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See Star Breaks Down the Surprise Return of [SPOILER] & His Season 2 Journey
Sam Stone
2021-09-08T04:31:00
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for See Season 2, Episode 2, "Forever," now streaming on Apple TV+.
After being grievously injured and left for dead by Queen Kane and Boots at the end of See Season 1, Tamacti Jun (Christian Camargo) has made a surprising return. In See Season 2, Episode 2, Tamacti appears visibly recovered with an altogether different demeanor. The former witchfinder general approaches protagonist Baba Voss with an unsuspecting offer to work together, despite relentlessly hunting Baba and his family throughout Season 1.
In an exclusive interview with CBR, Camargo discussed getting to reprise his role as Tamacti in See Season 2. He also teased that the returning character will be headed in new, interesting directions as Tamacti sets aside his old differences to work with Jason Momoa's Baba.
To let the cat out of the bag, Tamacti Jun is back after being seen at the mercy of Boots and Kane. Did you know you'd return while filming Season 1's finale?
Christian Camargo: No, we sort of left it open. It was a little while later that we made that decision. I had only committed to one year. It was a bit of a surprise to me too!
How was it coming back to this character and taking him in a more meditative direction than audiences saw in Season 1?
I think that was a challenge, to take this antagonist and go from attack dog to showing his soft underbelly. That's a fun exercise for an actor so I was very encouraged by that, and, also, talking to Jason a lot. He's pretty interested in going for the extreme. Who can he work with in Season 2 and who is the least predictable? It's Tamacti, so let's try it!
Your and Jason's scene in Episode 2 is one of the more emotionally charged moments in the entire episode. How was it working with him in that space to get your performance where it needed to be?
It was different! I love working in a vacuum. It's just sort of Tamacti on his and his horse and soldiers. He has some interactions with some of the characters but it's usually just him in his lonely lurch, which is fun. And then to have to collaborate is great and also challenging when you're used to your way. [laughs]
We had a lot of laughs and everything else but it's very clear that it's a game of tennis between Tamacti and Baba Voss: the ball is hit over here and then you're hitting it back. That collaboration didn't need to be a tug-of-war. Baba has the upper hand most of the time and Tamacti is this necessary thing that he's sort of stuck with and knew he needed. There's this power-shifting but always with a sort of equal volley.
In Season 1, Tamacti Jun is one of the earliest antagonists and relentless. Getting the chance to come back and have had some time to think about it, what did you want to bring to the character in Season 2 as you grow into this guy?
The big thing is what if everything that I believed in was wrong? What if everything that this very professional, the honor-based general, was working towards absolute atrocity? What would that feel like and what would he do?
These are all questions that are coming out this season of See and whether he can get past and survive his own disillusionment or succumb to it. To me, that's like a Homeric odyssey or Greek tragedy, that all of sudden he's taken on. Not that he was one-note but he was this antagonistic attack dog in Season 1 and that was what he did in his own poetic way. Here, we see many more layers of him in a sort of monk-fashion, with introspection and in a meditative state; however, when he has to fight, he fights. There's this great reference I use with the Shaolin monastery, these monks who also train to fight and there's this great sense of duality to Tamacti Jun: honor, through this metaphysical side, and this ruthless warrior.
The most subtle thing layered into all the performances is that, of course, your characters can't see which a lot of actors might take for granted, especially working in the background. How was it coming back to that and working with [blindness consultant] Joe Strechay?
Poor Joe, he's always got a bunch of actors who -- at least for me -- you've got your acting beats you're trying to do, the narrative you're trying to find, and then you're also having to remind yourself of all the physicality -- not to look in this direction and not to touch things this way. The hardest thing is to not nod or shake your head when you have approval or disappointment. We take that for granted and it's the biggest thing we have as sighted people. It's a visual cue. All that kind of stuff starts to mess with your head and it took me the first few weeks to jump into that and I screw it up all the time, as Joe will tell you.
Your character has one of the show's more distinct designs. How much do the clothes maketh the man and performance?
A lot! In Season 1, [costume designer] Trish Summerville and I collaborated a lot on his look. We tried to borrow a little bit of that in Season 2. It's more about his face, to be honest, with the prosthetics and teeth, the scars from his past. Once you put all that on, that's what makes the character for me. His voice just sort of comes in, this weird voice that we don't know if it's American or European or whatever. When this character emerges, it's really fun.
What can you tease for Tamacti Jun in the episodes to come, now that his world has been completely upended?
I think you're going to see a man who goes through being at the bottom. Whether he survives that or not is going to be in this season because he's lost everything, including his whole family. His guilt, remorse, and disillusionment, will he succumb to that or will he find a way to fight through it? That's really a big part of it for him.
Created by Steven Knight, See Season 2 releases new episodes on Fridays on Apple TV+.
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