While the script provided the ultimate blueprint for Cal, Dancy decided how heavily to lean on the fault lines that he says are running through the character. "I felt like he was struggling to stay afloat on top of a raging sea," Dancy says, factoring in layers of Cal’s ambition, alpha attitude and extreme pressures to lead against the tide.
For Dancy, he enjoyed the span of the character's arc in season one and how Cal can focus very intently on an individual, but also has the capacity to preach to a big crowd. "It's a rare opportunity to flex all those muscles," Dancy says. "He is a performer. He is theatrical, so I got to indulge in those sermonizing scenes, particularly when he's recounting the story of Plato’s cave. I mean, it's daunting, but enjoyable."
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