How actor fought for character
Q: Was it sad saying goodbye to Lip when you wrapped “Shameless”?
A: Yeah, to be honest, I think we were very sad in the weeks coming up to our final day, our wrap day. And then when we did the thing and that was a wrap on the day and we got our last shot, I felt sort of far away. It was kind of an out-of-body sort of experience and we clapped for everybody and we all wrapped at the same time. The way it was just scheduled, it was myself and Shanola (Hampton), (Steve) Howey, Ethan (Cutkosky), Emma (Kenney), Cameron (Monaghan) – everybody just happened to wrap out at the same time. So we were all clapping and then I kind of took a moment after giving everybody a hug just to be on my own to say goodbye to Lip.
Q: Cameron has said your fight scenes with him were mostly improvised. How was it working out those with him?
A: I think we just trust each other. We don’t want to hurt each other … . Eddie Perez is our stunt coordinator and so he’ll give us kind of a – I think the best way to describe it is each fight scene will have a beginning, a middle and an end so you shouldn’t find yourself with too much time during the fight scene kind of wondering what’s going to happen next. After you do it a couple of times, you should feel secure that kind of the next beat is going to arrive. So I think we were kind of successful with that and I think after the first couple of seasons we really got comfortable with one another and Eddie got comfortable kind of just letting us do our own thing. He knew after getting to know us a little bit that we’d be able to do it safely.