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Paul Reubens to play bad on 'The Blacklist'

The guest list for NBC’s The Blacklist continues to grow: Paul Reubens has been cast as Mr. Vargas, a dapper, finicky “muscle” who handles delicate situations in the criminal underworld, EW has learned exclusively. He’ll first appear in season two’s third episode, with the arc slated for at least two episodes. “We’re forgoing the bow tie and the bicycle, and it’s going to be something totally different, and it’s gonna be awesome,” executive producer Jon Bokenkamp says. “It can’t get strange enough for me. One of the most fun things is being able to write for actors who I’ve admired and think are interesting and try to play against expectations. I think this will be a fun one. I’d say he’s gonna shake things up a bit when he enters Red’s orbit.”

“It started with the character,” he says. “We knew what he would feel like and sound like, and then as we started kicking around names, Paul’s name came up as, ‘Well, that would be cool. That will never happen, but we might as well ask.'”

Reubens started work on the show Friday. Other guest stars in season two include Mary-Louise Parker, Lee Tergesen, and Krysten Ritter. Peter Stormare will, of course, return as Berlin.

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