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  • Dylan Tang

【TAIKER Man】 In the Parallel Universe, Jay Lycurgo Finds His Actual Self/ Jay Lycurgo 在平行宇宙中找到真我

Inheritance from previous generations has always been an important thing that every industry hopes to achieve painlessly, and the film and television industry is of course no exception. For example, the Batman series has continued to release new media for more than 50 years since the first film was released in 1966. This continuation, in addition to including audiences of all ages, is also a good thing for the actors in new generation.

British actor Jay Lycurgo has acted in DC's work in recent years and can be seen in Titans and The Batman. But the benchmark work where he can really see his acting skills explode is the Netflix series The Bastard Son & The Devil Himself.

The story of "The Bastard Son & The Devil Himself" says that although people who have magic inherit the bloodlines of the previous generations, they still have the opportunity to acquire different abilities at the moment of adulthood. The protagonist Nathan, played by Jay Lycurgo, is a good guy who is considered a villain by many. For Jay, it’s his first time to be a leading actor on Netflix. The 24-year-old actor believes that this creative work has a relationship with real human nature that cannot be underestimated. "I feel so fortunate because it's a bunch of creatives that are just so passionate and they're so inspiring to be a part of. It's just really fun you know? In our show, it's very much like a darkly humorous fun, romantic, hilarious, fantasy show. And with that, you also have the human reality of this rawness that I think to screen comes very true.”

Natural Performance After Training

Jay was rushing to shoot a new work in Canada, and he showed a full easy-going personality when he did the interview. This is quite different compared to his role in The Bastard Son & The Devil Himself. His character on the series often has to hold back his anger and is, in short, a very explosive person. In this regard, how can Jay switch freely between reality and his roles? Here's what he said "You know it's so funny? In episode three like there's this fight scene. I remember getting into it and we were doing it all day and I remember I was getting a bit tired at the end. I remember director Colm McCarthy just being like ‘Ready and GO!!’ and I was like ‘oh!’ like you know?" He continued, "That's what it was. If I couldn't do it then I had people around me getting me into it. But for me it's like, I went to drama school as well and I trained so the whole anger does just come very natural.”

Cruel Alternative

Jay isn't alone in The Bastard Son & The Devil Himself, he's accompanied by two other pals, Annalise and Gabriel. Looking back to acting with them, Jay remembers the London flat owned by Gabriel, played by Emilien Vekemans, was quite an experience. "The best moment I can think of is Gabriel's apartment. If you talk to these guys, you always hear Gabriel's apartment being like the most wholesome, nicest, fun time with everyone. 'Cause it was quite small as well and we were working on it for like the whole week. So, at the beginning we're still getting to know each other, and we just had so much fun because there was so much that happens in that scene.”

This series is based on the story of the three of them. The three characters complement each other, and the tacit understanding they cultivated at work has made them close friends in private. Jokingly I asked Jay if he needed to choose one of the two to go to the bar for a drink with, who would he choose? He smiled and said, "I would hang out with both of them! I honestly mean that because they both have great hips so we all would be dancing, and the music would be on. We’d have a few orange juices and, we will have such a great time together. That's what's so nice about the show as well because what I hope people can see is the chemistry between Nathan, Gabriel and Annalise. It was just us three.”

(He laughed secretly and said, "But if I had to choose, Yeah, haha, Emilien")

Passionate and Curious About Life

Jay Lycurgo is in his youth, and every word from him can feel his passion for life and love for work. As the interview draws to a close, Jay says his FAITH is about being passionate and curious about life. “I think it just comes from a place of passion and work ethic. I think for me personally, it's a very attractive trait to have but also just a person that you can put a lot of trust in. It's just like, well look, as long as I'm happy and as long as I'm staying curious and I'm passionate then you're on the right track.” But what if a world had Jay Lycurgo as its FAITH? If there is such a parallel universe, has he thought about what kind of world it would be? He replied with a smile "I would say 'well my thing would be right now if everyone was looking at me', I would say to them ‘wake up with two litres of water, listen to your favourite track that you're listening to right now have a dance, after that go for a run, after that go on my Instagram and just look at my face and just go ‘thank you.”’

Jay's humor accurately answers this bizarre question, after all, who can really imagine being the FAITH of the world in another universe one day? But for Jay Lycurgo, who just returned from "The Bastard Son & The Devil Himself", perhaps the character Nathan influenced him to answer this weird question and it also reflects his passion and curiosity about life!


PHOTOGRAPHER/Joseph Sinclair

STYLING/ Emily Tighe

GROOMING/Holly Jenkins



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