Now that we have reached the end of the famous drama This is us, Jon Huertas, who played Miguel on the show, likens that series’ ending to his time on the procedural drama Castlewhere he played Javier Esposito, alongside Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic.
“I felt sorry for our fans, because they hoped and expected another season, and they expected a great ending,” said Huertas. Yahoo Canada† “We thought we were going to go to season 9, but that’s also the difference between the two types of shows, the two genres.”
“With a procedure, it’s a self-contained episode every week,…so they’re not so concerned [from] the studio level this show needs to end on a note.”
While Huertas agrees that the show certainly ended abruptly, which caused a frenzy among fans of the series at the time (and still to some degree today), he did say that if the cast could get back together, he would make Esposito for some sort would revive reboot content.
“That show was one of the most creative fun I could have had for me,” he said. “A lot of the things we did was because we wanted to have a different view of a procedure, and thus the collaboration between [Nathan Fillion] and myself, Seamus [Dever] Stana [Katic]†
“They started taking these little ideas that we had and turning them into real stories and episodes, like the fact that I was eating a donut when Ryan was cleaning, which was taken straight from me being on it. I ate some garbage, and I thought, ‘What are you doing, man, you’re eating that,’ and the writers heard that.”
‘We have our insecurities’
Ultimately, when Jon Huertas looks at roles he really wants to play, he likes to develop “more positive characters,” with a mix of comedy and drama.
“I don’t really plan on ever playing a narco kingpin or drug dealer or a mobster…unless something else is going on,” he said. “I think now I’m looking for things that have the spirit of collaboration built in, … then you can build on that with the writers and you can infuse a lot of yourself into the character.”
“You get your own validation because if you pour a lot into the character and people like character then they like you, and as an actor, that’s what you want… I don’t like the celebrity or the hoopla or anything something like that… but as you can see the people who are in our company have our insecurities that have to [be] Met.”
The Story Behind the Cast in HBO Miniseries ‘Generation Kill’
While Jon Huertas has created iconic characters in Castle and This is us, the role that most impressed him is Sgt. Antonio Espera in the 2008 HBO Miniseries Killing Generation† The series is set in the first 40 days of the Iraq War, from the perspective of US Marines, based on real stories. Huertas is an Air Force veteran himself.
“Being able to tell the story about the military that’s true and honest, and the image isn’t thrown in any direction when it comes to politics, when it comes to what’s right and what’s wrong, it empowers the public.” to make their own decision…the experience was great,” said Huertas. “We were so, I think, committed to telling the story with integrity, telling it well, and we shared in that, and all we had was each other while we were there.”
“To be sent away for eight months to film this thing in Africa with 30 other men and to meet some of your best friends, that was 15 years ago and Alexander Skarsgard, I was just hanging out with him at the premiere of the Norman because whatever he does, I will support him because he is one of my best friends.”
Interestingly, Huertas had made a movie for HBO years before Killing Generation when, as the actor puts it, “HBO wasn’t really making the best stuff.” It was a military film that, in his opinion, was not below par in terms of authenticity.
“PTSD” having that experience, when Huertas got the sides for Killing Generation he was quite critical at first.
“I was like, first, this doesn’t happen in the military, second, nobody talks like that, who’s from this background, his name was Rodolfo Reyes, he’s clearly Latino, Latinos aren’t like that,” Huertas revealed. “I didn’t care. I had all that attitude and I read my scenes, and there was some anger.”
A year later, he got a call that HBO wanted to meet him, offer him a spot on the cast, but one day he met executive producer/writer David Simon. Huertas said it sounded familiar, with HBO clarifying that he read for the project a year ago, for a different character, but they want him for Antonio Espera, describing him to Huertas as an “angry Mexican.”
“Basically, because I went in angry and read, and didn’t like and liked what they put on the page, they said, ‘Oh, he’s angry, he’s great for this character,'” said the actor, adding that when he saw the book with the real stories that lie at the basis of Killing Generation†
“While I was on my way to Africa, on the plane, this man came up from behind me and asked me, he said, ‘Brother, are you working on Killing Generation?’… And it was Rodolfo Reyes. He’s real and he’s this guy who speaks exactly like that character, … what he did in the tent, he did, he blew up the coffee machine, … he’s a character in his own right.”
“I go through things with a fine-toothed comb, but I’m glad I did, and I was wrong too. I was wrong with my assessment, but I got the job. So now I know that I always have to go through with a fine-toothed comb.”