Jones Puts Spin On Blade
COQUITLAM, CanadaKirk "Sticky" Jones, who plays the title role in Spike TV's upcoming Blade TV series, told SCI FI Wire that he's putting his own spin on the vampire hunter, who first appeared in Marvel Comics and most recently in a series of movies starring Wesley Snipes. "I'm definitely going to be borrowing from the films, but one thing that they really didn't do from the films is we're going to be borrowing from the comic books as well," Jones said in an interview during a break in filming on location in this Vancouver suburb. "So it's like a combination of both. Plus you know, my little psycho brain, whatever I add onto it."
Jones takes over the role of the half-human, half-vampire superhero from Snipes, who played the character in all three Blade movies, the most recent of which was 2004's Blade: Trinity. Last week, on the set of the show, which has been given a 13-episode order by the cable network, Jones played the character with the familiar black trench coat, samurai sword and black leather suit outfitted with weapons. A former mental hospital was transformed with signs and artfully placed vehicles to appear as a medical clinic on a street in Berlin, where Blade has to rescue a pregnant girl.
Between takes, Jones said that he's going to add some humanity to the character, who was played by Snipes as a stoic enforcer. "Well, first and foremost, I think Blade is going to be a little more street," said Jones, a rap musician who was last seen on F/X's war series Over There. "He's going to have a little more of that human side and a sense of humor, but then it's going to be the same Blade that everybody knows."
Jones said he can't help but bring his own personality to bear on the iconic character. "Yeah, well, you know, I can only use the elements that I have present," he said. "I mean, basically, I'm from the streets. I'm from the hood. I grew up in Brooklyn, so I carry that everywhere with me. And I think Blade is just the same. He grew up in Detroit. Thats probably worse than Brooklyn, you know?"
Another thing that will change: Blade's look. Unlike Snipes' fade haircut, Jones will play Blade with a shaved head and a goatee. "Blade never looked so good," he said with a smile. "Let me stop. No, well you know, actually, I grew the goatee for it. I figured, I love the bald head for Blade. I love it, you know, because, ... actually, in the comic books he didn't have a bald head, but he had this real, real short haircut, like [a] Caesar-type of thing. So I figured the bald head'll be perfect. And I figure, ... even in the comic books he didn't have a beard, he had a mustache. But I figured a goatee would round it off and make it perfect."
Jones co-stars in Blade: The Series with Jill Wagner, Neil Jackson, Jessica Gower and Nelson Lee. It premieres with a two-hour movie at 10 p.m. ET/PT on June 28. Patrick Lee, News Editor