One of the best action packed, procedural crime thriller series on TV, Person of Interest, returns for its winter premiere tonight and according to series star Kevin Chapman, we are in for quite a ride.
Chapman who plays Detective Fusco, the formerly corrupt detective/reluctant team asset to Jim Caviezel’s mysterious character John Reese, took some time out of his packed schedule to chat with Daemon’s TV about his character, the exciting episodes coming ahead and working with an amazing cast. Check out what he had to say below and don’t forget to tune in for the newest episode of Person of Interest “Super” which airs tonight Thursday, Jan. 12 (9:00 – 10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
What drew to the character of Fusco?
Kevin Chapman: Well, he does have a sense of duality to him, doesn’t he? I think it’s a great character and it’s a far departure from the character that I played in the pilot. It’s really great to play that duality. It’s up to the viewer whether he’s a good guy or he’s a bad guy. He’s introduced as a corrupt cop, but as you see him do things like save Reese’s life, anticipate and trying to locate this missing boy and things like that you kind of look at him and go, ‘Is he really that bad of a guy?’ I think for me that’s what makes it so interesting to play the character and so fresh. As each script comes out I look at it and go, ‘Okay, is this the good Fusco or the bad Fusco?’ Or is this the Fusco that’s going to play in the middle. So, it’s really great. As an artist you get to go on the journey that the writers provide for you. So, it’s a pretty cool character to play.
At times he seems like a reluctant good guy. Is that fair to say?
Kevin Chapman: Yeah, at times he does things like trying to manipulate certain situations so that he can get rid of Reese and that doesn’t work. Then he kind of feels like, ‘Maybe the stuff that this guy is doing isn’t all that bad.’ Then you can see him come more to the light, almost like he’s rejuvenated and says, ‘Wait a minute, this is the reason that I became a cop in the first place.’ I don’t necessarily think he’s a bad guy. I think he’s a guy who just fell in with the wrong crowd as you might say.
Will we learn more about Fusco as the season progresses?
Kevin Chapman: Yeah. I think what’s going to happen is you’re going to see some turns within the next couple of episodes. The dynamic of the whole thing is going to take some really interesting turns. There will be some other elements that will kind of come in and stir things up a little bit. You’re in a for a good ride. You’re in the middle of the roller coaster and you haven’t quite gone through double loop yet.
How has it been working with this cast?
Kevin Chapman: It’s great. The thing that excites me so much about this cast is that if you line the four of us up you have four very different people. That’s what really excites me about this. If you look at all the television shows today, specifically on network television, it’s almost like a lot of the people have the same look. They all use the same hair gel. They’re all six foot tall wit six pack abs. This group is really kind of an eclectic group of individuals. We have a classically handsome guy in Jim [Caviezel] and you have the intellect played by Michael Emerson. Then you have the sexy, no nonsense female played by Taraji [P. Henson] and then there’s this kind of blue collar, not very well educated, not a great sense of moral value, kind of this everyday schlep. You have these four people and you put them together and it just makes this great show. I’m just really happy out of all the things that I’ve done in my career. I’m so excited about going to work everyday and working on the show because it’s so smartly done. The writing is fantastic, I feel. That’s my own personal opinion. I feel it’s very good, very clever and very smart and it’s not something that you’ve seen a thousand times. That’s just my view on it.
When you play a police officer do you have a certain approach that’s different from other characters you might play?
Kevin Chapman: I seek the truth the in role. I look at the character and I never judge the characters that I play. I just try to seek the truth in their lives. That’s what I look for first and foremost. Is this someone that could actually exist? Is this a guy who maybe is in the police department, maybe fell into the wrong crowd and has now found himself in a situation where there’s no return? I think that does actually exist in life. Everybody loves a character that’s redeemable. I feel that Fusco has the potential to be a redeemable character. I think that Reese thought he was a redeemable character. Otherwise he would’ve killed himself on the way out to Oyster Bay. So, there’s a quality there that’s redeemable and I think that everyone loves a story of redemption. More importantly, as I said, is there truth in the story that’s being told about Fusco, and that I believe there is. So, that’s pretty much my marker for the character.
Do you have any other upcoming projects that you can talk about?
Kevin Chapman: Really, my time right now is dedicated to the show. It’s a very demanding show because it’s very location driven and there’s so much action. Those stunts take a long time. Those fight sequences that Reese’s character does, those have to be choreographed so that no one gets hurt and so that they are believable. It’s really the most labor intensive show that I’ve ever been a part of, I think. You’re consistently driven by factors that are out of your control. A perfect example is that I was supposed to go to the Giants game in Green Bay this Sunday and I couldn’t go because we lost a location that we were supposed to have and now I have to be on set for Monday morning. That’s just the show. You can’t even really get a day off to go do something because everything is determined by so many other factors that are basically out of your control.
Do you know how many total episodes you will have for this season?
Kevin Chapman: I think it’s going to be twenty three.
Has there been talk about a second season?
Kevin Chapman: Well we’re nominated for Best New Drama on the People’s Choice Awards. So, I would imagine that if we were getting the nomination for something as important as a People’s Choice Award that somebody is watching it. In show business though you can only take what’s in front of you. I hope that there’s a second season. I honestly feel that the momentum of the show is building each week. The way that I gauge that is by people approaching me on the street. We’ve been operating in reruns during the holiday season and it’s so funny how many people come to me and are like, ‘When are we going to get a new episode?’ I’m like, ‘I don’t control the network. I just work there.’[laughs]
If you could guest star on any other TV show, your pick of the litter, which one would it be?
Kevin Chapman: F Troop.’
I don’t think I’m familiar with that one.
Kevin Chapman: That was a show that ran from about 1968 to about 1972 and it was about this this troop, the F Troop during the Civil War that was a bunch of misfits. It was very comical.