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Marietta native Robert Patrick stars in ABC’s ‘Last Resort’

LAST RESORT - "Last Resort" stars Andre Braugher as Captain Marcus Chaplin, Scott Speedman as XO Sam Kendal, Daisy Betts as Lieutenant Grace Shepard, Dichen Lachman as Tani Tumrenjack, Daniel Lissing as SEAL Officer James King, Sahr Ngaujah as Mayor Julian Serrat, Camille de Pazzis as Sophie Gerard, Autumn Reeser as Kylie Sinclair, Jessy Schram as Christine Kendal. "Last Resort" was written by Shawn Ryan and Karl Gajdusek, who are also executive producers along with Martin Campbell and Marney Hochman Nash. The pilot for "Last Resort" was directed by Martin Campbell. "Last Resort" is produced by Middkid Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television. (ABC/MARIO PEREZ) ROBERT PATRICK

LAST RESORT - "Last Resort" stars Andre Braugher as Captain Marcus Chaplin, Scott Speedman as XO Sam Kendal, Daisy Betts as Lieutenant Grace Shepard, Dichen Lachman as Tani Tumrenjack, Daniel Lissing as SEAL Officer James King, Sahr Ngaujah as Mayor Julian Serrat, Camille de Pazzis as Sophie Gerard, Autumn Reeser as Kylie Sinclair, Jessy Schram as Christine Kendal. "Last Resort" was written by Shawn Ryan and Karl Gajdusek, who are also executive producers along with Martin Campbell and Marney Hochman Nash. The pilot for "Last Resort" was directed by Martin Campbell. "Last Resort" is produced by Middkid Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television. (ABC/MARIO PEREZ) ROBERT PATRICK

Marietta native and actor Robert Patrick says he’s had a “fantastic year.” Look at his resume for the past year: he has worked with Robert Duvall, Clint Eastwood, Melissa McCarthy, Kevin Bacon and Billy Bob Thornton. That’s awfully good company.

Patrick, who broke it big two decades ago as the cop who kept chasing Arnold Schwarzenegger in “Terminator 2,”  just taped three episodes of “True Blood,” created by fellow Mariettan Alan Ball. He played Eastwood’s boss in the Eastwood film “Trouble With the Curve,” which was shot in Atlanta and came out in theaters last Friday.

And tonight, Sept. 27, he is part of an ensemble cast on ABC’s new drama “Last Resort” featuring Emmy winner Andre Braugher.

In the show, a U.S. nuclear submarine receives orders to fire on Pakistan. Braugher’s character is suspicious and defies the order. So the U.S. fires on its own submarine and the members of the sub hide out on a remote island.

It’s created by the makes of “The Unit,” a show he had previously worked on for CBS. And like “Lost,” the show is shot in Hawaii.

“It’s fantastic,” Patrick said from the set last month. “I miss my wife and kids in Los Angeles. But it’s a joy to be in Oahu.”

Patrick plays the highest-ranking enlisted man on the boat. “The boat is my boat. The men are my men,” he said. “I know the boat better than anybody. But when my captain disobeys the order, I have to do it and remind him it’s treason. I’m that guy. I don’t agree with it. I’m very adversarial. It’s based on principle. I have a code.”

The show, he said, “is more than just the fact we refused orders and ran off. There are so many layers to it. I think it’s going to be interesting.”

Atlanta is in Patrick’s blood. Patrick recalls fishing at Lake Lanier as a child with his grandfather. “I remember my Little League field, my school, my church,” he said. “I remember downtown Marietta Square. when I go back, I visit the square and walk around, go to the St. James’ Episcopal Church. All my old houses are still there.”

His father worked at Lockheed down the street and his mom raised five kids. Patrick recalls being at the first Braves game at Fulton County Stadium in 1966 with his father. “I can remember vividly the vibe of that day, one of my favorite memories,” Patrick said. He also saw Hank Aaron’s 500th home run. He remembers going on the field for fan appreciation day and get his picture taken with ballplayers.

“We have Super 8 movies of me next to Joe Torre, Hank Aaron and Rico Carty. It was a great thrill to play the general manager of the Braves as Clint Eastwood’s boss” in ‘Trouble With The Curve,” he said. He felt honored to work with a legend like Eastwood. All his scenes were shot at Turner Field.

He was thrilled to film three films in 12 months in Atlanta by pure coincidence. (Thank Georgia tax credits!) Besides “Trouble with a Curve,” he shot a Billy Bob Thornton/Kevin Bacon film “Jayne Mansfield’s Car” (yet to be released) and the Melissa McCarthy film “Identity Theft,” currently in production.

“I’m a skip tracer,” he said. “I come after Melissa, who skipped out on debt and I chase her.”  In the Thornton/Bacon film, “I play Billy Bob’s brother. Robert Duvall is our dad. It’s wonderful, I gotta tell ya.”

While he shot “Trouble With a Curve,” the Braves were in spring training. So while shooting “Identity Theft,” he found time to hit Turner Field for a game for the first time. “It happened to be the night they retired John Smoltz’s number. It was so exciting to watch all the pageantry.”

On TV

“Last Resort”

8 p.m., Thursdays, ABC

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

11 comments Add your comment

K-Ster

September 27th, 2012
5:20 pm

Kat

September 27th, 2012
5:28 pm

There are no slow days, only slow people – such as yourself K-Ster.

Jeff

September 27th, 2012
6:35 pm

Last Resort Pilot was free on Amazon Instant Video as of Monday, dont know if it still is or not.

Downloaded it and watched it Monday night. Y’all do NOT want to miss this!

One of the things Patrick’s character disagrees with: Baugher launches a nuclear missile at DC! Why? What happened? Y’all will have to watch to see…..

Joe Schmoe

September 27th, 2012
10:06 pm

It’s Trouble With THE Curve bozo.

Mike H.

September 27th, 2012
11:52 pm

He walked to Elementary School with me every morning and back home every afternoon. He was our neighbor.

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Highlander

September 28th, 2012
7:23 am

Nice article, RoHo. Never knew he was from the area. I have seen him in a lot of things lately, it seems, but I don’t know if he’ll ever top his performance in T2!

Pam

September 28th, 2012
2:36 pm

When I watched Last Resort I knew I recognized Robert Patrick from somewhere. I missed the premiere because I was working at DISH when it aired, so I watched my Hopper DVR’s recording with Auto-Hop this morning. Auto-Hop automatically skips all the commercials in recorded prime time shows from the four major networks, which saved me a lot of time. But I was too distracted to figure out where I’d seen Patrick before; it must have been in Terminator 2. I have to say I like him better in Last Resort, he plays the by-the-book Navy man really well.

A

September 28th, 2012
3:15 pm

I remember him from Terminator 2 and X Files, but he’s in a ton of other stuff. I had no idea he was from the area either. Nice interview!

Pippy Short Stockings

October 1st, 2012
9:02 am

I really liked the premiere but thought there were a few things that were a bit of a reach on this show. I will tune in though for future episodes. Robert Patrick’s character to me had overtones of the Dr Zachary Smith character from “Lost in Space”.

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October 4th, 2012
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