In last week’s episode of FlashForward the audience got to know a lot more about Simon, played by Dominic Monaghan, the show’s most mysterious character, who along with Lloyd (Jack Davenport) seems to be responsible for the phenomenon that made every person on earth black out and see their future.
I spoke with Dominic a couple of weeks ago about the upcoming season, and his take on Simon.
Is Simon a good guy or a bad guy?
Well, that’s all a point of view. Who are the good guys and bad guys, in any aspect? You can argue that the Joker is the bad guy from the Batman mythology, but not from the Joker’s point-of-view. The Joker would think that Batman is just fu-king up his life and trying to do what he wants to do. That’s all a point-of-view. When I came into the project, it was key for me that I wanted to play someone who had bad elements to his personality.
The more interesting characters for me are always a little more than two-dimensional. If you’re just playing bad notes all the time, the audience is going to get bored of you. So, even though Simon’s motivation seems to be one of being a bad guy, I’m always trying to play against type. If I’m playing a good guy, I try to make him a little bad. If I’m playing a bad guy, I try to make him a little good. That’s my challenge.
Do you know anything about the possible multiple flash-forwards?
No, but there’s the chance that if this has happened before it could happen again. If they’ve not caught these people yet than I’m sure, leading up to April 29th, there’s the chance that they would do it again. I think Simon is a little less invested in that, and a little bit more invested in sorting out his family life and protecting the people that he loves, and moving forward with that.
Is there anything you’d like to see happen with Simon? Do you get much input into the character?
I just want him to remain authentic and dark. I like his one-track mind. I like the fact that he’s not interested in what other people’s agendas are. He’s just trying to take care of himself. I’d like to see a lot more of his physicality come through ‘cause he’s fast, he’s strong, he’s spry, he’s clever and he can fight smart. Really, I’m just having fun.
Is he going to get any more ladies?
I think he gets a lady before the season ends. Someone comes into his life that’s kind of dangerous, but also attractive, at the same time. That’s a double-whammy for Simon.
Is that fun to play, rather than how Charlie was on Lost?
Yeah. Obviously, that’s fun because he’s more of a man. Charlie was more reactionary to everything that was going on, as opposed to being pro-active. I think Simon is just a little bit more in control of his environment. I was playing Charlie when I was 27 and I’m now 33, so I, as a person have changed and I, as a person, am different. I want to continue to show an audience the different things that I can do.
You’ve already returned to Lost and talk is that you’ll return again before it’s over. Do you know what’s happening or not?
Yeah, I know some stuff because I sat down with Damon [Lindelof] at the start of the year, and he talked me through the last season and told me what was going to happen, so I know a few things.
Have you been watching the show?
I don’t watch TV. I watch DVDs. I’m just working a lot, and when I’m not working, I’m out or I’m at dinner or I’m surfing. I’m so immersed in TV. I do it for a living. It’s in my life and I have to do press junkets, so going home at night and sticking the TV on is not really what I’m into. I feel like that’s a little bit of overkill, so I don’t watch that much TV.
The only thing I watch is football, or soccer. I’m a big Manchester United fan. I watch that, ad nauseam. I watch season reviews from the early ‘90s and go all the way up to 2009, over and over again. It puts me in a great mood and inspires me.
Was it nice to have that closure by being able to return to Lost? Would you have been disappointed if you hadn’t been able to do that?
It’s difficult for me, as a person, to move forward, if I’m looking backwards. I think my motivation has to be in the thing that is ahead of me. To a certain extent, that was a life that I used to live and I don’t live that anymore. My head has to be here a little bit more than in Hawaii.
Isn’t it fun to go back and see your friends?
Not really. I love those guys, but you’ve got to appreciate the fact that it’s work. I’m working on FlashForward. The last time I went back to the show, I was working Monday and Tuesday on FlashForward, flew out Tuesday night, worked Wednesday, Thursday and Friday on Lost, came back on Saturday morning, did a press junket Saturday, had something to do on Sunday, and then worked on FlashForward again on Monday.
It’s just work.