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Read our interview with Once Upon a Time guest star Chad Michael Collins, where he talks classic horror and playing Frankenstein’s monster.

We spoke to Collins following the airing of the Doctor Whale-centric episode “In the Name of the Brother,” where he appeared as Frankenstein’s brother and monster Gerhardt. You can also listen to this interview in full via Hypable’s Once Upon a Time podcast Onceable.

Tell us about the filming process.

Chad Michael Collins: We shot everything against a big blue screen, but they had this wonderful CGI program that allowed them to see what the finished castle was going to look like on the playback monitors. Which was really neat for the actors because it allowed you to get a sense and a feel for what the finished product was going to be.

They didn’t want us to commit to any real accents or anything. We did, through the costumes and our tone of speaking, try to give it kind of a more throwback sort of feel to it, something historical. And the great thing with the director (Milan Cheylov) was that he just wanted it to be natural. He didn’t want me lurching around as Frankenstein, kind of the mindless zombie type of deal, so I thought it played out really cool, it was almost modern in the way that [my character] had the thoughts and the feelings. So I liked the way it all came out.

How did you approach portraying such an iconic character as Frankenstein’s monster?

CMC: In the script, basically, by the time he got shot and my character died, to the time where Viktor was finally able to resurrect me, something like a year or two had passed. That was part of the performance, where he’s kind of out of his element, he’s probably got itchy skin and he’s turned off by loud noises and bright lights, and all of his senses are kind of firing back up.

But you know, he still can access his humanity a little bit. He feels guilty when he realises that he killed his father. So it was fun to play that fine line between being out of your element but also retaining your humanity, your feelings, your emotions, and understanding the consequences of what I just did.

Which character did you most enjoy playing, Gerhardt or the monster?

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CMC: Gerhardt is a goody-two-shoes. I play a lot of these roles, the cops, the soldiers, the good son – I know how to play Gerhardt in my sleep, you know? So it was more of a challenge as an actor, and probably a lot more fun, to play the monster. It’s all very primal, he’s getting back in touch with these basic emotions, and they’re very intense and they’re magnified by his strength and confusion and his fear.

The director didn’t want it to be a caricature or a parody, he wanted it to be very real and relatable and emotional. It wasn’t over the top, and I think the show in general does such a great job of taking these wonderful characters – you know, fairytale characters or Disney characters or what have you – and they put such a great modern spin on them. And I think they’ve got their finger on the pulse, they know exactly what they’re doing and how to do it, and I think this storyline completely followed suit as well.

Will you ever return to Once Upon a Time?

CMC: All I was left with was, ‘People come back on this show all the time, even when they’re dead. So we could have you back at any point.’ So I don’t know. I don’t know if David Anders will be coming back and doing more of his stuff, as far as the Frankenstein stuff goes, but yeah, we’re both very alive and well, even though [my character is] a little disappointed that I’m alive because I’m realising what I’m capable of and that I’m a bit of a monster.

But they told me, basically, ‘keep your cell phone on, because you could be called to come back up at any minute, and people have a way of coming back on this show.’ So we’ll see.

What other fairytale characters would you like to have interacted with on the show?

CMC: I was thinking: how cool it would be, since you’re opening the door on classic horror creatures, to get Dracula or a wolf man? At the end of the episode, Henry is basically saying that Frankenstein’s story isn’t in this book. So what does this mean? I think it’s kind of brilliant that they’ve opened the door to other classic characters from any tale or story to come in there, including horror stories. So if Frankenstein’s gonna be around, why not throw in the wolf man, why not throw in Dracula or the Invisible Man, I mean, the door’s wide open. And that’d be kind of fun, to have a little monster squad going on.

What was the atmosphere like on set? Did you get a chance to meet any of the other actors?

CMC: I did meet a few of the cast members in passing. My shooting schedule was basically working with David Anders and Gregory Itzin, who played our father, just about all the time. But just in passing I did get to meet a few of the other cast members, like Lee Arenberg (Grumpy). When Robert Carlyle came in as Rumpelstiltskin he was very courteous, very kind; he’s a very sweet man.

It’s a very friendly set. It’s all smooth, it’s a very well-oiled machine, and everybody likes going to work, you get that vibe. It’s fun, they’re making something fun, and they’re having fun every single day. It was really fantastic and I really hope that I do get to go up there again, because Vancouver is a great city and the cast and crew are wonderful, and very talented.

What can people look forward to seeing you in next?

CMC: I have a film coming out on February 26, it’ll be out on DVD/Blu-ray and On Demand. It’s called Company of Heroes, and it’s a WWII action movie. It’s really fun, it’s based on a video game by THQ called Company of Heroes – and I think they’re re-launching the video game actually. It’s about a bunch of everyday common soldiers at the end of WWII who  take over this mission that sends them into the heart of Nazi Germany, to basically save the planet from a nuclear bomb. It’s the story of the underdog, and banding together, and killing the bad guys and saving the day. It’s a wonderful little movie – it’s got a lot of action, it’s got a Saving Private Ryan feel to it, it’s really cool. And you know, who doesn’t like watching Nazis get killed?

Other than that, I did a film called Sniper: Reloaded with Billy Zane which came out in 2011. I play Tom Berenger’s son, and we’re gonna do a sequel to that movie. We’re probably gonna do it in the spring some time; Billy Zane’s gonna be directing this one, and starring in it alongside me, and I think we’ll be running around in the rainforest and jungles of South America, from what I hear. And I’m very excited to run around and play ‘kill the bad guys’ with Billy – it was a lot of fun the first time so I’m excited to do it again.

Follow Chad Michael Collins on Twitter @ccollins32, and visit his official website!

When the news broke about X-Men: Supernova being adapted for film, the reactions were as predictable as they were extreme: “Yay!” from the fanboys and “Oy vey” from the general populace. And strange as it feels to me, I align with the casual moviegoers, despite being the guy who went to see the last two X-movies dressed as Mystique and Cyclops.

A quick word about my X-geek credentials: I’m not a comic book reader, but was obsessed with all the TV shows, and transferred that obsession to the film franchise. And I don’t hate The Last Stand as much as you want me to; I just thought it was meh.

I think rehashing the Dark Phoenix storyline is a bad idea both financially and creatively. Financially, it wouldn’t go over well with casual moviegoers. Anyone who knows enough to be excited about a Dark Phoenix movie would go see it anyway, and everyone else will wonder why they should bother seeing a story they just saw 12 years earlier. There’s a reason Amazing Spiderman made less than two-thirds the gross of the original Spiderman, despite 3D and a decade of inflation — why bother paying to see a film when you can just stream the last incarnation?

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When the news broke about X-Men: Supernova being adapted for film, the reactions were as predictable as they were extreme: “Yay!” from the fanboys and “Oy vey” from the general populace. And strange as it feels to me, I align with the casual moviegoers, despite being the guy who went to see the last two X-movies dressed as Mystique and Cyclops.

A quick word about my X-geek credentials: I’m not a comic book reader, but was obsessed with all the TV shows, and transferred that obsession to the film franchise. And I don’t hate The Last Stand as much as you want me to; I just thought it was meh.

I think rehashing the Dark Phoenix storyline is a bad idea both financially and creatively. Financially, it wouldn’t go over well with casual moviegoers. Anyone who knows enough to be excited about a Dark Phoenix movie would go see it anyway, and everyone else will wonder why they should bother seeing a story they just saw 12 years earlier. There’s a reason Amazing Spiderman made less than two-thirds the gross of the original Spiderman, despite 3D and a decade of inflation — why bother paying to see a film when you can just stream the last incarnation?

Creatively, I want to see the film franchise take on a new story, instead of trying to do an old one better. Sony finally figured that out: no one wants to pay to see Peter Parker watch Uncle Ben get killed yet again, so just move on. Even from watching the cartoons and reading Wikipedia, I know that X-Men has some fantastic storylines to explore: Genosha, Legacy Virus, or House of M. When the films have given the fans a cinematic incarnation of an exciting new story, the results have been overwhelmingly positive: consider Days of Future Past, or the excitement for Old Man Logan.

Even if they redo Dark Phoenix, what are the odds it’ll be that much better? Sophie Turner is not a markedly better actress than Famke Janssen. It would be at the same studio, produced by a lot of the same people who did The Last Stand and Apocalypse. It may be time to just write off the Dark Phoenix saga as a lost cause for the film franchise. Fans will always have the original comics to return to, and two animated incarnations of it (‘90s X-Men and Wolverine and the X-Men).

It’s the same way I feel about the Harry Potter franchise: I wish we could get decent movie adaptations of the books, but I’m much more excited for new stories in Fantastic Beasts, and happy to ignore the movies in favor of rereading the books. Films are not the be-all-end-all creative expression of a story.

Of course, I’ll still go see X-Men: Supernova when it comes out, but I really hope the next X-Men film gives me something to be excited about. I am familiar with going in to see films and thinking, “God, I hope they don’t eff it up again.” That’s how I felt for the latter Harry Potter movies. I’d be happy if they did a film centered on Sophie Turner’s Jean Grey, because I thought she was one of the few highlights of X-Men Apocalypse, but I truly hope they just leave the Dark Phoenix storyline well enough alone.

Do you want to see a retread of Dark Phoenix, or are you over it?

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. showrunner Jed Whedon discusses those killer twists and writing fanfiction in the aftermath of the spring finale.

Jed Whedon wrote and directed Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15, the episode that brought the current LMD storyline to an ostensible close. “Self Control” also completely changed the game for the rest of the season, sending Daisy into the ‘upside down’ of the world of the Framework to rescue the rest of the team.

But the Framework is a world where resolved regrets have appalling consequences — and that world is run by the likes of Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen. Whedon offered up his thoughts on upcoming themes, that crazy return, and the life and death stakes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Hydra.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. showrunner Jed Whedon discusses those killer twists and writing fanfiction in the aftermath of the spring finale.

Jed Whedon wrote and directed Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15, the episode that brought the current LMD storyline to an ostensible close. “Self Control” also completely changed the game for the rest of the season, sending Daisy into the ‘upside down’ of the world of the Framework to rescue the rest of the team.

But the Framework is a world where resolved regrets have appalling consequences — and that world is run by the likes of Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen. Whedon offered up his thoughts on upcoming themes, that crazy return, and the life and death stakes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Hydra.

First, what’s it like being an evil genius, destroyer of fandoms?

Oh well, you know! I get a lot of love-hate tweets at me.

When did you first have the idea to go into this alternate timeline, and basically write fanfiction of your own story?

You know, we end every year with talking about what next year will be. So last year, we had a lot of different things on our plate that we wanted to get into the season, and I think you can see we packed a lot in. But there’s sort of three big ideas — Ghost Rider, LMDs, and some sort of alt-world where we could, as you say, write some fanfiction for our characters and explore new things.

You know, I think this is our eighty-first episode that just aired, and that’s a lot of stories. So it’s refreshing for everybody, in production, action, and writers, to flip the script for a little while and get to sort of shake it out and use a new muscle.

So that’s something we talked about doing, and then figuring out how to do it, and how to make all those stories sort of become one thing was the real puzzle. And that’s where the Darkhold came in, and the idea that, finding a way that the Darkhold could sort of get us new tech, and the tech could get us to Alt-World. And so it was sort of a year in the making, and then it’s just a question of, what do we want to do in there? What kind of fun do we want to have?

Speaking of that, can you clarify the parameters of the Framework? Is it really an ideal world, as Aida and Radcliffe seem to think?

Yeah, I think that Radcliffe and Aida set out to duplicate the world, and with some of the info that Aida got from the Darkhold, they were able to do that. Now, the one change that they made was they plugged I think five people into it and repaired one regret for each of them, and that seems to have had a little bit of a ripple effect. We’ll get to learn more about the nature of that reality, but they were setting out to make our world. And it just seems when you change something, there’s a little bit of a butterfly effect.

So putting Jemma aside, who is decidedly her own case as she is apparently dead, which character’s new life do you think will be most surprising to fans?

Well, that’s a little bit of a wait and see question. But one thing I can say is that the themes we’re exploring are sort of, are you different if you’re in a different situation? Or are you inherently the same person? Obviously, we see May standing without much fear in a Hydra building, seemingly like she’s on top of the world. And so the question is, is she still her? Or have her new experiences changed her enough to be someone else?

Those are some of the themes that we’re going to explore. And you’ll get to see how each person is different and sort of judge for yourself who is the most different. But those are some of the themes we wanted to dig into. Is there a true you, or are you made up of your regrets — and what happens if you take those away?

And in terms of Jemma, you were very careful to obscure the date of her death on the tombstone. Is there any significance to that, or a mystery we should be keeping an eye out for?

In general in the Marvel Universe, dates are avoided. Because so much is connected… and I think that if you really asked, they would say that since the first Iron Man movie, like, two months has passed, or something insane! [laughs] You know, I think that we try to avoid them in general, but also it’s just so that you don’t know what’s happening, and we don’t have to answer all those questions, or stick super strictly to the exact timeline of when things would have occurred, so that we can have a little more wiggle room in terms of what stories we tell.

But yeah, we don’t know if it happened 20 years ago, or recently. We don’t know because we put a little flower over that!

But there’s a chance that we’ll see Jemma again?

There is a chance! And I’ll just say that we love Elizabeth [Henstridge] too much to have her go out off camera.

Okay, cool! So in terms of Ward, you definitely know how to keep the fandom churning! Is there a possibility that he will show up beyond the alternate universe, or is his role strictly in imaginary land?

Well, we’ll have to wait and see. But right now, there’s only five people in the Framework who actually have bodies in our world. [Ward] is a simulation, but he’s a simulation of exactly who he was. As Yo-Yo says, how do you populate a whole world? And Daisy very conveniently answers, “With the Darkhold.” It’s sort of our catch-all/fix-all solve this year, the Darkhold. It gave them this ability to sort of duplicate our world, so he is Grant Ward as we knew him.

Now, the world is different around him, and so whether or not he reacted the same to the changes in the world, we’ll see. But Grant Ward never enters the picture and makes things run smoother!

That’s for sure. So if you were to boil down what we can expect from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Hydra, what would you say?

Nightmares and dreams coming true.

…Oh boy.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×16, “What If…” will air on Tuesday, April 4 at 10:00 p.m. on ABC.

Instagram has launched a new feature which’ll decrease the amount of stress you may feel when creating a post.

Sometimes you want to share multiple pictures or videos from one experience, but you may want to avoid clogging your friends’ feeds with multiple posts in a row. Or, you just can’t decide which photo you want to share to brag about your night.

One solution has been to stick multiple images into a single frame — a trick that became so popular, Instagram made their own app for it called Layouts. But stress no more! On February 22, Instagram released a new feature which lets you upload multiple photos to a single post.

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Instagram has launched a new feature which’ll decrease the amount of stress you may feel when creating a post.

Sometimes you want to share multiple pictures or videos from one experience, but you may want to avoid clogging your friends’ feeds with multiple posts in a row. Or, you just can’t decide which photo you want to share to brag about your night.

One solution has been to stick multiple images into a single frame — a trick that became so popular, Instagram made their own app for it called Layouts. But stress no more! On February 22, Instagram released a new feature which lets you upload multiple photos to a single post.

Multi-image Instagram posts are limited to the square format and only use one caption, but each image can receive their own filter. To view all the images, your followers swipe left or right. Up to 10 images can be placed in a single post.

In a way, the new feature lets you create a Snapchat or Instagram-like story that lives forever. It’s a welcome addition — previously only available to advertisers — and should streamline each user’s feed.

Now it’s Snapchat’s turn to copy off of Insta. Is it only a matter of time until Snap lets you permanently keep photos, videos, and stories accessible to the public in some sort of profile?

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