Those of you who are expecting a reunion between Eric Kripke and Jim Beaver to produce "Uncle" Bobby 2.0 may be a little crushed to learn that Beaver's "rugged" Texas Ranger character John Fry on NBC's Revolution is not nearly as lovable as Bobby Singer himself. At least, that's what the actor thinks after having spent time in his boots over in Austin filming the show.
"I think if you took Bobby Singer and added a little more gruffness and subtracted a whole bunch of likeability, you might have a pretty clear picture of John Fry. The lovable part of 'gruff and lovable' has kind of disappeared. He's a strong, silent type who doesn't put up with any nonsense," Beaver said to LA TV Insider Examiner.
"From the pages I've seen so far, there's not a lot of sweet with John Fry. He doesn't have a lot of 'Awww...' moments [and] you won't be seeing the same kind of quips or smart remarks that you're used to with Bobby Singer."
Beaver comes into the world of Revolution in "One Riot, One Ranger" as a figure from Miles' (Billy Burke) past who could help him bring down the Patriots in a big way. But the way they left things back in the day means Fry is not so happy to see Miles again, let alone to work with him.
"You pick up very quickly in the episode that they've got history together and that Fry isn't very happy to see Miles. He's really not happy to see him not dangling from a rope!" Beaver said, noting that there are no flashbacks for his character just yet.
"It takes some convincing, it does. But the circumstances in which they come together, there's enough other stuff that they have to deal with that they're kind of forced to put their own history on the back burner and deal with what's going on at the moment. So it kind of leaves their history-- at least in the initial episode-- as one of those things they'll get to when they get to-- once they're through this initial crisis."
As Revolution episodes have unfolded, we have seen new sides to many characters, revealing secrets and duplicity and at times surprising vulnerability and redeeming factors, too. Beaver feels that his John Fry is not a guy about whom you have to worry too much about having things simmering under the surface to take characters, or even the audience, by surprise after meeting him.
"My sense is that Fry is pretty much what he appears to be. He doesn't talk a lot or let on that he's got secrets, so maybe some secrets are yet to be revealed to me. But I'm not playing it that way; I'm playing it that he is what he says he is, and in his view, he's a stand-up, straight forward character," Beaver said.
"My sense is that he's a pragmatist and that whatever circumstances are presented to him, he adapts quickly and without a lot of anxiety over what's been lost. It's like 'Okay, this is the hand we're dealt today, this is the hand we're going to play.' He doesn't seem to me at all to be the sort who ruminates over changes but really gets on with the job at hand."
Fry may have an "all business" attitude on-screen, but off on the set, Beaver was having fun not only tapping into a "nice change of pace" character for himself but also riding in on horseback to potentially save the day.
"They did the western episode of Supernatural, and I was pretty much the only one that didn't get to ride a horse on that, so I'm making up for that on this one!" Beaver said.
Revolution airs on NBC on Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. "One Riot, One Ranger" airs on October 23 2013.
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