Warning: Contains Spoilers for Last Week’s Colony, “Geronimo.”
Peter Jacobson -- better known to Colony fans as the weaselly enforcer within the L.A. Bloc, Proxy Snyder -- chatted with USA Network about how things shook out for the voice of the Resistance in episode five.
Shortly after Proxy communicates to his Hosts the capture of Resistance leader Geronimo, he realizes that he has merely caught a propagandist by the name of Luis Ortega (Felix Solis) – a rabble-rouser who has appropriated Geronimo’s credibility for his own provocative anti-Occupation radio broadcasts. To save face, Proxy strikes a deal with Ortega that all will be forgiven after he confesses to Geronimo’s crimes. And guess what? Proxy is about as trustworthy as you’d think.
We asked Jacobson about how he played that scene and here’s what we learned.
USA: There is a scene that you do that’s so perfect because Ortega, who was arrested for being Geronimo, is yelling at you, "We had a deal! We had a deal!"
Peter Jacobson: Right. Because I told him he could live and I'd move him elsewhere. Instead, I'm going to hang him.
USA: Yeah, that's the big difference.
PJ: Too bad.
USA: The way you play it is so ambiguous. It's really hard to read your face when he's yelling at you -- if you're inwardly horrified, like, ‘This is just what I have to do; this is what has to be done,’ -- or if you're kind of wicked and like, ‘Hey, man…’
PJ: …Them's the breaks.
USA: When you were shooting that scene, did you get any direction on how to play that moment?
PJ: That's funny, because that’s sort of the moment when you're seeing what’s indicative of who this character is. I love that part too. It's a little moment when they're transferring him to the gallows and it's right after the trial. I actually suggested a line that was used. It was just sort of a silent moment when they come together and it's clear that I nod and he gets the hood on and he knows that the deal has been changed. So I asked, “Can I just say, ‘Well done?’ right before it comes up?” because I felt that it would pump up the fact that he's still playing the game.
He can't let go of the part that he's played. To switch from "well done" to "and now I'm going to kill you" brings out a huge response from this gentleman who was supposed to be Geronimo.
You hit on what I loved about it, which is that Snyder can turn on a dime, that he plays both sides really well, and that's the beauty of the character as written and it's a joy to play that. Any actor would love to play both of those things at once.
There's a moment when they actually cut to me, when he lunges at me and I kind of back up – [laughs] not that I studied my performance -- but there's a moment when you see Snyder actually be scared for a second.
He's not so tough. He's got all the protection in the world right there, and yet, there's a flash of fear, which I think also then reads some possible guilt. I like to keep it as ambiguous as I can because I think that that's the key to him is never really knowing.
See what happens on the next episode of Colony, when it airs Thursday at 10pm/9c on USA Network!
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