ABC has imported another intriguing Canadian crime drama, Motive, which focuses on the “why” rather than the “who” – the killers and their victims are revealed at the start of each episode. To figure out what makes Motive tick, BFTV sat down with series star Brendan Penny, who plays rookie detective Brian Lucas.
“It’s the whole premise that you know the killer and the victim right away. As soon as I started reading it, I was so intrigued I just wanted to keep during the page,” said the actor, explaining what sets this cop show apart from all the others. “The cinematography is fantastic-looking. It goes from real time into flashbacks a lot, but they’re these really cool transitions.”
But it’s not just the absence of a whodunit that distinguishes Motive. Brendan told us that viewers can expect “Really good storylines, number one. The relationship between the characters is really nice. But also, I think, [there’s] the humanization of these killers and the victims. It’s not always this person’s bad and this person’s good. That’s not what this show’s about. It’s mostly people who kind of get stuck in a very tough place.”
Being the new guy amongst a bunch of seasoned cops, Lucas provides most of the show’s comic relief. “Pretty much any scene that I’m in, there’s going to be a little bit of humor,” Brendan explained, adding that you’ll get to see more of the rookie as the season goes on.
And playing the newbie is a good fit for him, considering that he’s also working amongst an ensemble of veteran actors that also includes Kristin Lehman (Human Target), Louis Ferreira (Stargate Universe), Roger Cross (24) and Lauren Holly (NCIS). “I read for the role about two and a half months before it started shooting. I ended up booking it two days before shooting,” he told us. “I didn’t really have the luxury to have too many meetings about the character – but I had read for the role so many times that I had a really good grasp of who the character was.”
Just after shooting Motive, Brendan filmed The Virginian, alongside country music star/actor/newly minted Celebrity Apprentice Trace Adkins, Sons of Anarchy‘s Ron Perlman, and Day Break‘s Victoria Pratt. He plays the character of Owen Walton, whom he described as “a New York dandy that comes to town, writing a novel about cattle ranching, and finds himself in an underbelly of crime and murder.” The movie should be released later this year.
Whether it’s a Western movie or a different modern-day procedural, the actor and devoted family man is motivated to find opportunities that stand out from the norm. “I don’t like working just for the sake of working,” said Brendan, who is himself a fan of Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Al Pacino and Kelsey Grammer. “I want to work because I like the project, or especially, I like the character. I don’t like playing boring characters that don’t have anything going on. The number one thing for me is taking a look at the dialogue, and seeing how the character’s set up. I just want to play rich, fulfilling, complex characters.”
Motive airs Thursdays at 9 PM ET/PT on ABC. You can also keep up with Brendan on Twitter (@BrendanJPenny).
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