(Farewell to merlin) Devoted fan base who made the show a unique, surreal and special experience. My words won’t do justice to the honor of being King Arthur, so I shall just say that it has been an exceptional one and that knowing the show has been a part of so many people’s lives has been humbling.
(About obsessed fans) There’s some pretty intense people out there. I get a weird selection of gifts but it’s very kind of people to send you gifts and say: well done. It’s very flattering.
(about the first time he met Colin Morgan) When I first met Colin I… I couldn’t understand what he was saying. It was purely because I wasn’t used to his accent and, and also he’s got this very… you wouldn’t think when you look at him, this very dark sense of humor you don’t know about it.
(about him and Colin Morgan) I find myself knowing, I don’t know, picking on this strange wave length we have going and not being able to step away until- after I go oh my god, we’re a pair of weirdos.
(on Colin Morgan’s NTA) Don’t know if it was obvious by the way I kept hitting him, but was and still am, beaming with pride for NTA ‘Best Actor’ Colin Morgan
(about working on Merlin) I thought it would be a lot of fun and I haven’t been disappointed, particularly the swordfights. It’s like when you were a kid, with a plastic sword, pretending to be a “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.” It’s a dream.
I just started on Twitter because someone was pretending to be me, which was really annoying. The worst thing about it was that during the [football] World Cup, they predicted that Uruguay were going to win, which was ridiculous! I was like: Right, that’s it, I’m getting on Twitter. Having people think that my football judgement was so poor was offensive and so I had to put the record straight. I’m now @bradleyjames on Twitter. We’ll see how long that lasts before the vast amount of crazy messages I receive scares me away.
(About the parts he’d choose to perform on stage) In typical actor fashion there’s a number of Shakespeare parts that people have written down in their mind. Straight away I think Mercutio, love to give that a go and Richard III at some stage but you know, I’ll have to get a few years behind me but Richard III will be a lot of fun to play. There’s numerous roles which I’ve seen people perform and been very jealous of and: ‘I wanna do that, get off the stage, give me the part’. So hopefully in years to come I’ll get the opportunity to do that.
(About having being voted ‘Hottie of the Week’ by MTV watchers) It has very little effect on my life, it was very flattering. I look like my Mum so I said: ‘Mum, there you go, the gene pool is top trumps’.
(About his mother) My mum plays her cards very close to her chest, but she hasn’t been able to do that very well with this show. Every time I get home, she’ll go: ‘Do you have the next episode for me yet?’ So I guess there are a few signs of pride there. (OK maganize, Sept 15, 2009)
(About the most challenging scene in Merlin season 2) The most important scene for Arthur in this series is a brief encounter that involves his mother, who’s dead. I have a very strong relationship with my mother, she’s been both my parents at once for years, and she’s been an inspiration. (OK maganize, Sept 15, 2009)
(About Internet popularity) A popular question for lots of actors is: ‘Do you Google yourself?’ When the show started, I had a look at some of the things that were out there, and I quickly realised that it was a bad idea, so I’ve since been avoiding the Internet like the plague. People say some very kind things, like: ‘You’re a great actor,’ for example. But these are people who have gone out of their way to write something about you, so they’re extreme views! (OK maganize, Sept 15, 2009)
As an actor, when you go for auditions, there are certain roles that come along and you think, I really want that one, and Prince Arthur was definitely one of those. I remember the last audition I did was this workshop where they had lots of Arthurs there, and me looking at each one thinking they weren’t right for the part, because they weren’t me!
(about Arthur and Merlin’s relationship) They fall out straight away when Merlin doesn’t take too kindly to the way Arthur is treating a servant. Arthur tends to use brute force and ignorance to get what he wants. His privileged upbringing has an effect on his personality. When you grow up with people deferring to you it has an impact on the way you behave. But Merlin is a catalyst for a change in his behaviour. He sees in Merlin a lot more than he judges at first and it helps him realise the kind of man he could become.
(about working with Anthony Head) I saw him and my jaw dropped and I said something like, ‘what the hell is he doing here?’ And they said, ‘oh, he’s playing your father,’ and at that point I was just like, wow. That is pretty ridiculous. And I went over to him and said, ‘if I mess up a lot a lot of the words I’m supposed to say in the first few conversations, I’m a Buffy fan. But keep that quiet. (Laughs) So yeah, I was quite pleased to see him there on the first day. And it’s been terrific working with him.
(to Angel Coulby) If our names were actually a representation of who we are, I’d be called Angel.
(about shooting stuff that will be filled in with CGI) It’s not scary at all being chased by well… well, it’s a little… amusing being chased by ping pong balls. Anyway, erm… so you kinda have to have quite an active imagination, you know? Just to throw yourself out there mentally.
My earliest memory from the theatre was going to see a pantomime in Bath and Aladdin said something like: ‘Oh, what’s in that cave?’ or something and: ‘I’m a bit scared. I don’t want to go in.’ And the audience was really quiet. And a little voice that belonged to a four year old went: ‘I’ll go in there!’ And everyone turned round to the little voice and my parents suddenly looked down to see me, jumping up and down: ‘I’ll go in there!’ And I shouted out loud at a pantomime. And I’d honestly been that sort of engrossed in the performance in the world that they’d created that I felt the need to rescue Aladdin from his peril and help him out by going in the dark cave.