'The Musketeers' Howard Charles uses Robert De Niro's acting advice

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Zap2it: Do you relate to your "Musketeers" character who lived 400 years ago?

Howard Charles: I share a lot in common with Porthos. Both of us are from humble beginnings. He was born into darkness and found his way into light, and much as I did in becoming a professional actor. I am from Brixton in South London. It was rough. I was congratulated to get out. I always had the world vision of wanting to get out. Porthos needed something to fight for and believe in.

Zap2it: What was your training?

Howard Charles: I have been a professional actor for seven years, the Royal Shakespeare Company. I trained at the Drama Centre, London.

Zap2it: How do you learn your lines and delve into character?

Howard Charles: I listen to jazz. It is about mastering the rhythm. Once I am on it, I don't come out of it. I find it much easier to immerse myself. De Niro once said, 'It doesn't matter how you get there, just get there.'

Zap2it: What is the most fun with this gig?

Howard Charles: Working with people that push. I demand the best of myself to start creating magic. I am not interested in the idea of being an actor. I am interested in transforming and spurring on myself, my evolution and growth as a man.

Zap2it: How was riding a horse and sword fighting for this?

Howard Charles: I knew how to ride and fence, and I am very handy and naturally a good fighter.
Photo/Video credit: BBC America