Q&A With Marshall

A regular Q&A with a cast member of Prison Break, which is filming its second season in and around Dallas.


CHARACTER: LJ Burrows, son of Lincoln Burrows who, like his father, has been framed by government agents for crimes he didn’t commit. In season two, the government has released him from jail so that his escapee father might try to come find him.

Q: Your character has had some pretty close calls on the show. Do you worry when you get every script that it will be your last?

A: There definitely was more worrying last season, but I think that now it’s more about rolling with the surprises in the scripts — I call it renegade acting. The scenes are quick and action-oriented, so there’s not much time for contemplation and worry.

Q: Who are some of your favorite characters on the show?

A: This season I’m really down with William Fichtner. Otherwise, I’m always drawn to the ones who play my family members. My dad, my uncle … and I wouldn’t mind seeing my granddad come into the mix — hint, hint. I’m just down with the family aspect of the show.

Q: You’re an Austin native and a music lover, correct? Who are some of your all-time favorite artists?

A: Oh, man, that’s a hard question. … But I am an Austin native, and I like the scene there. Right now I’m into an unsigned artist named Mark Foster. I’m also into Berto Ramon, a hip-hop band out of Chicago. Oh, and Cory Branan — he’s a true singer-songwriter who’s one of those supposedly taking Bob Dylan’s place, though I’m not sure that’s possible.

Q: If you weren’t acting, what would you be doing with your life?

A: I’d be writing and producing movies, and hanging out with my wife. We’re part of a theater company in L.A., and we’re doing all kinds of stuff — making short films and doing small play projects. Sometimes, I feel like that underprivileged kid who really wants to play golf but can’t afford the clubs. It’s so hard to get good deals in this industry, so right now I kind of have to do smaller stuff with my own resources.

Q: When you’re in Dallas for filming, what do you like to do for fun?

A: Go to the JFK memorial. I’ve been a lot. It’s a life-changing thing because it’s something that really happened and was a national tragedy, but also a family tragedy. So many unanswered questions. It’s freaky and definitely relevant to Prison Break. In our show it’s all about the family and the tragedies that are passed down and shared.

Q: Well, are you as glad as me that Prison Break won’t be preempted by baseball this week?

A: I don’t know — did you see the game last night? Most amazing game ever … Cardinals vs. Mets. But I won’t bore you with the details.

by Hunter Hauk