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James Frain and Vinnie Jones Talk Slugging It Out for Top Villain on 'The Cape'

by Sharon Knolle, posted Jan 24th 2011 4:20PM
The Cape, James Frain, Vinnie Jones, NBCOn 'The Cape,' James Frain (the late, lamented Franklin on 'True Blood') plays an evil businessman who's also a masked supervillain named Chess. But if Vinnie Jones, who plays Scales, has anything to say about it, Frain's position as Top Bad Guy isn't secure.

"Me and Vinnie are basically slugging it out for the top spot right now," Frain told TV Squad at the BAFTA Tea Party. "I found that out by doing the P.R. event where he said he was aiming to be the number one villain. So, from that point, it's on."

In tonight's episode, we learn a lot more about Scales. "I come into it more and more, and I come into it as the Godfather," Jones said. "The whole show's about my character. So it tells you more about where he came from, growing up as a young lad. The makeup was to make me look younger, so I was happy."

Jones' usual makeup, to show off the bizarre skin condition that earned him his nickname, takes three hours. "For Monday's episode, I had to be in at 4:30AM," he groaned.

Offscreen, Jones and Frain are getting along swimmingly. "He's brilliant. I love James," said Jones. "We got some big stuff coming up."

Frain was less forthcoming about what we can expect on 'The Cape': "I'm on a short leash with that. I can tell you that every script that has come through has brought another dimension. It's really fun and funny. It's really clever writing. It's going to be a lot of good stuff the next few weeks."

One thing the co-stars don't do together: play soccer. "I've got my soccer team here called the Hollywood All-Stars, so I tend to recruit a lot of Brits," explained Jones, who was a star footballer (as the Brits say) before getting into acting. "They come down and they always tell me they're better than what they are."

Frain didn't even try out for the team. "I'm not gifted in that area," he said, smiling.

Will 'The Cape' stick around? "Viewers are really pleased, NBC is really pleased, so it all looks good," said Jones.

Frain agreed. "It looks very promising," he said.

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