Express.co.uk spoke exclusively to veteran American star Matthew Modine about leaving behind Netflix’s juggernaut Stranger Things as he takes to the London stage as Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird.
Stranger Things fans were hit with some surprising twists and turns after season four of the science fiction epic premiered over the summer. The new episodes saw Hawkins very much turned on its head with a callous new villain to rival them all: Vecna (played by Jamie Campbell Bower). The show also saw the return of anti-hero and MK Ultra scientist Dr. Martin Brenner (Matthew Modine), who helped Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) regain her powers after she lost them in the Battle of Starcourt Mall.
However, season four was the last for American star Modine, 63, after Brenner was brutally killed in an epic battle when his underground laboratory was infiltrated by the army. Given Brenner appeared to have been killed back in season one, before later appearing in a vision, there’s nothing to say the character couldn’t make another comeback at some point. For now though, it looks like Brenner has bowed out for good with the scientist sharing a poignant moment with his protégé Eleven who referred to him as ‘Papa’.
Addressing his exit from Stranger Things, which propelled the Full Metal Jacket star back into the limelight, Modine said: “It was very sad. Millie Bobby Brown and I are quite good friends. It was easy for us to use our love and affection for each other in the scene as our characters.” Brenner’s morality has remained a question mark throughout the series with the scientist very much the villain of season one, before appearing to redeem himself in the latest outing by helping Eleven.
But it seems Modine is very clear on Brenner’s true intentions and his feelings towards Vecna.He said: “I don’t think violence and cruelty towards others was ever behind any of Brenner’s work. He wasn’t making soldiers. He was exploring the untapped powers we humans are capable of.” Stranger Things has been a hit with global audiences since season one, which debuted in 2016 and catapulted its young cast to international stardom. The show has led to a resurgence of all things 80s with audiences loving everything from the fashion to the music and even Dungeons and Dragons finding young new fans.
There’s also Stranger Things: The Experience in London, which gives fans the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of Hawkins, Indiana as well as partaking in some of the experiments Eleven and her fellow numbers are involved in. Modine surprised fans after appearing in costume as Brenner at the London experience recently “It was great fun. The fans of the show are great, great fans of all of the characters,” he said. Adding: “So it is a real pleasure for me to meet them and celebrate everything Stranger Things.”