On Fox’s Sleepy Hollow, it’s all drama for Orlando Jones’ Frank Irving. He’s now a patient at Tarrytown Psychiatric with a lawyer he doesn’t realize is Ichabod’s son (John Noble), a.k.a. the Second Horseman of the Apocalypse. But when Jones stopped by to talk Sleepy Hollow in our latest installment of First & Worst, it was non-stop laughs.
Watch the video and read a transcript below. Sleepy Hollow airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.
EW: Worst thing about having a shootout with Headless?
Jones: Headless is a very sporadic shooter. One, he doesn’t have a head. Two, he might fire off 500 bullets, and hit nobody, but then when he shoots Lyndie [Greenwood, who plays Jenny Mills], bam, it’s one shot and her car flips over. I don’t know what’s going on with that dude. Also, and I just want to say this so everybody knows: Headless farts all the damn time. It’s like he’s living on refried beans and prune danish. I don’t know what it is. And it’s all silent but deadly. Nothing goes boom. It’s just like sssss. It’s disgusting … If the apocalypse comes, you might die before with a gas bombing he’s done. Honestly you could. [Spits twice.] Sorry. Just talking about it gets that scent in my mouth.
First thing you do in your trailer?
One of the first things I do when I go in the trailer is get naked, so I spray my man funk around, just to make it my trailer. ‘Cause I don’t know who was in there before I got in there. It could be male, female, dog, cat. I don’t know what’s goin’ on in trailers. I find that it not only increases the temperature, but it makes it hot and sexy. You know what I’m sayin’. Hey. [Everyone laughs.] This is embarrassing. I can hear my mother goin’, “Stop it right now, Orlando. Please. Embarrassing this family.”
Worst thing to say on the set of Sleepy Hollow?
If you come on the set of Sleepy Hollow, and you go, “So is this a Once Upon a Time spinoff?” That’s right when we start slappin’ people. It’s right then. Now if you came on the set, and you were like, “I like this show. It kinda reminds me of Supernatural,” that gets you a high five. However, we are not a Once Upon a Time spinoff. Sleepy Hollow, damn it.
Your first stunt?
The shootout with Headless. Doug Aarniokoski, one of our directors and an exec producer, was like, “I want you to do this thing where he’s gonna throw this hatchet at you and you just kinda lean out of the way.”
And I was like, “How do you lean out of the way of a hatchet? I’m sorry, I’m confused.” “We’re gonna throw it, and you just kinda go like this?” I was like, “What do you mean? Like Neo in the The Matrix?”
He was like, “Exactly like that.”
“Are you sure?”
He’s like, “Ah, Keanu won’t mind.” And he was right, Keanu did not mind. ‘Cause we did The Replacements together, and dare I say, I did that lean back better. When he did it, it was like arms flailing and bullets coming by. I had the Headless Horseman of the Apocalypse throwin’ an axe and shootin’ a shotgun at me. Represent, Keanu! Represent!
Worst time to laugh on set?
So the worst time to try not to laugh is Nicole Beharie does this—it’s one of the funniest things I have ever seen anybody do—she pretends that she is squeezing her upper region and something shoots out and hits me and I pretend to get hit. Sometimes during a take, I’ll be my humorless Capt. Irving self, and she’ll be like, “Are you gonna do it like that?” [Squirts] “Oh, god, it’s in my eye! It’s in my eye!” That’s what we do. Nicole Beharie, ladies and gentlemen. Her squeezing and shooting me in the face with whatever comes out when she does that is funny to me … That’s funny, come on.
Bonus: Watch Jones take the EW Pop Culture Personality Test.