Joshua Gomez, who plays Morgan on NBC’s Chuck recently spoke to the press about the major changes his character has gone through this season so far, how he and the cast are handling this being the final season, and more.
In case you missed it, Morgan accidentally became the Intersect in the season finale last season. So far this season, we’ve seen it affect him in a not-so-positive way. Fans are waiting on pins and needles to find out when—or if—that will continue through the rest of the season.
Check out all the great questions & answers after the jump!
On the Morgan as Intersect storyline in Chuck Versus the Frosted Tips
Joshua Gomez: Yes, Chuck versus the Frosted Tips which is Friday at 8:00 is kind of the big part in the ark of Morgan and the Intersect, and basically where we left off at 502, this last week, Morgan clearly – something was wrong – it’s not working correctly in his head. He doesn’t remember who Indiana Jones was, and Luke Skywalker and that’s just – that ain’t cool in Morgan’s world.
So obviously something is happening, plus his whole attitude and his demeanor and he’s a little bit aggressive and so something is wrong. So that kind of comes to a head in 503, the Frosted Tips.
And clearly something is very, very wrong when you actually see my hair, because it’s something else. Some people like it though. I will go out on a limb and I’ve been told that some people actually find it fetching. Myself, I’m not one of those people. But, there you go.
But yes, so, basically yes, so this is a big kind of moment in – and it really kind of tests the boundaries of Chuck and Morgan’s friendship and also, and all the things like I’ve mentioned about Morgan being sort of a very, I think, throughout the seasons a very, very loyal and dedicated friend that really gets put to the test in Frosted Tips. So, it’s kind of fun.
On when he learned they planned to do Morgan as the Intersect & his reaction to the news
Joshua: It was somewhere, I think we were probably shooting – if my memory serves me correct – it was like the 423, so basically fourth season, about the 23 episode – no wait, we had 24 episodes, and so I think we were finishing up the 23rd episode, and I think Chris Fedak, one of the co-creators went down on the set and we were just kind of talking. Him and I are fairly close as we’re fooling around and just kind of talking and he was like, you know, have you heard about 424 yet? And I said no. And he was like, “Oh, I’m going to be really interested to see what you think.” And I was like kind of like “Oh boy, I’m dead.”
And then it turns out that he said no, no, no, just read it and – and I did and you get to the last page and I know kung fu and it was like you’ve got to be kidding me. This is insanity, I’m a dead man.
But, it was – but I was very excited. Obviously it was really excited to kind of just, you know, get to change up and try new things, you know, in the course of the television show especially one like Chuck that’s been fortunate enough to go five seasons, you know it’s like anything has a chance to become a bit stale, or you know, especially as an actor and playing a certain character and playing in the same thing over and over again.
So for me to be able to know that I was going to come into this season – if there was a season – because at that time we didn’t know if we were even going to get a fifth season. But if we did, to be able to come into the fifth season, you know, with a sort of renewed sense of like, wonder and fun and it was like, oh this is going to be very cool, so. It was awesome.
On how he prepared for the physical demands of his new “role”
Joshua: I just – you know, I mean, I honestly just trusted our stunt and fight coordinators and they kind of got me up and running in the beginning of the season with some crash course on some basic kung fu moves and, you know, just different sort of stunt techniques. And, you know, where you’re supposed to put your foot when you’re kicking at somebody’s nose and yada, yada, yada.
But for me, I always tend to, you know, I stay pretty active anyway, I’m a pretty avid runner and things like that, so I felt physically good. And I’m not a dancer or a kung fu guy, or two things that really help in fight scenes, I think. Like Yvonne is like – she had a dance background so her balance and stuff is really, really good and mine is just terrible, I have like the – just a really weak lower body, so kicking is not my forte.
But, you know, it’s good, they got me up and running, and then, we got – I have an amazing, you know, fight double and all that stuff, so, easy enough.
On how much training he has to do before the fight scenes
Joshua: Well there’s not much training, as I don’t know if most of you know, it’s like, we have about seven days to make an episode of Chuck. And our episodes are just, just dense, you know there’s so much to them. Just a lot of layers, you know, from, you know, actually trying to pull off action scenes and comedy scenes, and you know, it’s a very stylized show. And so, seven days is not a lot of time to do an hour show what with, you know, explosions and gun fights, and then, you know, things like that, so, and of course, you know, kung fu scenes.
So there’s not a lot of training, there’s not a lot of time. In fact, you know, in this episode coming up Chuck versus the Frosted Tips, I – it’s one of the biggest things I’ve had to do is pretty much fight, kind of, there’s a pretty big fight scene, you know where I fight a lot of dudes, sort of Enter the Dragon style.
And, you know, I remember showing up to the set that day, and there was a sort of miscommunication, and just sort of a – no one’s fault but just, they didn’t bring me in for a little bit – you usually get a little bit of a fight rehearsal. You know, to kind of work out the deeds and do all this kind of stuff, and I show up and they’re like okay we’re ready in five minutes. And I was like five minutes of what, you know, it’s kind of like what? And I have to fight nine dudes.
So, bam, you just got to roll with it and it’s just what we’ve kind of become accustomed to, and so, you know. Fortunately I have a decent memory – I’m pretty good at memorization so that’s all I could really rely on. Not the physical side of it, because that I’m just awful. But just memorizing steps, you know, and just kind of doing all this, it’s like a, you know, like a dance, it’s obviously choreographed like a dance, so.
So you get through it, and it actually turned out to be – I thought it was one of the, you know, I thought it was one of the best things I’ve done up to this, you know, point. So I was pretty proud of it. And I didn’t have much time to kind of learn it. So, yes, I guess that’s the long answer to your question is no, not really a lot of training or a lot of time. But it’s fine, it all works out, you know.
On how he and the cast are handling knowing it’s the finale season
Joshua: You know it’s obviously a question that gets asked a lot and it’s a great question and because the end is nigh. And it’s – for us I think as a cast it’s really interesting because you’re exactly right, you know, four seasons, every season, kind of every time we were approaching wrapping up it was sort of like we didn’t know if we were saying goodbye for good, or if just for a few months, and it was always this very tumultuous time.
And now it’s got a different feeling to it, you know, we’re all bit – you know, it’s bittersweet and kind of bummed and but some kind of positive aspect that we take away knowing that we are – we know our fate, and so it makes it a bit easier to deal with.
So we’re just enjoying every minute of it and having a really great time as a cast and crew and just really kind of taking it all in. And so it’s actually been a really fun season, I think for all of us. Despite knowing that it’s coming to an end, just because I think we’re all, you know, trying to relish every minute of it, you know, so.
On how being the Intersect affected the way he played Morgan
Joshua: Another great question, I – it’s impacted it a lot actually and especially during this ark of sort of the Intersect, not quite working right. It’s been a blast because, like I said earlier, you know, you can tend to, you know, you play the same character.
Television I think is much like a comfort food for people. And when people find a comfort food they like, a television show they like, they want things to kind of stay the same. They want the always pizza should taste like pizza.
And so I think there’s a chance obviously in television when you do enough seasons it can get a little – as an actor – you can kind of become unchallenged you just have to learn the character you know it so like the back of your hand, it just becomes, you know, you just kind of go on cruise control.
This was fun because it forced me to just switch everything up and so I was excited. I was nervous at first, obviously for so many different reasons just getting the Intersect I thought was just a crazy turn. And something I wasn’t expecting.
And then as I started to get the scripts and I saw this character becoming what he’s becoming and how it was affecting him, it’s nerve-wracking. Our fans are really loyal and they love Chuck, and I’m like, “Oh, crap, I’m going to get things thrown at me for being a jerk.”
But that being said, you know, it’s your job, and so you – I said I’m going to go full force and, you know, whether the people are – I mean, my job in these episodes as you’ll see and especially in Frosted Tips, is you’re not supposed to like Morgan, I think at this point.
So, I kind of threw myself into that, and I said it’s – it was so much fun because it was a 180 from the Morgan of three or four seasons ago, so. As an actor, challenging and a lot of fun.
On the problems with the Intersect possibly bringing up hidden issues with Morgan, such as jealousy
Joshua: Intersect based. I think, here’s the thing, in the next episode or two, I think you’re going to find out a lot of that stuff, so I don’t want to spoil anything, or go too far into it. But I will say that yes and no, I think that whatever’s happening to him is obviously the Intersect is to blame, it’s clearly not in Morgan’s character to act the way he has been acting and is going to continue to act as you’ll see tomorrow night.
But I think like anything, you know, it’s pulling out certain things that are inside of him, you know what I mean, so there are things that are definitely Morgan, that are now bubbling to the surface. So yes, yes and no and like I said, and your question does absolutely get answered in I think it’s tomorrow night, so, Frosted Tips, you’ll kind of find that out.
But just, it’s definitely malfunctioning and definitely a huge part of it. But obviously his own personality is sort of interwoven into the madness. Probably confused you more, but… Just trying not to give too much away, I’m sorry, I’m trying to be cryptic and not give anything away.
On having Carrie Anne Moss guest starring
Joshua: It’s amazing. So cool and such a – you know, I’ve got to say man, that’s probably one of my – that was the one. We’ve had some – obviously some amazing guest stars and sort of icons, and just, you know; all these kinds so that as far as being an actor on Chuck is was always kind of a fun aspect. It’d be like, oh, you know who’s coming by to play with us?
Carrie Anne Moss I was like – wow, I mean, and we had Mark Hamill, and trust me – it was – we had – Zach and I had when it was Luke Skywalker was coming to the set it was ridiculous, but with Carrie Anne Moss it was, I think just because Matrix is so, for me it’s just like one of my favorite movies, I think one of the greatest action sci-fi movies ever made.
And she is so amazing in that movie, I mean she is the quintessential, sexy, badass, I mean, so. So much fun and she’s an absolute sweetheart and just a fantastic actress and a wonderful mother. She just talked about her kids the whole time. So it was beautiful, she was great and it was a lot, a lot of fun to have her around.
Thank you to Joshua for taking the time to answer all the questions from the press! It was a long, packed call, so it was much appreciated that he was so patient with everyone!
Tune in to the new episode of Chuck tonight on NBC at 8/7c.