“Mayans MC” star JD Pardo, who performs outlaw biker EZ Reyes within the “Sons of Anarchy” spinoff, tackles a very completely different position in “The Terminal Checklist,” a brand new Prime Video thriller starring Chris Pratt.
“I didn’t do it on function, however it’s fascinating, taking part in that different aspect of the regulation,” Pardo, 41, instructed The Put up. “It’s like on ‘Mayans’ [EZ is] on this prison world, and right here is the regulation and he’s making an attempt to implement it,.
“It’s all the time refreshing and thrilling to do one thing completely different so that you just’re continually rising.”
Premiering July 1, “The Terminal Checklist” relies on a novel by Jack Carr and follows James Reece (Pratt), a person whose whole platoon of Navy SEALs is ambushed throughout a covert mission. When he returns dwelling, he has conflicting reminiscences of what occurred, and his culpability known as into query. He additionally discovers that bigger forces are at play and are working in opposition to him, endangering his family members. Pardo performs FBI agent Tony Layun, who crosses paths with Reece.
“It’s an awesome story by Jack Carr, an awesome e-book collection, and simply an all-star solid. Chris, Constance Wu, Taylor Kitsch … it simply goes on,” mentioned Pardo. “I actually needed to be a part of that, as a result of it’s inspiring to work with that sort of expertise. We had a variety of enjoyable on that set.”
Pardo mentioned that he was acquainted with the world of Navy SEALs as seen on the collection, due to his circle of relatives background.
“My father was within the LAPD for 30 years and within the Marines for 30 years. So, I grew up in that environment, round a variety of these guys,” he mentioned. “What was fascinating for me is that Tony Layun being an FBI agent — there’s a second the place he will get pulled into Reece’s world. And there needs to be this sense of he’s a fish out of water, as a result of the implications are life or demise. I simply saved this concept in my head that Tony was this regular common man who was making an attempt to catch Superman.”
As occasions spiral uncontrolled and the media portrays Reece as a harmful man, Tony turns into embroiled in a cat-and-mouse recreation with him.
“Everybody talks about how one can’t catch him, [how] he’s escaping each state of affairs. And right here’s Tony, who’s form of outmatched with any person like James Reese,” he mentioned. “However, he has the ability of perception. He looks like he can catch him.”
A few of Pardo’s colleagues on set had been actual Navy SEALs, which pushed him to work tougher, he mentioned.
“I’m all the time up for a problem. With ‘Mayans,’ I didn’t know the best way to experience a motorbike, so I needed to go to Harley faculty and throw myself into that world. In the identical approach with ‘The Terminal Checklist,’ I needed to throw myself into this world of ex-Navy SEALs who had been taking part in these characters,” he mentioned.
“Simply being round them as a bunch … after they say ‘motion,’ these guys don’t have stunt males. We’ve got stunt males are available in and do scenes that they needed to do, however the majority of the time, our guys are doing it. And so my taking part in the character Tony, who’s the top of this activity drive — psychologically, I didn’t need these guys to do one thing that I couldn’t do.
“So I challenged myself daily.”
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