"My daughters saw me chubby in 'Count on me' and they told me I was done a geek"


The interpreter Jerry O'Connell interprets in Sump to an actor, Harley Carter, who has played many detective roles and who decides to return to his hometown to devote himself to being a detective. So, apply the logic of film researchers to real life, With more than comic results.

The AXN channel (on payment platforms) has released the second season of this series, whose cast is completed by Sydney Poitier Heartsong, Kristian Bruun and Lyriq Bent. O'Connell talks to 20minutes.es about the series, about Stand by Me, the mythical film that co-starred in 1986 and about today's children.

Why is Carter's character so charismatic? I think because in a way he is like the typical comic and frivolous actor. He is very concerned about his appearance, the opinion of others … what comes to be insecurity. And that is a very funny emotion when you are an actor and you have to play a character. Because there really is a lot of depth when you interpret insecurity. It is a feeling that everyone has.

Which of these characteristics do the actors have in their real life? I think all. That's why it is so fun to play Carter, because each one of the fears he has, like getting old, stop being famous, stop being on the crest of the wave, not seem masculine enough … are emotions that I have daily. Interpreting him is like a therapy. Since I started this series I have not had to go to the psychiatrist. Working on this series has saved me a paste (laughs).

Carter's is an atypical profile in this type of series, isn't it? I have seen many series of detectives and cops and many times the characters are guys who are breastfeeding, very sure of themselves, wear good boots or heels if they are female characters … in general they go macho. But it is more fun to play a humorous version of that type of police. At the moment I have not got bored interpreting him. I hope that the viewers who watch many case-solving series hope that when they watch our series, they also laugh.

Is it a series not only about cases, but about characters and humor? Any good television series has to focus on the characters, because there are many detective series, which they call procedural, which solve a case in each episode and look very much like each other. A corpse appears in the morning, many suspects and the one you least suspected turns out to be the murderer.

That is, the characters are the important thing … People start watching these series because they want to see how the characters will react to what is happening to them. So playing an actor who plays a detective who, because he has played that detective, thinks he can tell the police what he has to do, is an entertaining way to tell the story in a different way. It's like what Castle did for many seasons, but one step further.

Carter uses everything he learned by playing a detective to use it in real life. What have you learned to do by playing characters? I went to classes to learn how to drive as action doubles in their scenes and now I am a much better driver. It is not a joke. More than once I have avoided an accident because I went to those classes. What else … once I made a movie and they put me on a personal trainer and I got in a very good physical shape. That was good.

Carter has a blue convertible he loves, what expensive treat have you allowed yourself? I also have an old car! And I love it, in fact I have it in Canada, where we are shooting. I bought it from a guy in the area for a good price. It was a bargain because the owner had to go to jail and had to sell it quickly. Then I felt bad, but I offered very little compared to what he asked for.

And it worked? He told me that I am an actor, that if I had no pasta. But I offered him little and he said yes. It is a Jaguar Oldsmobile. We spent the day circling with the car in the taxiways. Sometimes it doesn't start, yes.

In the first chapter of the first season, Carter himself says that Magnum is in a Ferrari, so I need a cool car, if I can't be a good detective. There are many television detectives who have a car that identifies them.

(Interrupt the interview for a moment) One of our scriptwriters is Spanish, Carlos Checa, who although he was born in New York is the son of Spaniards. They have a Spanish restaurant, authentic, very famous. Greetings to them!

Jerry O'Connell during the presentation in Madrid of 'Carter'.
Jerry O'Connell during the presentation in Madrid of 'Carter'.

There is a new character this season, a new police chief played by Lyriq Bent. How was your arrival? Our screenwriters decided that they had to create a love triangle this season. And Sydney Poitier and Lyriq Bent are that triangle. And when you face this kind of approach, you think, oh my god, another cheesy love triangle like the ones we've seen a thousand times. But it's different in Carter, because he joins the plot and Carter talks about him.

What do you remember about 'Account with Me' (Stand by me)? I remember how much fun I had with the rest of the boys. “We were the four friends” (says in Spanish). We shot it in summer and the funny thing is that the film is about a special summer, which Wil Wheaton's character remembers when he is older. And it is a little what happens to me: I remember it as a summer of my childhood different from the rest. I still get along very well with Wil Wheaton and Corey Feldman. Unfortunately, River Phoenix no longer has him.

Have your daughters seen her? Yes!

What do they say when they see you chubby? (Laughter) They told me that I was a geek at that time. The movie bored them a little, because all they see is YouTube videos and TikTok and nothing else. For them a movie is a roll. They have no capacity to pay attention more than ten minutes … if it lasts more than 20 seconds for my daughters it is too much. The poor have their brains fried (laughs).

And what do you feel? I saw her whole again recently and I feel sorry because River is gone. But I see her with a smile. It's like watching a movie of your childhood recorded by your parents. Only that it is on TV. I have concrete memories of what happened, where, what we were shooting … There is a scene in a field full of junk that was the first scene we shot. And I remember I was nervous, it was very exciting. I skip the tear a little when I remember it.

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