Great casting news for Gotham as Carol Kane is cast as Gertrud Kapelput, the mother of Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor), in a recurring role for the upcoming Gotham TV series. The Oscar nominated actress, for Hester Street (1975), will make her debut in episode two of Gotham this Autumn and is currently filming her role in New York with other members of the cast.
The character, Gertrud Kapelput, is described as being “proud” with a “faded beauty” and holding “delusions of grandeur.” This interesting addition to the cast of Gotham should provide some fascinating context and interactions to the back story of her son, Oswald Cobblepot (aka The Penguin). Certainly, we’re excited to see what Carol Kane does in this role. Not only has she performed alongside another Oswald Cobblepot (Danny Devito) in the TV series Taxi; but she has been in some great films including perennial Christmas favourite Scrooged with Bill Murray and one of our favourites, The Princess Bride, where she played Valerie and wife to Billy Crystal’s Miracle Max.
Another cast member was also announced in quick succession with Kyle Massey being hired in a recurring role. Kyle Massey may be known to younger audiences for his Disney Channel credits in “That’s So Raven” and “Cory in the House”. Massey will play a neglected kid called Macky who lives on the streets of Gotham. This description makes us think that he could be involved with the orphaned street cat Selina Kyle. It’s interesting that Massey was a runner up in the reality US dancing show “Dancing with the Stars”, which adds another dancer to the cast of Gotham alongside Camren Bicondova.
What do you think about these two new casting announcements and the characters that they will play? Could there be a dance off in the future of Gotham? Let us know your thoughts on this casting.
John & Derek
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