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FlashForward – John Cho on action, injuries and Star Trek

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FlashForward 1.10 A561984 - Demetri Noh (John Cho) © ABC

The last time we saw John Clo’s character, FBI Agent Demetri Noh, on TV’s FlashForward, he was facing the fact that he had no visions of April 29, 2010, when everyone else did. This was compounded when he received a mysterious phone call telling him he would die on March 15, 2010. And then the series went off for a long hiatus!

So I caught up with John Cho last week to find out what happened with his character.

Do you already know the fate of Demetri?

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Demetri Noh (John Cho) © ABC

Yes, I know whether I die or do not die.

You’ve already shot that episode?

I’m here (on the set) today, but I can’t tell you whether I have been working past that episode.

How has your relationship with Mark (Joseph Fiennes, his FBI partner) developed over this first season?

Demetri’s relationship with Mark is very strained and very interesting. I will say that our partnership gets put to the test and it’s fascinating.

Is there anybody in the cast that you haven’t worked with a lot that you would like to work with?

Yes, Sonya (Walger), our paths don’t cross a lot in the show, and it would be great do to more with her. She’s just a delight to be around really, I don’t even what to act with; I just want to hang out with her.

Brian F O’Byrne, who is not here today, is an actor that I admire a great deal. I saw him in a play, Doubt, years ago and I walked out of the theatre going, ‘This is one of the most amazing theatrical performances I’ve ever seen.’ And when I found out he was on the show I went ballistic, crazy, and we haven’t worked together!

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Episode 1.10 A561984 – Demetri (John Cho) © ABC

What about Dominic Monaghan, since his character, Simon, has come out and said he might have caused the flashforwards?

Demetri, like the other billions of people on earth, has suffered from the blackout, so there’s a deep level of suspicion there. But we’re having to employ him in the FBI to try and solve what’s going on, so it’s a very strained relationship. There’s (also) a mole, so we’re trying to figure out who that is, and there’s a lot of looking over our collective backs.

Is it hard to play a part where you don’t know what’s going to happen or maybe what your past is?

I was stressed out about it and then I found as we got into it that it was easier than I thought it would be. You just take the ‘what ifs’ that they give you and you just go.

In fact there’s a moment where Joe and I read something in the script, I can’t remember what it was now, but we read the next episode and it was such a big bomb that we regretted having read it, because then we had to go back to a scene and act like we didn’t know what was coming. That was a situation in which we were given some information and it kind of worked against us.

The only thing I’ll say is, if it turns out I’m a villain then I will have played it all wrong. But so far it’s been okay.

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Episode 1.10 A561984 – Demetri Noh (John Cho) and Mark Benford (Joseph Fiennes) © ABC

What’s it like working with Joseph Fiennes?

Joe is a pleasure, Joe’s a real gentleman and a great guy and a very, very talented actor and I feel very privileged working with him. I don’t have any formal training as a actor, as I’ve gotten a job I’ve always tried to observe the actors that I admire, and this is a situation where there’s one that I’m working very closely with.

What I’m finding interesting about this is that the flashforwards are not always what they appear to be.

Yeah, the rule is whatever they show you is literally real, but they could be showing you a fraction of that little reality that could be misleading. And as is life, you see a little bit of the picture.

There’s quite a bit of action in the series, are there fight scenes coming up?

Yes, we’ve got quite a bit of action. I didn’t realize I would be chasing it up so much, I’ve been bruising myself. I’m not a man-of-action in real life.

Any injuries?

I just noticed this as I was shaving on my way over, (pulls up his sleeve) and this is just from falling on a mat, it’s a big bruise. I did get a knee injury that’s been nagging me. It’s cool, unless it involves heights, which I’m definitely afraid of.

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Star Trek (2009) – Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu (John Cho) © Paramount

Star Trek turned out to be an enormous success. When it was delayed everybody thought there was something wrong with it. How does it feel?

It’s really gratifying. I’m very happy for JJ (Abrams), I knew that the franchise would go on in some form, whether the movie did or did not perform particularly well. It’s too big of an idea. JJ is one of the most consummate filmmakers of his generation and, in a weird way, it’s a very personal film for him I think. The way into his films is always through family and I feel like in a weird way Star Trek wasn’t necessarily about the idea, or the cast, it was about families. I’m particularly happy for him.

You have a release date for the next Star Trek movie, even though the script is not done, are you looking forward to playing Sulu again, and what’s the most exciting or fun thing about having been a part of that?

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Star Trek (2009) – Captain James T Kirk (Chris Pine) and Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu (John Cho) © Paramount

I am greatly looking forward to returning to Star Trek, it was a dream job, it was a blast being on the Enterprise. You saw the movie, the set was so cool. What I look forward to most about the experience is just getting together with my friends again and working on something. We hang out but there’s nothing quite like working together with your friends on something,

it’s a very special feeling and that is a special project and a special franchise, and so I just look forward to the camaraderie of getting together on the Bridge and hanging out with my friends and working on something we like.