Well, apparently not in this episode, since Wolverine is only in it for about a minute. But so it was said in this week’s instalment of The Marvel After Show. More about that later. Despite the lack of Armitage, this episode of Wolverine: The Long Night is a bit more interesting. There’s a bit of a twist that I wasn’t expecting in terms of who might be behind some of the violence. Information about several of the key players is revealed. That being said, I could still very easily stop listening without caring about not knowing how it turned out. But I’ll stick with it for the last two episodes.
Back to the After Show… this week’s episode is not all that exciting but does have a few tidbits if you are interested in technique. The hosts interview David Call, who plays not only Hudson Langrock, but also Steven Washburn, the man who missed being on the fishing boat when the others were killed at the beginning of the series. He has a talent for voices, demonstrating the two different characters, as well as doing a fair Wolverine impression by dropping his voice down into his chest. To differentiate, he comes up with an image of a character in his head and then modifies his voice to go with it. He explains how for Hudson, he wanted the voice to be “soft and light” and so he pitched it up high in his throat with no use of his chest at all.
As for Richard Armitage, Call says, “I was so impressed with him, and I could tell by the end of the recording sessions that it was hard for him to maintain that. ‘Cause he was really.. you know he really had to drop it down and do whole scenes with it [there]. He was just… he was struggling. It took a lot out of him… and he has to do so much more like screaming and yelling and like all because of the fighting and growling. He put some work in on that. And I was really impressed.”
So, it seems that the other actors have seen and heard a lot more of Armitage as Logan/Wolverine than the audience has. Sounds like it was a lot of fun for them, but isn’t it supposed to be about the audience? I’m hoping that there is a lot more action and a lot more of the title character in the last two episodes. David Call does not give much away, but he does say that in Episode 9, “Stuff gets crazy!” In that episode, he admits that he himself “fully blew [his] voice out”, so it seems that there is some action with fighting and yelling to come.
Okay, now for me it’s back to working on our taxes… April 30 is the due date in Canada and of course I’ve left it to the last minute, as per usual. Wish me luck!