DENVER (CBS4) – “The Lion King” is an epic adventure, full of larger than life characters, none more so than the villain, Scar. Colorado native, Gareth Saxe has defined the role on Broadway, and now brings his performance home to Denver.

“Physically taxing as it is, it’s a delicious thing to play,” Saxe told CBS4.

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Playing a lion is a challenge, but playing Scar is an adventure.

“As with every villain, they never think they’re the villain. They think they’re the one who should be the king,” Saxe said. “Then you have to find the animal, and we’ve been given great tools.”

Tools including a costume and makeup that define the role.

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“Then what it tells you about when you wear it, and how you have to extend your body,” Saxe explained.

Saxe is taking a break from Broadway to bring his Scar to his hometown.  He has family in Colorado and will spend the holidays with them. Saxe said that he still feels his Colorado roots.

“The Denver Center, the professionalism, the range of things to see in this area, the passion with which people approach it, all of those things are what sort of catapulted me, “ Saxe said.

“The Lion King” is on stage at the Buell Theatre through Nov. 29. Visit for tickets and information.

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