By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol
3:23 PM CST, November 15, 2012
In ABC's "Last Resort," Navy SEAL James King has come to the rescue of the USS Colorado crew on more than a few occasions, despite claims he doesn't want to get involved in their standoff with the U.S. government.
Daniel Lissing, who plays King in the series from Rockford native Shawn Ryan, thinks that makes perfect sense.
"He's a Navy SEAL. He's an American and he's patriotic," Lissing said during a phone interview Tuesday. "He's got a lot to make up for, but he still gets a buzz from all the action. And he's not afraid of death."
King is once again drawn into the Colorado crew's troubles in this week's episode, "Nuke It Out." He teams with Lt. Grace Shepard (Daisy Betts) to try to diffuse a bomb strapped to a crew member by a terrorist. Meanwhile, Capt. Marcus Chaplin (Andre Braugher) and XO Sam Kendal (Scott Speedman) look for a traitor who stole Chaplin's nuclear launch key.
Chaplin brought the nuclear sub Colorado to the island of Sainte Marina after he and Kendal refused to obey an order to nuke Pakistan, where King and his SEAL team conducted a top secret mission that went south and resulted in the death of the man they were sent to retrieve. By the time the Colorado picked up King and the SEALs, the U.S. was preparing to blow the sub out of the water.
Now King blames himself for the death of his superior as well as the failed mission, so he's mostly isolated himself from the other sailors and spent all his time getting drunk at the bar owned by islander Tani Tumrenjack (Dichen Lachman). And even though he doesn't quite see eye-to-eye with Chaplin, he isn't sure what he should do.
"He's got so much weighing heavily on his shoulders--his mission in Pakistan and everything that's happened as a result. He's conflicted," Lissing said. "He's sitting on the fence. Does he stand by them? Or does he go back home?"
Lissing says those questions will be answered soon, and we'll eventually learn all that went down in Pakistan. I asked him if what happened in Pakistan makes King feel Chaplin is on the right track, Lissing paused for a few seconds.
"Yes," he said, then chuckled. "But maybe he'll just go off into the jungle with Tani and get naked."
Before Lissing landed his role on "Last Resort," he was acting in the Aussie series "Crownies" and singing at venues throughout Sydney. You can catch his version of Kings of Leon's "Sex on Fire' in a Youtube video called "Boracay Night Time." Lissing, who laughed when I told him I watched it before our interview, claims he's not even sure how it was posted online.
"It was a birthday trip I took with my mates. I came home one day before my 30th birthday and there was the ticket," he said of the trip to the Philippines and specifically Boracay Island, where the video was shot on what looks like a fun-filled night of partying. "It was the best birthday present," he added.
Lissing also laughed when asked if his "Last Resort" character would ever pick up a guitar and soothe his jangled nerves with music in Tani's bar.
"Absolutely not! All the show runners and those guys know that I sing ... but one thing I was pretty adamant about was that James does NOT sing or play guitar," he said. "I just think it would be super cheesy for this Navy SEAL to start singing."
Ah well, I guess fans will just have to replay "Boracay Night Time," which you can watch after the second "Nuke It Out" clip below. For fun interactive "Last Resort" stuff, click here to go to its ABC.com page.
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