David Tennant has thought about it, and he’ll pass on the mind control.
On a visit to Late Night With Seth Meyers on Monday, the Doctor Who actor — whose visit coincided with that series’ 52nd anniversary — discussed his Jessica Jones character’s exceptional power of persuasion. Calling Kilgrave’s ability to control others’ minds “as much of a curse as it is a blessing,” Tennant wondered what it would be like not to trust ordinary conversations, then dove into the psychology of villains in general.
“I don’t think anyone who is perceived as a villain believes themselves to be a villain,” Tennant said. “Donald Trump doesn’t think he’s a villain.”
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And as glad as the actor is not to share his character’s abilities, he’s equally relieved not to share his comic-book counterpart’s purple hue. When asked if he’d been disappointed to learn that they were scrapping the brightly colored skin in this version of Jessica Jones’ story, Tennant admitted that he “kind of thought it might be fun” to go purple at first.
“But I think by week two …”
Check out the video below to hear the actor’s thoughts on playing Kilgrave — and what his weakness might have been if he wore spandex.