EJ Bonilla on working with Jeff Bridges, John Lithgow in ‘The Old Man’

EJ Bonilla on working with Jeff Bridges, John Lithgow in ‘The Old Man’

There’s a second in “The Previous Man” when FBI agent Angela Adams (Alia Shawkat) refers to confrontational CIA operative Raymond Waters (EJ Bonilla) as “The nosiest motherf—er within the historical past of the CIA.”

“They wrote Raymond to be the type of man who’s so keen to stay to his morals and his view of the world that he’s keen to show in his bosses,” Bonilla, 33, advised The Put up about his function in “The Previous Man,” a gripping FX spy drama starring Jeff Bridges. “He’s unafraid to query anybody no matter standing or stature or function.”

Waters must embody that mindset, since he’s tasked with discovering Dan Chase (Bridges) within the seven-episode sequence airing Thursdays at 10 p.m. (and streaming on Hulu) tailored from Thomas Perry’s 2017 novel.

Chase, a rogue CIA operative who vanished in 1987, resides quietly as a small-town widower underneath an assumed title whereas coping with the aches and pains of getting older (together with an enlarged prostate). He immediately finds himself on the run after being flushed out of hiding by his onetime ally, Afghani warlord Faraz Hamzad, on whose facet he fought after the Soviets invaded Afghanistan. Now, 30 years later, he’s being chased by Waters and by top-tier FBI chief Harold Harper (John Lithgow) — his ex-boss — and Harold’s loyal FBI protege, Angela, she of the pithy quote about Waters.

EJ Bonilla as Raymond Waters in “The Previous Man,” airing Sundays at 10 p.m. on FX.picture: Prashant Gupta / FX Netwo

Alia Shawkat in “The Previous Man” as FBI agent Angela Adams.kurt iswarienko

“There’s one thing about [Waters] that’s extraordinarily endearing to me,” stated the Brooklyn-born-and-raised Bonilla (“Bull,” “The Lengthy Street Residence,” “Unforgettable”). “The creators … completely gave me the liberty to do with him as I selected. [His qualities] are so vital in a world of espionage and lies the place you need to be keen to look underneath any rock to search out a solution. I’m in love with how inquisitive and curious Raymond is and that he’s unafraid to be quiet … and to seem like a idiot.”

Bonilla and Lithgow share a variety of display screen time; from the get-go, Waters suspects Harper of hiding one thing about Chase (he’s proper) — and confronts him regardless of the much-older FBI assistant director’s bona fides.

“There’s an incredible scene between Harper and Ray Waters the place Harper says one thing alongside the strains of, ‘, I used to try this once I was an agent,’ ” Bonilla stated. ” ‘Typically I’d ask a query to listen to the reply, typically simply to listen to what they didn’t say.’ I attempted to ingrain that into Waters; there’s much more happening than phrases, that are what we select to say. [Words] are empty vessels full of that means, and what’s not being stated is way extra fascinating and infrequently extra essential.

Bonilla revealed he was a “large fan” of John Lithgow lengthy earlier than they met one another.picture: Prashant Gupta / FX Netwo

Bonilla’s character is tasked with discovering Dan Chase (Jeff Bridges, pictured) within the seven-episode sequence airing Thursdays at 10 p.m.picture: Prashant Gupta / FX Netwo

“Actually I used to be an enormous fan of his earlier than I met him,” he stated of Lithgow, 76. “I went to the casting director’s workplace for a callback … and once I was in her workplace I noticed John’s image behind her and I used to be like, ‘Wow!’ I’m an enormous fan of [Lithgow’s old NBC sitcom] ‘third Rock from the Solar’ and John is definitely one of the clever people I’ve ever met. He makes it very simple to be current within the scene; for those who ever really feel misplaced, all you need to do is use his eyes and he’s grounded — he’s proper there.”

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