‘The Umbrella Academy’ star reveals why character Number Two is so different from the comics

"I can put that person in real life and I can see it play out as a human being"

One of The Umbrella Academy‘s main stars has revealed why his take on Number Two is a world away from the depiction of the character in Gerard Way’s beloved comic books.

In the Netflix show, David Castañeda portrays Diego Hargreeves/Number Two – who has been gifted with the power of throwing objects with incredible accuracy.

While undoubtedly impressive, it’s a marked contrast from his role as The Kraken in the comics, a character renowned for his extraordinary powers of holding his breath underwater.

Speaking to Digital Spy, Castañeda explained that the change was prompted by showrunner Steve Blackman’s desire to keep the show rooted in reality.

“[Showrunner Steve Blackman] wanted to ground the comic book even more,” he said.

“So for example, Klaus doesn’t levitate in the show, whereas in the comic book he does.

“And there’s something about seeing someone who has actually no real supernatural powers and only being able to throw things with precision that kind of makes people be like, ‘Oh, I can see that, I can put that person in real life and I can see it play out as a human being’.”

He added: “You have Luther who has super strength, and you have Allison who can change the reality… and the fact that he can’t even be the one on top in the show, the resentment towards the father plays out even more because he is obviously placed at number two because he doesn’t have the powers one would say are divine.”

Meanwhile, NME celebrated the debut of the Umbrella Academy earlier this month with a special one off issue to mark the show’s debut. It features an exclusive interview with Gerard Way and you can find out all the details here.