Andy Serkis on his Luther villain: I don’t think I’ve come across anything quite as dark for a long time
Andy Serkis on his Luther villain: An indie movie needs an extraordinary villain, and Luthor: The Fallen Son has it. Yes, Idris Elba’s former DCI has dealt with several memorable missteps over the years, but the movie makes things better.
The killer, who Luthor has room to roam while defeated, is millionaire David Robbie (Andy Serkis), a man who taps into an age-old fear of spying on us with our technology and the power of the dark web. Robbie has quarreled with Luthor in the past and is ignored. Now they use technology as surveillance, revealing secrets that allow them to manipulate others.
“Robbie really comes off of this tension between morality and ethics,” says Luthor creator Neil Cross, who admits that all of his demons are something he personally fears. “The kind of behavior you exhibit when you know no one is watching is real morality. But we’ve relegated that private behavior to a semi-private Internet forum. Things we’re ashamed of, things I think people are ashamed to think about, but people who never express their desires or their anxieties — or should we say their interests. ?- Find communities, I’m terrified of the idea of someone watching.
The team knew they needed an actor who could go toe-to-toe as Elba’s Luthor antagonist, and sent the project to Andy Serkis for consideration. “I think I have not seen anything this dark in a long time. And I thought, ‘Really, do I really want to go to this particular place at this point in the world, in time and in my life?’ How difficult is it to understand in humanity?”
Luthor: The Fallen Son is coming to Netflix in March 2023. In addition to Luther, there are a number of great screen detectives, with roles in Knock at the Cabin, Cocaine Bear, Magic Mike’s Last Dance, The Fablemans, and more.