‘Peacemaker’: Chukwudi Iwuji on Murn Butterly’s secret, alien agenda

HBO Max’s People of Peace entered the second half of the eight-episode season with the revelation that team leader Clemson Murn, everyone, was a Butterfly in his head – that is to say, he is under the influence of the very aliens this ARGUS task force has targeted.

At the end of the January 27 episode, Adebayo (played by Danielle Brooks) was showing Peacemaker’s X-ray vision helmet to watch when she happened to spot winged ET inside Murn’s melon, at which point the boss Hers was panicking. shouting and chasing rookies into the parking lot back out.

What happens next? And other surprises are happening in time Suicide Squad the last three episodes of the branch? Ahead of this Thursday’s sixth episode, TVLine spoke with Murn’s character, Chukwudi Iwuji – whose previous TV footage includes Designated Survivor, Underground Railroad and When they see us – about the upcoming Butterfly reveal, and why the show’s opening credits are so special to him.

TVLINE | Did you know that Murn had a Butterfly flying around inside his noggin?
I did, really. One of the first conversations I had [series creator] James [Gunn] and [executive producer] Peter Safran talks about how I really am a Butterfly. That’s good to know but I don’t let it affect how I play moment to moment, because I always try to avoid playing arcs. I try to let the arc take care of itself.

TVLINE | Now, I assumes that when Murn is blown back by the explosion at the senator’s house and the others run down the cave, one of Goffs’ butterflies flies over and lunges at him. Is that the case?
Oh no, he had it long before that happened. He started this activity as a Butterfly. We haven’t gone into the exact details of when or where [it took him over]but it was long before that.

TVLINE | What else can you say about Murn taking on this role?
Nothing else, other than the fact that he had some background in black activities, and that he was employed by [ARGUS boss] Amanda Waller. But you see, James [Gunn] being one of those talented writers that gives you a strong sense of your character in dialogue, so I immediately knew that this is a guy who has done a lot of bad things. I had enough information to play my secrets, simply from the page in front of me. And in [this week’s episode]we find out what makes him this version of Murn.

Peacemaker AdebayoTVLINE | How worried should we be about Adebayo?
It depends on your anxiety levels at the end of Episode 5. I think it’s safe to keep those levels of anxiety exactly where they are. [Laughs]

TVLINE | Now that we “know” one of the Butterfly species, are we about to take the course on Butterfly 101 collision?
Yes you will. You will learn more about their origin and although you will not receive all answer about why, there’s definitely a bit more history about them and what the team is up against. We’ll go a long way to understanding why Murn is so driven, and we’ll have a better understanding of what’s at stake.

TVLINE | Does this week offer some nice surprises?
I would say that between now and the end of the season perforation with surprises. There’s still a lot of work to be done and by the end of this week there will only be two episodes left so we’re not holding back. There are lots of surprises, secrets, twists, plus all the fun and literally explosive stuff, and you will have a lot of things that James Gunn always tries to infuse into his work. There are many hearts at the core of [his writing]so we’ll see a lot of that.

Credits of PeacemakerTVLINE | Tell me your best anecdote from the opening credits dance scene.
We had just done it, and James came up to me and said, “Hey, do you want to check it out? Also, I would like to have a word with you…. ” I was like, “Oh, is this where you told me you really wanted to hire Chiwetel Ejiofor?” And he said, “No, I want you in Guardians and the Galaxy 3. “It was the best moment of the day for me!

TVLINE | That’s really my follow-up question, how can you get into a DC series and a Marvel movie. Are actors allowed to cross streams? [Editor’s Note: Yes, we do know this happens all the time.]
I guess you are! Either that, or someone is waiting around to lock me up. [Laughs] No, I feel very honored to be one of the few people who can have both on their resume. It feels great and it’s great to be doing it with James, so we have that continuity to our relationship…. It’s nice to have that when we know each other well enough that he can push me and know what I’m capable of. I remember being a regular viewer who went to Times Square in 2014 to see the original Guardiansand I couldn’t understand the fact that now I’m in it?!

TVLINE | Can you tell what you’re playing? Guardian 3? Animals, plants, minerals…?
[Laughs] Is not. No, I’m not. But it’s so much fun!

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