Joshua Gomez has come a long way on Chuck. Even before Morgan picked up those sunglasses in the season four finale and ended up “knowing kung fu,” he had grown up a lot through the years, simply working with his best pal and being let in on some spy secrets. He went from a computer repair guy that no one took seriously (he slept on Star Wars sheets, after all!) to a managerial position within the Buy More with a very real, and pretty, girlfriend. Okay, he still sleeps on the Star Wars sheets, but that just makes Morgan, Morgan! And now in the fifth and final season, we are meeting Morgan 2.0: Intersect Morgan who now has the ability to save the day. And the world.
You can read LA TV Insider Examiner’s preview of the fifth and final season premiere of Chuck here.
LA TV Insider Examiner: How is the Intersect treating you these days? Or should we say, how is the Intersect treating Morgan?
Joshua Gomez: He fully embraces that, you know? That’s just sort of who that character is…but he definitely, he’s thrown into challenges and hurdles, and it’s fun, you know? It’s fun to play and all of these angles of ‘How is Chuck doing without it?’ And a bunch of things are coming at Chuck now, you know, money, his new marriage, his new company, and without the Intersect, so how he’ll handle his hurdles.
Some time has passed since Morgan first got the Intersect installed in his head, so to speak, and we don’t get to see him training to learning how to properly use it. Do you imagine he had time to work with Casey or Sarah? Or is he just learning as he goes?
J.G.: I think it is learning as he goes, and you’ll see some of…the team saying, like, ‘Hey man, you’re the Intersect and it’s cool, but you’ve got to kind of learn the ropes here,’ and there’s a dynamic there where he’s sort of like ‘No, I got this.’ For Morgan, I zoom– I flash– and then let’s move on. It’s sort of Chuck saying ‘I’ve been there…and there’s all these other things.’ So you’ll get to see some of that.
How does this new responsibility affect his relationship with Alex or vice versa?
J.G.: It’s a big part of it! And I don’t want to give anything away…
[Editor’s Note: Part of Gomez’ answer has been redacted for spoilers but will be printed in the second half of our Q&A soon!]
It seems like this season is almost a relaunch or reboot of the series. Chuck has completed his journey, maturing with the Intersect, and now it’s Morgan’s turn. Should we expect a lot of callbacks to the earlier seasons, with themes, cases, or character moments?
J.G.: What Chris Fedak would talk about was getting back to the real core of what Chuck was, and even though ‘How could it be that without him being the Intersect?’, we now have a team assembled, and the new kid, so in that sense it definitely goes back to early Chuck episodes and the fun of the action and the fun of the discovery of this guy with this power kind of going like ‘Hey, this is so much fun, and how do I harness this?’ Clearly, Morgan like Chuck, starts out with the best intentions; he wants to help, he wants to do well…Sometimes Chuck would do things, and they’d tell him ‘But we told you to wait in the car!’ And Morgan’s the same, he’ll say ‘But I wanted to help you guys,’ so there’s a lot of those recurring themes again.
What is your favorite part of his new Morgan/new season?
J.G.: My favorite part of it is just being able to change this character up. I feel like in the length of the show of Chuck, that’s the character who has probably, in a lot of ways, evolved the most and gone in a lot of different directions. So to take him in this totally new direction has been so much fun, and I’ve had such a fun time playing him in a whole new way. You know, that and kicking butt.
Of course! We know you’ve been filming for awhile now, but how was the adjustment to all the extra action and stunt work?
J.G.: I always had respect for all of them, you know Zac, Yvonne and Adam, doing a lot of the physical stuff as well as the emotional stuff, but I have a whole new level now, because a lot of it is really tough! You know, we shoot in seven days, and it’s just a lot to take on. And it’s nobody’s fault, but you kind of walk onto set, and you’ve got like, you know, nine minutes to learn a fight, and you go ‘Wha??’ It’s one of those where you look at pages, and that I’m kind of used to; I can memorize lines pretty quickly, but the fights and a lot of stuff is like ‘Oh gosh!’ But you do it. You pull it off!
And forget about Morgan– how did YOU train for the Intersect?
J.G.: Oh, you know, a lot of stretches. I’ll limber up. I uh– not much. [Laughs] We have a great, amazing stunt and fight crew, and they kind of look out for me, and we my double was also an amazing, psychotic [fearless] wizard. He was awesome. So that’s pretty much what it was. They gave me a crash course and stayed with me a little bit to practice moves. I’m fairly active, and I felt like I was in pretty good shape, so it was good; I was fine.
Anything in particular prove more of a challenge than you might have expected?
J.G.: Yvonne, for example, has dance training; that’s why she takes to those scenes so well. She just has so much balance and coordination and memorization, and all of these things, and it truly is a violent ballet. And I am just the worst dancer you’ve ever seen. I mean, sure I can moonwalk, but you know…
Well, that seems like something that Morgan would know, too.
J.G.: You never know! You never know; this is Chuck. If there’s a way for the Intersect to use a moonwalk, Morgan will find it.
Chuck airs on Friday nights at 8pm, only on NBC.
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