John Noble has made a career out of playing lovable and sinister characters especially lately in genre television roles. One of his latest has been providing the voice of Mallus, the unseen demonic villain for the third season of The CW’s DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
Turns out that he’ll be playing a role very near and dear to his heart though very soon on that same series: himself.
That’s right, according to Entertainment Weekly, executive producer Marc Guggenheim revealed that since Mallus will be an entirely CG entity when he finally appears the producers found a creative way to get the actor an actual appearance on the show.
“We figured out a very Legends-like way to actually get John Noble the actor into the show,” Guggenheim said. “We’re very excited that John Noble will be making a live action appearance on Legends. He’s been voicing our third season’s big bad, Mallus, but he won’t be appearing as the time demon. He’ll actually be appearing as himself. It makes total sense in a Legends-y kind of way.”
There are no details on the how or why of Noble appearing as himself, nor when he will appear on the show, but it’s not as out there as it might sound.
As Guggenheim alluded to, the series has been pulling in real life individuals for the team to encounter since it began. They’ve met everyone from Einstein to George Lucas to J.R.R. Tolkien to P.T. Barnum but usually, those people have been played by actors since the real person is either long dead or no longer at the age that was needed for the time period being visited.
There could be any given reason that the team will run into actor John Noble in the modern day during their mission to protect time from Mallus and others.