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SHOOT: The Merlyn Boys (John Barrowman & Colin Donnell) Film ARROW 1×16 at Bayshore Hotel

Ummm, people of Starling City. Am I the only one who noticed all those Triad guys dressed up as waiters at your big gala scene last night in the Westin Bayshore Hotel?  Merlyn father-and-son (John Barrowman and Colin Donnell) seemed oblivious to it. Speaking of those Merlyn Boys, is this the best father-and-son casting since those Bishop Boys on Fringe?

Barrowman and Donnell arrived at set together and had such fun rehearsing in their tuxes that they did an impromptu song-and-dance number together up and down the escalator in the Convention Centre. I don’t have photos so you’ll have to trust me that it looked like something out of a Fred Astaire movie. Besides their obvious resemblance, the two men share a theatre background.

In the scene below, Malcolm Merlyn, accompanied by bodyguards, is the recipient of some kind of award. His son Tommy hangs back as his father takes the stage to accept. After a brief speech, Malcolm steps off the stage into the crowd  as the room goes dark, a fire alarm starts flashing orange and the be-jeweled, be-gowned rich folk of Starling City exit the building. What happened?

Between takes.

Barrowman looks more like Captain Jack (Doctor Who/Torchwood) than Malcolm Merlyn in the photo below.

Can you spot the Triad guy? I couldn’t see who else was in the crowd but reportedly China White (Kelly Hu) was on set too.

In the scene, Tommy stands behind his father and his bodyguards, looking more like the estranged son he has been so far this season.

Arrow airs Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. on The CW in the U.S. and at 7 p.m. on CTV in Canada.

1 thought on “SHOOT: The Merlyn Boys (John Barrowman & Colin Donnell) Film ARROW 1×16 at Bayshore Hotel”

  1. hello, these must have beautiful photos, jb is tommy ..
    I have not seen the series, but some video
    I can say that jb is a magnifique actor .. its role it plays very well.
    and as a father, as an archer is black. is brilliant,. a brave hero to me <3

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