REVOLUTION - Billy Burke and Tracy Spiridakos Discuss the new Show

Revolution premieres on NBC this fall from creators Eric Kripke (Supernatural), J.J. Abrams (Lost, Star Trek) and director Jon Favreau (Iron Man). Tracy Spiridakos (Being Human) and Billy Burke star in the show that takes place fifteen years after all electronics instantly stopped working unexpectedly. Spiridakos plays Charlie, "a teenage girl trying to rescue her brother, after he’s taken by the leader of a local militia (Breaking Bad’s Giancarlo Esposito). Needing help, Charlie goes to find her uncle, Miles (Billy Burke), a man she’s never met – but one whose skills can certainly be of use to her."

IGN spoke with Burke and Spiridakos recently, where they shared their excitement for the new show and working with its creators. Here is what Burke had to say:

“I just saw it the other day, and I kind of can’t believe I got lucky enough to be on this show. I cannot say enough good stuff about all of them. Kripke and I hit it off right away. I think we totally get each other. And Favreau, as a director, is an actor’s dream. He absolutely puts it in a different perspective, you know? I hope he’ll direct thousands more of them.”
Spiridakos has this to say about Favreau:
“He’s wonderful. He knows what you’re thinking when you’re in that moment of not being able to go where you need to. He’s just very supportive, so smart and able to help us. He’s done such a beautiful job with everything so far. I’m a huge fan of his separately from this, so it’s been such an honor to work with him.”
Burke talked a bit about his character Miles:
“He’s a little bit crusty on top but has some soft spots in the middle. But yeah, there’s nothing like being able to fantasize about playing a freedom fighter and then actually execute it. It’s been so much fun.”
Spiridakos revealed the following about her character Charlie:
“She’s grown up in this type of world, so for her it’s not that overwhelming of a concept. But then with the changes that happen to her and that are going to be happening throughout the series, she grows, just like any other person her age would - through the loses and the challenges she goes through.” Added Spiridakos, “She’s a fighter, for sure. She’s a fighter. She’s ready to tackle it out if she needs to.”
Both Charlie and Miles are handy with weapons, with Spiridakos explaining she uses a crossbow in the series. Miles, meanwhile, has a big swordfight in the pilot, and Burke laughed, remarking, “If you had told me a few months ago that I’d be sword fighting, I’d have said, ‘You’re out of your mind.’ We have a fantastic stunt coordinator Jeff Wolfe, who did all the Pirates of the Caribbean movies and stuff like that. So it’s big.”

The shows concept is pretty cool. I know I would be lost without my mobile phone, let alone any form of electricity. Burke revealed that on the set the cast and crew would talk about:
‘Well, what if this happened, and what if this.’ And the reality is, all this stuff is possible. Sure, we’re fictionalizing a lot, but a lot of this stuff is possible, a lot of the concepts and situations. But really the show, underneath all that, is really about what would people do? How are they going to connect, how are people going to find each other without all of these distractions that we’re so used to.”
Spiridakos wondered what life would be like without power:
“You know, I’ve thought about that a lot." She mentioned to me that she was a gamer and brought up Fallout, noting, “I play that game and I love it. So I’ve kind of explored that realm of what that world would be like, and I think it’s terrifying. But it’s exciting in a way as well. It’s different.” And no, I couldn’t resist asking Spiridakos what other games she was playing, and she told me, “I just beat Uncharted 3, which is really fun. And then my boyfriend and I just got Rage. So we’re going to start playing that one and Mass Effect 3.”
I am interested in seeing Esposito outside of the Breaking Bad universe, plus the concept and rest of the cast is decent. This sounds like a show I am interested in watching, what about you?
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