Jamie Campbell Bower says he would print photos of Vecna victims to get into character.
The actor plays the villain in ‘Stranger Things’ and says he had to tap into Vecna’s ‘resentment’.
Warning: spoilers ahead for “Stranger Things” season four, part one.
Jamie Campbell Bower, who plays Vecna in ‘Stranger Things’ season 4, said he printed out pictures of all the victimized characters to “look at”.
The second part of “Stranger Things” Season 4 premiered on Netflix on July 1, bringing the season to a close.
The series, which is one of Netflix’s most popular, focuses on supernatural events in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana in the 1980s.
Vecna, a psychic-powered villain with the power to kill people from an alternate dimension, is the new lead from the Upside Down, a parallel dimension, to threaten the city.
Bower told People that in addition to sitting around for hours applying prostheses to make him look like Vecna, he also did his own thing to get into the villain’s headspace.
“I would take photos of each victim,” he told the publication. “I would print them, my next victim, and meet their eyes and put them on my wall. And watch them.”
Over the course of the season, Vecna targets teenagers in Hawkins, Indiana who grapple with their own personal trauma, prey on their fears, and end up killing them.
In addition to printing photos, Bower said he would isolate himself and do repetitive exercises to tap into the character’s “resentment.”
“The preparation was to bring that up and dig deeper, [which meant] lots of heavy, dark meditations, low frequency sounds, lots of repeating the same stuff over and over,” Bower told People.
The actor said he would “clear his mind” and repeat certain phrases “over and over and over” while preparing for the role.
When it came to tapping into Vecna’s “fury”, Bower said “the music was a huge help. I used it to rekindle that or just stay in one area, and I would sit in a sort of absolute blackness.”
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