If you’re a fan of Billy Brown, who’ll continue to recur as August Marks on FX’s Sons of Anarchy while costarring as one of the captors in CBS’ new drama Hostages (which debuts tonight at 10 p.m. ET), we have good news: His role on Hostages lasts longer than the one he had on Fox’s The Following last season (his FBI agent was killed off in episode 3). “Yes, as far as I know, I’ll be around for the duration,” Brown says with a laugh.
On Hostages, Brown plays Archer, one of the four kidnappers (led by Dylan McDermott’s Duncan) who holds a surgeon (Toni Collette) and her family hostage the night before she is to operate on the president of the United States (James Naughton). If she makes sure the president dies, her family lives. How does this turn into a 15-episode series? As Collette told EW in our Fall TV preview issue, “It’s not about a family tied up on their couch. They continue to be monitored, but the captors are smart and they know that the family has to get back out into the world and continue to look normal.” Viewers will also learn about the secrets family members are keeping from one another as well as more about Duncan’s crew.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How would you compare Archer to August?
BILLY BROWN: They share some commonality of intensity in certain moments, but August is still learning to be disciplined and focused through all storms. Archer’s that guy. He’s got structure and discipline, and that’s having the background in the Army, and then moving into the Army Rangers and contract work outside of that life — all of which adds up to a guy who is highly organized and supremely motivated. So the intensity can be transferred to aggression, as well as to the more intellectual side. READ FULL STORY