The actor behind Sam shared some answers with Zap2it in this interview.
Zap2it: After so many bad things, what is Sam’s next move?
Tom Everett Scott: He’s mentioned his son who died, and he knows that someone is guilty of murdering his son through some experiments, like beast kind of research experiments. He wants to find these people, and he keeps saying how they are a difficult group to find. So he’s kind of at the end of his mission, of his revenge mission. And that’s his next move, to get revenge on this secret group, this kind of Illuminati, above-the-law, secret-society group — he has to find their identities.
When are we going to learn more about this secretive group?
You’re going to find out about it in the next episode … Sam has downloaded all this information off like a TIA-encrypted information, whatchamacallit — something technical that someone smart would know the name of. Anyway, Sam would know. That’s the information he needed to find the identification of these people and how they meet and when they meet. And he can get them and he can get revenge — that’s going to happen in the next episode.
Of all Sam’s bad behavior, what is — in your opinion — the worst thing Sam has done?
I think the worst thing he did was he knowingly blew up his wife, Dana. Even though she didn’t actually die, he was like, “Do I flip this switch? Yeah! I’ll do it!” That’s pretty hardcore. There’s going to be a dramatic turn at the end of this next episode. It’s going to be worth checking out.
What’s the appeal of playing such an evil character?
In my experience, nice guys are boring and bad guys are fun to play.
Ever since I was a little kid, I used to love doing the evil laugh: Mwahaha! I could really do it! And there’s a little bit of that inside everybody. Still, as a kid, it was like my favorite thing. No one ever let me be a bad guy, once I started working more frequently after I got out of college and started pursuing acting. I just got all of the good-guy roles, because if I walk in the room, not a lot of people believe me as a bad guy. So everybody over there, they wanted it to be somebody you thought you could trust — and you don’t. It’s great. I love those kinds of roles, I love playing the bad guy. There was a fine line — we didn’t want him to be too silly and dastardly and twisting his mustache, we wanted to keep him grounded as a real person.
The show does that — it walks the line between fantasy, science fiction, a little bit of camp, a little bit of fun and humor — but it also tries to be real, because you want to accept these characters and you want to believe that they’re real.
Do you think there’s any goodness left in Sam, or is he just pure evil at this point?
That’s something that I wanted to figure out. He’s doing this because there were these real bad guys, these really evil people who murdered his son and made him crazy. I mean, he’s a sociopath! I think he was a high-functioning one, and now he’s a low-functioning one. But you need to watch this episode, because I think he could go either way. It really kind of comes down to how Vincent and Cat want to treat the situation — they’re the ones who decide his fate.
The “Beauty and the Beast” midseason finale, “About Last Night,” airs Monday (March 10) at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.