“It’s an actor’s dream come true,” proclaims Louis Herthum about working on HBO’s first-year hit show “Westworld.” In our recent webchat (watch the exclusive video above), he adds, “You’re being directed by Jonathan Nolan, you’re working with one of the greatest actors to ever live in Anthony Hopkins, and you have a chance to play all these different emotions.”
In the series, Herthum plays one of the robotic hosts inhabiting the futuristic theme park “Westworld.” His name is Peter and his current assignment is serving as the father of Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood). In the pilot episode, his malfunctioning and warnings to Delores lead to a showdown with park founder Dr. Ford (Hopkins), in which Peter sits on a chair without clothes quoting William Shakespeare. Herthum says that “being in the buff was the least of my concerns. I just wanted to get it right. It was the highlight of my career so far without question. That one scene, it is the Pinnacle.” He explains that in shooting that naked scene, “The hardest part was hoping you were doing justice to the script and to what they wanted. After the first take, Mr. Hopkins gave me a big smile and a thumbs up. So that made me at ease.”
On his character’s role in the show Herthum reveals, “Peter is the first one to show major malfunction and signs of being sentient. He sets up that all’s not well in paradise. He gives the first glimpse that trouble is ahead.” And he can relate to Peter saying, “I have a daughter who will be 13 Sunday, so I can certainly relate to the love a father has for his daughter. It wasn’t hard to get to those emotional places.”
Looking to Season 2, Herthum reflects that “I wasn’t sure I’d come back after the pilot. So every time I came back I was just so grateful. In the eighth episode when he’s downloaded with all the data from the park I felt that was their way of saying I’ll be back next season. If I had my way, I’d love for Peter to get out of this park with all the data. I’m dying to see what the outside world looks like. There also was a scene that we shot that was not included in the first season that I would not be surprised if it popped up somewhere.”
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