Snake Eyes’ Henry Golding Tells Us About Kicking Off a New G.I. Joe Franchise

Henry Golding in a crop of the Snake Eyes poster with his back to camera and face turned, and wearing a sword.

Henry Golding is Snake Eyes.
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Snake Eyes has always been one of the most recognizable, popular characters in the G.I. Joe franchise, and now we’ll find out how he got there. The brand new film Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins hits theaters July 23 and io9 was lucky enough to talk to the man behind the mask, Henry Golding, about the character’s mystique, costume, go-to research materials, and so much more.

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Though 2009’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and 2013’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation feel relatively recent, Snake Eyes is a fresh take and reboot of the popular Hasbro franchise. Here, director by Robert Schwentke takes the “Real American Heroes” and brings the franchise to Japan. That’s where a warrior named Tommy (Andrew Koji, Warrior) takes another mysterious young warrior (Golding, Crazy Rich Asians) under his wing to become a member of his Arashikage clan of ninjas—the two will become Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes, respectiveley. In the first trailer, which debuted during the MTV Movie Awards, you saw all that along with other G.I. Joe favorites: the Baroness (Úrsula Corberó), Scarlett (Samara Weaving), and a very, very recognizable mask at the end. But, you probably still have some questions about what the movie is. io9 sat down for a video chat earlier this week with the man who can provide some answers—Snake Eyes himself, Henry Golding.


Germain Lussier, io9: Snake Eyes has always been iconic because of his mystique. He was just this quiet badass and the backstory didn’t come until later. Now, from the trailer, it’s obvious this movie is going to demystify that in a very definitive way. Were there any worries about losing some of that mystique and how does the movie use the mystique?

Henry Golding: Absolutely not. I think he, as a character, is so complex, that peeling back the layers, you can only go so far until you hit the Snake Eyes kind of wall. He’s so mysterious in his ways. We catch up with him at the beginning of this movie where he is motivated by things that are so self-destructive that we need to understand them to see why he is so mysterious, and to see why he’s so closed off in ways that we can’t explain. So to be able to kind of balance that was the real goal. And so to give enough to the audience members, to give enough to the fans to sympathize with the decisions that he has to make within this movie, to realize that the mistakes he makes, the choices he brings to the table, the lessons he learns, really affects the man that is behind the mask. So for us, it was so important to be able to kind of peel back at least a few layers because we can’t just have an unexplainable character. You know, mystique is fantastic, but it only brings you so far because the questions will always be there. But does it reveal more questions? Answers lead to more questions. That’s what I’ve learned for this entire thing, is that there will never be enough answers to demystify this guy. He is so complex.

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Yo Joe!
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io9: So how closely does the movie draw from source material like the ‘80s comics and how much is it kind of its own thing?

Golding: Well, we had Larry [Hama] on board as [executive producer]. The legendary Larry Hama was a big guidance in being able to tell his story. And so creating a backstory for not only preexisting G.I. Joe fans and lifelong G.I. Joe fans to appreciate, but also a brand new generation of fans around the world. You got to understand, G.I. Joe really was popular in America but now we’re looking on a global scale. How do we make it so that it is approachable by little kids on the playground in Indonesia or in Vietnam or somewhere? We needed to make it approachable and understandable and not have them have to go back to read Silent Interlude to understand like, “Snake Eyes was like this because of this”’ No. We needed, of course, to have a starting point. Is that the definitive, all questions answered, starting point? Definitely not. We can’t do that. But of course, we’re introduced to the lore of G.I. Joe and its throughlines, which is “What is G.I. Joe without COBRA?” I mean, of course, COBRA plays a huge part in this—and the players we’re introduced to: Scarlett, Baroness, Tommy, Hard Master, Blind Master, Akiko is one of our new characters. It’s not too much to get everything convoluted, but it’s enough to get you hungry for more. That was the goal.

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io9: Did you have any kind of go-tos for yourself and your character research? Was it just talking to Larry or was it anything else?

Golding: It was it was a bit of both, really. It was talking to Larry, understanding what he wanted to create, not what he created for someone else. It’s what he, as an artist, wanted to create and the reasons why he made the decisions he did. I think it was important that I myself, as an actor, concentrate on what I know as the character at this point, because if I’m thinking about things that never happened in my reality, they don’t help me at all. But I know we’re trying to get to here by the end of the movie. So what is happening between these two points? Where it goes? Anybody’s guess. But what I need to understand is what are his motivations in this moment? Where have his decisions from his past led him and why?

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Andrew Koji is Tommy, aka Storm Shadow.
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io9: One thing the trailer shows that it does lead is to the costume. I mean, obviously, we want to see your face as the star, but it’s Snake Eyes. His mask is a star too, so what can you tell me about the costume?

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Golding: [It was made by] Iron Head Studios. They do pretty much every single huge costume design out there. And they, together with our amazing wardrobe team, created the all-new Snake Eyes costume [Holds the toy up to the camera]. It’s fantastic. The first time I put on the mask was just like, “Holy cow, this fits like a glove.” And so it’s a modern take on the costume. But I think the joy in the movie is seeing the inspiration from the Arashikage—you see Snake’s costume through the movie change very sort of slowly and slightly—but you see those inspirations mirrored in the final suit.

io9: This is kind of Paramount’s reboot of the G.I. Joe franchise and obviously, we don’t know what will happen until after this movie comes out. But how much do you tentatively know already about what could happen?

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Golding: I’m in the dark as much as you are. I know for a fact that they’re already in the works. Speaking to Lorenzo [DiBonaventura], our producer, they’re already thinking, because we can take this anywhere—but depending on how Snake Eyes does in telling specific stories will tell us where we want to take and how to expand the universe. Because if we jump into just a huge G.I. Joe universe and introduce 12 characters, people are going to be like, “Oh well yeah. Okay, that guy’s cool. That guy does this thing.” But they don’t know anything about them. So to be able to build the characters from day one, I think, is the real gift.

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Samara Weaving is Scarlett.
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io9: What was your G.I. Joe IQ coming into this movie? What did you do to dive in?

Golding: It was hitting all the blogs, hitting all the fan sites, all the Wikipedia pages, the G.I. Joe Wiki pages. [The website] Hiss Tank, I’d listen to those guys. I luckily got my hands on two copies of Silent Interlude and that became sort of bedtime reading for a long time just to really sort of understand who he becomes. But my real concentration was, again, I can’t think beyond. At the time we were filming, I was like, “He has such specific motivations at the beginning of this movie before he becomes the man that we know, that we need to concentrate on these.” A lot of people are like you can water down your character’s thought process or you concentrate on exactly what we’re trying to achieve here. So that’s kind of what I did, but I can’t help but sneak in [some history]. It’s so rich.

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io9: Last thing, will we get Timber in this movie or not?

Golding: That’s everybody’s last question! I’ll put it this way. This is G.I. Joe. [holds arms out wide] This is Snake Eyes’ movie [holds up single finger]. This is the journey we’re going to take [gestures to all the remaining space]. Is Timber in that? Let’s hope so. There’s no ruling it out. And I think, you know, Snake Eyes [with] his trusty companion, I think that would be a special, special moment. So we’ll see.

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Here’s another special moment, an awesome new featurette from Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins.


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Snake Eyes’ First Trailer Gives a G.I. Joe Legend a New Beginning

Henry Golding as Snake Eyes in Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins.

Henry Golding as Snake Eyes in Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins.
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When you think of Snake Eyes you think of the mask, the swords, the unstoppable ferocity. But how did the popular G.I. Joe character become that guy we’ve seen in comics, cartoons, and toy aisles for decades? We’re about to find out, in a whole new way. The first trailer for Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins is finally here.

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The film stars Henry Golding as the titular character, seen here years before he meets up with the Joe crew. Directed by Robert Schwentke, Snake Eyes follows the character as he becomes indoctrinated into the Arashikage clan, learning the ways of the ninja alongside Storm Shadow (Andrew Koji), the group’s heir apparent, and eventually popular Joe characters like The Baroness (Úrsula Corberó), and Scarlett (Samara Weaving) show up too. But this is the Snake Eyes show and, in the first trailer, you get just a taste of what the film has in store.

The film is meant to kick off a whole new G.I. Joe franchise and if you’re curious to know more, check back soon—io9 spoke to Henry Golding all about it. Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins hits theaters on July 23.


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Lucifer’s DB Woodside Dishes on Amenadiel’s Baby Mamma Drama

DB Woodside as Amenadiel

DB Woodside as Amenadiel
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A new season of Lucifer arrives on May 28 with the second half of season 5 and a full eight-episode order.

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As the show comes to a close, actor DB Woodside seized the opportunity to flex to dish to tvline about what fans can expect between Amenadiel (Woodside) and Linda (Rachel Harris), while also talking about his directorial debut.

Last season ended on a serious cliffhanger with Amenadiel and Lucifer brawling with Michael and Maze. But in less violent news, Amenadiel is now a father, and Linda is the baby Momma. He was upset when discovering his child is a mere mortal, and Woodside talks about the character working through that. “More than just his own embarrassment or his own expectations not being met, he’s scared, as he says, by the fact that his son will grow old, his son will be weak, his son will be a target. Those are things that would make any parent scared.”

With that said, Amenadiel has worked out a sweet deal with Linda and will continue to co-parent. “Amenadiel and Linda have developed a really beautiful friendship and have happened upon a great way to coparent. I think they’re friends forever, and I just love all that stuff with Rachael [Harris]. They’re definitely in for some more ups and downs of being a parent, but I don’t think Amenadiel could ask for a better partner than Dr. Linda.”

As for directing, Woodside was a bit nervous about juggling so many people on set. He realized that you see things differently when it’s actor vs. director. “As a director it was different, because as an actor, if I’m in a scene with one of them or two of them, I’m just concerned about what I’m doing, right? As director, I’m responsible for the entire vision, and sometimes actors can come to a scene with a very small point of view and not understand how they’re fitting into the big picture.”

For me, Amenadiel has one of the best character redemption arcs in the series—and I’m not ready for this show to end ever. Lucifer has been a wild ride from start to finish, and I’ve grown attached to so many characters. *Sigh* I guess all good things must come to an end (even though it’s not right now). In the meantime, I am looking forward to seeing Woodside develop as a director.

The second half of season 5 premieres on May 28 on Netflix!


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Angelina Jolie Initially Said No to Starring in Simon West’s Tomb Raider

Angelina Jolie is Lara Croft in Tomb Raider (2001)

Angelina Jolie is Lara Croft in Tomb Raider (2001)
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Before Charlize Theron took the mantle as the queen of action cinema, that title belonged to Angelina Jolie, starting with the role of Lara Croft in Simon West’s Tomb Raider (2001).

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The film was the first time Jolie would do intense stuntwork. This fueled her worry about whether or not she was suitable for the part. She told Collier, “I said, ‘I really didn’t feel like that character suited me.’ I actually didn’t at first want to do it; I said no.”

To ease her mind, Tomb Raider director Simon West was patient with her and explained he would give her whatever training she needed. “They said you can travel the world and train with the British Military and so I had three months of seeing what I could do. And I would encourage anybody to do that. Sign up for as much as you can, give yourself a few months, push yourself to the limit and see, ‘What can I do?”

She threw herself into the training to make her action sequences look as realistic as possible. All the hard work paid off as she gave an iconic performance as the video game heroine.

In the interview, she also talks about finding a happy medium between VFX and stuntwork to maximize authenticity. “And I do think the more we have in film that’s visual effects, the more it’s important to do your own stunts if you can because I think the audience knows the difference and it feels real when it is.”

If you want to catch Jolie doing some hardcore stunts watch Tyler Sheridan’s Those Who Wish Me Dead on HBO Max!


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Mary Elizabeth Winstead Adds to Her Action Resume With Netflix’s Kate

Mary Elizabeth Winstead in Netflix’s Kate

Mary Elizabeth Winstead in Netflix’s Kate
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Mary Elizabeth Winstead is looking to stake her claim in the action genre with her new role in Netflix’s assassin revenge thriller Kate, directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan (The Huntsman: Winter’s War) and written by Umar Aleem.

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Troyan told EW about a particular scene in Kate that made him super anxious. “The hardest one to shoot was the one with Mary and Miyavi inside the apartment,” says Troyan. “We couldn’t shoot that with stunt doubles, so they had to do it themselves. You had two actors that are doing very, very close-contact stunt work. We thought something bad could happen there. This one was definitely making me nervous.”

Looking at Winstead’s filmography, her career has been leading up to this point. She’s never shied away from the action genre. Starring Dan Trachtenberg’s 10 Cloverfield Lane elevated her to another level, but starring in Birds of Prey as Helena Bertinelli, aka The Huntress—sealed the deal. Winstead gives insight into who Kate is and what to expect from the film.

“Kate is a ruthless assassin who is on a job in Tokyo, and she gets poisoned,” Winstead tells EW. “She finds out she has 24 hours to live before the poison kills her, so she sets out on a mission to find out who poisoned her and kill them before she dies. Along the way, she forges this bond with this teenage girl named Ani (Miku Martineau), and they end up taking on this mission together. It’s a heartfelt, brutal, assassin story!”

Kate is releases globally on Netflix this fall, and hot damn, I am excited!


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Monica Rambeau Scenes Were Cut From WandaVision and Here’s Why!

Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau in Wandavision

Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau in Wandavision
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WandaVision writer Jac Schaeffer has been holding OUT!

On Entertainment Weekly’s The Awardist podcast with Schaeffer discusses why a specific scene from Monica Rambeau’s (Teyonah Parris) story had to be cut.

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“My pitch was mapped to the stages of grief, it ended up being kind of a reductive thing,” said Schaeffer. “I don’t know if you know this or not, Teyonah, but [Monica] had a therapist in the base, the pop-up base. There were therapy scenes because we, in the [writers’] room, were very pro-therapy.”

WandaVision remained invested in exploring the effects of grieving and trauma. If you’ve watched the show, you know Monica Rambeau went through a lot to become the hero she is today, and Schaeffer was itching to give the audience access into her psyche with scenes of her speaking to a therapist. Unfortunately, it was deleted due to timing. Schaeffer states, “We were like, ‘Well, we’ve got to have a therapist,’ and then realized that there’s not a lot of time in the pop-up [S.W.O.R.D.] base [outside Westview] for Monica to be stepping into her sessions at all.”

Well, that sucks! I hope they release the scene because I would like to know what’s going on inside Monica’s head. It might give us some perspective of what’s to come when Monica, Carol Danvers (Brie Larson), and Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani) come together in the film The Marvels set to release in 2022.

What do you think? Should they release that deleted scene? Let us know!


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Emily Blunt Says Edge of Tomorrow 2 is Too Expensive to Film

Emily Blunt is Rita Vertaski in Edge of Tomorrow

Emily Blunt is Rita Vertaski in Edge of Tomorrow
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There’s been speculation on the sequel floating around for years. After many doubted Edge of Tomorrow and its concept, it was the surprise action hit of 2014. It was undoubtedly one of my favorite films of the year and is also one of my favorite action films and one of the best action characters (Emily Blunt as Rita Vrataski, aka Angel of Verdun). Fans are salivating for another movie! Recently, Emily Blunt cleared the air about the Edge of Tomorrow 2, and unfortunately, it sounds like another Edge isn’t on the horizon.

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Blunt appeared on the Howard Stern Show on May 11th and told the show host Edge of Tomorrow 2 is too expensive for Warners Bros. to film right now.

“Honestly, I think the movie is probably too expensive. Yeah, I just don’t know how we’re going to do it. I think that it’s hard to align everyone’s schedules. I would love it. Doug Liman would love it. Tom would love it. We’d all love to do it. But I think until we figure out what’s going on with the industry – honestly, I think we need to figure out what is the next road map for the kinds of films that people want to make?”

Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt star in Doug Liman’s Edge of Tomorrow (2014), and the basic premise is Lt. Col. Bill Cage (Cruise) is thrown into a war with Aliens. He gets covered in Alien goo and is given the power to relive the same day over and over again, the day restarting every time he dies. Writers Christopher Mcquarrie, Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth adapted the story from the Japanese manga by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, All You Need is Kill.

This is such wack news, but, understandably, WB would be hesitant to spend that type of money on the heels of the pandemic. It would be too much of a risk with theaters just opening up, and folks are still hesitant to see films in person.

Are you as sad as I am about no Edge of Tomorrow 2? Let me know in the comments!

More Indiana Jones 5 Casting Suggests It Might Actually Happen This Time

Shaunette Renée Wilson and Boyd Holbrook are joining Indiana Jones 5.

Shaunette Renée Wilson and Boyd Holbrook are joining Indiana Jones 5.
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Fans have been waiting for Indiana Jones 5 for so long you wouldn’t blame them if they don’t believe it’s real until they sit down to watch it. But after years and years of delays, Steven Spielberg dropping out as director, Harrison Ford pushing 80, and more, it seems like it’s finally happening. Especially when the film has begun to cast not just lead roles, but supporting ones too.

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Deadline reports that actors Boyd Holbrook and Shaunette Renée Wilson have been cast in the film. There’s no word on their roles, but that’s to be expected. We also don’t know who Phoebe Waller-Bridge or Mads Mikkelsen will play in the film, though they’ve also been cast.

For io9 readers, Holbrook is probably best known as the lead in Shane Black’s The Predator or for his role in Hugh Jackman’s final Wolverine film, Logan. Shaunette Renée Wilson played a Dora Milaje in Black Panther but is also one of the leads on Fox’s show, The Resident, and was also on Billions.

They’ll be taking direction from James Mangold, who is taking over for Spielberg. Spielberg is heavily involved though and remains attached as a producer. Mangold directed the aforementioned Logan along with The Wolverine, Walk the Line, Copland, and Ford vs. Ferrari, among others. He grew up in Orange County, NY, which I only mention because I did too and that someone from my hometown area is directing an Indiana Jones movie blows my mind. John Williams will also return as composer.

When it was originally announced, Indiana Jones 5 was supposed to come out in 2019. Now (we think) it’ll be out on July 29, 2022.


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A Mitchells vs. the Machines Deleted Scene Reveals a Voltron-Esque Villain

Yes, Mitchells, you’re seeing correctly.

Yes, Mitchells, you’re seeing correctly.
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Not only is The Mitchells vs. the Machines one of the best movies of the year so far, it’s got an absolutely unforgettable ending. The way the family comes together to fight the villainous PAL, complete with flying robot skateboards, laser gauntlets, and a soundtrack by T.I and Rihanna? It’s epic and touching at the same time. But that wasn’t always how things were gonna finish.

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The film’s Head of Story, Guillermo Martinez, took to Twitter to reveal a deleted scene from the end of the film. As he explains it, in another cut PAL gave herself kind of a body by gathering a bunch of appliances and becoming Mecha PAL, which Katie then defeats in a way similarly to what happens in the film. It’s a very cool scene, which you can see in storyboard form via Martinez’s Twitter below. (The storyboards are by Andrew J. Ross.)

Obviously, by cutting this, the finale is much more compact. The emotional beat with Dad is achieved in a slightly different way and Katie’s triumph is still excellent. That said, it would have been awesome to see her defeat this massive robot single handedly.

The Mitchells vs. the Machines is now on Netflix and we highly recommend it.


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Doctor Who Audio Adventure Starring John Barrowman and David Tennant Canceled

John Barrowman as Jack Harkness in Torchwood.

John Barrowman as Jack Harkness in Torchwood.
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It’s only been two days since the Doctor Who immersive experience Time Fracture announced actor John Barrowman’s role as Jack Harkness would be removed from the exhibition. Now, another upcoming Barrowman project has disappeared. The audio adventure publisher Big Finish has canceled the upcoming series Torchwood: Absent Friends, which would have reunited Harkness and the Tenth Doctor, played by David Tennant.

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Big Finish’s announcement was succinct, and did not give any reason for the cancelation: “Big Finish has taken the decision to remove Torchwood: Absent Friends from the Monthly Range release schedule and has no plans to publish this title at this time.” However, this obviously stems from the resurfaced 2014 convention video of Noel Clarke—currently in the news for some awful allegations of sexual harassment—where it was discussed how Barrowman would take his penis out during the production of Doctor Who. Barrowman made an official response, saying these events were “only ever intended in good humour to entertain colleagues on set and backstage” and “with the benefit of hindsight, I understand that upset may have been caused by my exuberant behaviour and I have apologised for this previously. Since my apology in November 2008, my understanding and behaviour have also changed.”

The 2008 apology he refers to came after he dropped his pants during a live BBC Radio 1 broadcast where he and the hosts were discussing Barrowman’s predilections for exposing himself. Clarke had left Doctor Who before that point, but they did both made appearances in the 2008 episode and season four finale, “Journey’s End.” While many cast and crewmembers have long discussed Barrowman’s behavior, it is worth noting as far as we know, there have been no new allegations against the actor since his original public apology and an admonishment from then Doctor Who executive producer Julie Gardner.


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