Entertainment Weekly has exclusively learned that actor Billy Zane has joined the cast of Legends of Tomorrow. Zane will portray historical figure P.T. Barnum, an American politician, businessman and showman known for founding the Barnum and Bailey Circus.
Executive producer Phil Klemperer has offered up a detailed description of the role...
"Obviously, we couldn’t resist putting Victor Garber and Billy Zane back on screen for the first time since the TITANIC."
"But I’ve wanted to bring Billy onto LEGENDS every since I saw him in a friend’s comedy pilot. I’m not sure that people know how funny Billy is, although we cast him as P.T. Barnum because we knew that he would be able to find the soul beneath the larger-than-life showman. Truth is, Barnum never said ‘there’s a sucker born every minute.’ He was less a conman, more the father of modern advertising. A guy who made things ‘go viral’ before that was a thing. Sure, in one sense, he’s the villain of our story, but in another, he’s just a guy who wants to put on a good show. Anyone who works in TV can relate to that, right?! Anyway, Billy seemed like the perfect guy to get that duality."
"The thing about history books is that they turn famous people into 2-D characters. This season on LEGENDS, we want to meet other famous figures from history, people like Barnum, people we think we know, so that we can find the aspects of them, the parts of their story, that the history books left out — we want to bring history to life by infusing it with heart, humor, and total absurdity (often at the same time)."
Billy Zane has dabbled in the world of superheroes before, having played the titular role in the 1996 film The Phantom. He's also appeared on Twin Peaks, Zoolander and starred alongside Legends Of Tomorrow alum Victor Garber in the 1997 James Cameron film Titanic.
Legends Of Tomorrow returns for Season 3 on Tuesday, October 10th.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
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