Simon Merrells – Knightfall
By: Jamie Steinberg
Q) What are the recent projects that you are working on?
A) I am currently working on a role in “Good Omens,” a Neil Gaiman scripted series, as well as a 12 Monkeys project for CW to air soon.
Q) Please tell us the premise for “Knightfall” and about your character Tancrede.
A) “Knightfall” follows the most mystical military elite of their time, of temptation in a time of absolute faith and in Tancrede a man and Knight with hidden depths, willing to risk all for the brotherhood.
Q) What made you want to be a part of the series?
A) From the audition on – the subject matter was so attractive that I knew I wanted to be involved from the beginning.
Q) Was there anything you added to your role that wasn’t originally scripted for you?
A) The whole scenario was so exciting…and as we met as people obviously we added parts of ourselves into the characters…aspects we couldn’t preconceive.
Q) What kind of research did you do on the Knights Templar to prep for the role?
A) We all read copious amounts of history. Revelatory history as research, but more importantly trained together, rode together and spent time amongst ourselves talking and wondering.
Q) If so, what were you surprised to learn about them?
A) I became aware of their code, their adherence to being both monks and warriors that was pretty unique; of smiling peacefully then attacking like lions according to accounts. Then playing that in our show, our drama.
Q) Were you familiar with any of your costars before joining the cast?
A) I had never met or worked with any of my colleagues before, but especially with the Templars going into bootcamp together we quickly formed a bond, which was entirely natural and essential for our roles.
Q) What are some memorable moments you can tease fans to look forward to?
A) As can be imagined, we ended up fighting in enormous battles together and these led to some unscripted moments that are captured on tape, that will make the audience gasp, as well as twists for our protagonists that no one will expect.
Q) You are a part of social media. Are you looking forward to the instant fan feedback you will receive to episodes?
A) As far as social media goes it is wonderful to have the instant contact with the audience, to hear their reaction and excitement, to share with fans of past shows a new project and feel their enthusiasm.
Q) What do you think it is about the series that will make it a fast fan favorite series?
A) I feel this project has everything fans of the genre will want – a superb world realized a revelation every episode, strong female and male characters, wonderful performances, mystery, lust, love, passion and the inspiration for everything from the Arthurian legends to the Jedi knights.