Shane Johnson storms into ‘Energy E-book II’ on Starz
Shane Johnson says he’s stunned — and joyful — that he was in a position to proceed taking part in US Legal professional Cooper Saxe in “Energy E-book II: Ghost,” the function he originated on “Energy.”
“I assumed I used to be accomplished for when Tommy [Joseph Sikora] put a plastic bag over my head,” says Johnson, 44. “Often [showrunner] Courtney [A. Kemp] provides you a heads-up earlier than you die … so I used to be studying the script and pondering, ‘Did she overlook to provide me a heads-up?’
“However I really feel like I’ve managed to strike a vital chord inside the ‘Energy’ universe.”
“Energy E-book II: Ghost,” continues the story of Tariq St. Patrick (Michael Rainey Jr.), who, in “Energy,” murdered his father, James St. “Ghost” Patrick (Omari Hardwick) — nevertheless it’s his mom, Tasha (Naturi Naughton), who’s on trial for the homicide.
“I’m actually excited for my character this season because it’s been like seven years within the making,” says Johnson, who originated the function of Cooper Saxe when “Energy” premiered in 2014. “So to get so far — and the truth that I’m nonetheless round and nonetheless discovering locations to go along with the character and new challenges — I really feel like I’ve discovered some dynamic modifications in Saxe over time.
“And that’s actually because of the writers.”
Johnson has just a few ideas on the course wherein he’d wish to see this season’s plotline head.
“As an viewers member I’d need Tasha to go to jail as a result of she is answerable for this universe,” he says. “In Season 1, she advised her husband, Ghost, that ‘You’re gonna be the most important drug seller in New York Metropolis.’ She was that particular person. After which just a few seasons later she’s like, ‘Oh, I wish to go legit’ and that Ghost ought to take duty as a result of he’s the one who did all of the unlawful stuff.
“Now she desires to show over a brand new leaf, nevertheless it’s type of too late,” he says. “She already made these selections — and he or she’s answerable for a few of the deaths. However as a guardian, I charge like she’s answerable for her child to a level — his upbringing and molding him…so she’s immediately answerable for Tariq being who he’s and who he must be.
“As Cooper Saxe I wish to see Tariq in jail as a result of he’s the one which killed his father,” he says. “James Saint Patrick was the true particular person I needed in jail however I can’t have him anymore as a result of Tariq killed him.
“He took my greatest case away from me so now I wanna take him down.”
Saxe can also be utilizing his niece, Riley Saxe (Andrea Lee Christensen) for insider leverage whereas she’s courting Tariq’s school roommate.
“Riley may undoubtedly be Cooper’s downfall as a result of she hasn’t listened to
something he says. He retains making an attempt to belief her and inform what to do however she’s buried in her telephone — a typical millennial.
“She’s simply half paying consideration and needs to please [Cooper] …however finally ends up getting him in hassle,” he says. “He retains making an attempt to belief her and inform her what to do however
she’s buried in her telephone [like] a typical millennial. The second he thought she was sleeping with Tariq was one in all my favourite moments on the present.
“I feel they’re loyal to one another however she has unhealthy instincts — as an alternative of listening to her uncle.”
“Energy E-book II: Ghost” airs Sunday at 8 p.m. on Starz.
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