“Mayans MC” star JD Pardo, who performs outlaw biker EZ Reyes in the “Sons of Anarchy” spinoff, tackles a totally totally different function in “The Terminal List,” a new Prime Video thriller starring Chris Pratt.
“I didn’t do it on goal, however it’s fascinating, taking part in that different side of the law,” Pardo, 41, informed The Post. “It’s like on ‘Mayans’ [EZ is] on this legal world, and right here is the law and he’s attempting to implement it,.
“It’s all the time refreshing and thrilling to do one thing totally different so that you just’re continually rising.”
Premiering July 1, “The Terminal List” relies on a novel by Jack Carr and follows James Reece (Pratt), a person whose complete platoon of Navy SEALs is ambushed throughout a covert mission. When he returns dwelling, he has conflicting recollections of what occurred, and his culpability is named into query. He additionally discovers that bigger forces are at play and are working towards him, endangering his family members. Pardo performs FBI agent Tony Layun, who crosses paths with Reece.
“It’s a fantastic story by Jack Carr, a fantastic e-book sequence, and simply an all-star solid. Chris, Constance Wu, Taylor Kitsch … it simply goes on,” mentioned Pardo. “I actually needed to be half of that, as a result of it’s inspiring to work with that sort of expertise. We had so much of enjoyable on that set.”
Pardo mentioned that he was acquainted with the world of Navy SEALs as seen on the sequence, due to his circle of relatives background.
“My father was in the LAPD for 30 years and in the Marines for 30 years. So, I grew up in that environment, round so much 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 gets pulled into Reece’s world. And there must be this sense of he’s a fish out of water, as a result of the penalties are life or demise. I simply stored this concept in my head that Tony was this regular common man who was attempting to catch Superman.”
As occasions spiral out of management and the media portrays Reece as a harmful man, Tony turns into embroiled in a cat-and-mouse sport with him.
“Everyone talks about how one can’t catch him, [how] he’s escaping each scenario. And right here’s Tony, who’s type of outmatched with any individual like James Reese,” he mentioned. “But, he has the energy of perception. He appears like he can catch him.”
Some 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 way to journey a motorcycle, so I needed to go to Harley faculty and throw myself into that world. In the identical approach with ‘The Terminal List,’ I needed to throw myself into this world of ex-Navy SEALs who had been taking part in these characters,” he mentioned.
“Just being round them as a gaggle … once they say ‘motion,’ these guys don’t have stunt males. We have 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 head of this job drive — psychologically, I didn’t need these guys to do one thing that I couldn’t do.
“So I challenged myself each day.”