Gotham Star Talks of Penguin's Debt to Jim Gordon, Bond With Mom Carol Kane

Gotham Spoilers Penguin Jim Gordon

As the premiere of Fox’s Gotham drew to a close, it was sink or swim for Oswald Cobblepot aka The Penguin, after do-right Detective Jim Gordon faked killing Fish Mooney’s snitch and instead shoved him into the river, with orders to never darken the city’s streets again.

Yet something in the way Oswald eyed the city skyline upon later resurfacing from the water (and killing a kindly fisherman, to boot) tells us that Gotham has not seen the last of this natty, nasty bird.

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Taking us inside Oswald’s mind during that closing moment, actor Robin Lord Taylor tells TVLine, “He’s thinking that he’s never going to be powerless again, and that he won’t let anyone stand in his way” — a credo made clear in this week’s episode (airing Monday at 8/7c), as Oswald takes his first steps in Gotham City’s general direction, suffering no fools (and certainly none that dare call him the P-word) along the way.

“He’s immediately learning how to play people off of other people,” Taylor says of his ambitious alter ego’s journey. “His fearlessness in terms of achieving what he wants — which is to run Gotham City — and the lengths to which he goes will surprise people.”

Of course, Oswald would not have lived to see another day had Jim Gordon not spared his life, setting the stage for what Taylor says is his favorite relationship on the series. “Penguin is completely indebted to him. However at the same time, they’re rivals,” the actor notes. “Their ultimate goals, good and evil, are disparate, but at the same time they need each other. Gotham Gertrud KapelputIt’s an incredible dynamic that you rarely get to play with someone, and Ben [McKenzie] is such a fantastic actor to share this experience with.”

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Gotham viewers will begin to witness the most important relationship in Oswald’s life, meanwhile, when Carol Kane (The Princess Bride) this week debuts as his old-world mother, Gertrud Kapelput.

Taylor sums up the mother/son bond as “interesting,” then lets out a chuckle before elaborating. “Oswald’s mother is the only person he trusts in Gotham City, which is a good thing and a bad thing,” he points out. “For a person like Oswald, who is somewhat depraved, to trust and love anyone… there has to be something a little sadistic going on there.

“I’m not going to say ‘Norman Bates,'” he alludes, “but I guess I just did!”

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13 Comments
  1. Rex says:

    Loving Gotham

  2. chuckiechk says:

    RLT is the breakout star in this show! Dude is amazing as the Penguin

  3. Julia Morgan says:

    Robin Lord Taylor has his own page on Facebook, and posts to it himself. If you are impressed by Gotham’s Penguin, an existing fan, or just curious, do follow it.

  4. Jax&Juice's Girl says:

    Well Gordon made a mistake of ‘fake killing’ him. The Penguin is coming back to Gotham with a vengeance!

  5. Jake says:

    I think this show is going to be awesome. I never judge a show by a Pilot episode. The actors need a chance to dive into their rolls etc. I am just hoping that it moves towards the greatness it can become!

  6. Larc says:

    Robin Taylor as the Penguin is sheer casting perfection. But I’m really not seeing any weak links in that department for Gotham so far. It’s not often I make a “cannot miss” decision about a series based on the pilot (last one was Sleepy Hollow), but Gotham passed muster.

  7. Joey Padron says:

    Robin is good as The Penguin. Can’t wait to watch new episode tonight!

  8. Joey says:

    By far one of my favorite parts of Gotham. Looking forward to seeing more of him.

  9. Sutton says:

    He is my favorite character.

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