You’re friends with Neil Gaiman, but I was wondering what your relationship with “The Sandman” was before signing up for the show.
I am not a big acolyte. I think when that came out, it had a big impact. I mean, there are three sets of graphic novels that are considered adult after 1985, namely “Sandman”, “Watchmen” and “The Invisibles”, and they fall into the category of multi-person text and released a thousand other titles. They all have their charms, and they all have a lot of character. There is a pervasive philosophy. There are thrills and chills you’d expect from a comic book, but it’s adult and can often be very emotional.
But I’m not the main student of “Sandman.” I’m a friend of Neil’s. I adapted his short story “How To Talk To Girls At Party” for the screen and we were friends. So I was very excited when I was offered the role of Hal, which I mainly did because I had to sing her songs. [the Broadway musical] “Gypsy,” and I want to play Mama Rose someday. So it was a good time, and a great cast and group of people. I would love to be a mentor, and my character is a mentor to the character Rose, so I enjoyed working with it.
Stephen Fry is a friend. Tom Sturgess was excellent. I have met him a few times. Manage to put a character, on stage, that can look a little flat and imbue that character with this kind of unspoken, fairy tale. He’s really good at this. Shoulders are difficult to play. So overall very happy to be a part of something that I believe has finally broken, something that many people have tried to adapt to and failed for a variety of reasons. But Allan Heinberg, Neil, Netflix, the combination, I think they finally broke the safe.
https://www.slashfilm.com/958669/the-sandman-actor-john-cameron-mitchell-on-comics-storytelling-and-breaking-the-binary-spoiler-interview/ Sandman John Cameron Mitchell on Comics, Storytelling, and Breaking Binary [Spoiler Interview]