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I had coffee with Clive Standen the other morning. We were sitting on a patio of a quaint little coffee shop, sipping lattes and laughing at each others jokes. Because we are infinitely hilarious.*
He was prepping to throw out the first pitch at the Toronto Blue Jays game later that night. So I had to ask what made him more nervous – hanging around naked and getting tortured on set for hours on end or throwing out the first pitch in front of thousands of major league baseball fans?
Throwing out the first pitch. I got into acting so I could play other people. I don’t like the idea of everybody else watching Clive Standen. I’m terrified.
Based on how the Blue Jays are doing so far this season, they could use him Standen on the mound.
Clive did confess that his fashion sense could use some help and he is often tempted to steal some of his wardrobe from the Taken set.
I recommend the henleys and staying away from the sweater.
We talked at length about his version of Bryan Mills – a younger, less refined version of the character from the Taken movie franchise – and what makes him tick.
I have my own theory about Bryan Mills’ “particular set of skills”. Clive told me what his thoughts were on Bryan’s skill set.
It’s something that can’t be taught. It’s the forward momentum. When people turn the other cheek or they run away or they freeze, he’s already moving forward into danger. It’s an impulsive thing. It’s part of his make up. Nothing will stop him. He was born with this skill. This desire to protect and move forward. At this point, he doesn’t know how to harness it yet.
While on mission, Bryan has all the swagger in the world as he plows through all manner of evil doers. But, when faced with real life and *gasp* actual people to talk to, he becomes awkward and nerdy. Not unlike most of us, including Clive, himself.
I’m not comfortable being Clive Standen in interviews and being in the limelight. I got into acting to take attention away from myself not toward myself. Bryan is no different. He gets his thrill from combat. He’s a normal guy. I want to see a real person on screen.
Ultimately, Bryan blames himself for those around him getting hurt which has a huge mental impact on him which continues to drive him.
It’s about a character that has to sacrifice something in order to be heroic. He is seemingly heroic because he doesn’t have much regard for his own life or his own safety. It makes him selfless.
It is that selflessness that gets him into trouble when he goes off on his own (in pretty much every episode) without giving a heads up to his ODNI black ops team. If he keeps that up, someone is going to hurt. Last week, Bryan was captured and tortured after going off his own once again. Clive told me what impact that will have on Bryan.
He’s experienced what is like on the other end when things don’t go your way. He’s experienced how much pain a man can go through and he’s learned some lessons about teamwork. I think he’s been humble slightly. He’s slowly finding a form of family around him (with his team).
Bryan, up to now, has been using Christina Hart (played by Jennifer Beals) and the ODNI as a way to seek revenge for his sister’s death getting access to her murder, Carlos Mejia, who is in ONDI custody. But Christina is still pulling the strings. Bryan is over it leading to a possible showdown with Christina on the horizon.
He will not be used by anyone. Especially when she tries to reign him back in for her own purposes. She’s got a quite competent guard dog and if she lets the leash off at the wrong time, she can’t expect him to comeback. She has no idea how strong willed he is.
Clive also hinted that the very last scene of season 1 is where Bryan Mills begins to become the Bryan Mills from the movies.
If there is a season 2, we will start to see the Bryan Mills from the films. You have to take someone to the dark side and see how he is going to respond in that environment.
*Well, I had coffee. He may or may not have been drinking coffee. I’m not sure as we were on the phone together chatting about Taken. And I was, in fact, in my windowless office dreaming of sunnier weather. Because summer is coming.
Learn even more about Bryan Mills by listen to the entire interview below. And just try not to swoon over Clive’s British accent.
Still not over the powers that be deciding Bryan should have an American accent.
Only two more episodes left until the season finale! Watch Mondays at 10pmEST on Global TV (Canada) or NBC (USA).
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