Team Flash is determined to turn Ralph Dibney into a hero. When the core cast of The Flash discovered Dibney’s metahuman abilities, they enlisted him to their team, but his old habits are going to die hard. During a set visit, Elongated Man actor Hartley Sawyer explained what it will take for Ralph’s attitude to adjust, his “pretty big” learning curve and more.
“The learning curve from zero to hero is a pretty big one,” he shared. “It takes most of the episode for him to get there. It’s tricky because Ralph was not, you know, a bad guy but has just gone on this path. And so coming back from that has been tricky. And also kind of the animosity with Barry has been tricky for him too, but it’s given us a lot of opportunities to play off of that. And just now getting these powers it’s sort of like winning the lottery, like ‘I’ll buy an island, I’ll do this, I’ll do that.’ It’s like whoa, take it easy. It’s kind of like learning that there’s risks that come with that too.”
“It does not go exactly how he thought it would go. It’s difficult for him. I think the first few encounters he has with metahumans, he thinks it’s going to be a lot easier than it is. And it proves a lot more challenging,” he explained. “He’s thinking, ‘How hard can this be? I’ll just save the day. It’s fine I’ve got the bad guy.’ And sometimes there’s a cost to that.”
Sawyer also weighed in on his first superhero outfit, which was seen in the promo for tonight’s episode. “The first suit that I get? The grey suit? It’s a little hard to get into, but it’s fun to wear actually. It does not leave much to the imagination, but putting it on is fun and it lends itself to a lot of comedy, a lot of moments there with that.”
Asked if it reminded him of PJs, he added, “A little bit, although I don’t think I’ve ever worn a onesie that I can remember. But now I need to go get one, because that was really great actually. It was comfortable. Slept it in a few times.”
Starring Grant Gustin as the Scarlet Speedster, The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW. The series also stars Jesse L. Martin, Tom Cavanagh, Carlos Valdes, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Keiynan Lonsdale and more.
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