During Falling Skies‘ first two seasons, fans watched Hal Mason grow from high school lacrosse hotshot to alien invasion survivor trying to prove himself to his protective dad, to seasoned soldier in the fight for the planet. Now, in season 3, Drew Roy, who plays Hal on the TNT sci-fi series, has flexed some more acting muscles with the ever-creepier and unsettling “evil Hal,” as he’s come to be known since an alien parasite wormed its way into his head at the end of season 2.
Falling Skies ups the ante for the “evil Hal” storyline in tonight’s episode, “Be Silent and Come Out.” When EW chatted with Roy, the actor provided a few teases for the episode. Read on to learn what you can expect from tonight’s episode and more about Hal in season 3 thus far, then come back to EW.com after tonight’s episode for Roy’s memories from shooting the intense “Be Silent and Come Out.”
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Last summer, you told us that you watched The Shining and Take Shelter in preparation for shooting season 3, but at that point you couldn’t reveal why. Now that we’ve seen what’s going on with “evil Hal” this season, what can you tell us about why those films were helpful?
DREW ROY: With The Shining, I just wanted to see how Jack Nicholson had that deterioration take over him from when he first stepped into the hotel to when he loses it and attacks his family. It felt like it was a similar theme going on with Hal in that he was being controlled by the aliens, but from the outside it was just like some mental problem he was going through. Anytime you can learn from a great film, it’s worth watching. But you never want to copy what somebody does, so it’s more of seeing how that path was laid and then take that into consideration as you move forward with your own performance. READ FULL STORY