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Q) "Arrow" just became TV Guide's "Fan Favorite Program." How do you feel about that?
A) I think that's amazing! I knew we had a great fan base and I think that part of it is smart casting from the producers because all of us who are involved (some new to the sci-fi world with a big following) are great! It's great to know it's a fan favorite! It's absolutely thrilling!
Q) How important have social networking sites been to the show?
A) Any show that starts these days has to have an online presence and you have to have social networking. People on the show have to know about social media stuff. You have to do personal things, but also for the show. We do set teasing where we take photos from the set without saying what is going on, but we put them online. Having that presence makes the fans feel like they are included in the making of the programming and a part of the actors' lives, too.
Q) How do you manage to make the big bad Malcolm into a sympathetic character?
A) That means I've done my job right! When I take on a role, I try to put a bit of my personality into everything I do. When I approach playing a bad guy (like when I first did it on "Desperate Housewives" [although, he was a bit imbalanced]), Malcolm believes he is doing something right. I thought if I approach it from the point-of-view to get the audience to understand I have lost my wife and I'm trying to do better for the city - I feel like I'm doing the right thing, but script wise I'm not going about it the right way. Stephen's [Amell] character Oliver and Malcolm are very similar, but they are just going about it in different ways in how they are approaching it. You have the hero who has a bit of trouble and then you have Malcolm who is kind of the bad guy. I still think he's the hero, but he's just not doing it in the right way. I think that's why the audience feels some empathy for him. If I went in to do a bad guy role and just thought, "Muahahaha!" it would be dull and like every other bad guy around. If you can get the audience to feel something for him then that's why they like him. The word revenge is a strong word, but we're trying to do right with the circumstances given to us. Malcolm is going to use his power to fix the city, but his way to do that is to have the undertaking to completely flatten it. Stephen picks up the people who did the wrong thing and Malcolm is going to kill everybody. The writing on this show allows for people to identify with the characters because they are human.
Q) Is there anything with Malcolm that we'll get to see explored on the way to the season finale?
A) I know that you want to hear the spoilers, but yet you don't want to hear them. All that I can say is that the season finale is going to absolutely be epic! Every "Arrow" sequence we do is like a movie, but this finale is going to be epic! Everybody is taking a lot of time to batten down the hatches to get this done and it's going to look amazing. The sequences we have already shot look incredible! It's going to be amazing!
Q) Are we going to be learning about how Malcolm became the Dark Archer?
A) I don't know about in the future. I don't want to spoil what happens in the finale, but to answer that the reason Malcolm Merlyn is "M.M." is that he is the Lex Luther (the "L.L.") of the "Arrow" world. So, you will probably see more and we'll probably learn more. I cannot confirm that. We'll have to wait and see what happens in the finale. I would love to go back and see how he became Dark Archer. If you watch in the finale there are some things revealed in some of his speeches that explain how he becomes the Dark Archer.
Q) Will we get the chance to see you at Comic-Con this year?
A) I told the producers that I would like to be a part of it if the show goes to Comic-Con. I'm considered to be a reoccurring role on "Arrow," but I am doing some other conventions around the country. I'll be gutted if I don't get to go to Comic-Con because I absolutely adore it! I know the audience would love to see the panels I do because I'm just outrageous!
Q) We know that you'll be on an upcoming episode of "Scandal." What can you tell us about your role?
A) I can't tell you anything! All I'm allowed to say is that I will be on the show. Shonda Rhimes came to me and said she was writing the role and wanted me to do it. That was just incredible!
Q) What would you like to say to everyone who is a fan and supporter of you and your work?
A) We would not be the show we are without the fans and the following. The fact that we have brand new fans that have come in to watch this show and all the fans that have come along with myself from the "Dr. Who" and "Torchwood" world, from Colton Haynes who have come from the "Teen Wolf" world and Manu Bennett who comes from the "Spartacus" world it's great to have them all come together to support this fantastically amazing show. They are making my stay in the United States as exciting and thrilling as it has been in the last twenty-odd years in the United Kingdom. I can't wait for more in North America! If it's like this, the fans have changed my life once again and I can't thank them enough!