It’s all brand-new with Barry season 4. Everyone’s appearance has changed slightly due to the time jump of several episodes in the show. Fuches, a character created by Stephen Root, stands out from the crowd.
After six years in prison, he emerges from his newfound anonymity looking like a completely different person in season six. Now he wears a white tank top, black nail polish, and his trademark crazy eyes (never leave the house without them) and goes by the name the Raven. It was fun for Root to take on this role, he recalls, and the details were worked out right up until filming began.
“I think [Barry star and co-creator Bill Hader] had a physical description in his head all throughout the season,” Root tells Polygon. “And we had to decide on the day how much of the transformation you were going to see — are you going to see his whole body? Are you just going to see a neck?”
In the end, they settled on using Fuches’s entire body so that we can observe his development. He has a wide variety of tattoos on his arms and chest (floral, skeleton, and even a red cross on his bicep), chosen by him and his makeup artist. His favorite is the crosshairs on the back of Raven’s neck, which Root “didn’t even know if you’d see.” (Have no fear; you actually can.)
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“It was endemic of this character that he would have a target right there on his neck,” Root says. It all went to his conception of Fuches as fundamentally changed by his time in prison, altering everything from his appearance to the way he carries himself. He was playing the same character, but with a completely different toolset. “My favorite characterization of the Raven is: He carries that little bag of clothes out [of prison]. But he doesn’t carry it like a lunch pail like some schlub. I decided, I’m going to grab the front of it.
“He just grabbed it because it’s of no importance to him. And he gives it to somebody that’s of no importance. And that kind of grounded me to the stillness of this guy.”
It’s the kind of quiet that comes from being shattered; the pain of Barry’s (Hader) betrayal, like that of so many others on Barry, has festered inside him and grown into something more sinister. Of course, it also put him in a better position in prison, since Root attributes Fuches’ transformation into the Raven to the scene in the cafeteria as everyone waits for him to eat.
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“He is now a powerful person within that space, which he wasn’t before; he was being reviled and made fun of. So now that he has that power I think in the intervening years he got more and more confident. He put more and more tattoos on; he became grounded and centered and OK with being a killer,” Root says.
Despite the fact that the Raven is just as much Fuches as he has ever been in this future universe when Barry is a parent, Sally (Sarah Goldberg) is a mom, and Cousineau (Henry Winkler) is in hiding, everything else is different.
“I would describe Fuches as a lost lamb,” Root says. “And just a selfish person that [like], If you don’t do what I want you to — it’s almost like a baby.