HBO’s Westworld captured my heart from day one. It’s a show that you’ll quickly find yourself addicted to, and within minutes you’ve gone from a casual watcher to someone drowning in countless theories. It’s unavoidable.
So when the showrunners announced that Ben Barnes (who happens to be one of my favourite actors), better known as Logan, would be on Facebook Live, I had to tune in. And in case you missed it, here’s what you need to know.
Don’t Judge An Actor On Their Character
First off, if Westworld is your first encounter with Ben Barnes, what you should know is that he’s actually British and as he’s quick to point out, very different from Logan. Logan, as we know, is definitely under the chaotic evil category. He’s really just out for himself, and his main goal in Westworld is to just have a fun time and kill or have sex with anything he can get his hands on.
But Barnes makes an excellent point when he says that Logan is one of the only honest characters in the show. He doesn’t hide his true nature or what he wants. Even if what he wants is considered to be evil, he’s honest about it. And that say-it-how-it-is attitude is one that Barnes himself has tried to adapt.
The Truth Behind Logan’s Walk
If this story doesn’t make you laugh, I don’t know what will.
So Barnes had to fly out of England the same day that he got the job. Busy, busy! And while running down the stairs to get to the taxi, he BROKE HIS FOOT. He kept it a secret, being terrified that he would lose the job if anyone knew. And as he was obviously going to be limping, he tried to pass it off as a character thing! So that little cowboy saunter that he has in his walk?
IT’S BECAUSE HE HAD A BROKEN FOOT.
The really funny thing is I remember thinking in Episode 2, “Oh, wow, look at that subtle walk, I love that, that’s brilliant!” Well, Ben, you had me fooled.
“Everyone Is The Protagonist Of Their Own Story.”
One of the most beautiful things about this show is its characters. Similar to Game of Thrones, it’s quite hard to say definitively who is good and who is evil. It completely depends on your perspective. And as Barnes points out, Westworld is very much like a video game. Logan, to himself, is the hero of this story because he plays the game the way he wants to play it. By successfully doing so, he considers himself the hero (even if we don’t). But to someone like William, Logan almost acts as his personal antagonist. I don’t think we can say that any character is definitely a hero, I think everyone has their own dark side (some more than others), and it’s that idea that makes the show feel so real. None of us are perfect either. We’ve all been someone’s hero as we’ve all been someone’s villain. It’s one of the things that makes this show so fantastic.
Of course, as Barnes points out, it’s safe to say that Ed Harris’ Man In Black is pretty much everyone’s antagonist.
“I Thought I Was For It.”
Talking about Episode 9 and the brilliant character switch between Logan and Will, Barnes reveals that he was actually quite relieved, as he was pretty sure he was going to be killed off! And I have to say, I had the same fear! “Nobody is allowed to behave this badly and get away with it,” Barnes says. And as he points out, we’ve discovered that humans can actually die here in Westworld, so anything can happen. Luckily though, instead of losing him we got to see him switch places with Will instead. And it was honestly one of the most incredible scenes of the season.
He Takes Those Westworld Character Quizzes Too
I don’t know about you, but the first thing I do after I find a show that I love is rush to the internet and find a “Which Character Am I?” quiz. And while Barnes keeps trying to get himself, he always gets Maeve (as do I)! And as for what kind of character he’d be, he would be an outlaw, and apparently he’s the only one of the cast that got that answer! So if you were taking a character quiz before this, don’t be ashamed. They do it too.
They Also Theorize Just Like Us
The cast would often get their scripts only days before filming, so as we are on the edge of our seats wondering what will happen next, they were doing the same! And like us, sometimes they were spot on and other times they weren’t even close. But as Barnes says, sometimes theorizing can actually take away from the show. It’s really nice to not know what’s going to happen. But when you put all your time into pouring over theories and trying to work out the mystery, while it’s fun, it takes away the surprise when it actually happens. It becomes about being right rather than just enjoying the show, and this is something I more than once have gotten caught up in. So I try to casually theorize. But, with this show, it’s easy to get carried away.
And those were some of the highlights! He also talks about what other worlds he’d like to visit and the infamous orgy scene along with other things, so be sure to check it out for yourself down below! It’ll definitely make you smile.
And be sure to tune in on Sunday night/Monday morning for what will undoubtedly be a long fangirling rant/recap over the explosive finale of Season 1 of Westworld. I don’t want it to be over!!
As always, thanks for reading!
Sincerely, Fiction’s Mistress