Chuck has done more than get actor Adam Baldwin back on the small screen.  It has also given him the opportunity to work alongside Zachary Levi, for whom he has high praises.

“I just love watching Zach Levi perform. I don’t know about you, but to me he seems like a modern-day Dick Van Dyke,” Baldwin told TV Guide.  “You don’t get to see him sing and dance on the show, but he’ll do that when the cameras aren’t rolling.  This guy is a song-and-dance man, a crooner and a comic genius.  It’s wonderful to follow along in his wake.  He carries us on his shoulders.”

Levi may be the lead character on Chuck, but Baldwin is certainly coming into his own.  On the comedy series, Baldwin plays John Casey, an NSA agent who is tasked to protect Levi’s Chuck after he accidentally downloads the country’s most guarded secrets.  John is a no-nonsense kind of guy, and often has to keep Chuck in line and focused on the mission.  However, Baldwin says that his character is now beginning to warm up to Chuck.

“Yeah, he’s finding a way into Chuck’s humor somewhat, and he’s becoming a little more sympathetic,” Adam Baldwin said.  “He’s kind of an intolerant guy.”

In portraying John, Baldwin said that his background in films has helped tremendously.

“My background in films and acting really begins with my dad taking me to tough-guy, shoot-’em-up movies, and I guess that sensibility was sort of ingrained in me at an early stage, with guys like Clint Eastwood, Steve McQueen, Eli Wallach,” Adam Baldwin explained.  “Those are the guys I watched growing up.  And character-y actors like William Holden, The Wild Bunch….”

Prior to Chuck, Baldwin appeared in several television series, most notably on the short-lived sci-fi series, Firefly. He reprised his role, Jayne Cobb, on the movie, Serenity, and although talks of a sequel have been circulating, Baldwin is reluctant to comment.

“It’s always up to Joss [Whedon] and whether he can raise whatever it would take to shoot a [sequel],” he said.  “But it’s getting kind of past it.  I don’t want to be a 60-year-old Jayne Cobb!”

-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: TV Guide
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