‘Gotham’ – Mazouz not a ‘Method’ man

Bidding Bruce Wayne farewell

David Mazouz of ‘Gotham’ Thursday on Fox

Q: This being the final season of “Gotham,” how do you think you’re going to feel when it’s time to say goodbye to Bruce Wayne for good? Have you processed it yet?

A: Not fully. I don’t really want to. I’m a believer that everything happens for a reason and of course this era of my life will forever have changed me. I mean, I can see already it’s changed me in countless ways. I feel like anything that happens during my teenage years are some of my most formative years and my teenage years, the past five years, were spent on this show and I’m so grateful for this experience. I know that I’m going to miss it to death once it’s gone but at the same time I’m excited for what’s next.

But “Gotham” is always going to have a really, really special place with me because it showed me things, it’s exposed me to things, it’s taught me so much about life, about the business, about acting, about my craft, about other people. And like I said, I’m going to be forever grateful. I’m always going to miss it.

Q: In playing such a dark and tortured character, can you put him away when they say “cut”?

A: It depends on the scene. I mean, I’m not Method in any way, shape or form. I usually try to learn my lines at the last minute as much as possible. Because my philosophy, what I found works for me in acting … is to kind of get in the space and feel what’s right. …

But we have done some scenes – there’s a scene in Season 3 … where I stab Alfred … I probably could say that was the hardest scene I’ve ever done, it was so emotional. … I distinctly remember that day. It was hard for me to get out of it. I went up to my room and just started crying because of it, which never happens. I’m usually smiling and goofing off right up until “action!” and as soon as they say, “cut!” it’s back to that again.

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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