Spike TV’s new miniseries The Kill Point pits Donnie Wahlberg against John Leguizamo. Wahlberg plays a hostage negotiator trying to defuse the situation when Leguizamo’s robs a bank. Though much of the tension is in negotiations, the series still promises lots of action.
Donnie Wahlberg on The Kill Point
“We find some,” said Wahlberg. “I was a little reluctant to do the standoff thing because my character doesn’t use weapons so much. He uses words. There’s a whole backstory to that as well. The show is a slow burn and once it gets rolling, I personally think the show gets better and better as it goes. The action gets greater and greater and there is a lot of time for some serious action and John and I get to do a lot of it as well, without revealing too much. It’s really a fun show and I think if people hang in there with it, they’ll be pleasantly surprised with where it goes.”
The bank robbers are disgruntled Iraq War veterans but the show is even handed, says Wahlberg. “One of the interesting things for me is my character’s partner in the show is a veteran as well. She’s a marine, she did service in the Middle East as well. She saw combat so she’s the whole other side of the spectrum. I think for me that was a great equalizer in that she again can inform the audience of what type of stuff they’ve been through. Even when we discover things about the hostage takers, the fact that they’re marines, the fact that they did all these different tours and the different things they’ve experienced, she’s able to express the levity of those things to my character and the audience.”
Just like in real life, some veterans reintegrate into society successfully and others cannot. “While she still was able to come home and make better choices and reintegrate into society, she’s still always very amazed at the stuff that they went through. So it’s sort of always a very deep revelation that wow, they did that? Oh my goodness, you don’t know what that’s like. So it’s very profound. I think there’s a real balance there and for me that was a real appeal. The show is definitely not intended to condemn or to suggest that Iraq veterans are coming back to society and going crazy but the reality is you can’t imagine what it’s like being in a war and to have to come back home, it’s got to be unbelievable.”
It will surely make audiences sympathize with the robbers, and even Wahlberg’s character falls for it a little. “Even though my character suspects that a lot of his political agenda is spur of the moment, it’s him reacting, it’s him desperate and coming up with a way to buy time, I think in some ways my character ends up suffering a little bit of Stockholm Syndrome as well and really starts to develop a rapport. No matter what he’s saying in that scene when he first reveals himself to the crowds, you can’t help but be moved by his body and what he’s been through and the physical damage he’s suffered. It’s a really interesting thing. The audience is going to react to it the way they do, but for me personally and for my character, there was a real duality to it. He was very suspect of it but at the same time, he was still affected and really drawn to this guy.”