Gotham season 3 episode 16: Ben McKenzie talks directorial debut

Ben McKenzieGotham season 3 episode 16 is going to be an exciting one for many reasons, but one of the biggest ones relates to Ben McKenzie.

The actor behind Jim Gordon on the series directed this episode, which marks the first time that he’s taken on that role on the show. It should be exciting just because he’s spent the better part of the past few years honing his craft in front of the camera, and we’ve got a good suspicion that in the process, he probably worked a little bit to ensure that he’d also be rather adept behind the camera in the process.

One of the fun things about the video below is seeing Ben the director versus Ben the actor, and how much they transform in terms of both material and style. He talks about the experience of directing, and some of the fun that he’s having in the role. There are some times that he will have to direct himself, but he seems especially amped to be able to do this part at a time in which the great James Remar is guest-starring on the show. He is playing the part of Jim Gordon’s uncle, and we imagine that it’s going to be very entertaining seeing how some of the allegiances continue to play out. He professes to being a part of the Court of Owls, but not really working with them intimately. That is where the level of deception comes into play.

You also get a few quotes from both Remar and David Mazouz in this video, as well, just in case you wanted to get a little bit more insight courtesy of them as to what they think about their co-star developing such a new and refined skill. We have a feeling that in the event there is a season 4, we’re going to be seeing Ben take on this role again. Typically, actors who decide to direct an episode will choose to come back and take the role on again down the road. Granted, they have to plan this out in advance, given that doing this adds a significant amount of hours to the work day so you need a pretty good plan in place fairly far in advance.

What do you want to see from McKenzie both as an actor, and a director, over the course of the episode? Share in the comments!

Meanwhile, be sure to head over here to get some further news regarding this episode, including some more scoop about what lies ahead. (Photo: Fox.)

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