Luke Kleintank takes charge in ‘FBI: International’

'The Man in the High Castle' alum leads CBS drama

Luke Kleintank of ‘FBI: International’ Tuesday on CBS

Q: Do you think “FBI: International” represents all the aspects faced by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation on a worldwide level?

A: I think there are people that are heroes in a lot of ways. The FBI is a huge entity, so you can get into the politics and the legalities of it all … anything within the FBI. I think we have a specific thing. We just want to show what these men and women do and keep it as simple as possible.

Going beyond that is too much. I mean, we solve our cases in a day (on the series), and it would take the FBI years or months to solve these cases. I think the suspension of disbelief is there, but we’re representing something more. They’ve given their lives to wanting to protect the individuals in their (home) country. I think that’s what we’re representing here.

Q: What do you think about relocating to Budapest for the series and your character staying on the move throughout Europe, based on his work demands?

A: That aspect, I feel like it really translates in the show. These people actually would transform their lives and move constantly as a team. It feels right, because we don’t know anybody else (there, other than the regular cast and crew), so we just depend on each other. I think that dynamic really translates as us being a team.

Q: For “FBI: International,” you’ve changed your look from what it was in “The Man in the High Castle.” Was that a conscious choice for the character?

A: I think for any actor, you want to change up a little bit in what you do. I just wanted to try something different and create a character and make him feel as if he’s a leader. Statistically, a man with a shaved head and a beard is a leader more times than not … so for me, I felt like this was a thing that worked.

A CBS franchise expands with ‘FBI: International’

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

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