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“Arrow’s” Calculator Seeks Redemption, Hopes to Reconcile with Felicity

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“Arrow’s” Calculator Seeks Redemption, Hopes to Reconcile with Felicity

In “Monument Point,” the Calculator makes a comeback when Team “Arrow” realizes they can’t defeat Damien Darhk without him. Of course, considering Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) — his own daughter — and his ex’s new boyfriend Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne) had him arrested, it might be a little more complicated than simply calling him up.

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Fortunately for Oliver Queen and his allies, Noah Kuttler finds the team-up with his daughter and her vigilante friends “mutually beneficial,” at least according to “Everwood” star Tom Amandes. When Amandes reprises his role as the Calculator on The CW hit, the hacktivist will join the side of the angels, at least while Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough) is at large. Amandes spoke to CBR News about the Calculator’s relationship with Felicity, whether the character can find redemption and much more.

CBR News: The last time we saw Noah Kuttler, his own daughter had him arrested. Any hard feelings?

Tom Amandes: It’s sad, but I think you’ll see that we set that aside for the greater good.

Felicity facilitated Kuttler’s arrest, which means he’s likely spent some time in prison. Coupled with Felicity’s parting words, where does that experience leave him?

Well, as you may or may not know, these are extraordinary times, and I think Noah, Felicity, Arrow and all of these folks have to set aside major, major issues and decide to work together to save the planet, basically.

Like Felicity, Kuttler is a man of science and fact. Does anything about Damien Darhk and his crazy, mystical powers come as a shock to him?

When it comes to Damien Darhk, I don’t think anything would come as a shock to him! And there’s no love lost there, let’s put it that way. Even though that may have been useful in terms of breaking out of prison, there are developments you’ll see right away, where it’s very clear Damien Darhk is not on my side and vice versa.

Now, Kuttler had no issue with cyber-nuking Starling City. Will his reaction to Damien Darhk’s plans for nuclear holocaust surprise viewers?

I think you’ll see a side of Noah that’s redeeming, certainly aside from looking out for himself. He’s very proud and has lots of feelings for his amazing daughter, and I think that informs his decisions. You’ll see a little different side of him.

It looks like Kuttler is going to be working with several members of Team Arrow over the next couple of episodes. During your time with the cast, was there any one interaction that stood out to you?

Well, you know, Emily [Bett Rickards] is just the dearest friend. I’ve been blessed in my career to work with amazing people playing my children, and she is certainly up there at the top of the list. She is just a delight. I think she really brings just a great, fresh energy to the show. It can be a pretty cold world, and she appears just like a ray of sunshine and hope, both as a person and as a character.

Can you tell me a little about Kuttler’s relationship with Oliver, especially now that he and Felicity are also estranged?

We aren’t going to be drinking buddies! But we do forge some mutually beneficial cooperation.

What drew you to this role, and did you pick up any comics to prepare for it?

Oh, I was a big comic book reader as a kid, so it’s a dream come true for me. Other than that, it would have been nice to have more of a costume. Who knows! Maybe the Calculator will… he does dress well, though. For the most part.

Kuttler is a master hacker in a world full of magic and superheroes. Given the choice, would you rather have his crazy computer skills or a super ability of your own?

Oh, man! You know, being the skeptical person I am, I’ll go for the skills. I know in a pinch those aren’t going to let me down.

Starring Stephen Amell, David Ramsey and Emily Bett Rickards, “Arrow” airs Wednesdays at 8 pm EST on The CW.

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