“The last two projects after Humans got even darker, but it’s good. It’s an aspect of life that I guess I’m really interested in. I’m just fortunate that I’m able to explore that and find pathways through all of these lost souls.” . (Colin Morgan)
As we look back over Colin’s choices, it is clear he finds a sensitive connection to these roles … bringing these people out into the light, and giving us a chance to find understanding where none may have existed before.
Vernon: an unsympathetic, sarcastic teen-ager who ends the play with a greater understanding of the meaning of life.
Jimmy Rosario: a young man strung out on drugs who is filled with a weird inexplicable charm and courage, and who, by the end of the play, shows that he is the wisest of the four central characters.
Merlin: A young sorcerer whose natural gift could easily cause his execution. Hiding his talent always, while trying to help those he cares for, showing us all along the way the heartbreak that his subterfuge is costing him.
Cathal: a young drug addict living out of his car, unable to overcome the habit that is destroying him while still giving hope and some sense of the joy of life to his homeless, elderly, car-park neighbor.
Calum: isolated from a normal growing up, having insulated himself in the lore of the island, he finds his first encounter with this young woman disturbing and confusing.
Ariel: even though a fairy sprite , and at last being granted the freedom he had longed for, realizes he would miss the master he had come to love.
Victor: who remains a good and devoted friend, even though his love for Vera is not returned.
Leo: a re-built human … whose memories of a dark past cannot be forgotten.
“The Laughing King”, a 10 minute film being released soon to help raise awareness about depression and mental illness, particularly in men, is testament again to his continuing concern for the internal suffering all around us.
... Most of the characters I’m drawn to, as an actor, are ones that are quite intensely lonely and a bit lost and are looking for some kind of redemptive answer. The long days of shooting occupy my headspace and it is challenging, but it’s part and parcel to the commitment of that kind of role.
(Colin Morgan, Collider interview here)