Stephen Amell knows a thing or two about superheroes, especially when it comes to what it takes to bring them to life on screen, and now he’s sharing that knowledge with others. The Arrow star will appear on the season finale of The Movie Network’s original series REELSIDE on Thursday, July 9 at 9 p.m.
The half-hour documentary series will have a superhero-themed episode that focuses on director Matthew Lochner’s journey to create his own superhero concept. Amell is amongst the experts he enlists for help along with David Hayter (screenplay writer on X-men) and Lloyd Kaufman. The three will be interviewed by Lochner as he tries to understand why superheroes are compelling and what drives their careers.
Amell came to the project because of the history he has with the REELSIDE creators. “I worked with Chris [Szarka], Matt [Lochner] and Raj [Pannikar] way back on Rent-a-Goalie like 10 years ago and we stayed in touch because they are good guys,” he tells The TV Junkies. Once they approached him, the topic of the documentary held a lot of interest with the CW star. “They told me what it was going to be, just showcasing Canadian talent and they wanted to do a superhero-themed episode. They said, ‘Look man, we’ll come out to Vancouver,’ because I was shooting Season 2 of Arrow and I said ‘Of course guys!’” he explains. “We just sat and chatted for the better part of 2 hours and it was great,” Amell recalls.
Amell has brought comic book hero Oliver Queen to life on the small screen for going on four seasons now, giving him an idea about what works and what doesn’t when it comes to superheroes. What advice then did he offer up to Lochner? “Well I’m biased towards what we try to do on Arrow, which is to provide a world with which people can relate to and try to put it all to experiences that can be replicated to real life,” he says. Amell went on to explain that “the secret sauce” for Arrow lies in “maintaining a vulnerability about Oliver that creates real stakes, not just for him but for all the characters.”
Amell seems to have greatly enjoyed his REELSIDE experience, saying “it was cathartic to get this stuff out and sit in a long form interview.”
Here’s another look at what to expect from this episode of REELSIDE:
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REELSIDE airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on The Movie Network.
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