DC fans, we are excited to bring yet another exclusive DC Comics News interview. This time we have been lucky enough to speak with the very talented Mr. Matt Letscher who plays Reverse-Flash on both The Flash, and DC Legends of Tomorrow. The impact of the Reverse-Flash first speed onto our television sets in season one of The Flash, we saw Letscher as the main villain up against Barry Allen.
Matt Letscher: I started acting in high school and fell in love with it. Knew it was where i belonged. Studied theatre at the University of Michigan. I guess my first big break came right after graduation when I was cast in a new play written by the actor Jeff Daniels at his new theatre company in Chelsea, MI. It was the Purple Rose Theatre Company’s second season and Jeff was very encouraging. In fact, he helped get me a teeny, tiny part in a movie he was doing at the time called GETTYSBURG.
Matt Letscher: I look toward actors who exhibit a strong sense of both craft and generosity. Jeff Daniels, Anthony Hopkins, Julia Louis Dreyfus, among others. They elevate the story through their excellence while seeking out the contributions of others to help fully tell a story.
Matt Letscher: I had worked with Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Andrew Kriesberg before on a series called ELI STONE. Truly one of the best experiences of my working life. They called up and offered the role and I couldn’t refuse.
Matt Letscher: In Season 1, I tried to draw a little bit from what Tom Cavanagh was doing: his intensity, his stillness. I found it very effective and since he was essentially playing Eobard before I was, that seemed appropriate. I also downloaded a lot of information from Marc and Andrew regarding back story and how it related to the story they were trying to tell. This Flashpoint is very different from the book and necessarily so. THE FLASH has built a world unique to itself.
Matt Letscher: A lot! But it mostly comes through collaboration. That relationship developed as it did because Grant takes great care to invest in his work at all moments–not easy for someone with a schedule like his.
Matt Letscher: The suit is transforming. You feel a great sense of power in it. It’s a bit complicated: zippers and gloves and odd straps, but that only adds to the sense of something special. The latex cowl is my least favourite bit. Very claustrophobic.
Matt Letscher: It’s mostly Legends and it’s the same guy. Same problems. But with Legends, I have my Legion of Doom buddies to pal around with. A little less lonely.
Matt Letscher: Batman. The wound is so deep. The backstory so rich. And he’s a man, not a metahuman. I love the Bat.