The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - On Tv - BY GE­ORGE DICKIE

Do you have to come down from a char­ac­ter like Rip af­ter a shoot­ing day or sea­son has ended? You know, I’ve been do­ing it long enough, I guess, at this point where it’s a lit­tle eas­ier to turn the switch on and off, es­pe­cially when you have fam­i­lies and hav­ing kids and liv­ing with me, es­pe­cially last year. You know, you can’t bring it home. You’ve got to make sure that you can switch gears and be a daddy. And so I think over time, I’ve got­ten a lot bet­ter at that but many years ago I think this would’ve been a tough char­ac­ter to come in and out of. The fight scenes must leave you banged up and ex­hausted, no? Yeah, there’s a cou­ple of fight scenes com­ing up in Sea­son 2 that we lit­er­ally shot from 6:30 a.m. to five o’clock in the af­ter­noon. And it was just a re­ally kind of bru­tal, tax­ing thing that we did but in the end it’s go­ing to look amaz­ing. And you know, I try to get in the best shape I can. I’m start­ing to get a lit­tle bit long in the tooth – I’m al­most 45 years old – so run­ning around with these young kids like Luke Grimes and wrestling him around is not al­ways easy but we still en­joy it. I’m still lov­ing it. The fight scene with Luke in sec­ond episode looked like a lot of chore­og­ra­phy. (Laughs) Yeah, and be­ing slammed on the ground and just twist­ing and turn­ing. That’s one of the big­ger fight scenes I think I’ve ever done.

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