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PostSubject: Re: Strike Back Interviews   Fri Oct 18, 2013 8:00 pm

http://collider.com/philip-winchester-strike-back-season3-interview/

Philip Winchester Talks STRIKE BACK, Raising the Stakes in Season 3, the Cool Action Scenes, and More
by Christina Radish Posted 5 hours ago

The Cinemax hit series Strike Back wraps up Season 3 on a definite high note, after its strongest season yet. On the show, counter-terrorism operatives Sgt. Michael Stonebridge (Philip Winchester) and Sgt. Damien Scott (Sullivan Stapleton) team up and risk their lives on a regular basis to track elusive terrorists around the world, often being forced to resort to extraordinary measures to protect the greater good.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Philip Winchester talked about how high they raised the stakes for Season 3, the incredibly cool action sequences they get to do themselves, how he approached playing the character for this past season, when he likes to do to decompress between seasons, how early he starts training, the action sequences he was most proud of this season, how nice it’s been to add the female energy to the show, what’s most surprised him about the journey he’s taken with this character, and whether he’s satisfied with where things are left, if the show doesn’t return. Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Strike Back 01 (Philip Winchester)Do you ever stop to think about just how high of a body count this show has?

PHILIP WINCHESTER: Yeah! I think we’re second only to The Walking Dead, and they’re already dead, so I think we count as the first.

Do you get nervous about your lifespan on the show, or do you feel comfortable that you’ll stick around?

WINCHESTER: Sully and I joke about how, when we get a script, we read the first page and the last page, and then we call each other up and say, “Okay, we’re in it for another couple of episodes.” The producers have been nebulas about whether or not we’re safe, and I think that’s what makes the show strong. We obviously take out main characters, on a pretty regular basis. Sully and I have maybe gotten a little too comfortable, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they do something at the end of this season, or next season, if we get another shot at it. Especially as we get further down the road, it does get a little bit more nerve-wracking.

You guys get to do some awesome, bad-ass action sequences, but you also take a beating and get your fair share of torture. Does it feel like a necessary trade-off that every few really cool action sequences, somebody either has to beat you up or torture you?

WINCHESTER: Absolutely! That’s what makes it fun! Another facet to Strike Back is the fact that these guys are human. They’re not superheroes, or anything like that. Even though we make it out remarkably unscathed from big fire-fights and things like that, we try to give the audience something back and show that these guys are fallible and that they can get their asses kicked just as easily as they can kick other people’s asses. We try to keep that balance.

Strike Back 06 (Philip Winchester & Sullivan Stapleton)This show doesn’t ever really seem to have any quiet time. It pretty much goes from minute one, and barely gives you a chance to breathe until the credits. What is that like to keep up with?

WINCHESTER: The reason that this show moves so quickly is Michael Bassett. He directed Episodes 7 and 8 last season, and he really did a great job. They asked him back to be our lead director this year, and he also became showrunner and one of the producers on the show. He took Strike Back out of fourth and fifth gear, and slammed it right into sixth gear. So, we started there and we end there, and the middle block of six episodes bounced around a little bit. We do give the audience what they want, which is the action and the drama mixed up.

When you have a great opening sequence, like the one where you guys are on holiday and riding around on motorcycles, do you have a secret wish where you could just have an entire episode with them on vacation somewhere?

WINCHESTER: Yeah, Sully and I joke around about that. We’re like, “Surely, bad guys work on tropical islands.” It would be great. That was such a kick, to start the year off like that. We had no helmets and no gear, and were just riding flat-out on motorbikes, down this open rode in South Africa, and we had a helicopter flying by us. It was an incredible way to start the year. We do drop little hints to our directors and producers that we’d love to do more of that. I want to fight bad guys in a Hawaiian shirt and flip-flops.

How have you approached playing this character, this season?

WINCHESTER: Obviously, we’ve seen Stonebridge deal with some huge loss, in the last two seasons. So, I started off this year doing a lot of research into PTSD and how that effects people, in their day-to-day life and their work in the field. Throughout the whole season, we were asking each other, “Are we at the end of our ropes? Have we been the best that we can be? Are we past our sell-by date? Who’s going to take care of us, if we don’t take care of ourselves?” I think that’s a great place to find these guys. They’ve been through so much already that the audience is starting to question the validity of their lives, how long they have to go, and whether they’re mentally capable of this stuff anymore. We really wanted to show that to the audience, this year. Another thing that happened to Stonebridge this year was that he contracted a chemical disease that started to shut him down. That was Michael Bassett’s fault, as well. Michael Bassett said, “You know, you’re really good at running around and jumping off stuff. I need to give you a disability.” I was like, “Thanks a lot!” So, Stonebridge had to not only deal with his emotional crutches and problems, but he also had a physical disability this year that really started to eat away at his capabilities. That was fun to explore, in the middle block of six episodes.

Strike Back 04 (P Winchester, S Stapleton & R Green)With a break between seasons, does enough time pass that you show up all ready to go, forgetting just how hard this show is to do, or do you start training quite a bit ahead of time?

WINCHESTER: When we’re not shooting, I try to step back into the life that I have when I’m auditioning, which is reading script, auditioning, meeting people, having coffee with buddies, doing gardening, mowing the grass, picking up dog shit and that kind of stuff. And then, when we get the word on whether or not we’re going to go again, I slowly start to get back into training. I do it all naturally. I do it with food, and I do it with really hard training and running. I don’t take any chemicals, or anything like that, to try to do it quickly, so it takes a long time for me to get into shape. I start about three months before we go, and then there’s six months of filming, so a better part of my year is taken up by training. The discipline for Strike Back is huge, with the diet and all the stuff we have to do. It’s hard work, but it’s worth it when you see it on the screen. If we get another shot at the show, it really make me want to raise the game, raise the drama, and raise the show to another level again. I think that this year, personally, the show turned a corner and it’s the best Strike Back has ever been. If we do get another shot, we all really want to keep doing that.

Are you just completely exhausted, at the end of a season?

WINCHESTER: Yeah. And this year, it was really brutal. This year, we started in KwaZulu-Natal. All of that stuff with the boat chase and all that jungle stuff was shot in one week in KwaZulu-Natal, which is in South Africa, right below Mozambique, on the east side of South Africa. It’s just stunning. But, there was something in the water and we all got so sick. Doing this show, at the pace the show is done, and not being able to eat, keep fuel in and keep energy in was brutal. And that hung with us for a long time because we didn’t have time to recover. We were really at our wit’s end, as to how to keep fit and keep healthy. So, Stonebridge was a little bit streamlined this year because I really couldn’t keep the weight on, for the first five or six episodes. That was tough. When you get done with it, to get it really out of your system takes a month or two of just chilling out. I think we have our own form of PTSD from the show. When we’re on the show, it’s constantly go, go, go. When we get off the show, I’m bored out of my brains. My wife looks at me and is like, “Philip, just sit still,” but I can’t. So, it is a challenge, but it’s definitely worth it when we hear from the fans. If it’s working there, then it’s worth the sacrifice.

Strike Back 07 (Philip Winchester & Sullivan Stapleton)When it comes to the action and stunts on the show, the viewers expect things to get bigger and better, each season. Is it challenging to live up to that expectation?

WINCHESTER: Yeah. It’s funny because it was an accident, that first season. We started doing a few of the stunts, and the director and the stunt guys were like, “You guys can do this, if you want.” And then, the camera team and our D.P. got behind us. What accidentally happened was that we started being a part of the stunts, in a big way, and there was no cut. It was all happening around us, and stuff was exploding, stuff was falling and stuff was crashing, and the audience has really come to expect that. This year, we really took it to another level. We just really love doing it. If there’s any opportunity for us to do a stunt, we do it. The only way we don’t is if it’s do to time, or we’re physically unable to be there. The responsibility for doing the stunts is part of Strike Back now. There’s no cut. here’s no turning away from the action. Sully and I are right in the middle of it. It’s our guest stars who come on board for four weeks who I really feel for. We have some young actors who come in and are like, “They’re going to use a stunt double now, right?!” And we’re like, “Actually, no, they’re not. If you want to, you can, but I recommend staying on board ‘cause it’s a lot of fun.” People are really brave. People have really challenged some big fears in their life. There were a few times this year, and more times than any of the other seasons, where I looked at Sully and he look at me, and we knew that, if something went wrong, we weren’t going to walk away from it. If you get it wrong, you don’t get up from it. That was a new challenge this year. That was a different kind of pressure.

Do you get bummed when you can’t do a specific stunt, for whatever reason, or do you feel relieved to skip one?

WINCHESTER: It depends on the time of the season. This year, at the beginning of the season, just because of the sickness and the heat, there were a couple times where they just said, “No, you’re not doing that,” and the only reason it happened was a timing thing. For the most part, we’ll really stand and argue, and Michael Bassett is the type of director who will hear an argument. If the camera can’t be on our face, or if we can’t prove that it’s us, there’s no point in taking the risk. The camera team are the ones who are really taking the risk. We can move out of a situation quickly. It’s just us, physically in the space. But, the camera guys are carrying the gear. We’ve got steadi-cam operators, and we’ve got grips who are holding them up. If something goes wrong, they’re really the ones who are in the line of fire. It’s such a huge team effort to make a stunt work and to make sure that it’s Sully and I, in the frame. We really discuss that stuff, and we argue our corner. If it just isn’t worth it, it goes the way of the stunt guy. But most of the time, we’ll figure it out.

Strike Back 02 (Philip Winchester)Were there any stunts or action sequences this season that you most enjoyed getting to do, or were most proud of?

WINCHESTER: There’s three in particular. One was a massive firefight, where we got pinned down and called in a hot attraction, which is basically when air support comes in to pull us out. The helicopter didn’t land, but it hovered about 30 feet above us. They were launching grenades, and stuff was exploding all around it. There was wind, dust and flames everywhere, and they dropped this one little bit of rock climbing rope from the bottom of the helicopter, and Sully and I connected it. And then, the chopper flew away and we were just dangling from the bottom. That was such an amazing experience, and it was just Sully and I. It was an amazing sequence, and it looked really cool. We’re really proud of that. A few minutes later, in that sequence, we jump out of that helicopter, onto a moving train, and we commandeered the train and stopped the train. That was a four-day shoot, and I’m really proud of it. It looks comparable to Skyfall. It’s an incredible sequence. And then, later on in that episode, we get kidnapped. We have to get out of the back of a moving van on a highway, and I jump out of the back of the van onto a car and commandeer the car. We did all of that, moving down a highway with no safety harnesses. I jumped from the back of the van onto the car, and then climbed into the window. That was at about 30 mph to 40 mph, and if you come off, you’re going get run over. That’s always in the back of your mind. There were definitely a handful of times this year where not only was I really proud to be a part of the show, but I was really proud of the team around us that made it possible.

Was it fun to add the female energy this season, and have something of a boys vs. girls dynamic with the team?

WINCHESTER: Yeah, it was really nice. Milauna Jackson, who came on board this year to play Martinez, the DEA informant in the field, did a great job. It was really great to see her and [Michelle Lukes] team up. Michelle had been stuck in the crib, but she’s so capable of doing the stuff that we do. She trains the same as us, and she’s out in the field with us, when we’re doing the weapons training and the gym training, and she really hadn’t had a chance to show it off. This year, with Milauna’s introduction, they saw this nice moment to put the two together and have them go off and do ops together. We’ve got strong guys on the show, but we’ve got equally as kick-ass girls, which is really cool. That’s really good for our audience, as well, because there are special ops gals out there, who are kicking ass and taking names.

Strike Back 05 (Philip Winchester & Sullivan Stapleton)When you think back to where you started with this character, at the beginning of this series, what has most surprised you about the journey that he’s taken, and that you’ve taken with him?

WINCHESTER: That’s a good question. Dramatically, I’ve been really surprised with how many curve balls they’ve thrown Stonebridge. It’s been really fun to tackle those and figure out who this guy is now, compared to who he was. I’ve gotten older with the character, as well. It’s been three years during a transitional point in my life, where my wife and I got married, and we bought a house. So, it’s been life imitating art and art imitating life. We come off this show and we’re physically and emotionally exhausted, just like the character is. I put a lot into this character, and I know Sully does, as well. Everybody puts a lot into their characters, and it does take a toll. We’re not around to be with friends, and be with our families. That’s just the name of the game. You’ve gotta roll with the punches and make hay while the sun is shining. If friends are in town, we really make an effort to hang out with them. And it’s been a learning curve to come back and try to rest and relax, but also capitalize on the success of the show.

Television is fickle and it’s fleeting. Television has turned a corner now. We’re in a really amazing era where television is taking huge risks and is almost taking film, face-on. We’re really trying to make movies for TV. Producers and writers are taking risks that they weren’t, in the past. We’ve gotta try to get other work because we don’t know if the show is going to go again, and while we have a bit of heat with the success of the show, we’d like to capitalize on that and do other projects. Stonebridge is very close to my heart, in terms of friends that I’ve had who have come back from Afghanistan and Iraq and who are pretty hurt. He’s an amalgamation of people in my life. It’s hard for me to drop him because we’re so involved with the show, but we’re learning, as we go. We’re three years in now, and there’s still more stuff to do and still more stuff to learn. I think there are plenty of places we can take the show, and plenty of places that we haven’t been with the show. It’s just a matter of whether or not we can still have our own personal lives, and do this show justice.

If for some crazy reason this is it, are you satisfied with where things are left, at the end of this season?

WINCHESTER: For me, personally, we did so much this year that we wanted to do and we worked so hard that I feel satisfied. If for some crazy reason the show doesn’t go again, I feel satisfied with what we did this year. But I think we did leave enough grey area untouched that, if the show needs to go somewhere else, we certainly can. Hopefully, we’ve done stuff this year that the fans hadn’t seen and they’ll want to see more of, and it will open boxes for stuff we haven’t tried before. Personally, I think the show did a great job this year. It was satisfying. We can leave it there. But, I also think there are some other cool places we can go.

Strike Back airs on Cinemax.

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PostSubject: Re: Strike Back Interviews   Mon Oct 28, 2013 9:51 pm

http://www.cultbox.co.uk/features/previews/7378-strike-back-shadow-warfare-cast-qaa-highlights

'Strike Back: Shadow Warfare' cast Q&A highlights
Friday, 05 July 2013 09:56 Sarah Deen
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This week CultBox attended a special preview screening of the first two episodes of Strike Back: Shadow Warfare, which airs on Sky1 this autumn, followed by a Q&A session with cast members Robson Green, Sullivan Stapleton and Philip Winchester.

Here are some of the highlights from the discussion...

» Robson Green: “I’ve never stopped being in awe of this program. They’re movies for television. They’re just incredible.”

» Robson Green: “It’s the relationship that [Sullivan and Phillip] have, that lovely endearing relationship that is unspoken. It’s the love they have between each other and you really care about them. You want to follow them. I thought it was great”

» Philip Winchester: “It’s a mix of hard work and lots of fun to film. It’s bloody hard work but it’s also a ton of fun.”

» Philip Winchester: “Jo’burg is rough and ready. There were a few spots where we needed armed guards to go in. So we were completely tooled up with the grenades and stuff, and we’ve got guys following us in with real guns. So that was quite an experience.”

» Sullivan Stapleton: “Michael and I went for a walk and jumped in and floated down this river. We weren’t sure if we would be insured to do that! But I got one of the art department boys really pissed one night and he said ‘funnily enough we had to take down all the signs that said 'Crocodiles' and 'No Swimming'.”

» Philip Winchester: “I think this series has really turned a corner. The first series was us just figuring out what this show was, and then last season we were into it full steam and things got quite dark with the script and characters; and this series, particularly with the addition of [director] Michael Bassett we’ve just turned a corner. He really cares about the show – he doesn’t care about us though!”

» Robson Green: “It’s trippy watching [Winchester and Stapleton] doing all their own stunts.”

» Philip Winchester: “Typically Michael Bassett – we ended up doing a lot of stunts we’ve never done before.”

» Robson Green: “My character has a corrosive past. Something dark happened in his past that he will have to confront as part of his story arc.”

» Philip Winchester: “Stonebridge is still dealing with loss and we want to explore the consequences of the choices these characters make and how they deal with that stuff. They’re not superheroes, they’re real men.”

» Sullivan Stapleton: “Anything I said would be kind of a spoiler. Both these guys have grown up now. There’s less gratuitous sex which I think the crew appreciated. Scott and Stonebridge’s relationship was nice to play also, they’ve become closer.”

» Philip Winchester: “We see these two guys actually questioning whether or not they still want to be soldiers any more.”

Are you looking forward to Strike Back: Shadow Warfare? Let us know below...

> Buy Series 3 on DVD on Amazon.

Watch the Strike Back: Shadow Warfare trailer...

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PostSubject: Re: Strike Back Interviews   Wed Oct 30, 2013 8:03 pm

http://celebritain.com/2013/10/28/interview-strike-backs-phillip-winchester-and-sullivan-stapleton/

NTERVIEW: Strike Back’s Phillip Winchester and Sullivan Stapleton

Posted on October 28, 2013


Strike Back‘s dynamic duo Philip Winchester and Sullivan Stapleton talk bromance, manscaping and what we can look forward to in the latest outing of Sky 1 HD’s adrenaline-fuelled action drama.

strike back series 4

What can we expect from series four?

Sullivan: Explosions.

Philip: I think we turned a corner this year. Michael Bassett, our lead director, gets the show. Some guys come in wanting to make their mark and Michael’s like, I know you guys can do this, show me how you clear a room, show me how you run across the roof of a train, show me how you do a sky hook, and we just do it.



How about the obstacles that Stonebridge and Scott face this time around?

P: A guy named Al-Zuhari, an Iran-based terrorist plotting massive destruction on American and British soil. We have to find out who all the people working for him are, the middlemen, then slowly work towards who we think Al-Zuhari is.



There are loads of new faces this year as well, with Robson Green, Dougray Scott and Martin Clunes joining the cast. What can you tell us about their roles?

S: They’re all part of this network that we unravel, the rungs of the ladder on the way up to Al-Zuhari. I guess that’s where the series is stronger, because from start to finish, it’s all linked.

P: Scott and Stonebridge start out this season questioning whether or not they need to stay in Section. People they respected, that were in the same position as them, have made poor choices with their lives, like Dougray Scott’s character, Leatherby, an SAS -trained soldier and a bit of a legend, who was captured and turned. Is this something that Scott and Stonebridge have inside them: a hidden darkness?



How do you think Strike Back has changed since you both joined in series two?

P: The responsibilities change. In that first year, your responsibility is to show up, know your lines, hit your mark and try to make it real. Now, the fans say this is what they love, so the responsibility has shifted to protecting what works and stepping away from what doesn’t without bludgeoning people with the same stuff over and over again.



The action just gets bigger and bigger, but the heart of the show is still the bromance between the two of you. Can you remember your impressions of each other on that first day on set and do they still stand? What have you learned about one another?

S: Too much.

P: Those things still stand, but we respect them now, like, how the hell does Sully learn his lines in the make-up chair? I’ll mull over stuff, freak out, but Sully’s taught me to chill, hang loose a bit and enjoy it for what it is on the day. The show changes so much and Sully’s great at adapting, improvising and flying by the seat of his pants.



And, Sully, what do you think you’ve learned from Philip?

P: Nothing.

S: That he can do a very good impersonation of Cartman from South Park. No, we get on so well and know we can talk to each other and work things out together.

P: There are scenes in the final cut that weren’t in the script, where we’re just throwing stuff back and forth. It was a case of, there’s 15 minutes left to go, the director’s panicking, people are sweating, and they’re like, can you just get something, and Sully and I just go, roll, and we’ll just banter. Michael trusts the process. He looks at us and goes, this is not working, I’m just going to keep rolling; we’ll do something, and he’ll go, yes or no, change it, I like that moment, keep that moment, but can you get in this moment somehow. It’s six months of improvisation with helicopters and explosions, and sometimes you get chucked into the middle of the explosion because the improvisation goes wrong.



You must feel so comfortable shooting the action sequences now. How much training do you put in these days?

P: The first year was the biggest shock…

S: … because it hurt.

P: It was military-style training: weapons, explosives, driving, undercover…

S: It’s the muscles that you don’t use. It’s like snowboarding, because, the first two days you spend on your ass and you’re sore, but come the third day, you get it and you’re never sore again. This year, we did some of the craziest stunts we’ve ever done, especially the last block of filming, which was just running, jumping, fighting…

P: It was mad. There were moments where if one of us had messed up the other would have died. We were being pulled out of a building by a rope attached to a helicopter. Bang: the helicopter took off and we were 60 metres in the sky.



Have you got a favourite stunt, whether it’s from this series or series past?

S: The chopper stuff.

P: Yeah, the helicopter stuff this year was awesome, and there’s a scene set on a train that is verySkyfall. What I’ve enjoyed is the attention to detail in how Sully and I fight, the fighting styles we use; them being soldiers and pulling in things from Krav Maga and Systema. It’s not just a fist-fest, it’s actually very tactical. These guys aren’t police, they’re not going to calm a situation down. They’re there to take you out.



Are you more adrenaline-pumped in real life? Or has playing Stonebridge and Scott had the opposite effect?

P: For me, it definitely has. It takes me a while to turn off, and I’ll never forget the first year when my wife and I got back to Montana. About a month into it, I went nuts, I was bored out of my brains. Even yesterday, we had a day off and I was like…

S: You went shopping.

P: Yeah, my wife bought me some shoes.

S: Very adrenaline-fuelled.

P: So, I’d been back in Montana for about a month and she goes, there you are, Philip. What do mean? You’ve been Stonebridge for the last seven months. You just forget.



How about you, Sully?

S: No, man, I switch off. I get off on the adrenaline and whatever, but then it’s done. I prefer the downtime because we don’t get that much. It’s non-stop. Saying that, I do want to get away and do something because, if I sit on a beach on my own, I’ll end up going mad.

P: I chatted with a post-traumatic stress disorder specialist as part of my character research and, funnily enough, she said that some of the things I was talking about were PTSD, that Sully and I both exemplified small quantities of PTSD. It’s because, chemically, we’re experiencing things that our brain thinks are real, like the gunfights and explosions. Obviously, be careful how you word that, because we’re not soldiers – no way are we soldiers. The stuff that our boys and girls do is amazing and I could never, never do it.



Have you ever done anything heroic or, on the flipside of that, required saving?

S: I saw a guy dragging a girl by her hair down a street in the Hollywood Hills, so I stopped the car and went to try to save her. She turned around and didn’t want to be saved, and tried to pull me off of him, which baffles me, but, yeah.

P: I think you become more aware. I know where my exits are, I know where I’d like to sit in a restaurant if I had a choice. Like this, for instance [eyeing the window], you’d hurt yourself but you’d live. That’s an option.



Strike Back is an incredibly testosterone-fuelled show, but have either of you got any girly grooming habits?

S: I manscape. What? I’m a modern man.

P: Erm, I shower in the evening.

S: And I use facial moisturiser because I’m starting to get old.

P: We’re both getting old, mate.



We’ve covered the action scenes, so, for the final question, let’s move on to the romantic ones. How awkward are they to film?

P: Go on, mate.

S: It depends on your co-star. I try to be an idiot, put people at ease and have fun with it. For example, I do all sorts of crap with my special socks, putting them on the camera eyepieces or the director’s shoulder. I’ve worked with the crew for so long now and I’ve just got more comfortable with them.

P: I’m glad he’s comfortable because I don’t like those scenes.

S: At the start, it was like, how am I going to get through this? But you can either sit there andworry about it, or you just go, OK, here I am, hanging out in my sock. And it’s always good shaking the director’s hand at the end of the day when you’re holding your sock. What the hell, Sully?


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PostSubject: Re: Strike Back Interviews   Mon Nov 18, 2013 4:26 pm

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Strike Back: Philip Winchester is chuffed by soldiers' support of the show

ACTION series Strike Back has been given the backing of serving soldiers around the world.

Published 18th November 2013

Strike Back, Soldiers, British, support, Philip Winchester PROUD: Philip says 'It’s the biggest compliment we can get' [GETTY]

The hunky stars of Sky1’s hit military drama say most of the fan reaction they get comes from British squaddies.

Philip Winchester and Sullivan Stapleton – who play secret soldiers Michael Stonebridge and Damian Scott – say they are proud to have won the approval of real life soldiers.

The show has a military adviser on set at all times to make sure the action scenes are authentic. And that has helped win them an army of fans.

Speaking to the Daily Star, Philip, 32, said: “We know we have a big military audience. It’s the biggest compliment we can get.

“One of the biggest responsibilities we have is to those guys ”
Philip Winchester

“One of the biggest responsibilities we have is to those guys – we don’t want to take the piss. We see a lot of YouTube from serving soldiers who are like ‘Hey, you make it look like we do.’

“That’s one of the reasons they watch and enjoy the show, so we don’t want to mess around with that.”

He added: “I remember saying in the first year that if we can get military guys watching the show and liking it, then job done.

“And the feedback is that they like it and they’ve stayed on board.

“We know the show gets a bit out there with all the Die Hard moments – that’s TV. But we want to keep the drills and weapons real.”

All the actors are given proper weapons training to make sure they look the part and the show’s military adviser keeps them up to date on developing skills.

Philip added: “That kind of training is always changing so we want to keep up with it.

“We’re not real operators by any stretch of the imagination.

“But we have done it so much now that we know, in a movie sense, how to clear a room. It’s good to have that expertise on set to remind us.”

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