'Camping' star David Tennant is all praises for 'Good Omens' director
Tennant has already worked with Douglas Mackinnon before, and this time he is all set to work with his favorite director once again.
David Tennant seems to be having quite the time of his life, considering he is working with all the directors that he has ever wished to. Tennant stars as the submissive 45-year-old, Walt whose obsessively controlling wife, Kathryn (played by Jennifer Garner), has arranged for a weekend camping trip to celebrate his birthday, in Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner's new show, 'Camping' which premiered on October 14 on HBO.
Tennant, being an admirer of the duo's most iconic show, the millennial defining 'Girls,' had jumped into the opportunity of working with them when he was offered the role for 'Camping.' Soon he will star as the demon, Crowley in the upcoming BBC 2 adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's novel, 'Good Omens.' The show, which holds the same title as the book, follows the angel, Aziraphale (played by Michael Sheen) and Crowley who are reuniting once again- as they have been doing for thousands of years- to prevent the impending apocalypse, and the end of everything with it.
Besides playing one such character- who seems to be in perfect alignment with Tennant's tendency for off-beat, unique characters- the former 'Doctor Who' actor is thrilled to be working with director Douglas Mackinnon once again. Speaking with Den of Geek during this year's New York Comic Con, Tennant, along with other cast members, praised Douglas for taking 'Good Omens' just as seriously as its creator Neil Gaiman would. The 'There She Goes' actor said, "I think what's brilliant about Douglas is that he has an absolute grasp of all the disparate elements of what Good Omens is, and there are a lot of them."
As Tennant had also mentioned while speaking about his experience working with Lena Dunham on 'Camping,' every director holds the responsibility of making the actor feel familiar with the character. "There's lots going on that we [actors] never really get to truly understand or know. There're whole plot lines that I can't wait to see what they're about, some characters that we're never in a scene with." However, in spite of not knowing the script inside out, Tennant has no problem in working with Douglas, as the two have already worked together on episodes of 'Doctor Who.'
Tennant explained, "You've always felt like Douglas—he's been working on this project certainly a lot longer than I have—had a real sense of what everything was and how it all had to be pulled together. And I felt, probably because I knew him before, probably because of the sense that he brought to set every day, I could trust that. I didn't have to worry about. I just had to look after my little corner of it because he was in charge." Similarly, Sheen who stars as Tennant's counterpart, the good angel Aziraphale, mentioned that it is Douglas' vision that has helped bring in shape the crazy, mythical world of the angel and the demon.
The 'Frost v/s Nixon' actor said, "Douglas's personality, maybe just on this, mirrors the challenge of the book which is the enjoyment of the craziness of the world, of the universe. This kind of huge, silly, absurd stuff going on, but at the heart of it is something very, very real about relationships and something that matters."
Sheen further elaborated on the fact that Douglas had made the narrative far easier for the actors to work on. "You have to be taken along by the narrative engine of why it matters, what's going on, in order to enjoy the crazier elements of it. And I think Douglas has that. When you meet him, you think he is making jokes all of the time and being kind of silly, but actually, underneath, he has a very serious commitment to what it's really about. I think that's why he was the perfect director [for 'Good Omens']."
'Good Omens,' starring Michael Sheen and David Tennant is set to premiere on Amazon in 2019. Meanwhile, you can watch the trailer below: