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For those lucky enough to subscribe to Channel Guide Magazine, this gorgeous photo of Tom as Leonardo da Vinci graces the cover of the new issue.

The cover hints that the magazine contains an interview with Tom and a behind the scenes look at Da Vinci's Demons, but unless you are a subscriber to the magazine, there is no way of knowing for sure. New subscribers have a 6-8 weeks wait for their first issue to be delivered.

Sadly I can find no digital version to buy. 

FOX TV Serbia appear to be planning a live blog from the premiere of Da Vinci's Demons in Florence this coming Tuesday. May be worth keeping an eye on that link for updates. 

The Channel Guide Magazine blog shared this gorgeous photo of Tom as Leonardo da Vinci to accompany a great interview with him and David S. Goyer promoting Da Vinci's Demons. Read the full interviews on the blog. 

Playing da Vinci was no easy task for England’s Tom Riley, who likens da Vinci to his dream role of Hamlet.

“He’s an incredibly fast-minded, quick thinker, and he was embroiled in all this conspiracy among his family. It feels like I got the chance to do a version of Hamlet in a very entertaining, sort of fun action/adventure show,” Riley tells us. “It’s funny, because it’s swashbuckling but there’s also a lot of intellectual knowledge as well.” While da Vinci’s genius was certainly a gift, it was also a flaw, as his impatience for stupidity, intolerance of boredom and arrogant demeanor often resulted in problems.

“For him, he sat on the top floor of the house and he never needed to climb the stairs and everyone else looks up at the stairs and says, ‘How do these work?’ And he’s going, ‘It’s easy, you idiots!’” Riley explains. “That makes being friends with him really hard, because he’s a combination of being charming and charismatic but at the same time once they are in his inner circle they have to keep up and, if not, they bore him and he doesn’t care about telling you. He hurts people as much as he charms them.”

He does charm his way into the arms of Florence’s famed beauty Lucrezia Donati (Laura Haddock), who is the well-known mistress of Lorenzo Medici (Elliot Cowan), ruler of Florence. Her motives are far from being clear.

“Biographies of his time spoke about how insanely charismatic he was, how he was wanted at all the courts, how he was borderline ADD,” Riley says. “He could bend steel bars with his bare hands. This guy was thought of as a legend and I never learned any of that in school. Being able to bring that whole side of it to a new audience is great.”

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