Speaking to Assignment X, the Shakespeare In Love star said: âWhen I was first offered this, I thought, âMerlin?â And then, âMe [as] Merlin? Merlinâs [got a] big beard, staff and pointed hat, and why?â It wasnât how I felt I would be attracted to the partâ?
But he went on to say that what did finally attract him was the âwonderful, Machiavellian rangeâ? he saw in the character.
âI felt this man was not to be trusted [and] is full of duality,â? he said. âI also wanted as an actor to have fun and discover the range. I wanted to tap into that.â?