Doom Patrol star Brendan Fraser has praised the actor inside of the Robotman suit.
In case you didn’t know, Brendan Fraser rarely appears in the Robotman suit for Doom Patrol. The character is physically played by Riley Shanahan in the DC television series. Speaking with Zach Braff and Donalf Faison on their podcast Fake Doctors, Real Friends, Fraser touched upon how Shanahan helps accentuate the role of Robotman.
“That’s Riley Shanahan wears the suit. He is a wonderful comedic performer with fantastic timing, and he is full-on playing the character through a mask. He does the heavy lifting there. I show up in an episode or two wearing pieces of that because, like I said, it breaks a lot of rules and makes its own, the way the show unfolds, but otherwise, no. I’ve got to be clear with you – it’s like a dream job. Somebody else wears the thing, shows up for you, and in recent months I don’t even go in the studio. I can do ADR on a cell phone.”
As the conversation went on, Brendan Fraser was asked if the producers behind Doom Patrol have asked him to maintain the narrative that he isn’t in the suit. Being the kind guy that he is, Fraser made it absolutely clear that he wants everyone to know that he isn’t the only bringing Robotman to life. The star also went on to praise suit performers for their overall contribution to entertainment.
“No way. I would never do that. That’s not fair to Riley. Plus, I’m 51 now. This guy’s like built like a tree. Those robot suits and all the DC Comics and Marvel Comics super-suits, they’re heavy. They really are. Suit performers are really unsung heroes. I’ve worked with many of them. I worked with them on George of the Jungle. The guys in the gorilla suits are amazing! They really take simian behavior seriously. It’s a dingbat comedy, but at the same time, they were quite specific about what they needed and how they move as a troupe.”
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Here is the official synopsis for the first season:
DOOM PATROL is a re-imagining of one of DC’s most beloved group of outcast Super Heroes: Robotman, Negative Man, Elasti-Girl and Crazy Jane, led by modern-day mad scientist Dr. Niles Caulder (The Chief). The Doom Patrol’s members each suffered horrible accidents that gave them superhuman abilities—but also left them scarred and disfigured. Traumatized and downtrodden, the team found purpose through The Chief, who brought them together to investigate the weirdest phenomena in existence—and to protect Earth from what they find. Part support group, part Super Hero team, the Doom Patrol is a band of super-powered freaks who fight for a world that wants nothing to do with them. Picking up after the events of TITANS, DOOM PATROL will find these reluctant heroes in a place they never expected to be, called to action by none other than Cyborg, who comes to them with a mission hard to refuse, but with a warning that is hard to ignore: their lives will never, ever be the same.
Doom Patrol season two is currently airing on HBO Max. The 13-episode first season is now available on DC Universe. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for news on Brendan Fraser, Robotman, and the second season of the DC series and subscribe to our YouTube channel for all the latest news surrounding future DC projects!
Source: Fake Doctors, Real Friends