John Noble Reveals a Few Facts You May Not Know About Fringe

Saturday, 08 August 2015 - 10:24AM
Saturday, 08 August 2015 - 10:24AM
John Noble Reveals a Few Facts You May Not Know About Fringe
Fringe may have gone off the air back in 2013, but fans will be excited to hear that there is still more to learn about what went on behind the scenes of the much-loved show. 
 
In a new interview with Huffington Post, John Noble aka Walter Bishop revealed a few little-known facts from the set of the sci-fi show. First, he discussed the possibility that Fringe existed in the same universe as Twin Peaks. There were several Easter eggs that certainly implied it, including a throwaway line from Walter about having a friend named Jacoby who used to wear 3-D glasses. At first, Noble laughed off the possibility and called it an "in-joke," but then clarified that he actually didn't know whether the jokes were "total lore" or not. So it's unclear, but I suppose we'll find out when the Twin Peaks revival comes out, and we can see whether Jacoby gives a reciprocal shout-out to Walter Bishop.

Perhaps most surprisingly, Noble revealed that he was originally told he was too young for the role of Dr. Bishop. Personally, I can't imagine anyone else playing the quirky scientist with as much depth and complexity as Noble did, and I'm sure many fans would feel the same. However, Noble pursued the part anyway, in large part due to his love of fringe science, and filmed an audition tape with his daughter. Noble "was so pleased with it" that he felt sure it would work out which, of course, it did. In fact, Noble's audition was so impressive that he got the part without an audition.

Noble also discussed the potentially controversial presence of the Twin Towers in the alternate universe. In the show, an alternate universe existed in which a few things were noticeably different than in our world, including the fact that the Twin Towers were still standing. Noble was initially worried that this move would upset and offend viewers, but his qualms were assuaged once he saw how the show handled it:

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"Everything was done with the utmost of respect," said Noble "At no stage did we go out to sensationalize anything. I felt it was particularly courageous to do that. Because there was a certain elegance and beauty."
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And finally, One of Leonard Nimoy's last roles was on Fringe, as the enigmatic Dr. William Bell. Dr. Bell was a reccurring character on the show who was every bit as ingenious and central to the plot as Dr. Bishop. Although Nimoy's health was failing near the end of the series, and he had officially retired, he wanted to continue playing the role out of respect for the show. Noble reminisced about his time working with Nimoy:

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"The man was a living legend, totally, a true living legend," said Noble. "Apart from feeling incredibly honored, really honored — privileged — to be sharing a soundstage with him, it was more than that, I also found him to be a superb actor to work with."
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Ultimately, Noble and Nimoy formed a genuine friendship:

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"We would be inclined to sit outside the soundstage on a couple chairs that were set up for us, and we'd talk about a wide range of topics, nothing to do with science fiction necessarily at all — or nothing to do with 'Fringe.'" He recalls, "We'd talk as two men do with common ground and have so much to talk about, and we'd spend as much time as possible just sitting there doing that."
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