'Camping' star David Tennant thinks his character Walt has been "subsuming" himself
Although Walt might seem to be the most steady-headed among all the characters in HBO's 'Camping', pretty soon he might finally lose it
David Tennant has been all over the place with his work, and with creators Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner's HBO show, 'Camping', he has taken up a role which is a perfect mismatch for the palette of characters he has been playing lately.
In the HBO show, Tennant plays Walt, the submissive husband to Jennifer Garner's Kathryn, who is out on a camping trip with his family and friends to celebrate his 45th birthday. Unfortunately, being among people who are anything but even meagerly functional, Walt finds himself mostly at the receiving ends of things.
While speaking with AV/TV Club, Tennant described his character thus: "He should be very much central to everyone's joy but he is pretty much sidelined by everyone because everyone's sort of dysfunctional and that comes bubbling to the surface. And poor old Walt is desperately trying to have a nice time."
But as was evident in the first two episodes that aired on October 14 and October 21, Walt is pretty much the most marginalized character of them all.
Tennant, who has recently also starred in Shaun Pye's BBC4's comedy-drama 'There She Goes', has been lately picking up roles a far cry from the ones he has been playing for so long.
His character arcs, specifically with Walt, have taken a completely different turn since for the first time he isn't playing the type. Probably because playing an everyday American doesn't require him to channel the charisma he had otherwise maintained while playing the Time Lord in 'Doctor Who'.
For Tennant, Walt is a complete family-guy who is being beaten to the ground by his controlling wife.
In the second episode though Walt is seen supporting his wife Kathryn, who is racked by her physical ailments, with Tennant mentioning that things might be cooking inside Kathryn's head over her physical discomfiture. In the interview, he stated that much of what Kathryn has been doing is a result of her apparent habit. "Walt has been subsuming himself quite a lot. Mostly because he is trying to cope with the kind of mess that his life has turned into. I suspect as the series goes on the f-quakes might start to occur."
Walt has been the most docile among the characters but that is also his strength. In a group where no one is ready to listen to anybody else, Walt is the only silent listener around.
'Camping' returns to HBO on Sunday, October 28 at 10 pm.