David Ganly is an actor, stuntman and producer who trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). He has appeared in many different types of roles, on stage and in film, including high-profile television productions such as Game of Thrones and Black Mirror. Most recently, David Ganly was cast in the role of Billy Fitzgerald in Marvel’s Moon Knight . David Ganly Plays Moon Knight
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Actor David Ganly
I was very curious and enthusiastic about doing something which was completely different from anything I’d done before. David, who plays Billy Fitzgerald in new series Marvel’s ‘The Punisher’, joined forces with Detectives Eames and Nelson to get a feel for his character – a police officer turned cult member, who has some alarming secrets up his sleeve. Since there are so many characters in ‘The Punisher’ can you tell us what it’s like playing Billy? I play Billy Fitzgerald, a seemingly mild-mannered, senior member of Frank Castle’s former army regiment – and now it turns out that he has another agenda that may put him against Frank more than once.
Director C.B. McCallister
Billy Fitzgerald is an old friend of Marc Spector’s, who is struggling with mental illness and his place in a society that has cast him out. He’s also a police officer. I don’t know if you can ask for more than that in a character description! Billy’s mental state starts to deteriorate throughout my episode, and it was an interesting challenge to take him on that journey… while still playing someone essentially good-natured. David just nailed it. (Fun fact: David often plays American characters on screen.) David Ganly: In order to play such a multifaceted character I had to research about people suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Writer Max Borenstein
The fact that he’s been an NYPD police officer, a war veteran and CIA agent – as well as having suffered mental illness and being an expert in multiple forms of martial arts – is a lot to swallow, Borenstein says. This will be an origin story, but it will also have to follow what has happened since his days in New York City. He’s changed so much since he was first introduced, so we’re looking for a way to make him feel grounded and real. 
Producers Marvel Studios
Marvel Studios has produced thirteen films based on Marvel Comics superhero characters. These are Iron Man (2008), The Incredible Hulk (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), Thor (2011), Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), Marvel’s The Avengers (2012), Iron Man 3 (2013), Thor: The Dark World(2013) Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man and Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2015. 2016 features Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, while Spider-Man debuts in his own film with 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming before Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on May 4, 2018. Three untitled films will follow in 2019.
How the casting process works
In short, a company like Marvel Studios will put out a casting call (possibly including who they’re looking for), and agents representing actors send in video auditions for their clients. Those are then passed on to people within Marvel Studios and other entities such as Disney and ABC. Eventually, someone gives a thumbs up or down based on performance and whether or not that person fits into what’s expected from that role, etc. Sometimes it’s more than one person; sometimes it goes back and forth between creative parties until everyone agrees on an actor(s).
The difference between British, American, and Canadian accents
I’ve been doing films for over 10 years now, so I have a certain way of working. My main thing is to be efficient – we don’t waste time on set and that helps everyone get what they need quickly. It also helps me relax when it comes to doing my own performance as I know there won’t be too many takes. I do my take and then move on, like an actor should!
The filming process – how many takes, how much time spent on set?
It was all a bit of a blur. As with most things on set, I don’t think we had any idea how many takes were being filmed and we never spent a lot of time hanging around at first, and then they began to call us back later that day. We basically came in as a unit and shot all our scenes (we didn’t have anyone else coming in to film separately), so it was over relatively quickly, especially since much of what we were doing involved movement rather than dialogue. When there is dialogue, these takes tended to be repeated more times than I thought necessary.