Mundanes: We have five words that will likely send you into a fit of hysterics not even a calming rune could soothe. Are you ready? (Don’t say we didn’t warn you.) Here they be:
Magnus Bane. In his boxers.
It’s true! It’s so gloriously true! When MTV News’ Josh Horowitz stopped by the set of “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” last year to chat up the cast about the big-screen adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s best-selling novel, he found actor Godfrey Gao in a curious state of undress.
“It’s really cold,” Godfrey—done up in Magnus’ signature makeup, a velvet blazer and sans pants—said. “At first, I was like, ’All right, I thought this party was going to be an indoor mansion with a lot of lights and chandeliers like you see in back.’ Turns out, it’s outside, and it’s actually, I think, 11 degrees Celsius [51 degrees Fahrenheit], so I’m just hanging out with my boxers on and everyone sees … I have great legs. But it’s very fun to play Magnus Bane, as you can see.”
Oh, we can see, Godfrey. We can see.
And despite the actor’s poise (would you be so calm in your underwear?), he admitted to feeling nervous bringing such a beloved character to life.
“There’s actually a really big pressure because I know there are a lot of fans out there, and everyone loves Magnus Bane, and I love Magnus Bane,” he said. “So I just wanted to play a sort of cool-looking Magnus Bane, but I also wanted to bring out the flamboyant side. The party side of Magnus Bane, so hopefully everybody can enjoy what I bring to you on screen.”
And take note, all you Magnus enthusiasts: We learned while on set that an additional scene featuring the warlock has been added to the screenplay!
“It is really cool,” Godfrey said of the bonus moment.
We can’t wait to see that, and a lot more, Godfrey.
Now that you’ve seen Magnus in the flesh, what do you think? Are you even more excited for the premiere of “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones”? Tell us in the comments and on Twitter!