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Clues on Set With Heroes… by Damien
August 6, 2007, 8:32 pm
Filed under: Blog, General, Links, MSNBC, Season 2, Set

MSNBC’s Test Pattern Blog recently got to visit the set of Heroes to what was going on and going down and they reported back what they saw.

HIRO’S MY HERO

As we wandered in to the cavernous building, we were randomly divided into two groups to be shown the various sets. I was lucky — I was in the group led by Masi Oka (Hiro), who’s not only my favorite “Heroes” character, but could have a job as a tour guide at any major attraction if he wanted. He took his role quite seriously, walking backwards in front of us, waving his arms to get our attention, and spouting tour-guide lingo as if it was his mother tongue. “Please grab your stuff, because we will not be returning to this set!” he yelled. “You might want to have some water, it’s a very hot day out!”

Oka also made me laugh when a critic tentatively began a question to him with “I know you must get asked this all the time…” and he immediately said “I would have Hiro’s power.” Turns out that wasn’t the question she was about to ask, but it’s obvious that’s the #1 question he hears.

SURESH APARTMENT

We toured four main sets — stop reading now if you want to protect yourself from any possible spoilers — starting with the Suresh apartment in New York City. It’s a bit dingy, just as it appears on the show, and one of the kitchen cupboards still bears damage from where Sylar threw a glass at Peter, denting the cabinet. Masi Oka teased us that we might find a hint to next fall’s plotlines in the apartment, and since I don’t think it was the can of Baker’s Joy nonstick cooking spray on the counter, I assume it’s the fact that the apartment is home to what appears to be a little girl’s bedroom, complete with doll house. Hmm, can you say “Molly”?

ISAAC’S LOFT

We also visited Isaac’s loft, and met Tim Sale, the comic-book artist who creates all Isaac’s (and now, Sylar’s) paintings. The font used in the “Heroes” credits was also created from his handwriting, he shared. Sale also answered a question he gets frequently — NBC owns all the rights to the paintings seen on the show, and as far as he knows, there are no plans to offer them for sale to the public. (He also answered a fun one: Masi Oka is the easiest “Hero” to draw, since “his face is so round.”)

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