One of the upsides of attending SDCC virtually this year, beyond the fact that everyone around the world gets access to the best conversations in entertainment, is that we don’t have to lose our hearing going to panels like this Entertainment Weekly Brave Warriors. Ballroom 20 would be filled with screaming for these male leads on television and we completely understand. SDCC 2020 let us experience the panel in the most peaceful way, at home.

Panelists included Panelists: Joseph Morgan (Brave New World), Aasif Mandvi (Evil), Jocko Sims (New Amsterdam), Henry Ian Cusick (MacGyver), and Michael Mando (Better Call Saul) and moderated for EW by Lynette Rice. The guys touched on a variety of topics including their previous experiences at SDCC in person, their firsts in Hollywood, and what they’re working on now. 

Let’s get to the highlights!

Joseph Morgan as Klaus Mikaelson in the Originals

Joseph Morgan on what he would apologize for in his past roles.
“I want to apologize for all the guest stars that I killed on the Vampire Diaries and the roles that I’ve cut short for them.” If you’ve ever seen Vampire Diaries or The Originals, you know he’s killed a lot of people on screen.

Aasif Mandvi with Mike Colter and Katja Herbers on EVIL

Aasif Mandvi on the action trope of sliding across a car like a star in a ‘70s cop show.
“I did this movie that was a shootout scene and every time I did it they would yell “cut!” The director would come up to me and ask, ‘Aasif, what are you doing? Why do you keep yelling “pchew pchew”? You don’t need to do that.’ In the scene I had to slide across the roof of a car to get away from the bullets.”

Jocko Sims as Dr. Floyd Reynolds on New Amsterdam

Jocko Sims on his first role in a Kevin Garnett commercial.
“I was trying to grow my hair out because that was the way to really get on television. It literally looked like a mop. It actually got me kind of started in the business…it was something about the hair back then.”

Henry Ian Cusick as Russ Taylor in Macgyver

Henry Ian Cusick on what really goes through his head during intimate scenes.
“The thing about intimate scenes is you’re lying there on the bed and your torso is showing and the first thing you think is ‘why didn’t I go to the gym?’”

Michael Mando as Nacho Varga in Better Call Saul

Michael Mando in reference to his first line on TV being dubbed over because it didn’t sound like ‘falcon temple’.
“I was cast for one line in a stunt/actor role. Every time I did it people would crack up laughing….When it aired it’s my lips but they had another actor’s voice dubbed over me because it sounded like I was saying ‘f&$%in temple’…I was kind of like the laughing stock of the whole crew that day and I didn’t know.”

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