Back in December, on the second-to-last day of filming Chuck, ChuckTV.net was included among a group of reporters invited to the set to talk with the cast about the finale and look back at the previous five seasons. We’ll be releasing those interviews this week as we countdown to “Chuck vs. the Goodbye” on January 27.
WARNING: Minor spoilers!
Scott Krinsky played dumb, creepy yet somehow still lovable Jeff Barnes for four seasons, until early this season when Captain Awesome diagnosed him with carbon monoxide poisoning. Once he quit sleeping his van, it was a whole new Jeff. Will it stick? What happens to JEFFSTER! and his friendship with Lester? Scott gives us the scoop.
On Jeff’s complete 180 into a smart, rational, quinoa-eating human being
Scott: Yeah, it’s great. It’s fun though, because my character has been such a substance abuser, and then we find out that it’s not the substances at all; he can keep doing those. Those weren’t causing the problems. The doctor said, “Keep drinking. Keep taking pills. Actually, just don’t sleep in your car.” But it’s been fun. As an actor, it’s great to do something different, to have a change in your character and it’s been great for the relationship with Lester. Just something different; a different dynamic with us. I was so excited for it. It was very welcomed.
Q: Are you allowed to say whether you stay that way?
Q: His hair is nice and normal right now.
Scott: I’ll leave that to you guys. You’ve seen my hair.
On the future of JEFFSTER!
Scott: Well, I’ll put it this way. We’re in a concert hall. I’m not saying what’s going on, because this is… We’re shooting in a concert hall and that’s all I’m going to say.
Q: How would you feel about a spin-off for Jester?
Scott: I always said if Vik and I had a spin-off, it would be Jeff and Lester and it’s like ‘The Odd Couple’. It’s a modern day ‘Odd Couple’. Then Jeff would have to go back a little bit to his old self, right? We could be living together because now, of course, we have our band and everything. I think it would be a funny dynamic, seeing us live together as roommates. And having parties.
On his future and whether he feels that he’ll be typecast
Scott: I don’t look at it that way. I just think about new challenges and you’re only typecast if you think that, if you create that in your own head that this is all you can do. But if you have it in your mind, then you can do other things. I think that’s the kind of energy you put out there to other people and that’s the way they see you. It’s interesting because before Chuck, I was working on The O.C. for Josh, so I feel like, in some ways, Jeff is…Darryl was the name of the homeless guy. I feel like Jeff is a reincarnation of Darryl, who was homeless, and now he’s gotten his life together and he’s gotten a job and changed his identity to Jeff.
Q: So in the next Josh show…
Scott: I’ll be a doctor. Yeah, I’ll either be a doctor or a lawyer.
On whether he prefers movies or TV
Scott: I like the medium of work. I would love to do more films. And another great TV show. It’s going to be hard to top Chuck. To do a show that has this kind of fan base, I hope it’s not once in a lifetime, but sometimes it feels like a relationship we’ve had with our fans and how can you top that? It’s been amazing. I don’t feel like that relationship is going to end, with Twitter and Facebook and shows being able to live on through online. I just feel like we’re going to have new fans. All the people that didn’t listen to you guys are going to discover the show.
On how he feels about the conclusion of Jeff’s storyline
Scott: I’m really, really excited. I think they wrote an amazing ending. I think it’s going to be very satisfying for the fans and for my character and for the show in general. For anyone who’s been there from the beginning, I think it’s really going to tie it up in a really nice way. I wish I could say more about why I think that.
The way we get to end the show – where we get to have an ending that’s written, that’s been planned – I think is because of our fans. Because they’ve been here. NBC said when they picked us up for these final thirteen episodes, they specifically said because they want to give this beloved show a proper send-off. I think that says it all right there. It’s for the fans.
On seeing fans at Comic Con
Scott: I love when I go to ComicCon and see people dressed as the Nerd Herd, like wearing what I’m wearing right now, doing this interview. I think that’s the greatest thing. I’m so flattered when I see that.
On making nerds sexy
Scott: Yeah. The whole nerd culture came about with Chuck and I think people, not because of me, think nerds are sexy. Jeff Barnes has contributed to that, maybe more Zachary Levi, but I like to think that I have 5% to do with that.
On what’s next
Scott: I just shot an indie road trip comedy, American Idiots, and right now, I’m just starting to look at some pilots and projects. It’s kind of weird to say that. You kind of read stuff and hope it’s challenging and exciting and something you would want to spend five years working on, like Chuck. I knew we had something magical in the pilot. I was like, “This is different.” The concept was different. When I saw the pilot, I thought, “This is a damn good pilot.” A lot of times, the pilots aren’t great. You stick with a show because you hope it’s going to get better. Chuck was amazing right from the start.
On his cast mates
Scott: They are amazing. The chemistry. Working with Vik, we have such a yin and yang, but he’s such a talented guy. You can’t create that; you can’t create that chemistry with someone and it’s a gift. I think this whole cast, it’s fate. Bringing a cast together like that and we have so much fun. We don’t all always get to work together, because there’s the spy story and then there’s the Buy More, so it’s great when we all get to work together and I’m going to miss these guys.
On what he’s keeping from Chuck
Scott: Right here, baby.
Q: You’re going to keep the shirt and tie, really?
Scott: Yeah, I want the whole outfit. I’m going to frame it in a glass case and put it on my ceiling. I already stole a sign from the Buy More. An ‘Employees Only, Restricted Area’ sign. Come sue me, come get it.