Former lawyer-turned-politician Nathan Petrelli may be able to rocket across the sky, yet some might argue his true power is cheating the Grim Reaper. In the past, Nathan has survived Peter going nuclear and, more recently, was shot twice in the chest during a press conference. Listed in critical condition, Nathan slipped away before somehow miraculously jolting back to life.
"I seem to have died at the end of every season so far," chuckles Adrian Pasdar over the phone during a lunch break on the Heroes set. "There was a time when we all were wondering when our end would manifest and if indeed we were going to make it to the next year. Right now, we are so deep into the story that if somebody dies and it serves the story, we're all for it. It's been a rocky road the last year or so trying to find the way to deliver a story like this that is unconventional in terms of what is presently on TV. We'd literally die for this show. It's just not something we think about anymore."
With the pressure to succeed and act as the country's moral voice, perhaps Nathan's most difficult decision has concerned Peter. In the future, Peter killed his older sibling and, after he refused to join this revolutionary cause in the present, Nathan has him on the run.
"Their relationship is quite adversarial at this point," agrees Pasdar. "There's not a lot of warmth exuding between them compared to season one. We are getting back to that a little bit in terms of relationships. The familial love they shared has been overshadowed by their passion for what they think is the right thing to do for mankind. At the end of the day, they are still brothers and have to deal with that. That's the dynamic we are exploring right now."
There's no denying Nathan's extreme measures have alienated him from friends and family alike, so when this whole ordeal comes crashing down, will they ever truly be able to trust him again? "Well, that's the thing," muses Pasdar. "There are certain lines people cross in their personal lives that cannot be easily undone. Unfortunately, you never know how far is too far until it's too late. Hopefully, Nathan hasn't gone too far because he's going to need to get the trust of these heroes back eventually. However, is that even going to be possible or is he always going to be tinged with an element of suspicion?"
A consummate professional whose extensive credits include Top Gun, Carlito's Way, Profit, Mysterious Ways, Judging Amy, and Desperate Housewives, Pasdar still gets excited when he reads through a Heroes script.
"[I get excited] in different ways [about the Heroes scripts], but it does change," explains Pasdar. "At first, we were building these characters and creating them. Now, we are trying to see how they all fit together. It's great to be a part of something that is so internationally well known and viewed. We've had some challenges in front of us and have many more to come. We've overcome some and some have overcome us, but ultimately, we have a great core of actors here that are ready to do the bidding of whatever the writers can cook up. We just consistently hope that we're asked to do things that are rewarding for our story, our characters, and their relationships to each other. But yeah, the excitement level for opening up every script is still there, but it's changed in subtle ways because of the growth we've all shared."
Speaking of growth, Pasdar would like to explore other avenues on the beloved series as well. YouTube has posted many of his comedic videos involving the Heroes cast, and directing an episode seems like a natural progression for the ambitious 43-year-old.
"Yeah, I fully expect that is something I'll do," acknowledges Pasdar. "I have a great passion for the craft and respect for the people who do it. We've had guest directors before, but it would take me out of the game a little bit because of the prep time and the follow-through. As an actor, my responsibility to the series first is as Nathan Petrelli. If we can make it work in the not too distant future, I'd be more than thrilled to jump in and direct. These people are now my friends as well as my peers, so I'd just love to work with them in a directorial capacity. I understand this show well and have a great respect for the people I work with. I'd love the opportunity to be on that side of the camera and work with them in that way."
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