In the ABC drama series CASTLE, Seamus Dever portrays Detective Kevin Ryan, a role which has become more complex as the show explores the inner psyche of who Detective Ryan is beneath his loveable, funny-guy exterior. CASTLE is a cop show that embraces comedy and levity in the most absurd investigations, but which will also delve into the darker side of murder, cop killers, and sociopaths. Sliding seemingly effortless between the agile comedy and finely-tuned drama, Seamus is a chameleon on screen. In an exclusive interview, Seamus shared what drives Ryan and the relationships he prizes above everything else.
In your mind, who is Detective Kevin Ryan and what do you think epitomizes who he is in his soul?
SEAMUS: Whoa, deep. Wow. I think Kevin Ryan is a nice guy who
is always under-estimated about what he really knows. I think he is
quiet and I think he is a smart-ass. He grew up with two older sisters,
so there’s always been an interesting relationship with older siblings
that he has. I think what epitomizes who he is, is his loyalty to his
partners and his loved ones around him and how he would protect them
regardless of the cost. I think that’s my answer. [Laughter]
Over the past two seasons particularly, we
have seen Det. Ryan take increasing risks and make harder decisions when
his fellow officers’ lives are on the line. What lengths do you think
he’ll go to, to protect those he cares about?
SEAMUS: Well, it’s been one of those things — we had an episode
last season where Ryan and Esposito are being tortured to find out some
information that would compromise and harm Beckett and Castle — Beckett
in particular — and it was one of those things that we were willing to
bite the bullet and be tortured and take all this punishment rather than
tell them what they wanted to hear. So I think it gets to the point
where you get to the point — and Ryan comes from the neighborhood still —
where you don’t squeal on the people you’re protecting. He’s not a
rat. He’s going to protect the people around him. We saw that in his
response to torture. But on the other side, it’s one of those things
where he has an idealistic sense of what the job is — because there was
the whole predicament last year that we were playing with Captain
Montgomery and it was like, “Do we tell anyone about this? Or do we sort
of do the right thing and let him die in peace and not reveal that he
was a dirty cop?” And it was always one of those things that Ryan was
in favor of letting everyone know and Esposito was in favor of letting
him die in peace. So it was one of those things that we sort of carved
out how everybody feels about those particular moral situations.
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