‘Stranger Things’ star says Vecna has ‘more humanity’ than other characters
Jamie Campbell Bower, who plays Vecna in ‘Stranger Things’, said his character has “more humanity than maybe any other” despite his murderous and heartbreaking tendencies.
Bower, who joined the show in its fourth season to play the villain, told Variety he feels anger on behalf of his character. The villain, who operates from the Upside Down, was revealed to have started out as a human with psychic powers. After murdering his family, he became the first child of Dr. Brenner’s Hawkins National Laboratory experiments – the ones that ultimately led to Eleven honing her own powers.
“He grew up in an environment where his father murdered a villain and a civilian family on the orders of people he never knew, who posed as these law-abiding citizens,” Bower told Variety of the character. . “In whose eyes are they worthy? I’m still mad about it now! »
The big reveal about Vecna’s past occurs in episode seven, which was released as the first part of season four on May 27. In it, a young Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) banished Vecna backwards after slaughtering all the other kids. in the laboratory. This banishment resulted in his monstrous physical appearance and serves as his motivation to threaten the town of Hawkins.
Bower said that while his character had “a lot of humanity”, Eleven’s banishment reduced him to “rage and resentment”.
“It’s infuriating,” Bower said. “It’s more than that – it fuels hate. It’s irritating. It’s actually really irritating.”
Bower separately told People that to tap into Vecna’s resentment, he printed out photographs of each of his victims, crossing out their eyes, placing them on his wall, and staring at them.
“Resentment is a massive driving force for Vecna,” Bower told People. “He already has this belief system that the world is a lie and it’s unfair. And so preparing was to talk about it and dig deeper, [which meant] a lot of heavy, dark
low frequency sounds, lots of repetitions of the same kind of stuff.”