Ferdinand Kingsley, who plays Hob Gadling in The Sandman, says he found Neil Gaiman’s original DC Comics series “fascinating” as a child.
The sand man Actor Ferdinand Kingsley lost sleep as a child after reading Neil Gaiman’s iconic comic book series.
Kingsley, who plays Hob Gadling in the Netflix series, revealed during an interview with Rant game of which he was a fan The sand man cartoon as a child. “I have all the comics. My older brother Ed was a huge fan when he was 15 or 16, so I would have been nine or 10. I was just aware of this really cool underground obsession, but I didn’t really understand this comic books might be a non-superhero thing,” Kingsley explained. “As a nine-year-old, your basic understanding of comic books is that they’re generally about white guys in capes saving the day. It’s what you expect. So I was introduced to this much stranger and darker world. It kept me away from the darker times, but the philosophical element of it and the idea of someone being in charge of your sleeping life fascinated me, because I kind of slept terribly when I was a kid.”
The actor then clarified that his lack of sleep had nothing to do with nightmares. “I just didn’t sleep. I lay there for hours,” he said. “I first thought this comic was about a guy who comes and pours sand in your eyes to put you to sleep, then I learned it was something much deeper than that.”
Making the sandman a reality
As Kingsley described it, Gaiman’s comic book series explores many complex themes and ideas, such as confinement and escape. This, along with the “pure scope” of the story, made the adaptation The sand man for Netflix a difficult task, according to showrunner Allan Heinberg. “[I]It is very difficult, if not impossible, to try to adapt what is Sand seller in [movie’s] a two-hour, three-act structure,” Heinberg said in a recent interview. “I had 10 hours or more at my disposal, and it was always a challenge trying to do it justice in the time we had. .”
Based on the DC Comics series of the same name created by Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg, The sand man follows Morpheus, the King of Dreams, as he attempts to restore his kingdom after being imprisoned for over a century. The 10-episode first season of The sand man received positive reviews from critics, who noted the difficulty of successfully adapting the source material. Although the series has not yet been renewed for a second season by Netflix, executive producer David S. Goyer has confirmed that the scripts for a possible season 2 of The sand man are already being written.
The first season of The sand man is available to stream now on Netflix.
Source: Rant game