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'Black Sails' star Luke Arnold confesses first celeb crush, go-to karaoke song, and more -- VIDEO


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. READ FULL STORY

'Black Sails' star Toby Stephens treasures his 'Star Wars' VHS that 'hasn't been tampered with by George Lucas' -- VIDEO


Perhaps you’ve already watched the first episode of Black Sails online. If not, you can catch the action-packed pirate adventure when it officially premieres Saturday on Starz. Toby Stephens fronts the drama as the enigmatic and charismatic Captain Flint. “Because he’s a pirate captain, he has to be feared by both his men and by people who sail in those waters. He has to cultivate this image, and he does it very carefully,” Stephens says. “The violence is very, very shocking — very real — but it’s designed specifically by him to make people afraid of him. He’s not some sort of brute; it’s actually for political reasons. And I enjoy the way that works.”

He cites the brutal final moments of the first episode, for example: “Captain Flint is on the back foot. His crew is getting [disenchanted] with him. They want to kick him out and get a new captain in, and he’s trying to save his position. So the audience isn’t sure about him,” he says. “I won’t give it away, but the end of it stamps him: You go, ‘That’s why he’s the captain. That’s why he’s the right guy to be running this ship.’”

While Black Sails is all about making the politics of piracy relatable — “We’re trying to make it as present as possible, so they just happen to be wearing these costumes, they just happen to be in a different century,” Stephens says — we discovered Stephens is a bit of an old soul himself when he visited EW. Watch him take our Pop Culture Personality Test below. (Star Wars purists will find it particularly relatable, as the headline implies.) READ FULL STORY

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