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'Bridge' Cast Has Fun Discussing Dead-Serious Drama

26 Jun, 2014 By: Chris Tribbey

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — FX Network’s “The Bridge” has been praised for everything from its storytelling to the acting to the real-world issues it broaches regarding immigration and the U.S.-Mexican border.

With the cast dealing with so many serious issues (murder, gangs, human smuggling, etc.), maybe it’s no surprise they took on a more lighthearted tone June 24, when they gathered to premiere the first episode of the second season (hitting FX July 9).

“I’m still waiting for him to hit on [Diane Kruger’s character, Sonya Cross],” said Demian Bichir, about his character, Marco Ruiz. “I’m still waiting for the hardcore sex I was promised.”

Kruger could only mutter under her breath: “Men.”

“Hey, I’m just trying to make the poster next season,” joked actor Matthew Lillard, who plays alcoholic reporter Daniel Frye. “I’m supposed to be dead already, so I’m just glad to be here.”

The actors did tackle the more serious issues in the series, especially Kruger and her detective character, whose Asperger's syndrome makes her nearly impossible to deal with for some people.

“People will always find her odd. People will always find her cold. People will always find her weird. It’s OK to be awkward. It’s OK that not everybody is going to like her,” Kruger said. “I’m very grateful in season two … we get to see more of her personal life.”

Actor Ted Levine (Lt. Hank Wade) said he admires the work Kruger has done thus far, saying it’s by far one of the tougher roles someone can take on.

Bichir’s womanizing, rule-breaking character is just as intriguing to audiences, and he’s looking forward to expanding on him, he said. “One of the things I loved about him from the beginning is he wasn’t an angel and he wasn’t a demon either,” Bichir said. “That’s what human beings are: We can be terrific and terrible in the same day.”

Executive producer Elwood Reid (“the guy responsible for all the blood”) said audiences should find the second season even better than the first one, as it moves away from a serial killer to a bigger mode of cross-border bloodshed.

“I’m really excited about the season,” Reid said. “This year we really tried to explore the world of the U.S.-Mexican border.”

The first season of “The Bridge” is out now on disc and digital from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

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