Arrow Bait: Show Producers & Stephen Amell Talk John Barrowman Arrow Bait: Show Producers & Stephen Amell Talk John Barrowman
Arrow's producers and lead actor talk John Barrowman Arrow Bait: Show Producers & Stephen Amell Talk John Barrowman

The series premiere of Arrow is less than a half hour away in certain parts of the world, and although he isn’t in tonight’s premiere episode, a lot of people took notice of the series when it was announced that Torchwood’s John Barrowman would be guest starring on the series soon as a mysterious character that is known so far only as “The Well-Dressed Man.”

So, potentially as bait to ensure that the loyal Barrowman fan base watches the pilot tonight (8PM on The CW and Canada’s CTV) here’s what show producers Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg as well as Arrow lead actor Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen) had to say about the former Captain Jack Harkness coming onto the show.

“Whenever I see dailies with him, literally the word that always comes to my mind is ‘magnetic.’ He is incredibly magnetic,” Guggenheim says, pointing out that unlike Kreisberg, who was very aware of Barrowman’s past work, he had not seen what may be Barrowman’s most famous role. “Not having seen him in Torchwood, I am like ‘this guy is unbelievable!’ I had come to his performance on my own terms. He lights up the screen, and he really energizes the actors that he has scenes with.”

“He is a force of nature,” Stephen Amell says. “Our first scene together, when I was reading the script, I actually audibly gasped. I went ‘WHOA, that’s great! That’s really exciting!’ It’s a jaw dopper,” he reveals.

Andrew Kreisberg was already well aware of what Barrowman was capable of.  “I am a lifelong Doctor Who fan,” Kreisberg admits. “I mean lifelong…. Peter Davison and Colin Baker. Lifelong fan. So when John Barrowman’s name came up for this part, they said ‘you should call him, Andrew.’ So I did, which was amazing. I basically laid out the plan that we had for his character, and who he is, and how he relates to everybody, what’s going on. At the time, we didn’t have a lot of it written. And I said, ‘so I guess I’m asking you to take a leap of faith’,” Kreisberg recalls.

“He said, ‘you know, it’s funny. Seven years ago, Russell T. Davies told me to take a leap of faith with him, and I hear your passion and creativity the way I heard his, so let’s do it.’ That was the best phone call I’ve ever gotten,” Kreisberg says. “It’s so exciting. What’s most exciting is he’s not playing Jack. This is a completely different character. He’s just such a tremendously talented actor, and [the casting is] one of the things we’re most proud of with this show.” Kreisberg relates how people took notice of Batman Begins once actors like Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and Liam Neeson were cast, and hopes that the population of Arrow with very known talent in addition to its rising stars will help make people take note that Arrow “isn’t just a standard super hero show.”

And now… it’s time to see for yourself if Arrow is “a standard super hero show” or willing to go the distance. Watch the show tonight, come talk about it on our Arrow forum, and then of course spread the word about our Arrow site GreenArrowTV! Our thanks to Team Arrow for talking with us the other morning! Look for John Barrowman to show up on Arrow sooner rather than later.


Craig Byrne, Editor-In-Chief

KSiteTV Editor-In-Chief Craig Byrne has been writing about TV on the internet since 1995. He is also the author of several published books, including Smallville: The Visual Guide and the show's Official Companions for Seasons 4-7.