“The Terminal List – Interview: Taylor Kitsch and Chris Pratt Discuss about Thriller”
On July 1, Amazon’s gripping action series The Terminal List will be available on Prime Video. The series’ brutal action sequences, high quality, and the advantages of being a television series rather than a movie were discussed in an interview with stars Chris Pratt and Taylor Kitsch for ComingSoon.
The Terminal List: Synopsis
The synopsis states, “It follows James Reece after his entire Navy SEAL platoon is ambushed during a high-stakes covert mission. With conflicting recollections of the incident and doubts about his guilt, Reece visits his family at home. Reece learns that evil forces are at work against him as fresh evidence surfaces, endangering not only his life but also the lives of those he loves.
Mr. Tyler Treese Chris, this series features many fantastic gunfights, but I also adore the hand-to-hand combat. You have a background in wrestling and have trained with legends of the MMA, including the Nogueira brothers and Randy Couture. How fulfilling was it to create these more grounded, realistic fight scenes?
Richard Pratt Much appreciated; thank you! Cut out the Hollywood hot sauce was a major recommendation I had going into it, and I know our Navy SEAL advisors agreed with it. This man is battling for his life. I deliberately made it dirty. I did not want a boxing match to take place. For instance, during the fight scene that concludes the pilot, I declared, “I’m going to fight this guy to the death. He’s getting a punch to the balls from me. I’m going to do everything in my power to be a lethal fighter, you know, I’m going to rip out his eyes. I’m not in this to win points. I’m attempting to murder him.
It was therefore very exciting for me to see that kind of thing because I see it so frequently in movies or on television when there are high stakes and these guys start boxing and they go, “BA BA BA BA, BA, BA, BA BA.” And someone says, “No, fights don’t go that way.” This isn’t a fight between kickboxers. The fight immediately goes to the ground, and the winner is usually the one who is fighting the dirtiest. Therefore, I liked how quickly the sequence turned gnarly. I thought that was significant. When men are truly engaged in a life-or-death struggle, it appears differently.
Taylor, You’ve done some fantastic work in both film and television, and this show’s production value absolutely stunned me. It looks like one big movie
which makes it ideal for binge-watching. Can you comment on this production’s high calibre?
It’s also who you hang out with, says Taylor Kitsch. That was a key factor in my decision to join. Naturally, Chris, Antoine Fuqua, and Amazon have given us the platform to do what we do best while also enabling us to do it. everything from our cinematography to the Navy SEALs who joined us on set to ensure we were sincere. All of that stuff is of a very high calibre. And I believe that’s the main reason the show is so successful.
Chris, the show has intense action sequences, but what really hooked me was the drama and the human emotion. The show does such an amazing job of balancing these traumatic flashbacks and the suffering of a soldier with this intriguing conspiracy while also depicting the realities of war. Could you elaborate on that balance? Because in my opinion, that is what truly distinguishes this.
Pratt: I sincerely appreciate it. The Terminal List book served as the obvious touchstone as the source material, and I believe the format… This story’s eight-hour runtime enables that emotional throughline to really actually resonate and develop at the slow growth rate necessary to hit in a way that will
be true to what a person would experience in a situation like this. Even though it’s a fictionalised, sensationalised conspiracy, it should be based in reality. The brotherhood, the intensity of pain that comes with losing your troop and dear friends should all be felt. Each of the supporting characters would be reduced to essentially nothing more than puppeteers of exposition if you had to condense this eight-hour story into an hour and a half.
That is somewhat a result of the film’s format. It took an hour and a half, possibly two hours Even at your longest, you can’t quite convey the same story with the same intensity of feeling and character development. I really adore this, so yeah. I adore the new long-form episodic format that has the same production quality as a movie. Yes, I believe we’ve hit a particularly poignant note here. We have the time, space, and location for it, so I anticipate that many people will be doing something similar in the future. People can essentially watch an eight-hour movie in the comfort of their own homes. It’s pretty cool.