“Power” star J.R. Ramirez didn’t exit the series quietly, he really put up a fight when filming his last scene — like really put up a fight.
Sunday’s episode of “Power” was Ramirez’s last as Julio. Tommy Egan’s (Joseph Sikora) right hand man was set up by Dre (Rotimi Akinosho) who met with the Toros Locos, Julio’s former gang, and told them that he was up for grabs. Three members of the gang ambushed Julio in a warehouse trying to kill him, but he didn’t go down without taking at least two of the people with him.
Usually, “Power” kills off characters with one bullet to the head or another vital organ, but not Julio. He fought tooth and nail to the end and at one point we thought he might even make it out alive (he’s for real dead, trust us, we asked).
Ramirez told TheWrap that shooting that scene was the hardest thing he’s ever had to do in his career.
“That day was really really difficult, it was a very long day I broke my hand five hours into it, I broke a finger and I had no idea.”
He recalls Omari Hardwick who plays James “Ghost” St. Patrick coming on set on his day off just to support Ramirez and telling him that he had a stunt double and he didn’t have to do all these stunts.
“It’s my last day, I’m leaving it all out,” Ramirez said. “I want to make sure it’s me, I’ve done stuff before where you see the stunt double and you could tell it’s not me.”
Shooting his last scene wasn’t just physically difficult, it was also an emotional process for Ramirez. The actor played Julio for four years of his life and shot his death scene a year before it aired.
“It was surreal, it was hard — it was very emotional and hard to get through,” added Ramirez.
This isn’t the last we’ll see of Ramirez though. The actor was cast as a series regular in Marvel’s “Jessica Jones” for Season 2. He will be playing Oscar, a single father who moves into Jones’ apartment complex.