Wayward Pines, Djimon Hounsou, FOX, new, series

We chat to Jason Patric and Djimon Hounsou about Season 2 of WP on FOX.

The week has marked the awesome return of Wayward Pines on FOX and it's all we can talk about. Season 2 started off with a bang and there's so much more that we can't wait to sink our teeth into.

Along with the new season, we meet an almost entirely new cast. Jason Patric (as Dr. Theo Yedlin) and Djimon Hounsou (as CJ Mitchum) talk about the eerie series:

Let's talk character. Who are you? What are you doing?

Jason Patric:              

So Theo Yedlin, the surgeon, is dropped in the middle of Wayward Pines. I don't have any definitive ideas about who he is or where he's going, but I think that was one of the interesting things about choosing to do the project. I've always been attracted to characters in movies that are at some primal moment that's going to determine who they are – their character – one way or the other.


How does that play into the civil unrest that's happening around him?

Jason Patric:              

Let’s just say – someone was picked up, knocked out and brought behind enemy lines in Nazi Germany. And all of the sudden there's this world that exists and that you can't get out of. And so I look at it that way. And I think that's just more interesting. I think the science fiction movies are supernatural movies that I've liked and felt worked. The ones where people were not playing into the supernatural aspect, but they were just trying to find a reason for anything that's happening, and emotionally attacking that. And that's what I'm trying to do.


And Djimon, can you talk a little bit about your character on this season?

Djimon Hounsou:      

Yes. I play CJ Mitchum, and I've been described as the duster of Wayward Pines. He comes out of animated leave every 20 years, and sorts out the major infrastructure of Wayward Pines. I just started a new show, and he's my buddy on the new show now. We don't have a history before. We're starting the history now.


Was there something more cinematic about this show that made you guys want to do TV, as opposed to having mostly film careers?

Djimon Hounsou:      

I think, this past decade, TV has proven to have quite great writers, and certainly they have the ability of creating that world very quickly and establishing a world for the audience very quickly.


The series is a mystery, so each episode – it always concludes with what's going to happen next. How far advance to you guys get for the next episode?

Djimon Hounsou:      

I mean, for the next week now, we have the script for the next week. And that's pretty much it.


Jason Patric:              

Which is interesting again. Because it forces you into the present and into the moment. You're not projecting something that's going to happen later on.


What does Theo have the most difficulty with accepting? Is it the town? Is it the abbies outside?

Jason Patric:              

All of it. I mean, he does not believe where he is or what's happened. And why would he? The problem with most of these science fiction or supernatural movies is – they believe it in two seconds. And then you go okay, now we're along for the ride. It's not real. He doesn't believe it. For all he knows, he could be in a dream, a hallucination. It's not real. None of you would believe that. You would if you were on a Fox show. But if you got plopped into some place and someone told you that you just were having a vacation, and now you've been frozen 2 000 years, you wouldn't believe it.


What attracted you guys to this role?

Djimon Hounsou:      

I like the fact that CJ Mitchum is at a conflict with humanity. He seemed to be the one brain that understand the motor of the town, where at the same time, he feels like humanity is doomed, and that the abbies are the new generation. Certainly they are behaving still like a caveman. So they don't really quite seem to evolve as we evolve. As they see us evolve, they evolve at the same time. But they’re basically looking at us and getting their wisdom from the mistakes they see us do, and so on and so forth.