8:26pm PT by Aaron Couch
'Sleepy Hollow' Star Promises 'Unhinged Ichabod' in Upcoming Episodes
Tom Mison is ready for more Sleepy Hollow.
The star of the Fox hit, which has been renewed for a second season, says upcoming episodes will delve deeper into the character of his Ichabod Crane – and address fans' key questions.
Among them: how long will Ichabod be wearing his colonial garb? Mison said his clothing will be addressed "very, very soon."
"I think we quite liked having Ichabod in—give him an iconic look, which I think everyone’s managed to achieve rather nicely," he said during a conference call with reporters. "He’s a long way from home, and 250 years away from home so anything that he can hold on to from his time, I think he certainly will. Any time you think of how much he stinks, just think of it as a big stinking security blanket that he carries around with him."
It's a fish out of water story, with Ichabod very much a product of 18th Century when it comes to his manners. But Mison said they'll be plenty of times in which Ichabod drops his polite side.
"Every chance to show a different side to Ichabod is great. As a very obvious example, the difference between Ichabod we see in the 18th Century and the modern-day Ichabod," Mison said. "There are different sides to him, and equally the well behaved and the less well behaved; the more unhinged Ichabod. There’s plenty of that to come."
The show manages to deftly balance the supernatural with the comedic, without going overboard on the anachronistic humor. Mison says it's a conscious choice not to play up Crane being confused about the modern world too much, saying "the temptation could be to just go nuts on the comedy."
"The only way you can really sell the comedy is to play it as straight as the serious stuff. Finding the balance between the confusion and those funny scenes and the more serious, 'Oh my God, the apocalypse is coming' scenes. The way to balance them is to play them with a very similar tone rather than separating them as this is now a tragic scene and this is a comic scene. Everything is very real for Ichabod, and so we just have to try and play everything straight, which I think was a really good thing to find and a bit of a saving grace in terms of performance. It also stops me from hamming it up."
Another burning question: is there any chance Ichabod and Abbie could get romantic at some point?
"They’re forced into this relationship where they’re very different, and they wind each other up no end, but that’s when the sparks start flying, and when sparks start flying that’s when there’s room for everyone to ... them I think is the term. They certainly have a connection, and if there was—if anything was to happen between them it would certainly be fiery."
He also teased working with Fringe alum John Noble, whose mysterious character will play a major role in the events of Sleepy Hollow. Mison said the first scene they shot together was the pair sitting across a table from each other. Mision was so absorbed in the scene he was surprised when someone yelled "cut."
"I forgot that there were cameras and other people about the place because when you’re acting with someone like John you just completely lose yourself in it," Mison said.
Sleep Hollow airs Mondays at 9 p.m on Fox.
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