Philip Winchester gets to ‘Strike Back’ one more time

Philip Winchester of "Strike Back" Friday on Cinemax
Philip Winchester of “Strike Back” Friday on Cinemax

Q: You returned to “Strike Back” for the last two episodes of its current season. Since you’re now playing the much more urban Peter Stone on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” how was it to be back as the rugged Sgt. Michael Stonebridge?

A: There was talk about it when the new cast got put in place. (The producers) said, “Wouldn’t it be great if you could make an appearance?” It was only going to be sort of a nod, because it was all about having the time to get over there, and we couldn’t do anything bigger than that.

It was a ton of fun. Sully (fellow returnee Sullivan Stapleton) and I flew over there, and we had about 24 hours to shoot these scenes. We landed, started rolling, and then stumbled out of Budapest and back to the States.

Q: What do you think about the cast that has assumed “Strike Back” from you?

A: It was encouraging to see these new actors taking these roles so seriously and jumping in wholeheartedly. It was a tough show to do. When you look back, it’s with rose-tinted glasses and, “Oh, it was so much fun” … but man, I remember limping into my apartment and going, “What are we doing? This is insane!”

And I could see that on the faces of this new cast. Sully and I sat them down and said, “You will never, ever get another opportunity to do something like this, so until the people higher up tell you it’s not going to happen, you hold onto this sucker and ride it.” Doing “Strike Back” is like bull riding; it’s not much fun, but when it’s over, it’s so exhilarating.

Jay Bobbin

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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