My worst moment: Timothy Dalton and the time he had to improvise live on stage when a prop malfunctioned

Nina Metz, Chicago Tribune on

Published in Entertainment News

Created as part of the DC Universe, the TV adaptation of "Doom Patrol" comes to on HBO Max for a second season starring Timothy Dalton as a doctor who is both a father figure and something more sinister to a group of people who all received their powers through tragic circumstances.

"In many ways he's a phony father figure," said Dalton. "Maybe he's fallen in love with his own monstrous creations, in an egotistical way. Certainly by the end of the first season I think he's feeling a very heavy amount of guilt and wants to try to make amends. But when you think of what he's done -- how he's ruined those lives, how he's turned them into screwed-up lost souls -- it's a pretty terrible thing he's done."

Dalton's career will always be notable for the years he played James Bond in "The Living Daylights" and "License to Kill," as well as more recent projects including "Toy Story 3" and "Penny Dreadful."

He also has an extensive stage career, which includes a one-night performance in Chicago he hosted alongside Lynn Redgrave in 1988; a series of love arias were sung by Placido Domingo and Renee Fleming, accompanied by Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

"That was one of my best moments," said Dalton. "I have never experienced anything like it. To stand next to an orchestra like that -- you tremble, you just tremble -- and then to have two of the world's greatest opera singers singing next to you, it was breathtaking."

When asked about a worst moment in his career, Dalton was philosophical.


"I don't really think in terms of worst moments. I think we all have terrible moments where something has suddenly gone wrong or is challenging, what you're thinking is, 'How the hell do I fix it?' So you do something and you put it right. So essentially a worst moment is sort of, in an odd way, a moment of triumph."

My worst moment ...

"I was at the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain and you've heard of Philip Pullman, the writer of 'The Golden Compass' and all those wonderful books? We turned them into a six-hour stage show (called "His Dark Materials" in 2004), split into two performances, three hours a piece.

"And one of the most fundamental things in understanding the story is this concept of what the word 'dust' means -- it was a magical substance -- and we accomplished this by having a lecture scene. I was playing Lord Asriel, the explorer, and there was a lecture scene with all the professors and leading men of science and I was explaining this new discovery to them and explaining the importance through a slide show.


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