David Anders says he took the role of Takezo Kensi because it's "work." But in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, it does sound as though the actor is enjoying his time on Heroes, as well...
What interested you in Heroes?
Work. Also, Greg Grunberg had really pumped it up to me and made it sound like the raddest show.
When they told you the role was for Hiro Nakamura's mythic descendent, did you find it humorous that you're not, well, Japanese?
Not humorous so much as frustrating. Japanese is a very difficult language. But of course it's humorous. I'm dressed in samurai armor every day. I'm running through burning villages and taking out my sword and doing things with it. (laughs)
What's your character like?
He is an Englishman (switches to English accent) who came over on the feudal trade vessels that the emperor let pass and he stayed on to find his fortune. He came up with the name Takezo Kensei, because people are more apt to run from you when you have a good, fierce, fearful name. And he's not the hero that Hiro thought he was.
What's it like working with Masi Oka?
We have fun together. The only way you can keep from going crazy in armor out in the very hot, hot sun is to pretend like you're drunk.