10 of The Sandman comic. His horrific eye-teeth immediately made him an arresting figure who is not easily forgotten by The Sandman‘s legions of readers over the years. Eisner Award-winning comic writer James Tynion IV, who is currently tackling the Corinthian in the ongoing sequel comic The Sandman Universe: Nightmare Country, calls him “one of the best horror images in the history of comics.” Holbrook adds that the horror of the eye-teeth comes from “the surrealness of it all. It’s familiar, but on a primordial level, it doesn’t belong there.”
To create the eye-teeth, The Sandman‘s effects team took full photographs and scans of Holbrook’s body and basically transplanted photos of his own teeth into his eye sockets. He said he didn’t have to wear special contact lenses or anything like that, but was initially worried about losing access to his eyes as an acting tool.
“When we were first talking about doing this, I was like, ‘I don’t know if this is going to come across,'” Holbrook says. “You can watch a silent film or a foreign film and not know anything about what the actors are saying, but you can detect what’s going on in the character’s eyes and their face. That was tricky to me. But Neil and [showrunner] Allan Heinberg reassured me, like, ‘Trust us. It’s going to be a benefit, not a hindrance.’ Once I embraced that, we took off.”
But the Corinthian of the comics is also a little ratty. Always appearing in a sleeveless T-shirt, he clearly gives off more menace and power than the other attendees of the story’s serial killer convention, but still looks scuzzy.
By contrast, Holbrook’s incarnation is suave, flirtatious, and well-dressed, with a hint of his actor’s Southern drawl. Other characters on screen are drawn to him despite the danger he presents, and the same is true for viewers: The eye-teethed serial killer has been the subject of numerous internet “fancam” videos and Tumblr gifsets.
“I just started investigating what kind of character this guy is. Early on, we figured out that after living a millennia, you become quite sophisticated. You become a connoisseur of things,” Holbrook says. “There’s an elegance in that. I think that’s what was a change from the comic: How you would get lured into inviting this guy into your home and that being the great mistake that you make, rather than him being a home intruder and just bullishly busting your door down. He loves the cat and mouse of it all, and he doesn’t really discriminate between male and female.”
The Corinthian’s role is also expanded from the comic. Instead of just being the main antagonist of The Doll’s House story arc, Holbrook appears in nearly every episode of a season where most characters only pop in for a single chapter. Unlike in the source material, the Corinthian plays a major role in securing the decades-long imprisonment of his creator, Dream (Tom Sturridge).
The show even presents a relatable motivation for the Corinthian. He doesn’t just want to kill and terrify people for the sake of it. Like a demented version of a Disney protagonist, this Corinthian wants to be real. He doesn’t just want to be a figment of dark dreams; he wants to be where the people are.
“I think we all yearn for something that we don’t have,” Holbrook says. “It’s that feeling of man, that would be nice to hear the crowd cheer after dunking a basketball in a game, or knowing what it feels like to be in love. So there’s a sadness to him and definitely an outsider point of view. When I was in my teenage years, I definitely had a feeling of that outsider quality because there’s something that I was yearning to do, which was to perform and to be a performer, and not really knowing where to find it. There’s a lost quality that we are fumbling through life to find. I think I really relate to that. I’m sure a lot of people can.”
The Corinthian’s extended role meant that, in a show that mostly consists of self-contained stories, Holbrook got to work with more actors than anyone besides Sturridge. Vivienne Acheampong, who plays the dream librarian Lucienne, previously told EW that her scene with Holbrook was her favorite on the show: “I really feel for him. I’d love to do more scenes with the Corinthian because that was really thrilling to work with. He’s a very exciting presence when you’re working with him.”
It all leads to an epic confrontation with Dream in the season 1 finale, as the Corinthian finally meets his maker.
But is that really the end for the Corinthian? Not necessarily. Readers of The Sandman comic know that Dream later recreates the Corinthian as more of an antihero than a villain.
Now that the TV series has been officially renewed by Netflix, it’s very possible that viewers will see Holbrook reprise the role in the future. He’s already excited about the possibilities.
“I think the reincarnation aspect is really exciting because you’ve already set up the Corinthian as this bad guy, but then if he’s reincarnated as a good guy, you’re always constantly wondering if it’s for real or not,” Holbrook says. “I think you’ll have people on the hook. You can reel them back and forth and really play with that. I think that’s going to be even better, actually.”
Holbrook continues, “I’ve been getting some information trickling down about that. I think we’ll go back maybe in the summer to start doing some stuff, but I don’t know when they’ll call me, if it’ll be season 2 or be season 3. But I love that the Corinthian has made an impact and that people dig it.”
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In a new interview for CBR, Boyd talked about doing The Corinthian in the new Netflix series, his casting process, working with Neil Gaiman and more. Read it below:
Boyd Holbrook has called his The Sandman character, the Corinthian, “the patron saint of serial killers,” and for good reason. Based on Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman comic book series, the TV show revolves around the titular character (Tom Sturridge), who also goes by the names Morpheus and Dream. After breaking free from a century of imprisonment, Dream sets out to restore order to his majestic realm. However, he must also contend with the Corinthian, a nightmare entity he created that escaped the Dreaming in his absence.
Sporting a creamy-white wardrobe, pale hair, and a pair of shades, the Corinthian’s most bizarre physical feature involves two rows of jagged teeth that line his eye sockets. On Earth, the Corinthian indulges in slaughter and mayhem by removing the eyeballs from his victims’ heads. He’s amassed a cult-like following of murderers and even headlined a convention of serial killers, and he’s just getting started. Holbrook recently spoke with CBR about comic book properties, his spin on the Corinthian, the character’s rows of teeth, and the show’s sets.
CBR: You absolutely blew people away as Pierce in Logan. Now, you are the Corinthian in The Sandman. What’s the appeal of playing in these superhero properties?
Boyd Holbrook: That’s a really good question. There are so many different tiers of acting. If you want to boil it down, it’s responding to imaginary circumstances. It’s make-believe at the highest level. With these types of sandboxes, you have a lot more to play with in terms of the reality and the conceptual perception of the character. Now, we are dipping our toe into this really dramatic fantasy world. My Sandman character, we all know, has teeth for eyes. He was a designed nightmare in the matrix of our dreams. That tagline is a real well and depth of creativity to step into. We are working with Neil Gaiman, who is adapting this, along with David Goyer and Allan Heinberg. Those people are going to keep the integrity of the project for me. That is essentially what is appealing.
Tom Sturridge endured a long casting process for Morpheus. What was yours like?
Maybe not as in-depth as Tom’s audition, but it was a six-month process. You did bring up Logan and playing Donald Pierce. It was very similar to that process. I auditioned, and six months later, they called back. They wanted to have conversations. I know firsthand they really tried to look under every crevice for an actor to play this character. He’s vitally important to people and the creators of the show. I’m very cool, calm, and collected about all this stuff. It’s just a process, and I am happy they go through the process to get what they want.
Creator Neil Gaiman is such a visionary when it comes to storytelling and worldbuilding. What impressed you about the Sandman universe?
I think it’s something we all have in common, which is dreaming. It’s something we all share and all go through in our existence of life. It’s all so vastly different and surreal, and yet we have the same common experiences. I don’t know a world that has really explored that. Neil has taken and isolated that world solely by himself. It’s something we can relate to. It’s a really cool world that everybody gets right off the bat.
Neil Gaiman is typically hands-on when it comes to his television projects. What notes did he give you that helped capture the Corinthian’s voice and demeanor?
I wanted to ask Neil, “Is there anything you must have in this character?” He answered that with, “How you were playing it is something that I have never envisioned as the Corinthian,” which was my initial take on the character, which was you would welcome him into your home. He would stop and help you fix a flat tire on your car rather than be a boisterous, flamboyant, loose character that was unpredictable. He was a more calculating character. I was relieved to hear that. It was nice that you had placed your foot in the right direction so you could carry on.
The Corinthian distinctive feature revolves around teeth for eyes. How curious were you with how they would pull that off?
I was extremely hesitant about that. After the six-month process, I had totally [forgotten] about the project. I was working on different things, and it came back around. Then I thought, “Okay, this is a real thing now. How am I going to play this?” Not play that I don’t have eyes, but a lot of acting is done through the eyes. You can interpret what is happening in a character just by physically looking at what’s going on in their face. Their eyes have so much to do with that. I was very hesitant of that at first.
It was a hard thing for me to wrap my head around, but it was obviously such an attribute of the character. It was sort of his secret weapon. Once I started to understand that element of the character — rather than seeing it as a hindrance or a crutch, it was a powerful attribute — that was a good entryway for me.
Neil Gaiman’s worlds are always hauntingly beautiful. Which Sandman set stood out for you?
There are so many amazing sets, and I get to travel through so many different worlds in this one. I think the opening scene that the Corinthian is in when I am talking to Burgess… We were out in the UK, and there was this amazing castle/mansion/old insane asylum that we were shooting in. Harry Styles may or may not have bought it. That could have been a rumor. I have never been in a physical building like that.
The sets that were half-built/half-CGI are why the show was made now. Even Neil said, “We have had so many fantastic directors attached to this project over the last 30 years, but I am so happy we didn’t make them because they couldn’t have made them as good as this.” Now, technology and the art of filmmaking have just come to the level to be able to make this show the way it should be made. The finished project is really special.