‘Lodge 49’ – Russell embraces simple character


Dud back from the brink

Wyatt Russell

In the Season 1 finale of AMC’s “Lodge 49,” California ex-surfer Sean “Dud” Dudley had two close encounters with wildlife, one amusing and one not so much.

The latter, a shark attack, left him bleeding from his leg and in the throes of a near-death experience, during which he had a vision of his late father.

So as Season 2 opens Monday, Aug.12, the simple Dud will emerge a changed man according to the actor that plays him, Wyatt Russell.

“(Dud) has a renewed sense of purpose,” the 33-year-old Los Angeles native explains. “When you face death in some way, shape or form and you make it, you’re going to come out the other side changed in some way and you can either let it affect you negatively or you can let it affect you positively, and I think Dud’s innate fallback is positivity and optimism. And … the shark attack for him was sort of a clarification of the fact that his father is OK wherever he is. The vision of him in that moment spoke to him in a way that said, ‘You’re going to be alright.’ ”

In the new season, the lodge is suffering under the rule of an ill-suited leader, and despite the lost faith of mentor Ernie (Brent Jennings) and struggles with twin sister Liz (Sonya Cassidy), Dud believes himself the key to restoring the lodge to its former glory.

Assuming, of course, he’s up to it.

“He’s not the sovereign protector with the type of person he is,” Russell says. “But he’s a good vessel for others to find their true calling inside of the lodge. He’s good at telling the truth in a way but I don’t think he’s protector material.”


Full name: Wyatt Hawn Russell

Birth date: July 10, 1986

Birthplace: Los Angeles

Family ties: Engaged to actress Meredith Hagner; parents are actors Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn

TV credits include: “Law & Order: LA,” “Arrested Development,” “The Walking Dead: Webisodes,” “Black Mirror”

Movie credits include: “Escape From LA” (1996), “Soldier” (1998), “Cowboys & Aliens” (2011), “This Is 40” (2012), “We Are What We Are” (2013), “Love and Honor” (2013), “Cold in July” (2014), “22 Jump Street” (2014), “Everybody Wants Some!!” (2016), “Ingrid Goes West” (2017), “Table 19” (2017), “Blaze” (2018), “The Woman in the Window” (forthcoming)

Did you know?: Russell is a former pro hockey goalie.

George Dickie

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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