a coma might feel better than this,
attempting to discover where to begin
you’re weighed down, you’re full of something
of sickness, and desertion [x]
Do you have an idea of what Moriarty’s motivation is? [x]
“I have a not-quite-formed idea. I don’t really go too much in for back-story but the thing that is important to me is I don’t feel I’m playing a villain. You have to look into yourself - what sort of way I would be as a ‘villain’ rather than try to copy someone else’s version of a villain.
“It’s very easy when you’re playing these sort of iconic characters to - even subconsciously - copy another actor. So the only way you can ever really be original is to think, ‘What would I do?’
“But to answer your question, in this series, I think it’s important [that we] see lots of different shades within him. The challenge in the last series was to fit that storyline and now in this one, it’s to maintain things and keep him surprising. Like all terrifying people, there has to be a reason [for his actions].”