says CW's ‘Arrow' is a hit with fans because ‘they can tell that we care'
, who stars as Oliver Queen on the CW show "Arrow," is very active on social media, communicating with fans of the show frequently.
Leading Arrows flight to success has been Canadian actor Stephen Amell, who stars as Oliver Queen/the Green Arrow (though hes known on the show simply as the Arrow as of now).
When asked how Arrow has been able to win over the fanboy base (a must when trying to develop a comic-book adaptation), Amell
says the reason is simple.
The short answer is, I think they can tell we give a [expletive], Amell
said by phone.
To put it bluntly, they can tell that we care.
They can tell that were protective over the script.
Green Arrow, Amell
continues, has been around since 1941.
I did like the slow build-up to putting on the mask, Amell
Once the mask was introduced, it was just on, and now its just a part of the uniform.
I like the fact that it looks like its been there the entire time, he
But its not just all about archery, hoodies, masks and bad guys for Amell
on the show.
Yes, there is plenty of action befitting a superhero show but Amell
must employ his
craft as an actor, too.
enjoys the challenge of continually having to switch to different versions of the same character.
Its one of the things actually that works to my advantage, because Im constantly having to check in on the character.
When I go back to the island, I have to say to myself: OK, we are 18 months into this five-year odyssey what will he
At what stage of development is he
, says Amell
, referring to portraying Oliver during different stages of his
development as a person and a hero.
We are about to explore the island in one of our island-centric episodes, like we did the first season, and our thinking was: Oliver is, in terms of his skill level, is about 30 or 40 percent of the way there, Amell
life has become a lot noisier thanks to Arrow, and not just because of the on-set explosions.
also works on his
has nearly 1-million followers on Facebook, and he
live-tweets when Arrow is airing, does question-and-answer sessions via video and highly encourages the use of funny, fan-made memes.
My brain is so full with the show, that I really do enjoy once I learn my lines and once were getting into a scene just toggling through my Facebook page and seeing things that people write, Amell
also appreciates how relatively uncommon it is for a caped-hero show to make it big on TV.
The history of superhero shows on television is not rich with success, Amell