Tom Ellis
Actor Tom Ellis of "Lucifer" appears during the Fox Network presentation at the Television Critics Association (TCA) winter press tour in Pasadena, California January 15, 2016. Reuters/David McNew

Tom Ellis talked about how much he loved playing the role of the Devil in “Lucifer” in a recent interview. The actor didn’t have to do a lot of research for the role, as he found everything he needed in the script.

“This is what I want to do,” was Ellis’ reaction after reading the script, he told Stuff in an interview. The fact that he will be playing the role of the devil on screen didn’t bother Ellis, because he didn’t see it that way. He, instead, chose to see the role as a “fun character” in a “fun script.”

The result was a big success for the show, and more importantly fans appreciated the way Ellis portrayed the character. The TV series has been picked up for another season, and the actor says that his character has the potential to carry on.

Ellis said that he chose to do this TV series after his personal experience. The actor said that he has been a part of many projects, some of which have worked while others haven’t. Given this experience, Ellis felt that working in “Lucifer” was an “obvious choice,” and that he really wanted to do it.

On the specific take of the Devil in the TV series, Ellis points to one particular dialogue in the script that captures the essence of the character. “Am I the devil because I'm intrinsically evil, or am I the devil because dear old dad decided I was?” the character says in one of the scenes. This, Eliis says, is the crux of his character in the first season.

"Everyone feels like they have a certain perception of the devil, and we're using that character and using it to tell a new story, basically, in a fun way," Ellis said. The actor said that the message “Lucifer” TV series is trying to send is that we are responsible for our own actions, instead of blaming everything on someone or something else.