Iowa actor amuses, scares as the Penguin on "Gotham"

When actor Robin Lord Taylor booked the role of Oswald Cobblepot — aka the Penguin — on Fox’s new TV show “Gotham,” he tried to temper the excitement that crept up his spine every time he stepped on set.

A working actor since 2000, Taylor, 36, had been through enough pilot seasons to know a hit show is as rare as a perfectly round pearl, requiring an indefinable alchemy of writing, acting and that elusive X-factor.

But there was one moment when the Shueyville native knew that “Gotham,” which tells the origin story of Batman’s cadre of supervillains, was going to be special.

In one of the pilot’s final scenes, Taylor’s co-star Ben McKenzie, who

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