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‘Shots Fired’s’ Stephen Moyer on Why Pushing His Co-Star Was ‘a Lot of Fun’ (Exclusive Video)

Actor tells TheWrap that his most intense scenes on the Fox drama were among his favorites

Stephen Moyer relished those moments when his character on Fox’s “Shots Fired” didn’t always keep his hands to himself.

Moyer, who played the morally questionable Lieutenant Breeland, told TheWrap, “My character walks the line of, ‘is he racist, or is he somebody who’s protecting his kids?’ You never quite know where he is or where he stands, and so he ends up in this very ambiguous place.”

One scene that was tough but also creatively fulfilling for Moyer to play was the one in which Breeland confronts an African-American football player.

“I have to grab him by the grill of his football helmet, and I had to be very hard on him and sort of push him around,” Moyer said. “Those scenes are sometimes quite difficult, but they’re also a lot of fun to do, especially if the actor understands that you’re playing the character, and it’s not what you believe. So they can often be the most fun because it’s about two actors coming together and having an enjoyable time.”

When asked if there’s another character he would also want to play, the “True Blood” alum went with Pastor Janae James (Aisha Hinds). “I’m going to pick Aisha’s character, the pastor, mostly because I want to be able to act like Aisha because she’s just a phenomenon,” Moyer said.

Watch the interview above.