Terry O’Quinn on why Amazon’s dark, funny spy thriller “Patriot” will hook audiences gently


Former "Lost" star Terry O'Quinn doesn't want you to binge his Amazon series "Patriot." "I hesitate to apply that word to it," he told Mary Elizabeth Williams on “Salon Talks,” "because that seems kind of obsessive.” “This show hooks you gently, and rather than drag you in, you just swim along behind it."

Part espionage drama, part black comedy and part musical, "Patriot" follows a misadventure prone U.S. operative, his congressman brother and his intelligence director father (O'Quinn) as they juggle espionage and family drama.

The show has garnered accolades and a cult following, and O'Quinn—no stranger to series that fit that description—calls it "very special."

The veteran actor has an Emmy, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a track record of long running, hit shows, but he says, “it's not like people are banging down my door. I don't live in LA or New York. I live in Virginia by the ocean." He added, "That doesn't mean I don't want people banging down my door."

O'Quinn says that although Amazon couldn't keep the cast under contract long enough to see if they were going to do a season three, he’s very invested in the project and in the cast.

“I would make every effort and pull strings and check my bank account and hold out till they start shooting 'Patriot' again, because that's I want to do. If I could work with these people on something like this for another decade, I would just put my feet up and watch the sun go down and be quite happy."

Watch the interview above to hear more about the show’s timely storyline this season and Oscar nominee Debra Winger joining the cast.


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