Character Inspiration: Donovan Circus Lookalikes (Felix)

In case you’ve missed my previous posts, we’re taking a look at my celebrity lookalikes for Donovan Circus characters. It’s been so fun! I spend a lot of time on Pinterest looking at food  or nerdy things, but I also like scanning through the celebrity pictures because it helps give me inspiration for characters. You can see the celebrity lookalikes for Lucy Sullivan here, Sheffield Donovan here, or Medved here.

Since I’ve covered the three biggest characters from BURNED, I thought I’d choose a bigger character from BURNED to look at today.

Dr. Felix James Hardy is my first villain from GIFTED. He’s quite the puzzle, as he is a human scientist with incredible knowledge about the gifted world. After an accident in the lab, he becomes obsessed with becoming gifted himself. The real problem, however, is that he tells Lucy the truth about her father, things that Sheffield never really planned to share with her. Felix might be a little crazy, but he’s one of the few willing to tell Lucy exactly how it is and what to expect, leaving her wondering who to trust.

I’ve explained a lot of his backstory in this post in case you want to know what makes him tick, so I won’t go into all the details again, but just know that he didn’t always start out as the bad guy. In fact, he’s the farthest thing from your typical bad guy.

He’s unusual, nonthreatening, a small, wiry nerd. In fact, he was bullied for most of his life, lending to the idea that no one would ever guess him to be as dangerous and evil as he really is. But scary villains don’t need to be super buff all the time. He relies on his brilliant mind, which can sometimes be even more dangerous than muscle.

Andrew Scott

Andrew Scott

Andrew Scott is my ideal Felix J. Hardy. He just looks the part; put a pair of wire-rimmed glasses on him and he’s perfect. You’ve seen him play Moriarty in Sherlock, sure, but I think Scott could do an amazing job playing that fine line of villain and victim. One minute he can be soft and unassuming, almost sympathetic, but then a mood swing shows his true psychopathic nature. Plus Scott looks whip-smart, which Felix certainly is, and could play that nerdy looking scientist who wants nothing more than to become gifted by his own hand. 

Steve Carell. Photograph: Eric Charbonneau/Invision

Steve Carell. Photograph: Eric Charbonneau/Invision

Steve Carell also looks very much like how I envision Felix (and he’s at the right age), plus I’d love to see if he could pull off the angry villain. Carell has that soft-spoken personality that fits with Felix’s bullied victim side and I know he could pull off that sly attitude that makes Lucy question everything she knows. 

Simon Pegg

Simon Pegg

Simon Pegg is another one who I’d love to see play a villain, just because I’ve never seen it before. Pegg is the right age and build, a guy that looks a bit of an unassuming, quiet nerd but could easily turn into a rage monster at the wrong word. I think Pegg could really pull off the “is he or isn’t he?” part of the character, leading people to think he might not be as bad as rumors make him out to be. 

So there you have it, my picks for Dr. Felix J. Hardy from GIFTED. Which of the three are your favorite, or do you envision someone else to play the part?

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