Jon Gries has a terrific idea.
The actor, who for three seasons has played the computer whizz Broots on The
Pretender, rather fancies the idea of his character surprising the
audience. After all, out of the shows ensemble of weird and twisted
individuals, Broots is the most stable an ordinary guy, caught up in the
dark dealings of a dangerous corporation. But maybe its time that a few
illusions were shattered
I wanna see Broots become like Keyser Soze, jokes
the actor, referring to the duplicitous villain in the superb The Usual
Suspects. His impediment is just his fear, then all of a sudden he
breaks through and says, OK, I want you all to know
realize that he is running the whole show!
Its a fun concept, but one gets the impression it will
never reach the screen. Series creators and executive producers Craig W Van
Sickle and Stephen Long Mitchell already have a very rich palette at their
disposal and a host of warped personalities to play with. Broots is
destined to remain the ordinary guy the expert assigned to the Centre to
assist in the hunt for missing genius Jarod (Michael T Weiss).
I wasnt hired on the show to be on the full
run, says Gries, looking back to the first season. I was hired for
an episode. There was something that immediately grabbed me in the relationship
between Broots and Miss Parker [Andrea Parker]. Right away that worked and I
knew what my job was at the time there were so many complex plot lines
running in and out and things that needed to be explained. Thats his job.
If youre looking at it objectively from the point of view of the story,
once in a while you need somebody to say, This is happening because of
this or ask the dumb questions. It just fell into
Its a testimony to the writing skills of Van Sickle and
Mitchell that Broots has not remained a plot device. In fact, hes become
a vital ingredient at the Centre a wonderful foil to the cold,
determined Miss Parker and the enigmatic Sydney.
I think the relationships have become a lot
clearer, he states. Before, we just had a lot of suggestion of
where the relationships are going to go. I like the fact that Broots and Jarod
have this mutual respect. As much as Jarod doesnt trust anybody from the
Centre I think he understands that Broots is kind of the normal guy who got
stuck in the machine and really intends no malice. I think he senses that
Broots looks up to him.
I love it when this show really integrates, throughout
the whole plot line, the interaction between Jarod and the individuals at the
Centre, he explains, pointing to season threes terrific instalment
Wake Up. Theres a scene where Jarod gets together with Miss
Parker. Shes drunk and she says, Have a drink, Jarod. I like
that. When his main plot intersects with our plot thats when the
show is magical. And its happening with more regularity.