Colin Morgan & Bradley James = Brolin, Merthur and everything in between.
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"Don’t know if it was obvious by the way I kept hitting him, but was and still am, beaming with pride for NTA ‘Best Actor’ Colin Morgan” ~ Bradley James
Fan: So are you contracted for a set number of series’, or just one series at a time? I mean, *looks at Anthony*, we know Uther’s going to die, so does that make it different than for say Merlin and Arthur who are obviously going to grow old together.
Bradley: Do you mean Merlin and Arthur are going to grow old together, or Colin and Bradley?
"During the first season, I didn’t really get Colin and his sarcastic sense of humor. I think we were both wondering if we could get along. But then I discovered a really funny guy, with a very particular sense of humor, very different from my other friends, but a really good person. So we started joking around, a bit like Arthur and Merlin, and became inseparable on set." ~ Bradley James
"It’s great because you can go and have a bit of a laugh before your scenes, when there’s humor and comedy involved, but equally when it comes to more dramatic ones, or ones that are a bit heavier. We also can tone it down and focus on it, as well. We’re both challenged with the work, in that way. Because we get on so well, it never feels like work, which is great." ~ Colin Morgan
“I think that if you have someone in your life you really get on with and you go through a series of quite extreme events with them, then you truly bond with that person.” ~ Bradley James
"The two of them are — well, you know, they’re inseparable." ~ Anthony Head
"At first glance, you might not think that Merlin and Arthur have a lot in common, but you gradually see that they have a real connection. They both have lost a parent, and they share a past. It’s lovely to see these little moments between them where there are clearly deeper things going on." ~ Colin Morgan
"They fall out straight away when Merlin doesn’t take too kindly to the way Arthur is treating a servant. Arthur tends to use brute force and ignorance to get what he wants. His privileged upbringing has an effect on his personality. When you grow up with people deferring to you it has an impact on the way you behave. But Merlin is a catalyst for a change in his behaviour. He sees in Merlin a lot more than he judges at first and it helps him realise the kind of man he could become." ~ Bradley James
"Colin is a very good friend. I could not talk about his past, but from what I understand, he was raised in the Catholic tradition, and this is reflected in his opinions and attitude. So at this level we are quite opposite, and rightly, I think it works. Moreover, by working directly with people all day, we have the opportunity to learn, and as we work together all the time, I had the privilege of sharing many moments with him. It is very funny, we became very close, we laugh a lot. We spend very good moments on the set." ~ Bradley James
”Colin and Bradley together are hilarious. They’ve got so many on-going jokes at six o’clock in the morning in the car, that you want to sleep but they’re just going and firing it off at each other. And that type of relationship really shows again when they’re playing their characters because they got such an ease between the two of them…it’s really nice to watch.” ~ Katie McGrath
“Um. Myself and Colin have spent a lot of time together the last 2 years. And yesterday, uh, Colin was practically asleep, we got into London at like 7 - i dunno, something stupid - in the morning, and we were talking to somebody and I said a joke, and the person I was talking to didn’t laugh, but Colin woke up and went hahahaha. And, it’s just-it’s just kind of, and I, you know, I find myself knowing - I don’t know, just picking on this strange wavelength that we’ve created, between the pair of us, and not being able to step away until, after, I go oh my god, we’re a pair of weirdos.” ~ Bradley James
“Colin has a magic beanie hat that prevents him from being recognised, If we go out, he’ll put the magic hat on and I’ll stand there and people will go, ‘You’re the bloke from Robin Hood’ to which I’ll go, ‘No I’m not’. Then it’ll be, ‘Sorry, Merlin’ and they’ll talk to me. Then I’ll go, ‘You see him?’ and they’ll look Colin square in the eyes and won’t recognise him. I’m always amazed! ~ Bradley James
"Bradley and me get on really well, yeah uh.... He was actually, Bradley was the first person I met before we even started filming. It has been great fun on set when we've got scenes together. I think we've got a very similar kind of.... Sometimes I think we've got a very similar way of working, you know. We tend to focus very steadily on what we're doing and can have a bit of fun with it as well. So yeah, we're getting on well." ~ Colin Morgan
"In Merlin, Arthur has a very loyal friend who keeps him on his toes. Arthur enjoys those challenges, and there is a lot of great banter between them. Meanwhile, in Arthur, Merlin has a friend he can really rely on. Merlin knows that when it comes the crunch Arthur will always do the right thing. Arthur is a great man to have by your side in a crisis. They also have a great rapport and enjoy each other’s company – despite not admitting that! The fact that Arthur always brings Merlin along on the most dangerous missions without any chainmail shows how much he needs him. Merlin never says, “Shouldn’t I be wearing armour? I’m completely ill-prepared for this mission.” He just accepts it, as he has been doing it for years. People really identify with their relationship. They think, “If I had someone like that in my life, I’d be very happy indeed.”" ~ Bradley James
“When we first met Merlin, he was a young man and Arthur (Bradley James) was a young prince. In the past five seasons, my character has gone from being a poodle to an Irish wolfhound. It’s been a big learning curve for him as well as Arthur. They’ve grown up together, both as characters and in their friendship. Merlin and Arthur are essentially complete opposites, but have to work side-by-side towards the same goal.” ~ Colin Morgan
“I find inspiration with Colin. We have a lot of fun working together. I’ve been very fortunate that we’ve had such a great working relationship that it’s translated onto the screen. Because he’s been a big part of the show, we’ve had to work together so much. We’ve had a lot of scenes to do, and it’s made them enjoyable, so inspiration comes from hanging out together ’cause we have a laugh.” ~ Bradley James
“I’ve always thought the show should end with a long conversation between Arthur and Merlin. A face to face where they would say everything they have in heart and all their secrets would be revealed. Last episode is like that. Colin and I have been able to play all the different aspects of the relationship between these two men who are the best friends in the world, despite their differences. Those scenes are really emotional and for me, they were a way to say goodbye to Colin. I love this guy, even if on set I was constantly making fun of him or hitting him.” ~ Bradley James
I'm Anne, Merlin lover since '09, living in suburban Philadelphia. I'd rather be in London.
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