Behind the Scenes of The Runaway Bride (Part Four)
Excerpt from Benjamin Cook’s interview with David Tennant in DWM 378
BC: Now that you’re not only famous but also very rich, do you go mad with extravagance at Christmas?
DT: Yes, I do. I’ll be reclining on a bed of money, having champagne drip-fed to me by a harem of scantily-clad witches. I’d imagine that’s how I’ll spend Christmas.
BC: What are you hoping for from Santa?
DT: I’m not sure. Um - I know that lots of children are hoping for Cyberman heads this Christmas, so maybe one of those. On Boxing Day, thousands of kids will be running up and down the streets talking like Nicholas Briggs. He’ll be everywhere!
BC: Is that a good thing?
DT: Possibly not.
BC: I suppose we’d better mention The Runaway Bride…
DT: I’m still thinking about Nick Briggs.
BC: What do you make of the script?
DT: I love it. Actually, ‘romp’ is a good description of it. Or caper comedy. It’s got something of that about it, which is a good thing at Christmas. If it were a 1950s movie, it’d star Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn.
Deku, a young and
popular rising star in the world of heroics, gains a reputation for
dragging the absolute shit out of current number one hero
varies, though, because most fans can’t seem to agree whether or
not he’s actually dragging him. He’s never outright insulted him;
it’s pretty rare to hear a cross word from Deku about anyone who
isn’t a villain. At first glance, whenever the subject of the top
hero comes up in interviews, Deku has nothing bad to say about him –
nothing technically bad, of course. But every time it happens, you’ll
inevitably hear some fans commenting afterwards about how Deku’s
remarks about Endeavor were insultingly faint praise at best, and
scathing left-handed criticism at worst. Most people brush it aside
as coincidence. It helps that Deku’s known for being adorably
sweet, babbly, and awkward in front of fans and interviewers, so it’s
easy to construe it as, at most, innocent and unintentional
insensitivity. (It would probably be less confusing if Deku didn’t deliver his comments with a winning smile and a sweet, friendly tone.)
It’s hard to deny
sometimes, though. When asked about one of Endeavor’s fights, he comments, “All-Might in his current state could not
have done better,” and reporters and bloggers alike are picking
that one apart for at least a week afterward. It reaches meme status.
There are no
(confirmed) cases of Deku doing this to his face, and Endeavor has
yet to comment on it.
But there are
compilation videos. Oh, the compilation videos. “Ten Times Deku
Trash-talked Endeavor and Nobody Noticed” and “Compilation of
Deku Talking Shit About Endeavor, Set to Appropriate Music” go viral. #DekuShade is a popular hashtag on Twitter.
It’s worth noting
that many of those clips feature Shouto in the background, either
red-faced and trying not to laugh, or spluttering on whatever he
happens to be drinking at the time. When asked about it, he either
changes the subject or pretends to misinterpret the question.