The second episode of Starz’ pirate adventure Black Sails airs Feb. 1, but Aussie Luke Arnold, who plays John Silver, is already teasing the season 1 finale. “There’s one scene in it — it takes about 30 seconds, but we spent the whole night shooting it — it was just nuts,” he says of the eighth episode. “It was my favorite day of shooting anything, ever. This show is really physical, and not just for the actors but for the crew. Generally, we look like a pirate crew: we’ll be running up the sand, or jumping off ships, and the camera guys will be doing it as well. It was just a night that very much felt like we were in the trenches together.”
After he wrapped the eight-episode first season (a second has already been ordered), he had two weeks to get ready for the upcoming two-part INXS biopic Never Tear Us Apart, in which he plays late frontman Michael Hutchence. It premieres on Australian TV next month. “I locked myself in a house in Melbourne. I woke up everyday, had a beer, would generally have a baggy sweater and some tight jeans on,” Arnold says. “The walk was the biggest key in. Once you dress the right way and you start moving in the right way, that informs a lot.”
To get to know Arnold better, EW gave him a Pop Culture Personality Test. Watch it below.
And in case you missed it, here’s Arnold’s costar Toby Stephens (Captain Flint) in the hot seat.
Black Sails airs Saturdays at 9 p.m. ET on Starz.