Stephen Amell is the star of “Arrow” and in October the show will return to the CW for its seventh season.
“Arrow” has taken up a good portion of Amell’s life ever since he signed his contract, but during a recent appearance on Michael Rosenbaum’s podcast Amell talked about the fact that his contract is up after season 7.
The “Arrow” star talked about his future with the series and said that when the show was picked up for season 7 he saw the finish line.
“It was a very interesting feeling once we were picked up for Season 7, because all of a sudden, I saw the finish line. Even if it’s many, many years from now, that will be up to me and not up to the studio, who has had me under contract—willingly. I signed it. I have no regrets that I signed it. But every year it’s like, ‘We’re going to pick up another season. You have to come back.’ Season 8 would not be that. We’re talking about it.”
He also talked about what Oliver Queen has left to do as a character, and Stephen noted that he thinks Oliver needs to leave behind a legacy
In regards to possibly signing a new contract, Amell said that he loves working on the series, but he wouldn’t sign a new contract for “Arrow” or any other TV series that films more than 10 episodes in Vancouver at the moment.
“I wouldn’t take Arrow right now, because my life has changed. I’m in L.A. My life is different. I understand why I’m still doing it, but if it ended and somebody came to me and said, ‘Alright, we have a lead role for you on a television show,’ I would go, ‘Before you tell me anything, where does it shoot?’ If they said Vancouver, I’d go, ‘OK, but when and how many episodes?’ And if the number was north of 10, I would say, ‘No.'”
He went on to say that the “Arrow” schedule doesn’t leave him much room to be aspirational when it comes to other projects, but that he loves the series and the fans, and that the show will always be the most important thing that’s happened to him professionally.
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