Shane West Talks The End Of "Nikita" in Da Man Winter 2014
The 35-year-old actor looked dashing in designer duds from Calvin Klein and Michael Kors for the Mitchell Nguyen McCormack-shot spread and shared details about the CW crime drama nearing its series finale
Check out GossipCenter's recap of Mr. West's interview below. For more, be sure to visit Da Man!
On "Nikita" ending:
"Very bittersweet. It was an action-packed and stressful, yet exhilarating four-year ride. It will be sad to leave Toronto after so many wonderful memories, but it is also exciting to be moving on to a new chapter in my life and career. [My character] Michael was the 'wolf.' He was stoic in nature but had many demons suppressed below the surface. Those things are what attracted me to the role. He started off as a family man in the Navy but then things spiraled out of control once his family was killed right in front of him. He was recruited to work for Division (a secret U.S. government organization) to “solve the rights and wrongs and injustices of the world” but found out it was all pretty much a hoax—he had become a corporate killer. He was able to rediscover the soldier he once was when Nikita arrived on the scene."
On his favorite roles:
"I wouldn’t say playing the character affected me in any way, but I do become protective of him. It becomes my baby. I know the ins and outs of the character so well that I fight hard to protect him.Well, I tend to go for roles that are a little different and a little off-kilter while still being accessible. It’s always been a thrill for me to sit down with a new script and immerse myself into the role. The downtime spent creating and crafting a character before the start of shooting is always rewarding."
On his comic book:
"The 'Big Bad Wolf.' That’s our baby with Arch Enemy Entertainment. I’d love people to read it online to see what it’s about. It involves a brother and sister that have to team up to help solve the riddle of the curse that had been put on the brother when he was a child. William Wilson and I got together years ago to create a project together. We hashed out a bunch of rough concepts. He then introduced me to Percy Carey and Neil Herndon, and with them we created the world of The “Big Bad Wolf.” We are currently trying to get this packaged for a film and/or TV series. My production company is in its infant stages these days. My writing partner, Chris Gessner, and I are churning out script ideas. The feedback so far has been exciting!"
Photo Credit: Mitchell Nguyen McCormack for Da Man