Everyone was so welcoming and so up for doing the work and that was really, really fantastic.And on 'Constantine,' we really did have a family and it was a wonderful experience and to go into the 'Arrow' world, where they have their own family was wonderful because they welcomed me with open arms and I really felt at home. Was any of it the same from 'Constantine' or how did that work out? I've done a bit of fight work earlier on in my career, but what's great is the guys on 'Arrow' -- it's such a well-oiled machine and because they do so much of it, these guys were literally just teaching me how to do it and I learnt it so fast.Access Hollywood.com: First of all, who called you and said they wanted yto make a Constantine appearance happen on 'Arrow'? ' People were asking me and I was like, 'I have no idea.' I had booked another job, so I was like 'Well, no, I'm doing this amazing play.' But then…my UK agent called me and said, 'Look, this is real.Matt: (Laughs) Well, it's funny because the first take I did, I was like, 'What am I doing? I started jumping around and shaking around and then, actually, it was probably about two or three takes and I was like, 'There he is.' The physicality of him came back and it was great and Stephen's such a joy to work with as well.He's been a champion of the show 'Constantine' since we started and to be able to work with him was fantastic. Access: What was it like on set working with him and with the rest of the cast? You know what's interesting – they're on their fourth season now and I think that doing a TV show for so long, people can get jaded, it can wear them out or they can start to take the experience for granted and going on to the set of 'Arrow' was not like that at all.They wanna make it work, so let's do it.'Access: Were you nervous at all about putting back on the trench coat [and] getting back into John Constantine? He's such an iconic, amazing character and he's so fun to play and he's dark and he's funny and it was great. Obviously, when the show wasn't picked up, I was disappointed and I felt that I still had unfinished business with the character, so to be able to get the trench coat on again was a great thing.Access: And it's kind of rare to have a crossover like this work so well.
Matt: I think, fundamentally, just to kind of get in his skin again was a great thing, but to see these two iconic DC characters interact -- and [the] first thing I thought was how would they interact, what would be their story and how would John react to Oliver Queen and vice-versa? Access: Stephen said you were walking around on set saying, 'I gotta find him.' How hard was it to find [the character again]?
John Constantine arrives in Star City on this Wednesday night's "Arrow." With Sara Lance (Caity Lotz) a danger to everyone since that magical resurrection in the Lazarus Pit turned her wild, unpredictable and even more deadly, Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) is forced to call in a favor from his old friend.
Although actor Matt Ryan had another project in the works on Broadway, producers of The CW show were able to get the Welshman to slip back on the trench coat, loose tie, slacks and button down shirt to once again play John Constantine (from NBC's 2014-2015 drama "Constantine"), for Wednesday's episode of "Arrow."Ahead of his evening performance in "Thérèse Raquin," on the Studio 54 stage alongside Keira Knightley (in her Broadway debut), Judith Light and Gabriel Ebert, Matt spoke with Access Hollywood about his "Arrow" debut. Matt Ryan: I actually first heard about it when they announced it at Comic-Con and I was hearing rumors from fans on Twitter that – 'Are you going to be on 'Arrow'?
Access: Sara Lance is back from the dead, but not quite right. Magic is introduced to the world of 'Arrow' and who better to call when you need to phone a friend than John Constantine. Matt: I had such fun and such fond memories of doing the show 'Constantine' and all the Hellblazer fans have been so fantastic, and to be able to get the trench coat on again is a fantastic thing and it's not something that I would say no to again.
Matt: Yeah, it was actually the same costume that we had for 'Constantine' -- the same trench coat that we used all season. At the end of the show we changed the jacket to a longer jacket. And it was great, John picks up a sword and starts swinging a sword around, and that's not something we got to do on our show.
We didn't use that jacket because I don't think it was available, but we used the same shirt, the same trousers, the same shoes, everything, so it was literally like just putting on your old clothes. Matt: What's interesting is John is called in by Oliver to help out in this situation. Access: Is it something you would be interested in going back to, either on 'Arrow' or on 'The Flash' or even in any of the other DC shows...?