SYFY’s New Show Reginald the Vampire may feature big jokes and instances of big shame, but actor Jacob Batalon hopes viewers will understand that it “fits the narrative” of a character learning self-love, he said Pleasemynews.
The black comedy premiered on Wednesday, October 5 and follows Reginald de Batalon, a debt-ridden college graduate who works in a dead-end store and is too scared to ask the girl he loves, Sarah (Emily Haine).
Enter Maurice (Mandela Van Peebles), a vampire who takes an interest in Reginald and turns him into a Creature of the Night after Reginald is attacked by other vampires.
Reginald the Vampire is based on the book series fat vampires by Johnny B. Truant – and with a name like that, fans should probably expect a few jokes at the expense of Reginald’s physique.
Although the show has a different name, it doesn’t shy away from broaching the subject, with Reginald handing out the jokes himself as a means of controlling the situation when he is verbally assaulted by one of his co-workers.
Even when Reginald is turned into a vampire, Maurice remarks that he might not be as strong as his henchmen due to his weight.
Batalon reflected on this part of the script in an interview with Pleasemynews, saying it was something often overlooked in Hollywood because it was too sensitive a topic for viewers, but it’s a topic that makes sense in the context of his show.
“I feel like we, like in Hollywood, try not to make fun of this stuff because it’s like a touchy subject among other things like sexual abuse and racism,” he said. declared Batalon.
“I will say that self-love is one of the things that we hardly ever talk about, so I think as a fat person who’s grown up my whole life being openly obese, I’d say it’s okay, you know. what I mean ?
“For example, we need to address these issues and on that note I would say that health is part of self-love, and I’m not saying you have to look like a Hollywood movie star to be healthy. health. must lead a healthy life.”
the Spider-Man: No Coming Home The star went on to say he hopes viewers will see what the show is trying to achieve by including some big jokes, adding, “I would say [viewers] would probably understand the meaning of big shame, and understand that it’s something we can absolutely control and absolutely fix the narrative.
“I would say young people today are much more self-aware, they are much more open-minded about the plight and the tribulations of marginalized people.
“So I would say fat shaming is maybe not a priority, maybe not high on the priority list, but, you know, respect and reverence for other people and the way they shape their lives should be noted.”
He added that Reginald’s weight might be a topic of conversation on the show, but “it doesn’t stop him from doing what he does, that’s for sure.”
Batalon is best known for his role as Ned Leeds in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Ned is best friends with Peter Parker (Tom Holland) and the actor has appeared in five Marvel films to date, three of which Spider Man movies.
But Batalon felt it was the right time to direct his own series, saying it was a great opportunity.
“I feel like I was very lucky to be in the right place at the right time and to be part of the right project,” he said. “I think a lot of it was that I was really okay with the message and I was okay with the storytelling, and really enjoying the process. And, you know, at the end, it was totally worth it.
“I think we put on such a great show, and I’m very, very, very happy to be at the forefront of it.
“I don’t want to say it out loud and sound like I’m bragging, but I relate to things a lot more if I’m more into it. So I really enjoyed it and it’s great, like being Reginald is my chance to be charming and fun and sweet and to do things emotionally that I don’t really get to do with other things that I’ve done.”
The actor also explained why he liked the role: “It’s a very human story, I think with the vampirism in the background you don’t really fall in love with the romance of it, you don’t care. and we joke about it a lot about the show.