November 11th, 2011
05:05 PM ET
When Joshua Gomez was told at the end of last season that big changes were afoot for his character, Morgan, on "Chuck," he didn't know what to expect.
As Gomez described the scene to reporters on Thursday, "Chris Fedak, one of the co-creators, went down on the set and we were just kind of talking...and he was like, you know, have you heard about [the season finale] yet? And I said no. And he was like, 'Oh, I’m going to be really interested to see what you think.' And I was like, 'Oh boy, I’m dead.'"
When Gomez read the script, "you get to the last page [where Morgan said] 'I know kung fu,' and it was like, you’ve got to be kidding me. This is insanity, I’m a dead man."
Since that moment, Chuck's best friend has had the Intersect – the entire database of CIA knowledge, along with some kung fu skills, to boot – while Chuck himself has had to work on being a spy with no special powers.
Friday night's episode "tests the boundaries of Chuck and Morgan’s friendship," as Gomez put it, plus the "new" Morgan has had something of a makeover.
"Clearly something is very, very wrong when you actually see my hair, because it’s something else," he said. "Some people like it though. I’ve been told that some people actually find it fetching. Myself, I’m not one of those people."
But Gomez has enjoyed the chance to do something different. "This was fun because it forced me to just switch everything up and so I was excited. I was nervous at first, obviously for so many different reasons - just getting the Intersect I thought was just a crazy turn. And then as I started to get the scripts and I saw this character becoming what he’s becoming and how it was affecting him, it’s nerve-wracking. Our fans are really loyal and they love 'Chuck,' and I’m like, 'Oh, crap, I’m going to get things thrown at me for being a jerk.'”
After all, Gomez says, he'd understand that reaction.
"When I read comic books and writers in comic books decided to take the thing down a different path, I’d be like, 'No come on!' And throw the comic book across the room. But our fans are wonderful, and passionate, and they have every right to either say, 'no I don’t like this,' or 'I do like this,' or 'this is better than I thought,' or 'worse than I thought' - they can think whatever they want."
In fact, Gomez said that Zachary Levi has joked to him that playing Chuck and Morgan is a bit like playing themselves.
"As far as their love of sci-fi and comic books and all that kind of stuff, [that] was very much a part of who I was. I love video games and I have a huge collection of 'X-Men' comics."
And the game that Gomez is geeking out about at this very moment? "I’ll be picking up my copy of 'Skyrim' [the latest] 'Elder Scrolls.' It’s coming out, and it’s the first time they’re going to have trouble getting me to the set, because my life will be over for a month or two, playing that game. Very excited about it."
With only two episodes left to shoot for the cast and crew of "Chuck," Gomez reflected on his character as well.
"Every time I get dressed and I put on whatever kooky Morgan sneakers I have to wear, I kind of think to myself that I’m really satisfied with what I got to do with this character," he said.
And as for how they have approached the season as a whole, he added, "We’re just enjoying every minute of it, and having a really great time as a cast and crew. Really, just taking it all in."
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