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Carel Struycken Interview
Q: Could you describe your character?
A: He is Matthew Kincaid. He is the offspring of a commune of back-to-nature people in Alaska, who have been fighting hunters and big oil. Most of them have been arrested or died and one mother and two sons are left. I am one of the sons.
Q: A steward of the Earth doesn’t sound too evil. Is he a good guy?
A: My character is mentally challenged, and my hobby is taxidermy but I do it on people and animals. I don’t seem to make that much of a distinction between the two.
Q: What does he do that’s criminal?
A: I kill people. It is just like hunting, and my mother and brother told me as long as the people have yellow tags on their ears -- and the same goes for animals – I can hunt them.
Q: How do people get a yellow tag on ear?
A: My brother is really the bad guy. He is working for some cartel and he is the one who hunts people with one of these tranquilizer guns, and while they are tranquilized they get a yellow tag and that’s where I come in. I hunt with a bow and arrow. There has to be some sport to it.
Q: Had you ever done archery?
A: As a young boy, and I was quite good at it. It has a Zen element.
Q: Why do you think Reddington has targeted your character?
A: I am targeted indirectly. I am not really the target. The target is somebody higher up in the cartel. While they are trying to figure that out, they stumble upon me.
Q: How did you prepare to portray this villain?
A: I had my fight scene last week so I already had to prepare. He is kind of an innocent character, like a lion or a wolf. It is not even with evil intentions.
Q: Did you have to train for the fight scenes?
A: It was more of a challenge because I had a procedure a few months ago and so I am not in very good shape. But Diego Klattenhoff is in superb shape. That helped. Sometimes when you are in a scene, you have somebody across from you that makes you look better. In this case, it was Diego.
Q: Do you think anyone will ever be able to outsmart Reddington?
A: Yeah, I am sure that it will happen at some point. But it will probably be the end of the show.
Q: What is it that appeals so much about playing a villain?
A: In the past, people have often wanted me to play these crazy killers. The one thing I have never been able to do, and the one thing I have always refused, is pure sadism. Doing something in a rage or doing something because you are completely out of your mind -- that I can get into.
Q: What is it like working with The Blacklist cast?
A: It has been great. It is funny for me to work with people so adamantly East Coast. I am based in California. Any extra, who works in Hollywood or L.A., it just happens to be where you live. If somebody would ask, ‘Would you mind living in New York?’ They would say, ‘Sure that would be great.’ Here I would ask, ‘Are you based on the East Coast?’ And they say, ‘No, no! New York!’
Q: What was your experience like on set?
A: I have only been on location so far and it is the way it usually is on location -- things are pretty rushed because you only have so many hours to do everything.
Q: Where was the location?
A: I was thinking, ‘Where are they going to pretend is the Alaskan wilderness in New York City?’ It was on Staten Island.
Q: Any chance Matthew Kincaid will return or are you a dead Blacklister?
A: I meet my death twice! I get stabbed and then later on my mother and I both get permanently killed in the bathtub. My mother decides to electrocute both of us so I will never be incarcerated.