How committed is John Barrowman to his role as Captain Jack Harkness in Torchwood? According to Digital Spy, heâ€™s eager enough that he made sure his character Patrick Logan in Deperate Housewives was killed off so he could film Torchwood: The New World.
Barrowman revealed that the creators of Desperate Housewives had bigger plans for his character, plans that would have conflicted with him filming the fourth series of Torchwood. So like any dedicated actor would do, he put the character that put him on the map as an actor first.
“I was in discussions with [Marc] and he invited me to play Patrick…It was such a good role… and I really wanted to do it. But I also didn’t want to spoil the Torchwood deal, so I told him that if I played Patrick, he’d have to find a way to kill me off, and he went along with that.”
For those not in the know, Desperate Housewives is a hugely successful black comedy/ drama series that follows the lives of a group of friends all living in the same street. Such is its popularity that it actually helped in giving the green light for a new series of Torchwood:
â€œDesperate Housewives is so huge that it actually helped to seal the Torchwood deal.â€
Torchwood: The New World is a new ten part Torchwood adventure starring John Barrowman and Eve Myles. It will be a truly epic adventure and is set to air in 2011 on BBC One in the UK and Starz in the US.