He has his own theme song. Fan favorite character, Death, from CW’s hit show ‘Supernatural’ is played brilliantly by Julian Richings. As much as they fear for their favorite character’s lives, fans actually look forward to any appearance of ‘Death’ on the show. Originally born in Oxford, England, he has found fame as a Canadian actor in films such as ‘X-Men: The Last Stand,’ and can be found on planet Krypton in ‘Man of Steel.’ Catch up with the busy actor with a mile long filmography and find out about his return to our favorite TV show.
Q. What can you share about your return to ‘Supernatural’ in season nine?
A. Well, not a lot, to be honest, but as the promotional material suggests, the context of my appearance is a little different....ha ha! I'm not going to spoil anything.
Q. What’s it like coming back to the set of ‘Supernatural?’ Is it a bit like working with old friends?
A. It really is a chance to meet old friends- it was great to see Jared and Jensen again, and as always, they made the set a productive but fun place to be. It was also great seeing the crew and production staff again. Many of the same people have stayed throughout the 9 seasons. It's a real indication of a good working environment, and the fact that everyone - from grips to drivers to production assistants - believes in the quality of what they're doing.
Q. ‘Patch Town’ sounds like a cool project. Can you tell your fans more about it?
A. It certainly is a cool project. I worked on a short with director Craig Goodwill that got a lot of attention at the Toronto Film Festival. The following year Craig shot a feature length version which took what was already an imaginative and unusual piece to a whole new level. It draws on many influences- European folk tales, Disney musicals from the 60's and 70's, the work of visionaries like Terry Gilliam and Tim Burton- but it creates its own unique world of drama, music and action. I play the scheming, frustrated owner of a toy factory who makes baby dolls but longs for real company. As a bonus I play his father too. I also get to sing!
Q. Tell your fans about any other projects that are you currently working on?
A. I've just completed 3 films with Foresight Features. They are low budget but highly imaginative genre horror films. All written by Tony Burgess, a celebrated Canadian writer. One of them, 'Septic Man' just premiered at Fantastic Fest and it's caused quite a stir. I'm waiting for the release of Jean Pierre Jeunet's 'Spivvet', a 3-D film from the French director of 'Amelie'- I enjoyed playing a role in it I don't often get to do - a truck driver.
Q. I'm going to end with what's become my signature question. If you were a baseball player, what would your walk up song be? What song pumps you up and inspires you?
A. There's a great cover of 'Ring of Fire' by Social Distortion. I love Johnny Cash, so I'm wary of imitators, but this takes the song to a whole new energy level. I used it on my previous demo-reel, and I guess I'd use it to get my adrenalin going for a baseball game. I also think ‘Supernatural’ fans would appreciate the irony of Death singing about falling into a burning ring of fire.