Kingdom: Mark Consuelos previews his run as an ex-fighter
Kingdom‘s Alvey Kulina just generally has his hands full at all times, whether he’s dealing with his pregnant girlfriend, his ex-wife, his gym, his fighters, his inner demons, his sons, etc. But there’s always room for a blast from the past, and that’s precisely what Alvey gets when Sean Chapas shows up in episode 2.
Chapas, played by Mark Consuelos, is an old friend of Alvey’s who comes to town with a business opportunity and, not surprisingly, a complicated past.
“It’s not often that you get someone that writes characters like this, even secondary and tertiary characters off to the side. They’re really full and interesting,” Consuelos told EW of Kingdom showrunner Byron Balasco. “The devastating thing is that now that I’m a little bit older, I played an ex-fighter. Guys still think we’re 18 years old at all times, which is hilarious.”
Chapas and Alvey used to run together back in the early days of UFC, but now, Chapas is someone who “seemingly has his s— together,” Consuelos said before adding, “You have to think twice about what he’s going to do. He’s a good guy but he’s the guy that five guys will leave the bar and he’ll have an accident or get a DUI or lose his keys. The day after his insurance ran out, he forgot to renew it and his car’s towed. He’s that guy. He can’t help himself. You love [those guys] in spite of themselves but you don’t want to hang out with them too long because bad s— will happen.”
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The good news is that Chapas will be sticking around through at least the first 10 episodes of season 2, which means fans will get to find out, as Consuelos put it, “what kind of douchebag he is.”
“You’ll find out the full story,” Consuelos said. “The things that Byron wrote for me to do later on, no one ever gave me that opportunity. Each episode just got better and better and pushed me in different ways that I could play this guy and just have fun with it.”
Catch Consuelos’ premiere on Wednesday’s episode of Kingdom, which airs at 9 p.m. ET on DirecTV’s Audience Network.
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