Was there a stunt coordinator on Blue or did you guys just work that out yourselves? Kenny Johnson, Actor: The Shield. She sees Norman as the only person in the world who loves her, and pulls him closer every time she is in distress. The deep dive into the education system, the media (newspaper), the shipping industry of a major port city, government and police creates a world outside of the main characters. He’s like a fly on the wall observing everything, not being let into the family. KJ: Oh yeah, with anything I’ve ever done in my life I kind of pride myself on being a guy’s guy. He made three appearances in that season. There’s something intriguing about Max on-screen that always makes me want to know what’s going on with him. By: Kh Ishrar More Of Caleb And Return of Bradley In the very last season, we had to encounter one of the biggest revelations on Bates Motel so far, that being the disclosure of the true identity of Dylan’s father. His persona is very cool and kind of reminds me of James Dean in a way. There’s pretty much no weapon I don’t like and I’ve shot pretty much everything you can think of. KJ: Yeah, I’d worked with Sean (Bridgers). Kenny Johnson Celebrity Profile - Check out the latest Kenny Johnson photo gallery, biography, pics, pictures, interviews, news, forums and blogs at Rotten Tomatoes! Obviously he’s got a lot of stories to tell. Dylan grows closer to Caleb and ponders telling Norma about his return, which is hastened by Norman and Emma spotting Caleb at the remote cabin. I don’t want it to be somebody else. KENNY JOHNSON Q & A: ‘BATES MOTEL’ & ‘BLUE’. Bradley immediately takes a shine to Norman, inviting him to his first party and introducing him to her boyfriend. It’s just like riding a horse. I like challenges. Bates Motel Still - P 2015 Ryan Hurst talks with THR about the role he based on former co-star Mark Boone Junior. PPLA: Did you do a chemistry read with Michele to get the role? Dylan then returns to Seattle to be with Emma and their daughter. KJ: There was a stunt coordinator for the film but we mostly just worked it out ourselves. I haven’t had a lot of action in Bates Motel but I did get thrown out of the house by Norma, and Freddie Highmore (as Norman) tried to stab me with a knife. I only had a few scenes in that but they encompass an integral part of the movie and where the movie goes. It was really powerful, and I thought it was awesome that they even considered me for the role. He’s father to a young woman and is also trying to raise a five year old and a ten year old. He and I got along right off the bat. He believes that Norma seeks out conflict and drama, and that her treatment of Norman will damage him. KJ: All or nothing. How would you describe your approach to the more physical aspects of the characters you portray? It’s nice to see Kenny Johnson back, and I doubt we’ve seen the last of him. KJ: He was awesome. While his behavior is disturbing and dysfunctional, I wanted to explore that road to examine what makes a person that way or what brought them to that place. Damon Gupton is an American actor who portrayedGregg Edwards on Bates Motel. I know a lot of the guys on that show. And I think probably more than any other character that’s introduced this season is Kenny’s character Caleb who is a basically a new Bates family member that we’re introduced to. PPLA: I wonder if that isn’t a contributing factor to your convincing believability in action scenes. Kenneth Allen "Kenny" Johnson (born July 13, 1963) is an American actor, producer, and model.He is known for his roles as Detective Curtis Lemansky in The Shield, Butch "Burner" Barnes in Pensacola: Wings of Gold, Detective Ham Dewey in Saving Grace, Herman Kozik in Sons of Anarchy, Matt Webb in Prime Suspect, and Caleb Calhoun in Bates Motel. So I knew him before and I think he’s buddies with my friend Walton Goggins who I was on The Shield with so, you know, all us Southern buddies kind of know each other. Dylan defends Caleb to Norma, but he also repeatedly raped her for years during their childhood. KJ: There’s a few. Have you binge-watched anything lately or is there a show you’ve recently become obsessed with via any of those outlets? A sufferer of cystic fibrosis, Emma is often seen carrying an oxygen tank. He is eventually arrested on perjury charges and is sent to prison. He graduated from Leonard Slatkin's National Conducting Institute in Washington D.C. He returns to help Dylan with a "pot farm" by building a barn. One of Shawn Ryan’s friends was actually in the top five so he had me and Jay Karnes play in his short film. I don’t want to give anything away but the subject matter involving my character came with a very disturbing mindset that was emotionally powerful and demanding. When he arrives to White Pine Bay, after recently being laid off, Dylan bonds with Norman and encourages him to have a life outside of Norma. I wanted to try to humanize this guy who is struggling with his own demons. And even though I’d already followed Bates Motel, when I found out I’d be doing it I wanted to watch every episode again so I watched the whole first season in one night. Neither of Kenny’s upcoming films has a release date yet but as the final touches are applied to Blue you can follow the film’s Facebook and Twitter pages, and be sure to follow Kenny Johnson on Twitter to stay informed of his impressive film and TV endeavors. KJ: I binge-watched Dexter. PPLA: Many of your characters are morally ambiguous, not necessarily villains but with motivations that are hard to root for. Norma Louise Bates (portrayed by Vera Farmiga)[1] is the series' co-protagonist, alongside her son. Bradley Martin (portrayed by Nicola Peltz)[5] is a kind, attractive and popular classmate of Norman. [laughs] The Goldbergs is awesome. I dig it. Norma Bates (Vera Farmiga) had to suffer sexual abuse form her brother, Caleb (Kenny Johnson). Max Thieriot, Kenny Johnson & Ryan Hurst Talk Bates Motel Season 3 2015/04/13 23:30:38 +00:00 | Derek Anderson A young guy tries to begin a new chapter in his life, a father desperately seeks a connection with his estranged son, and a mysterious mountain man with boar jerky offers a … In seasons three and four, it is becoming clear that he has a split personality, and that his other self – "Mother" – is gaining control. Regretting it, she attempts to make amends with him, but accidentally alienates him further. She soon grows close to Dylan, who becomes concerned when he learns that Emma's health has deteriorated severely, and takes it upon himself to raise the money she needs for a lung transplant. Kenny Johnson is an American actor, model and producer. I then moved on to this man that I heard was a really respected teacher named Michael Shurtleff who’d written a book about how to audition, so I spent a summer with him. I definitely jumped on that bandwagon and travelled to as many places in the world as I could and put myself in situations trying to apply his lessons and figure out what I wanted say in life and how I could maybe give back in some way. KJ: I guess. KJ: It’s funny, one of the first commercials I ever did was with Brad Pitt. I know I’m athletic and physical, and maybe it’s an ego thing or because I’ve trained so hard in my life, but I believe that if the audience is going to see a body moving around doing things I want it to be me. I felt honored that it came my way, for sure. I’ve followed it and went to its premiere on Melrose Avenue. With blood on her hands, Bradley turns to Norman once more, and, with his help, flees White Pine Bay to go into hiding in Boston. We have a lot of similarities in our backgrounds and we started competing with arm wrestling while we were shooting which definitely bonded us even more. He returns to White Pine Bay after fearing for Norman's mental health. As long as something has great writing, I’m down for it. In season two, Caleb arrives at the Bates Motel but Norma immediately throws him out. Is that the case or were you particularly drawn to playing the character of Murphy? PPLA: On Bates Motel the majority of your scenes were opposite Max Thieriot, whose character may or not be your character’s son, what was Max like as a scene partner? PPLA: I imagine Dale Dye has tons of interesting and entertaining stories to tell, did you get to spend much time with him during production? After his three month course, he’d kind of planted some seeds in my head and gave me a couple of plays that he wrote to actually perform. His interaction with the Bates family does not go smoothly, when he suspects Norma's complicity in the disappearance (and death) of Keith Summers, his friend and the former motel owner. I really liked him as a person and I’ve always remained intrigued with him. It was written to be very short and had just a couple of brief lines on paper but then we decided to kind of explore and improvise to take it in a different direction. Kenny Johnson. It’s yours if you want it.” And I said, “Heck yeah!” I’d watched tapes on both of them, since they’re both actors, and things Charles had directed Michele in and they’re really, really good so I was excited to work with them. The Psycho prequel series will bring back Kenny Johnson to … Caleb Calhoun (portrayed by Kenny Johnson)[7] is Norma's estranged older brother, Norman's uncle and Dylan's biological father. PPLA: One of your greatest strengths as an actor is the credible way in which you physicalize the roles you inhabit. I spent about three years with Larry Moss, every day of the week, trying to be like a sponge and just learn as much as I could and study and put up as many scenes as I could. Afterwards, she feels the only person she has left in the world is Norman. In season four, after Norman is committed for psychiatric observation, Romero's relationship with Norma changes suddenly into a romantic one. Caleb Calhoun (portrayed by Kenny Johnson) is Norma's estranged older brother, Norman's uncle and Dylan's biological father. So, yeah, I would’ve loved to have done anything that I would’ve fit. In that situation you’ve got to think and be and feel more heightened and more dangerous than they are and you’ve got to be unafraid of that. When I was on The Shield Michael Chiklis would get me riled up and we would take things as far as we could without hurting somebody, but it was like all or nothing. Shortly after that Brad got Thelma & Louise. I love the fact that I got to hang out with him and get to know him. This, in turn, leads to the two starting a romantic relationship. However, Caleb bonds with Dylan, saying he helped protect Norma from their abusive father when they were children. In 2013, he played Federal Marshal Max Clayton on Showtime's series, DEXTER. I was on a series with Holly Hunter called Saving Grace and Sean had come on for an amazing episode and he was so good in it. He really allowed me to explore and go places. Surrounding the film’s protagonists is an exceptional supporting cast featuring Kelly McGillis, Kenny Johnson, Sean Bridgers and retired U.S. Marine Corps captain Dale Dye. @netflix @LBardugo KJ: I thought the story was great. It was developed by Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin, and Anthony Cipriano, and is produced by Universal Television and American Genre for the cable network A&E. KJ: Blue is this innocent guy from the hills and Michele’s character (Pearl) doesn’t discriminate based on race or color or anything and there’s just this connection between the two of them that’s the most powerful, innocent kind of first love. Just last night I trained for two hours up in the valley. Press Pass LA had the chance to sit down with character actor Kenny Johnson to discuss his work on TV, most recently playing Caleb on Bates Motel, and his upcoming indie film Blue. Blue is a mysterious young man, suffering a rare blood disease that colors his skin blue. To me, it’s always an exciting thing to see how it domino effects in their lives later on and what it then does to them. twitter.com/bridgerton/sta…, Productions hit pause as Covid-19 cases continue to surge in Los Angeles @sagaftra Anthony Hopkins was amazing. KJ: I did a small project when I was shooting The Shield that was part of a short film competition in which the winner would be given a million dollars to shoot a long version of what they did. I had one eight-page scene I did between myself, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Abbie Cornish, Anthony Hopkins and a few other actors and those guys couldn’t be more supportive and awesome. I’ve had stunt guys there but they never get to work because I won’t let ’em. With season three, Kenny Johnson was bumped up to main character status and became a regular on the series. Why not have a personal trainer in your pocket? His world comes crashing down, however, when he learns from Norma that he is the product of an incestuous rape – his true father having been Norma's brother, Caleb – and distances himself from the family, moving out of the Bates' house. He accepts, but Norman (in his "Mother" persona) kills Bradley by repeatedly bashing her head against a rock. She decides that it is best for her to leave town once again and pleads for Norman to come with her. I’m curious if, as an artist, you deliberately seek out these gray kinds of characters or are you just not often offered more morally black or white types of roles? When it is revealed that Norma lied to him about her husband's death, their friendship suffers and is nearly at an end. There were no boundaries with him. KJ: Murphy is an emotionally distraught father who is obviously disturbed and very possessive over his family, his ground and where he grew up. © 2021 Press Pass LA. He is known for his roles as Detective Curtis Lemansky in The Shield, Butch "Burner" Barnes in Pensacola: Wings of Gold, Detective Ham Dewey in Saving Grace, Herman Kozik in Sons of Anarchy, Matt Webb in Prime Suspect, and Caleb Calhoun in Bates Motel.Johnson portrays Dominique Luca in the CBS drama … It was an extremely challenging role for me but it was amazing and those guys were all really supportive. We all just got along great. Dylan’s dad/uncle (duncle?) 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