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‘The Passage’: Henry Ian Cusick on Lear’s Past & the End of Mankind (VIDEO)

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Damian Holbrook January 21, 2019 10:00 am

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Last week, fans got their first taste of The Passage, Fox’s ambitious attempt to adapt Justin Cronin’s sprawling trilogy about the rise of vampire-like Virals and the potential end of life as we know it.

Most of the action centered on Mark-Paul Gosselaar’s Agent Brad Wolgast, who went rogue to protect young Amy Bellafonte (Saniyya Sidney) from Project NOAH, the government-backed medical team using human lab rats to test a virus that could cure all of the world’s diseases (so far, not so much).

'The Passage': Mark-Paul Gosselaar Is a Watchful Protector in New Key Art (PHOTO)

This week, we find out more about the origins of NOAH, including the past relationship between Henry Ian Cusick’s Dr. Jonas Lear and infected colleague Tim Fanning (Jamie McShane), as well as what this virus could do for folks if it’s successful and why Lear ever agreed to participate in something so ghastly.

Based on what we learn of Lear in Episode 2, I feel like he might be the only noble one at Project NOAH.

Henry Ian Cusick: Wow. Interesting you say that.

He had very pure intentions to start with, and now he’s really the only one who’s actually speaking the truth about how out of hand this has become.

Yes, I think you’re right. His intentions were always to find a cure to help his wife, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. He didn’t know what to do so, he approaches his best friend, Tim Fanning, who’s become a bit of a star. The backstory is, they went to university together. They were great friends, and Lear became a microbiologist, married Liz, and they all knew each other. They were all at university together.

But she does not like him, which I love.

Well, she may have liked him at one point. So that’s kinda backstory.

The experiments at NOAH are so messed up. It’s so Tuskegee Airmen.

It is, yeah. The thing about using condemned criminals, if you gave them the choice and said, “You can either die, take the lethal injection, or you can stay on and become a Viral, which basically means you’ll be locked up in a cage for the rest of your life, you’ll be yearning for blood, you will never see daylight again, you will be experimented on,” would they take that choice? Probably not, I would imagine. The carrot is the cure. If you were a test subject that the experiments were successful on, you will be almost immortal, because you’d be immune to all these diseases.

So it’s a bit of a gamble and there must be a crisis of of conscience. “What am I doing? This can’t be right. I’ve got to save my wife.” So Lear is in turmoil most of the time. And there’s a line in the book when Amy Bellafonte first meets Lear [where he’s described as] some wild-eyed, long-haired, crazed scientist that has just been working in this basement for the past four years trying to find a cure.

That’s very different from your character’s look and from this version of the story, really.

Well, yes. Unfortunately I shouldn’t have said that to you, but when I first joined the show, I came on as a guest and I hadn’t read the book. I thought I was just one-and-done, and then it turned out that they invited me to come and be a regular on the show.  I wish I had read the book, because then I would have messed my hair up and gone a bit wild-eyed.

In this week’s episode, we get more of Lear’s backstory…

And there will be more  later on in the show from [more] characters, including the NOAH subjects, which is one of the cool things we’ve got that I really enjoy. We get to see how they got there.

At what point do you Mark-Paul Gosselaar’s Brad interact with Jonas? You guys at Project NOAH are kind of sequestered in your own storyline. 

Yeah, we used to joke about that. We’d pass each other on set say, “Hey, what are you up to?” I’d say, “Oh, I’m in a vampire movie. What movie are you in?” And he’d say, “Well, I’m making a father-daughter movie.” [Laughs] So we were very separate for the greatest length of time. As you know from the books, we will all eventually come together, because that’s what the show is about. So we all do eventually. We’re forced into making decisions together.

Can you preview what that’s about?

Well, I think my first meeting with Mark-Paul, I believe, is in episode four. And it’s very fleeting. But I would say, it starts to all go down around episodes seven, eight and nine. Of course by ten, it just goes kind of bonkers.

Caroline Chikezie and Henry Ian Cusick in the “You Owe Me a Unicorn” episode of THE PASSAGE (Erika Doss / FOX)

At some point I’m imagining we’re going to deal with masses of virals?

Hmm. When you say “masses,” how many masses do you mean? This is not a spoiler.If you’ve read the books, you know that by “masses,” we mean the world.

Right. Exactly.

But in our show, we’re still only a quarter way through the first book, even though we jump around a bit. So we’re not even close to that moment yet. At Project Noah, you’ll certainly see a lot more virals that we’ve experimented on and you’ll be introduced some new ones as well.

And there’s no real coming back from this virus, right? Like Fanning and Shauna (Brianne Howey) are pretty screwed. 

As a scientist, Jonas would say you never know. If we find a cure, perhaps it could reverse the process and that’s what we’re trying desperately to work on. But for the purposes of the story, you don’t really want it to come to that. Because the virals are the next stage in evolution. They are not an evil thing, they’re just better than humans. The virals see us as the virus, you know.

They could actually be our replacement.

Yes, exactly. They would be the next stage in what takes over the Earth. There was dinosaurs for a while, and then there was mammals, and humans, and then came virals.

The fandoms will kill me if I don’t ask: Will we see you on The 100, or are you in a medically-induced coma for the entire season?

[Laughs] No, you will see me on The 100 and you will find out what happens to Kane. It’s a great show. I mean, we’ve had six great seasons. Anything that runs to six seasons, that’s a hit, I think.

The 100 - Henry Ian Cusick

(Dean Buscher/The CW)

Do you find it weird that you’re now on the second show in a row about the end of the world?

It’s kinda interesting …wasn’t Lost about the end of the world, potentially? I don’t know why I’m drawn to these end-of-the-world stories! I just like shows that have big, high stakes. End-of-the-world shows are fun to be in. I mean, you don’t get bigger stakes than that.

The Passage, Mondays, 9/8c, Fox

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‘The Passage’ Season 1 bears uncanny resemblances to ‘Lost’

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By Alakananda Bandyopadhyay · Updated On : 04:04 PST, 21 Jan 2019

Amy could help restore ‘the cure’ and an atmosphere of peace and harmony, thus evolving from a mere survivor to the final hero, the way Desmond had in ‘Lost’

'The Passage' Season 1 bears uncanny resemblances to 'Lost'

FOX’s new show ‘The Passage’, based on Justin Cronin’s best-selling trilogy of the same name, draws inspiration from a multitude of things. From mingling together the genres of sci-fi, supernatural, and dystopian flicks, to its simplicity when its comes to the lucid pace it goes about, the best part about ‘The Passage’ is its ability to not leave viewers confused in an era of only multilayered stories being considered as gripping. But while ‘The Passage’ makes for a thrilling ride on a slow day, its subplots are packed with reminiscent angles from other dystopian flicks surrounding the supernatural. One such epic parallel the show draws can be seen through the character of Dr. Jonas Lear, played by Henry Ian Cusick, as the upcoming third episode will paint him in a light quite similar to that of Cusick’s character Desmond, on the ABC show ‘Lost’.

Cusick’s character in ‘The Passage’ — Jonas Lear — is riddled with guilt for the most part of the show’s debut season. The guilt stems from his involvement in the dangerous medical trial, titled Project NOAH, which infiltrates its subjects with a certain virus derived from a South American bat, that could either provide the cure to all illnesses or wipe out all traces of humanity from the planet. And this is what spurs the sense of guilt in Lear as he watches his best friend, Dr. Tim Fanning (Jamie McShane), crumble under the impact of the virus and turn into a superhuman monster along with the other subjects.

Dr. Tim Fanning (Jamie McShane) turns into a bloodthirsty monster in 'The Passage'. (Source: FOX)
Dr. Tim Fanning (Jamie McShane) turns into a bloodthirsty monster in ‘The Passage’. (Source: FOX)

Lear holds himself responsible for what has become of Fanning, and the fact that he isn’t fully on board with what’s happening in the trial, only makes his conscience prick him harder. “At his core, he must feel he’s doing something that’s not morally correct because he’s working on condemned prisoners who haven’t been given the choice and don’t really know what they’re taking and how that’s going to affect them,” Cusick explained in a recent interview with The Wrap

To portray why Lear is feeling as guilty as he does about the situation people involved in the experiment have landed themselves in, the second episode of ‘The Passage’ takes viewers on a joyride through the past of the character, in a manner very similar to Cusick’s character Desmond in ‘The Lost’.

And while Cusick feels very strongly in favor of individual backstories unfolding in the series, just the way they did on ‘Lost’, in a not-so-direct-manner, the situation Desmond finds himself in ‘Lost’, is also quite similar to our protagonist Amy Bellafonte’s tale in ‘The Passage’.

Saniyya Sidney as Amy Bellafonte in 'The Passage'. (Source: FOX)
Saniyya Sidney as Amy Bellafonte in ‘The Passage’. (Source: FOX)

As the official synopsis of ‘The Passage’ describes it, we know that “The Passage is an epic, character‐driven thriller about a secret government medical facility experimenting with a dangerous virus that could either cure all disease or cause the downfall of the human race. The series focuses on a 10‐year‐old girl named Amy Bellafonte (Saniyya Sidney), who is chosen to be a test subject for this experiment and Brad Wolgast (Gosselaar), the federal agent who becomes her surrogate father as he tries to protect her.”

To begin with, ‘Lost’ is just as much a story of survival as is ‘The Passage’. In ‘Lost’, we see a group of people shipwrecked and stranded in a deserted island, the way Amy is stranded with nobody except Wolgast to take care of her while the world around her crumbles under the havoc wreaked by the infiltrated test subjects, who have been turned into bloodthirsty vampiric monsters. Much like Desmond’s involvement in the sailing race that landed him in the deserted island, Amy gets roped into a series of destruction in the apocalyptic word due to chance and circumstances.

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In his past, Desmond went through a series of unfortunate incidents before he found himself on the island. He was fired as a monk, had to break up with his girlfriend Penny Widmore, dishonorably discharged from the Royal Scots Regiment, and even treated with contempt by Penny’s father, Charles Widmore. That Desmond was chided by everyone until he emerged as a hero in the dystopian world is no secret, and in ‘The Passage’, we see Amy treated with the exact same misfortune and contempt as Desmond was in ‘Lost’.

For starters, Amy is an orphaned 10-year-old child who we are introduced to in a scene where she is in trouble at school.

Even though the reason behind her retaliation was self-defense, people do not consider Amy a little child, the way they would a white girl. When Amy is sitting all by herself at a diner during closing time, instead of being worried about her safety or looking for the orphaned child’s guardian, they just want her out of the premises.

Abandoned by her parents, chided by almost everyone she comes across, and even held accountable for things that weren’t her fault, Amy — despite being so crucial for the medical trial — isn’t treated with care and concern for the most part.

But just like Desmond in ‘Lost’, Amy too rose to become ‘the most important girl’ as the fate of humanity rested on her shoulders and decisions. Through its first few episodes, ‘The Passage’ establishes that it is only Amy — the girl unscathed by the virus — who could help them restore ‘the cure’ and an atmosphere of peace and harmony in the apocalyptic world, and through that, she also evolves from a mere survivor to the final hero, the way Desmond had in ‘Lost’.

‘The Passage’ airs on Tuesdays, 9 pm, only on FOX.

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A fun interview this morning with Ian and Jamie McShane about The Passage and filming in Atlanta

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Thanks to Paul Milliken and Fox 5 Atlanta for this delightful morning treat!

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‘The Passage’ Star Henry Ian Cusick on ‘Lost’-Like Backstory Episode

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Source: ‘The Passage’ Star Henry Ian Cusick on ‘Lost’-Like Backstory Episode

Dr. Jonas Lear (Henry Ian Cusick) feels responsible for what’s happening on Fox’s “The Passage.” That’s fair because, well, he kinda started it. And on Monday’s episode of the new drama, we will see how.

We spoke with Cusick ahead of his backstory-heavy installment — which TheWrap has an exclusive sneak peek from in the clip above — to find out how we’ll dive into the scientist’s story next week, in an episode that is similar to all the ones the actor did while playing Desmond on “Lost.”

“What’s at the core of Jonas Lear this whole season is guilt,” Cusick said. “The guilt about what he’s brought upon his best friend [Dr. Tim Fanning (played by Jamie McShane)] and these test subjects and the world.”

And Lear isn’t exactly fully on board with what they are doing here.

“At his core, he must feel he’s doing something that’s not morally correct because he’s working on condemned prisoners who haven’t been given the choice and don’t really know what they’re taking and how that’s going to affect them,” Cusick said.

“Would they choose death or would they choose to be a vampire? Which would you choose? You know, they haven’t really been given an honest choice,” he continued. “And then to bring a little girl into it who has done nothing wrong, I think that is when he starts thinking this is wrong.”

“But what’s interesting about Lear is he doesn’t stand up and say, ‘No this is wrong, I’m out. I’m going to call the press. What you guys are doing is morally and politically wrong and illegal, possibly,’” the actor added. “But he stays there because he feels that they’re very close to the cure and he would rather be part of this organization than be pushed out. He needs to stick around, so he’s in that moral conundrum of ‘What do I do?’”

OK, now let’s address whole “vampire” part, because the show goes back and forth between referencing this new race of bloodsucking beings as “virals” — and making the clear connection to them as vampires. We asked Cusick why “The Passage” has a hard time walking this line with the phrase.

“So these things, because they’re lab-created, we infected these people with the virus that makes them lust for blood, that keeps them in the dark, that makes them averse to sunlight — so they are genetically-created,” Cusick said. “There is no such thing as vampires, that’s a myth. But we actually created these things. And what we did was we over-activated their thyroid gland that would make them immune to all these diseases. But the side effects are they cannot stand sunlight and they have a strange lusting for human blood. So that’s why we call them virals.”

When it comes to the actual story in Episode 102, titled “You Owe Me a Unicorn,” of how Lear became who he is today, Cusick said he was very much on board with revisiting a backstory format — something he’s all-too-familiar with after spending many seasons shooting “Lost.”

“I love backstory,” he said. “I enjoyed it in ‘Lost.’ And we have quite a large ensemble, as on ‘Lost.’ And when you knew it was your episode, you knew you were going in to be in that episode heavy. And we all want to go into our story and explore our backstory and characters. So it’s something we love and it helps move the story along. It also helps the audience invest in characters to know exactly where they came from and where they are now. To think where you were five years ago, as to where you are now, as to where you might be in 10 years. So backstory is a lot of fun for that and I think audiences like that for that reason as well. And it’s not just ‘Lost’ that did it, although ‘Lost’ did it very well. And I hope we do more of it, because I think the more you know about a character, the more you invest in them.”

“The Passage” airs Mondays at 9/8c on Fox.

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Lost star Henry Ian Cusick returns in The Passage clip | EW.com

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Source: Lost star Henry Ian Cusick returns in The Passage clip | EW.com

JAMES HIBBERD January 17, 2019 at 03:31 PM EST

Lost fan favorite Henry Ian Cusick is a big part of the second episode of Fox’s new apocalyptic vampire thriller The Passage.

Above is an exclusive look at the show’s Monday episode that gets heavily into the backstory of his character, Dr. Jonas Lear. The Passage is based on Justin Cronin’s novels about a government experiment on prisoners that goes horribly awry. In this clip, Lear tests an experimental virus on a Death Row inmate volunteer, Anthony Carter (McKinley Belcher III).

The Passage premiered earlier this week to rather decent ratings, ranking as the night’s highest-rated drama series.

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Ian interviewed by Fox 11 in LA last Friday, about his new show, The Passage.

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He portrays scientist Dr. Jonas Lear in this epic series.

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Ian discusses Dr Jonas Lear and his role in The Passage

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Interview with Ian, where he reveals a certain truth about actors…

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Something wicked…tainted…

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The Passage premieres tomorrow at 9/8c on Fox

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Amazing promos, fantastic music, excellent actors, compelling story!