The 31-year-old Vernonica Mars alum plays Killian McCrane, a former ULTRA agent who resurfaces after years of hiding, and is ready to get his revenge.
In tonight’s episode “Kill or Be Killed,” Stephen (Robbie Amell) enlists John’s (Luke Mitchell) help in tracking him down, while Killian and John’s long history with Jedikiah (Mark Pellegrino) is revealed.
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Click inside to read our interview with Jason Dohring…
JustJaredJr.com Interview – Jason Dohring
JustJaredJr: Hi Jason! So how did this role come up and what made you want to take it?
Jason Dohring: I don’t really know how the role came up, but Phil [Klemmer, a writer], I worked with on Veronica Mars before and he said, “I got a part and I thought of you when we were putting it together,” which is kind of bad now that I think about it (laughs). But he basically just said, “Would you like to do this?” And it seemed like a really cool show. I saw the pilot and I thought it was pretty cool how they did the special effects. I got to work with Luke Mitchell who I thought was very good in the pilot. So that’s sort of how it came about. I flew to Vancouver and I was there.
JJJ: Let’s talk about Killian. It seems his name is pretty telling, right? What can you say about him?
JD: I think so. He was no saint, that’s for sure. I think the way he was described as the dark version of John. We both sort of grew up as children to Jedikiah and he saved us while we were kids, and then he turned us toward his own agenda. And then we both came out of that with different opinions. John wanted to avoid and turn away from humans and I wanted to actively destroy humans. It’s them two coming to terms with that in the episode.
JJJ: In the episode description, it says Killian’s main target isn’t ULTRA. Why do you think his blame is placed somewhere else?
JD: I think he turned against humans because humans are what hurt him, you know? So it’s sort of like, he does want to destroy ULTRA and anyone who’s capable of hurting him, and I think that he considers humans = his condition = “I must destroy all humans.” That’s sort of his mindset that he came to. It’s ironic because he’s trained to protect humans and then he winds up thinking all these bad things were done to him.
JJJ: Would you say we get a good sense of why John feels the way he does about humans, through his interactions with your character?
JD: For sure, yeah. I think this is his episode. This is the exciting part of the series – this first bit when you’re discovering new things about the characters and every episode you’re seeing a new revelation about a certain character. You’ll see his childhood, you’ll see his basic goodness, and his struggle with how he was brought up, how he deals with that, and why he behaves the way he does. And the juxtaposition to my character, especially.
JJJ: Do you have scenes with anyone other than Luke?
JD: I have some with Robbie, so I think you’ll see some fight scene with us that should be pretty cool. I haven’t seen the episode yet. I’m actually in Vancouver right now working on a different project, and I think we’re all going to get together to watch our episode with Luke, Robbie, and I.
JJJ: There are a lot of fight scenes in this episode in particular. Was that fun and how much choreography went into those sequences?
JD: It is, very. You’ll get together like three days before and work it out. It’s almost like a Britney Spears‘ dance. “OK, you move here, and then you do this. Watch this because that’s coming.” And if you don’t get out of the way, you’re going to get hit (laughs). I was so, I guess, naive when I came. Because honestly, if you see movies, you see these punches that in reality look regardless because you have to go two feet out to the right and then come across the guy’s face. It doesn’t make any sense, but it looks good on camera. And this, they do it totally different. It’s very close quarters, very Matrix-style, martial arts fighting. You have to catch a punch, duck here, uppercut here. Then on top of that, they’re blasting you in the face with the air gun, which is how they play the teleport. It’s gets pretty crazy. It’s unbelievable. It’s like this cold burst of air that scares the sh-t out of you.
JJJ: We’re really excited about the Veronica Mars film. Was it easy slipping back into character?
JD: It was so cool because how often do you get to do that? You never get a chance to do that, you know what I mean? Seven years later, you get to bring this character out again. You have new scripts and when I started reading [the names] “Logan” and “Veronica,” I started feeling emotional. I didn’t even have to read the whole script, you just start to feel that life you created and that you get to bring it back for the fans because they wanted it so much. That is honestly priceless. I’ll probably never get another opportunity to do that in my whole career. So it’s very, very special and I’m ever so grateful.
JJJ: And it’s even cooler that the fans rallied so much behind it.
JD: I was thinking it’s even better because they are all producers on the show, so they care about it more and they talk about it. When we had them on the set, they would say, “This is our movie.” And it’s true. It’s their movie and it would not have happened if it were not for them. So we have like 90,000 producers who have all invested, and have blood in the game, you know? That brought it even more for the cast, like, “You have to show up, man. Because these guys paid their own money to do it.”