Exclusive Interview: Luke Arnold on BLACK SAILS seven seas

Luke Ryan in BLACK SAILS | ©2014 Starz

Starz’s pirate series, BLACK SAILS, Saturdays at 9 PM, was created by Robert Levine & Jonathan E. Steinberg. The storyline, set on Nassau Island and its surrounding waters in the early eighteenth century, combines historical figures like Charles Vane (Zach McGowan) and Anne Bonny (Clara Paget) with fictional people (Mark Ryan as Mr. Gates, quartermaster of the pirate ship The Walrus) with characters first introduced in Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic adventure novel Treasure Island. Chief among the Treasure Island crew is veteran pirate Long John Silver. John Silver – not “Long” yet – is played in BLACK SAILS by Australian […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: BLACK SAILS star Mark Ryan chats about stunts and violence – Part 3

Mark Ryan (Gates) in BLACK SAILS - Season 1 | ©2014 Starz

In Part 3 of our exclusive interview with Mark Ryan, who plays the quartermaster Mr.Gates on Starz’s new pirate drama BLACK SAILS, he discusses the show’s blend of invention and history, his upcoming autobiography and the new golden age of television. AX: In terms of the violence in BLACK SAILS, did you guys have a sword master? As someone who has been a sword master – on KING ARTHUR and Bob Anderson’s assistant on FIRST KNIGHT – did you get to do any swordfighting? MARK RYAN: There was a stunt team that did most of the swordfights. I would have […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: A Pirate’s life for BLACK SAILS star Mark Ryan – Pt. 2

Mark Ryan (Gates) in BLACK SAILS - Season 1 | ©2014 Starz

In Starz’s eighteenth-century pirate drama BLACK SAILS, Saturdays at 9 PM, Mark Ryan plays Mr. Gates, quartermaster of The Walrus and right-hand man to Captain Flint (Toby Stephens). In Part 2 of our interview with Ryan, whose credits include the Merry Man Nasir in ROBIN OF SHERWOOD, he talks about laughing between takes, nudity and the All-Seeing Eye. ASSIGNMENT X: Had you worked with any of the other BLACK SAILS actors before? MARK RYAN: No, I hadn’t worked with anybody before. It’s kind of interesting, because many years ago, I was visiting Bob Anderson on the set of a James […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: BLACK SAILS star Mark Ryan gets his sea legs – Pt. 1

BLACK SAILS - Season 1 poster | ©2014 Starz

Mark Ryan is – and has been – quite a few things. He’s an author, a creator of two Tarot decks (THE GREENWOOD TAROT and THE WILDWOOD TAROT), writer and composer of a musical version of WUTHERING HEIGHTS and a former member of the British Special Forces. He was Bob Anderson’s assistant sword master on FIRST KNIGHT and sword master on KING ARTHUR. As an actor, Ryan originated the role of Magaldi in the premiere West End production of EVITA, then moved up to playing Che, was the first known Saracen Merry Man in ROBIN OF SHERWOOD and voiced Bumblebee […]Read On »

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