The truth is certainly out there, if you have the proper connections. When it comes to speculating about the fates of “The X-Files'” Agent Miller and “The Flash’s” Ronnie Raymond, the best person to corner for answers is Robbie Amell. The Canadian actor enjoyed stints on both TV series this season, beginning with “The Flash.” As Ronnie Raymond/Firestorm, he appeared to perish while trying to cork a dimensional rift to Earth-2 in this year’s Season Two premiere, “The Man Who Saved Central City.” Meanwhile, on “The X-Files,” Amell’s Agent Miller and Scully (Gillian Anderson) were whisked away by an alien spaceship in the trippy finale to Fox’s revival series.
So what’s next? Have both characters vanished for good?
On the Toronto set of his upcoming Netflix sci-fi thriller “ARQ,” Amell spoke to CBR News about filming that “X-Files” cliffhanger and whether agents Miller and Einstein (Lauren Ambrose) will be replacing Mulder and Scully in their own spinoff. In addition, the 27-year-old star talked about his love of Firestorm and when viewers can expect to see the nuclear man on “The Flash” again.
CBR News: “The X-Files” miniseries culminated with a massive cliffhanger. What was your opinion of that ending and the potential for more stories?
Robbie Amell: The ending was insane. All I kept saying to [creator] Chris Carter while we were shooting was, “How can you end it this way? People are going to be furious.” With that being said, when I read the script and saw that I was in the last frame of the season finale, I was like, “Maybe this is how I want it to end. This is pretty cool getting to shoot this scene on the Georgia Viaduct in Vancouver.” They shut down the bridge. They had 300 background cars. They had the alien spaceship coming from above. It was a full geek freak-out. It was so cool having David Duchovny in the car with me, and Gillian Anderson running toward me. I was like, “This is the coolest moment ever.”
As far as doing more, I would absolutely love that. I don’t think I would do it unless David and Gillian were joining in. I’m a huge fan. They really are essential. The show is Mulder and Scully. I’m happy to be a small part of their world, but it all comes down to Chris. He’s the brains behind it. It sounds like Chris is trying to figure out the way to do some more. I know David and Gillian have difficult schedules. I am as in the dark as everybody else. I have had no phone calls or anything about it.
Viewers assumed agents Miller and Einstein were being groomed as replacements for Mulder and Scully. Was that your sense as well?
When I auditioned for the role and booked it, they originally asked for a series regular contract. It wasn’t necessarily for a spinoff. It was just so they could lock in a contract, maybe for continuing the series with David and Gillian, or maybe for a spinoff. We didn’t know. I asked those questions. I asked, “How long it is going to be for? Where is it shooting? How many episodes? Who am I playing?” At the time, I had only auditioned with a few pages of sides and knew nothing about the character. They just couldn’t answer any of the questions at the time. Lauren and I were both willing to walk away from it because you are signing your life away. Luckily, knock on wood, they came back with a recurring contract. As of right now, I’m under no contract for “X-Files,” but I had such a good time shooing it. The fanbase has been so overwhelming that I would gladly go back and do more with the right people.
Meanwhile on “The Flash,” your character is technically dead.
Anybody familiar with Firestorm knows the character is pretty tough to bump off. Have they contacted you about returning?
I will honestly tell you I have not had any talks about coming back. It’s probably not going to happen this season, but I really love all those people. Greg Berlanti created this show with Andrew Kreisberg [and Geoff Johns]. I really love those guys. Greg has always been amazing to me and always taken care of me. If he asked me to come back and asked me to play a tree — if Firestorm was turned into a tree — I’d be willing to do it. Any time those guys want me to come back, I will. I’d prefer if they didn’t kill me again, but, it’s really fun to get to go back and do scenes with Danielle [Panabaker] and Grant [Gustin]. All of that cast are really good people. A lot of the crew is from “The Tomorrow People.” It’s nice to be a small part of a great show. It’s nice not to have a contract, so it feels very special when I get to go back.
As a comic book reader, what appeals to you about Firestorm?
I actually really enjoy playing Ronnie for the times that I have. He’s a regular guy, which is sometimes more fun for the actor. You get to do scenes with Danielle and Grant and just be a regular person, who has these problems. He has that polar opposite ability where he’s not only a superhero. Then, he’s also on fire. He flies through the air. It’s one of those things where I get to be the grounded regular guy and then the Superman version of a superhero. Getting to see the final product — the visual effects are so good — is really cool. And, I just like to go shoot with the people. I have fun when I’m up there. Good dinners in Vancouver. I think my largest fanbase might be from “The Flash,” which is crazy because I’ve only done seven or eight episodes.
“The Flash” airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.
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