Raphael Sbarge Previews Origin Story of Jiminy Cricket

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Once Upon a Time... Raphael Sbarge landed the role of a lifetime.

"I feel like the luckiest guy in the world," the veteran actor said of appearing on Once Upon a Time as Archie Hopper/Jiminy Cricket. "I feel like the guy in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory with the Golden Ticket."

That Still Small Voice Scene

Sbarge won't blow up like a blueberry on this week's new episode, but he will play a prominent role in "That Still Small Voice."

"This episode tries to define how Jiminy came to be," Sbarge told me, comparing the origin story to the Broadway hit Wicked. "This fairy tale character is defined by doing the right thing, by his conscience. But how did that come to be?"

Viewers can expect to learn about Archie's family business, the exact nature of which Sbarge would not divulge, while witnessing the character struggle with making a choice between what's right and wrong.

"It's so inspired that he's a therapist in the real world," Sbarge said of Jiminy's other side. "He's living in this world of grey and trying to help others evolve their consciousness. His past plays a significant role in that."

How does the actor feel overall about Once Upon a Time, which has already been picked up for a full season?

"It's so beautifully produced in every way," he said. "And it manages to appeal to every demographic, from 8-80, which is really difficult to pull off. With all these characters and with so many more they can choose from, it really can go anywhere!"

Get an idea of just where it might go via this interview with producer Jane Espenson; and check out two clips from this week's new episode HERE and HERE.

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thanks for cinitg my article!You raise an interesting point. When Archie comics DOES show minorities, the minorities are somewhat stereotyped. i’m pretty sure I remember an Asian girl from Archie being depicted in her “native” garb and explaining her culture to her “American” friends. There wouldn’t be anything wrong with that, except that she’s one of the only representations of an Asian character throughout the series. Her identity shouldn’t solely be her ehtnicity. Same goes for the Hispanic characters.I think it’s an issue of these comics’ historical backgrounds and the artists’ reticence to alienate their fans by changing with the times and incorporating more diversity. I wonder how the role of Asians compares with that of other minorities though.I’m pretty sure I’ve seen a male Asian character in Archie too; I’m going to go through my collection and see if I can find him.

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he certainly did a great job

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