Being Human's Sam Witwer On Vampires, Celine And Comparing Aidan To Dexter
Author: Kelly West
published: 2011-02-11 14:23:23
Sam Witwer of Syfyís Being Human spoke to the press today about his character and some interesting things to come for the series as it continues through its first season.
Before we get to that, Iíve seen Monday nightís episode and while Iíll refrain from spoiling anything for you, I will say that itís really good. Maybe even the best of the season so far. Itís pretty evenly divided between Sally, Aidan and Josh and there are some big character reveals. Thereís also some really great music in it, which is becoming sort of a recurring theme for this show.
Witwer had some interesting things to say about his character Aidan. He admitted to only having seen the first episode of the British series, so as far as comparisons go between his BBC vampire counterpart Mitchell and Aidan, he wasnít able to say. He also admitted to not being all that familiar with current vampire lore in television and books (including Twilight).
Witwer did hint about flashbacks and other scenes that show us a less restrained vampire than the Aidan weíre coming to know now. ďAidan was out of his mind. Sociopathic. Psychopathic. He was beyond what you would consider sane. We get to see moments of that break through where our nice Aidan does something thatís just, you just donít see coming and itís really hard to watch.Ē
I asked him about the ďCelineĒ tattoo on Aidanís chest and Witwer was naturally tight-lipped about that reveal:
The tattoo of Celine Ė thatís extremely significant and ties in, in many ways, to elements that weíre already aware of and characters that weíre already aware of, but we do not know that just yet. What can I say without spoiling it? Extremely significant. For a vampire to tattoo a personís name on his chest, you gotta take that person very seriously.
So, he was vague there and we have no idea when weíll know who Celine was/is, but sheís relevant enough that we will find out at some point.
Witwer had some interesting things to say about Aidanís take on death and his history with it, which affects how he reacts in certain situations. This includes something youíll see in this Mondayís episode (no major spoilers ahead):
We actually worked out one time, and I donít have the number handy, but we actually sat down and worked out how many people Aidan has killed face to face. Not pressed a button and had them go away or shot from a distance, I mean face to face killed. And we were shocked at the number. There are some moments when it became necessary for us to know how deep in this guy got. He would like to respect human life and he would like to have the same aversion and horror to killing as everyone else, but he just doesnít. Heís done it way too much. So, he does not conceive of it the same way that you and I do. And, it doesnít take a lot for him to come to the conclusion that, ďOh, this person needs to die? Fine.Ē And also, letís not forget, he serves to benefit. If ever thereís a righteous way to take someone out, he then gets to drink live blood, which also, he realizes is a bad idea. So, itís a really messed up thing right there. It does come from a good place, but itís filtered through so much twisted pathos, that itís not good.
If youíre familiar with Showtimeís Dexter, you know that the series follows a serial killer who follows a code to only kill really bad people. Dexterís thirst for blood but desire hold on to whatever shreds of humanity he has in him does sort of fall in line with Aidanís situation (especially given the hints about his really dark past). Witwer agreed that there are similarities between Dexter and Aidan:
There are a lot of similarities, actually, between those two characters. I think we see, in Episode 3, when heís talking to Garrety, thatís about as open and friendly as we ever see Aidan and itís done as a lie. Itís done to get information. We never necessarily see Aidan smile at people as much as he smiles at Garrety. Thatís all done as a tactic. Aidan, like Dexter, was a sociopath for many, many years. Heís not a person who has a very healthy mindset.
(Related fact: Witwer played a small role in Dexterís first season. He was Neil Perry, the man who tried to take the rap for the Ice Truck Killer)
We hope to have the full transcript of the call up for you sometime early next week. In the meantime, donít miss Monday nightís episode of Being Human (9 p.m. ET on Syfy). Itís a good one! Hereís the preview for it:
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