Portrait of a Character – Von
I needed a bad guy character for the Times of the HG Wells series who would not be found out immediately. Enter Von, who is named for retired Phillies outfielder Von Hayes (yet another backhanded reference to Jay Hayes).
I see Peter Dinklage in this role.
The actor is brilliant and interesting; I feel he can play pretty much any role thrown at him.
A bit secretive and paranoid, Von has plenty of reason to be so – he is working in cahoots with the Perfectionists, the enemy faction. But he also has a softer side. There is a garden in the center of the Temporal Integrity Commission. Even though he is not required to do so, he is the one who prunes the roses and tends to the day lilies and lilacs and whatnot. He uses an old-fashioned pair of shears that figure somewhat prominently in Spring Thaw.
Von has no known relationships at this time.
There aren’t necessarily any impediments to Von existing in the Mirror Universe. Perhaps he’d be honorable, but I really would prefer him as being tightly wound.
“Anyone can use those shears. I know she did.”
I like this character but he was sorely underutilized. I’m not sure if or when or how I could possibly revisit him, but he was a character with potential who should have had more depth to him.
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