This season, Chuck has seen best buds Chuck and Morgan torn apart by suspicion and secrets, but as actors Zachary Levi and Joshua Gomez explain, sometimes that's just part of growing up. Only with added spy subtext.
Levi and Gomez spent a recent call with reporters explaining about their similarity to the characters they play, as well as talking about the way the characters, and their relationship, has changed over the last season. Here are the highlights:
When I first read the script, these two guys I felt like I knew, and grew up with. This was exactly the sort of guy I was growing up. Videogames, sci-fi, fantasy, comic books, you name it, that was a huge part of shaping who I am and was, especially as a younger man. I feel like it started back when my dad brought home an Atari 2600, and Empire Strikes Back in the theater. There's obviously a huge difference between myself and Morgan the character, but there's a lot in common.
There are certainly differences between our characters and real life, but they are very small and very few... I'm not aware of [Morgan's] cluing into my life [or] his suspicions, so it doesn't necessarily affect me all that much. You'll see how it progresses and affects Morgan's character and my character, and my ability to sneak out like I always do. I'm surprised it's taken this long, to be honest with you. [Laughs] How do I keep leaving the Buy More and returning without any results? I don't think I've sold anything for years.
Before, whoever was in power was the Anti-Morgan so it was, "Back off, The Man." But now Morgan is The Man, so it becomes, "Yeah, this is a little crazy." It sets me on that road, on that path to go "Hey, wait a minute now." [but] I don't think Morgan is capable of [trying to make Chuck's life harder]... It's been really fun to start in one place and get to another. You start in one particular place and then start asking, okay, where else can this thing go? And if there was one area of improvement in Morgan, it's the maturity level. Just growing up, going through the school of hard knocks.
I don't know, or think, that you'll see [Chuck] go darker, necessarily see him go darker, I know that there was a lot of hubub on boards, "I don't like this new Chuck, it's too dark," but to me, I don't see it being darker, I see it as a natural progression of the character, of someone who gets deeper into this world of espionage and tries to do the best that he can, and grows and learns as a spy. Which may lead to things that are darker than the normal Chuck that we've come to know... I don't think he's getting darker, I think every episode offers the chance for a new shade, a new color, and that's what we've [seen]... We're not going to see Bizarro Chuck. We're not going to see this unshorn [version], fighting himself in a scrapyard. Although that would make a great episode.
I think because both characters have matured, their relationship has, obviously. They have to go further apart before they come back together. It's sad, really. Sad. I think both Morgan and Chuck have mirrored each other in their own different ways through these three seasons. They both have matured, they both have become different people. You look back and go, wow, I was eating garbage out of a refrigerator in the break room and now, I still do that, but less. As an assistant manager, I do it. The same thing with Chuck, they've both obviously come a long long way, and I think their relationship reflects that. But that also saddens me. I miss the old Chuck and Morgan sometimes.
Chuck returns tonight on NBC at 8pm.