FOX UK shared new Da Vinci's Demons season 3 photos on Twitter and Facebook. Not large I am afraid. Two new interviews with Tom appeared online, one a fun interview for Virgin, and the other for TV Wise concentrating on season 3, more details about how far back they knew the show was going to end, and being able to plan for it. Read both in full on their websites. Da Vinci's Demons season 3 premieres on Starz tomorrow.
What’s your favourite TV dinner?
Tom Riley: “Since being in America for eight months, I’ve really got into Mexican food. Burritos and tacos… slightly messy but you don’t need a knife and fork, just your hands. When you’ve got cutlery, it’s difficult to concentrate on the TV. With a burrito, as long as you know where your hands and mouth are, you can stare straight at the screen.”
That’s why sandwiches are pretty brilliant, too. Got a favourite?
“I like a Reuben. It’s kind of an American-Jewish sandwich I discovered while I was out there. It’s toasted pastrami, Thousand Island dressing and cheese. So good.”
Now for the all-important question: ketchup – cupboard or fridge?
“I keep it in the fridge but I don’t know why. I don’t know if I’m supposed to. Now I think about it, it doesn’t make much sense. Ketchup rarely goes on something cold. I might have to change the habit of a lifetime.”
In the spirit of Halloween, what did you dress up as last year?
“I don’t think I did, actually. I was filming so I was in my costume for the show. In which case, I dressed up as a Leonardo da Vinci but in a very open shirt and wig.”
Which film have you seen most often?
“Back To The Future. Either that or It’s A Wonderful Life. Weirdly, they’re both films about potentially changing your past, which has only just occurred to me now.”
It was official Back To The Future day – the date Marty McFly visits in Back To The Future Part II – on October 21 this year. How did you celebrate?
“The original plan was to go into the future, but I just put on some self-tying Nikes and hoverboarded round my kitchen instead.”
What are you watching at the moment?
“I’m halfway through Daredevil, which is good. I haven’t watched much TV in the last year. There’s so much, you just don’t know where to start. I shouldn’t really say that as someone in a TV show. The last thing I really raced through was Breaking Bad, but everyone says that.”
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
“I can’t think of anything right now but I once read a great piece of advice that Jack Lemmon gave Kevin Spacey. He said something like: ‘If you get to the top floor of a building, be sure to send the elevator back down.’ If I ever get to the top floor, that’s the first thing I’ll do. Currently, I’m on the stairs, wondering why I’m locked out.”
Have you ever cried during a film?
“Dancer In The Dark made me weep like a baby. Brutal. I like a bit of Björk. And have you seen the Batkid Begins movie? Just the trailer is enough to make you cry. Google it.”
What was the last thing you Googled?
“How to put a chain collar on your dog. It had rings on both ends and I couldn’t figure it out. Tell me if this makes sense to you. [Riley Googles and reads aloud the full instructions. It doesn’t.] We’re in very strong training mode at the moment because I want a dog that isn’t annoying.”
What’s the last thing you watched?
“I watched Focus on the plane, with Will Smith and Margot Robbie having electric chemistry, let me tell you. Very strong stuff. It’s a film that knows exactly what it is, and it’s exactly what you need on a plane.”
And finally, what would be your specialist subject in a pub quiz?
“Music. I could answer a lot of questions about Blur. Or Bowie. Or Björk. Anything with a B, apparently. Maybe not the Bee Gees. Actually, I stumbled across a Bee Gees tribute band last week in Finland and it was one of the best hours of my life. There was just a bunch of over-60s dancing in the centre of Helsinki, in a place the locals call Grandma Alley. Dancing with old people in Finland to a Bee Gees tribute band was truly amazing.”
The TV Wise interview
TVWise: A couple of months ago, Starz CEO Chris Albrecht revealed that this would be the final season. Did you know when you were filming that the show would end with season three?
Tom Riley: We had a vague idea, yeah. We kind of knew we were aiming towards an endgame with this season, because that’s always a sensible thing to do anyway in a third season. Then after we did know for sure, we came back and did some re-shoots to make sure that it was ending properly and in a way the audience deserved rather than leaving people hanging. So by the time we wrapped properly we knew it was pretty much done.
TVWise: Do you think there was room to produce a fourth season?
Tom Riley: There was always the chance that we could end up doing another season should a great idea come around. If there was something that made it feel like the story was worth continuing, we would have done it. But that never really reared its head, so we decided to end on a high rather than [to go on] flogging a dead horse