John Barrowman enjoys working with a shirtless Stephen Amell on Arrow

Jokes it's 'required in my contract ... that Stephen be naked around me on camera'

John Barrowman enjoys working with a shirtless Stephen Amell on Arrow
30 April 2013

Openly gay star John Barrowman can think of worse things that having to act in scenes on The CW series Arrow with hunky leading man Stephen Amell.

‘I’m required in my contract at some point, during the whole season, that Stephen be naked around me on camera,’ Barrowman jokes to The Backlot.com.

On the show the Torchwood star plays Malcolm Merlyn , the nemesis of Oliver Queen (Amell).

In an upcoming episode, Barrowman acts opposite a shirtless Amell whose character also happens to be tied up and helpless.

(Executive Producer ‘Andrew (Kreisberg)  actually said to me, he said, "I’m giving you this scene,"’ Barrowman says.

The actor then describes the filming of the scene: ‘He’s totally shirtless. I do this whole thing where I stalk him around him. It’s beautifully filmed. There’s a whole rotation with the cameras and then the other camera’s going in and out from both sides and then we have a crane that comes down and swoops up. It’s shot like a movie but I was talking to him the whole time. At one point, I get up to him, and I say some dialogue to him and he’s looking at me, and there’s this intense look and then I tweaked his nipple. I said, ‘You can’t do anything, can you?’ Then I went…[cups his hands as one would cup a crotch] and he went ‘No!!’ [laughs]’

‘Yeah, we had a good time.’

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