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Arrow drives a Smart Car: TCA tour day 10

- July 30th, 2012

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Television Critics Association tour, day 10. Networks: CW, Showtime.

The lead character in the new TV series Arrow gets stranded on an island and, let’s face it, he goes a little nuts.

Lead actor Stephen Amell (pictured above) was asked if he can draw upon anything from his own life to understand what transforms his character Oliver Queen into Arrow.

“The closest I can get in my own life is driving from Toronto to California in a Smart Car,” Amell said. “I was crazy by the time I got to Missouri.”

Let’s get this straight. Arrow was driving a Smart Car?

“Cars for me are a point-A-to-point-B thing,” said Amell, who is from Toronto. “I like big TVs, but I’m not a fan of big cars.”

Arrow, which will debut Oct. 10 on CW and CTV 2, uses isolation as a great device in the creation of a superhero. But there’s a side to it that’s all too real, according to Amell.

“Clearly (Oliver) has post-traumatic stress disorder,” Amell said. “That’s a serious subject and we’re going to get into it.

“For all the talk of superheroes and villains, the most imminent danger to Oliver right now is himself.”

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