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Robbie Amell Talks Heroes, Villains, X-Files, And Orphan Black At Toronto ComiCon

Over the last decade, Toronto native Robbie Amell has built an impressive body-of-work with recurring roles on no less than 12 TV series and the occasional movie (The DUFF, Max) for good measure. While he has dabbled in a variety of genres, science fiction and action have become his specialty in recent years due to a trio of popular series: The Tomorrow People, The Flash, and The X-Files. On Saturday, he paid a visit to Toronto ComiCon, fielding fan questions about his eclectic career—and his heartfelt appreciation for all things Orphan Black.

Learning to love Canadian TV

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Growing up, Amell had an aversion to Canadian TV, but his respect has grown over the years, thanks in part to everyone’s favourite clone series. “I used to really dislike Canadian TV and, I’ll be honest with you, it was because it looked like garbage,” he said bluntly. “It was horribly lit. Why lie about this? It’s not that way anymore. Canadian TV has taken a lot of leaps. Orphan Black is super-impressive. It looks great. It’s a great show. She [Tatiana Maslany] was nominated for an Emmy!”

Heroes and villains

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Asked whether he preferred playing The Flash’s Deathstorm or Firestorm, Amell seized the opportunity to riff on the differences between heroes and villains—from an acting perspective. “Deathstorm was more fun in a short period of time, but you’re also kind of overacting a little bit when you’re playing a villain in that world,” he explained. “I wouldn’t have liked to have done that as a series regular. If you’re gonna give me the choice between a villain or a superhero, I’m gonna take the superhero.”

Dream project

Asked what superhero he’d most like to play, Amell revealed that he’s had a lifelong soft spot for the Caped Crusader. “I would like nothing more than to play Batman at one point in my life,” he said enthusiastically. “It doesn’t have to just be Batman. It could be Batman Beyond. It could be Nightwing. And I know Nightwing isn’t Batman, but he’s close enough for me, and it would be opposite Batman, which would be supercool. I grew up on Batman… and worked tirelessly on my Batman costumes when I was a kid.”

Making The X-Files

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After an incredibly brief audition, Amell was surprised to learn that he landed the role of Agent Miller on the recent season of The X-Files. He was also surprised to find himself immediately thrust into a scene with iconic stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. “My first scene was in the X-Files office opposite the two of them and it just felt like being a part of TV history,” he explained. “They had actually written a seventh episode that we were gonna shoot, but date conflicts didn’t allow for it, so instead the show ends on the biggest cliffhanger I’ve ever seen.”

The future of The X-Files

Amell admits that his original negotiations for The X-Files included the possibility of an Agent Miller spin-off, but that idea hasn’t gone any further—and he’s happy to keep it that way. “To be honest with you, I don’t think I would do it,” he said, citing Anderson and Duchovny as essential ingredients in any incarnation of The X-Files. He’s happy to return for more episodes, but only if Mulder and Scully join him. “They’re trying to work it out. It’s just, she has a family, he has a family. They both work a ton. They’re trying to schedule some more episodes—hopefully another six or a movie or whatever they want to do—but if they’re involved, I’m in.”

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