Jump in your clown car because Legends of Tomorrow is heading to the circus. According to EW, Billy Zane has been cast as P.T. Barnum, most notably of Barnum & Bailey’s Circus. What will the circus mogul be up to?
According to executive producer Phil Klemperer, he had wanted to cast Zane every since he saw him in a comedy pilot. But the stars were not aligned until now. He also couldn’t resist reuniting Victor Garber with Zane since the smash-hit Titanic.
…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.
An interesting thought. When you think of the circus now, you mostly think of animal abuse and crazy tents. But it’s hard to deny the role Barnum had in bringing sights people never saw before. He had established the “freak show” element of the circus, one that remained a staple in circus culture for years to come. It’s almost bittersweet that the show will have an episode about Barnum when his circus company closed just last month after 146 years.
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