Tonight, Starz premieres the original eight-part series Da Vinci’s Demons from the mind of David S. Goyer, the co-writer of The Dark Knight trilogy who also penned this summer’s Superman movie Man of Steel. He mixes fact and fiction in his imagination of an undocumented time in da Vinci’s life, his late-20s to early-30s, in which the famed artist and innovator (played handily by British actor Tom Riley) finds himself at the center of a web combining religion, politics, and both sorts of anatomy lessons. We spoke to Riley about the series, working with Goyer, and all the heavage you’ll see on the show.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: On a lighter note, your shirts are so low-cut on the show. I’m imagining multiple fittings to find the optimum depth. What can you tell us about that process?
TOM RILEY: As you say, we had various different shirts of differing lengths. The lower it went it became quite important that it should be just above the belly button. [Laughs] Because when you see the belly button, apparently that can be quite upsetting and quite distracting for some people. So we needed to keep that out, but keep enough abs and pectorals in. And of course, it had to be period, so it was long and flappy. And also, it was supposed to be in Florence, so it was supposed to be warm, even though we weren’t [filming in Wales]. Those are very cold nipples. [Laughs]
Since you brought up nipples: I was also wondering if you used double-sided tape at all to prevent nip slips.
What, like, tit tape, to sort of keep everything there? “Tit tape,” that’s what people call it, isn’t it?
I don’t call it that, but I love that.
It’s called tit tape in England. We’re far more straight about this. No, there wasn’t double-sided tape. If something was revealed, then that was just like an Easter Egg, a little bonus. [Laughs] You can tell I’ve been doing interviews for a few days. I’m going slightly mad. [Laughs] READ FULL STORY