‘Energy’s last season premieres Aug. 25. HL sat down EXCLUSIVELY with Joseph Sikora about saying goodbye to the legendary Tommy Egan, his character’s intense arc within the last episodes, what’s subsequent, and extra.
The hit Starz sequence Energy is about to kick off its epic last season. The present ended with a bang final season when Tommy shot Angela with a bullet meant for Ghost. This betrayal has set off a struggle between Tommy and Ghost, who’re mainly brothers. On this quest for energy and vengeance, not everybody goes to make it out alive.
HollywoodLife spoke EXCLUSIVELY with Joseph Sikora concerning the evolution of Tommy Egan within the last season. Joseph teased that we’re going to see probably the most “grownup” model of Tommy we’ve ever seen in season 6 and he’ll be taking over a extra “fatherly function” as properly. Although Ghost is after him, Joseph confused that Tommy doesn’t worry demise in any respect. Joseph additionally opened up about saying goodbye to a personality he’s performed for six seasons and beginning a brand new chapter on Ozark.
Actors are at all times searching for new roles and transfer on to completely different initiatives. However with this being the ultimate season, is it slightly bit exhausting so that you can say goodbye to Tommy after season 6?
Joseph Sikora: I’ve already mentioned goodbye to him in some capability as a result of I’ve joined the forged of Ozark for season three. After which I even have one other film known as Jacob’s Ladder that’s popping out at just about on the similar time that Energy is dropping. So there are completely different characters of me which can be floating round similtaneously Tommy. It was a beautiful luxurious and I’m so grateful to the present’s creator, Courtney Kemp, and 50 Cent for making this present and giving me this opportunity and for Gary Lennon, who did an enormous quantity of Tommy’s growth within the sequence. To have the ability to collaborate with three unbelievable professionals like that has been such a luxurious for this time. So that you hope that luxurious comes again. You hope that a number of the relationships that you simply’ve made with the folks that you simply actually like to work with and also you’re fantastic in collaborating with are in a position to proceed on. So in that means, it’s exhausting to say goodbye however each ending is a brand new starting. I really feel it’s extra a brand new starting than the rest.
What was it like for you want studying the sequence finale script?
Joseph Sikora: It was huge. I used to be stunned on the final result. The again 5 are going to be actually fascinating for folks. I feel that it’s like a very scrumptious dessert. All of them as a result of it’s a really fascinating perspective on the final 5 and I feel that it’s going to be very dangerous. I feel that it’s going to satiate the followers all lot greater than, I feel, a variety of different sequence did as a result of there’s a variety of dangers concerned, and I feel that was very brave of Courtney.
Is there any a part of Tommy that regrets taking pictures Angela?
Joseph Sikora: No and I’ll extrapolate on that. For all intents and functions, he meant to shoot Ghost. He received Angela and so they had that little response afterward the place’s he’s like, “I feel that’s higher. Yeah, that was proper. That was meant to occur. This was meant to be.” And I feel that, for Tommy, to even get to a spot the place he’s keen to take a shot at his brother, he must be completely drained of who he actually is in a variety of methods, or not less than the person that we’ve grow to be so aware of. He’s on the lowest level of his life at that time and now he believes that he has introduced Ghost to the bottom level of his life, serendipitously, and now possibly we are able to begin once more. In Tommy’s thoughts, that’s the place he’s going to go.
So we’re possibly going to see a special aspect of Tommy in season 6?
Joseph Sikora: It’s probably the most possibly “grownup” Tommy that we’ve seen. It is a Tommy that possibly thinks and appears earlier than he leaps typically, which we’re not used to as a result of Tommy simply going all-in is his character. You’re going to see probably the most dynamic Tommy that we’ve seen within the sequence.
I really feel just like the present has pulled again so many layers on Tommy however but there’s nonetheless extra that we don’t find out about him.
Joseph Sikora: There’s a lot we don’t find out about him and I feel that’s what retains it so thrilling. There has continued to be, season after season, a way of thriller about Tommy. Nonetheless, Tommy is type of this folks’s champ. He’s type of this working-class hero in some methods, too, as a result of he does characterize the working man in some way. He punches the clock. He works exhausting. He’s a little bit of a micro-manager, which is why he’s nonetheless going road work when he shouldn’t be, however he’s received that employee mentality. He’s keen to simply work and construct block by block if he has to, however he realizes one of the best ways to do it’s larger than that and with extra of the finesse that Ghost dropped at the sport.
The ultimate season is a struggle between Ghost and Tommy. Do you assume there’s part of Tommy that fears demise in any respect? As a result of that’s at all times a risk on Energy.
Joseph Sikora: You solely worry demise in case you have one thing to reside for, proper? I feel that Tommy is lastly constructing one thing to reside for nearly unbeknownst to himself. I feel that we’ll see evolution along with his relationship with LaKeisha. We’re going to meet Money. We’re going to see how Tommy suits into extra of a fatherly function. In order that’s one other facet that we haven’t actually seen with Tommy. We’ve seen Tommy with Tariq be familial in that means however not within the capability the place he feels the luxurious burden of taking good care of a household. We’ll see what these concepts appear like in his eyes.
It’s fascinating that LaKeisha can be in his life at this level, figuring out that there’s a lot at stake and there’s a lot on the road. There are such a lot of issues that would occur to her, to him, her child. Now that Tommy shot Angela, all bets are off the desk.
Joseph Sikora: It’s humorous. Tommy is conscious of Ghost however he doesn’t actually worry Ghost. It’s bizarre. He by no means underestimates Ghost. He is aware of what Ghost is able to nevertheless it’s not a lot worry. There’s at all times that point in Tommy — if it’s my time to die, it’s my time to die. And I feel that’s a variety of the rationale why he lives. Tommy is rarely operating from demise. He’ll face it head-on. So, if he dies this season, it’s going to be below probably the most excessive circumstances attainable, and he’ll take everybody down with him.
Do you assume that there’s any hope for forgiveness between Ghost and Tommy?
Joseph Sikora: I feel Tommy thinks so however I don’t assume Ghost agrees.
That might be Ghost’s downfall as properly.
Joseph Sikora: It might be or it might be Tommy’s downfall.
Going into the ultimate season, what’s Tommy’s most important precedence?
Joseph Sikora: Constructing again up his enterprise, getting it again, getting loyal troopers. Additionally, pleasing his girl. He’s taking a variety of satisfaction in pleasing LaKeisha as a result of she has made this dedication to him. One of many issues that he appreciates virtually greater than the rest is true loyalty, and he or she’s confirmed it to him. Whereas Holly went behind his again to do one thing and her not being loyal to Tommy was her final demise. He was passionately in love with Holly and that change simply went off I watched Of Mice and Males and re-read the play. I assumed that it was so related, that he simply didn’t notice what he was doing on the time. He was simply attempting to close her up after which when she was lifeless, he mentioned, “Why are you doing this to me?”
Now that Ghost and Tommy are at struggle, the place does this place Tommy’s relationship with Tasha? Tasha and Tommy are like household.
Joseph Sikora: I feel that Tommy goes to seek out the need to compartmentalize Tasha and his friendship with Tasha as a result of Tasha has put herself in a spot of being at odds with LaKeisha. So she’s put herself at odds with Tommy. Tommy’s actually going to have to barter these two relationships. I feel that’s going to be certainly one of his trickiest duties this season. When he discovered his different household, his father, that went the mistaken means. Tommy’s at all times been trying to find household and who he’s. I feel that the extra folks he meets, and the extra conditions that he’s in, the tougher that’s for him to have self-realization of who he’s. Tommy is at all times on this search whereas Ghost discovered what he desires. We comply with Ghost’s pursuit of what he desires, and we’re following Tommy’s journey of self-discovery by this complete factor.
Joseph Sikora performs Tommy on Starz’s hit sequence ‘Energy.’ (Photographer: Amanda Jones)
Joseph Sikora stopped by HollywoodLife’s NYC portrait studio. (Photographer: Amanda Jones)
Trying again, is there any scene on Energy that continues to stay out in your thoughts?
Joseph Sikora: Sure, Tommy killing Holly. I really feel like that was actually troublesome to do as a result of each angle, you’re in it someway. To maintain that up for 10 hours, simply that scene, and we shot different scenes that day however simply that scene was ten hours. To remain in that place for that lengthy, I couldn’t have finished that with out Lucy, who stayed in the identical place as properly. She’s an exceptional actor and that was in all probability probably the most impactful scene that I can bear in mind in the whole sequence, however I’ve had so many scenes. I’ve the posh of working with all of those phenomenally nice actors. You understand, Lela [Loren] is such a positive actor and Naturi [Naughton] and Omari [Hardwick] and simply working with so a lot of our visitor stars.
Shifting over to Ozark, what’s it like taking over a brand new TV function if you’ve performed Tommy for thus lengthy?
Joseph Sikora: It’s far tougher than I assumed it was going to be. It’s a a lot smaller function than Tommy. Clearly, each function is necessary to the story and my function is unquestionably a relationship lynch-pin for a few of our lead actors, who we’ve recognized over the two seasons. Frank Jr. is who I play. He’s going to place the massive thorn in a few of our lead characters’ sides, I can safely say.
Is it exhausting figuring out that you simply’re not going to return to the function of Tommy?
Joseph Sikora: It’s solely exhausting for me as a result of I feel there’s a lot extra story to inform with Tommy. I feel folks at all times inform me they might love to observe extra of what makes Tommy tick. They might like to see Tommy in new conditions, however that’s not my name.