Josh Radnor talks about exploring the darker side of Lonny Flash's character in the new season of The Hunter, including his regressive drug addiction.
We're only a few weeks away from the long-awaited second season of The Hunter, and nearly three years since the series premiered. The series follows an eclectic group of men who track down and bring justice to Nazis who have been in hiding since World War II. One of the team members is Jewish movie star Lonny Flash, who is the Hunters' master of disguise.
While many of the Hunters have moved forward after the events of the first season, Lonnie regressed to a drug addiction he struggled to overcome. The first season of "The Hunter" ends with two shocking twists: Meyer is actually a Nazi doctor in hiding, and Adolf Hitler is still alive. The new season will reunite the Hunters on their most dangerous mission yet, hunting down Adolf Hitler and ending the Nazi regime.
Screen Rant spoke with Josh Radnor about Lonny Flash's journey in The Hunter's final season. Radnor talked about exploring the dark side of the character and how Lonnie fell back into the addiction. He also touched on the new dynamic between Lonny and Roxy.
Josh Radnor on Hunters
Screen Rant: We accept Your characters are in very different places, and Lonny is no exception. Can you talk to me about how Lonny's changed from season one to season two?
Josh Radnor: Yeah, sure. First season, you knew that he was battling addiction, that he was staying sober, and he was pretty vocal about that. And we pick up, second season is two years later. And sadly, it seems like some of his addictive demons have gotten ahold of him again. He's heartbroken over an ill-fated romance with one of the Hunters. He definitely starts in a down place. His career, he is a career obsessive kind of guy. And I think he feels that it's all threatened. So he reaches for his old medicators. And David Wild, the creator of the show, starts Lonny in a really low place this year. So it's a fun journey to watch. I would much rather watch people start in the drain and come out rather than watching them go down.
Lonnie has had trouble dealing with PTSD and abandonment this season. Can you talk to me about how you deal with the darker, more damaged side of Lonny?
Josh Radnor: I think when you play a role, your first thought is, "How is this person similar to me?" So you try to find, "Okay, I share that, I share that, I share that." And then you look at all the parts that are really different from you, and maybe you say, "Well, I could relate to that, or I can empathetically relate to that. I can meet that person where they are." My acting teacher at NYU used to talk about it's a 50% meeting of you and the character. 50% is you, 50% is the character. And that's where the magic happens. So I don't have a problem, even if, cocaine was not my, I've never done it. It's not my thing. But I certainly have battled various addictions of different stripes. So in that way, you can almost do a substitution. You're like, "What's the thing that has me?" In different ways, but I know what it's like to have visibility or your anonymity eroded and how destabilizing that can be. I think Lonny likes it a lot more than I do. He walks around and he wants to be noticed. I'm not really like that. But I think I had some insight into him, and I took these things, and then you just crank him up to 10, because he's such a wild, dramatic character.
There has been some tension between Lonnie and Roxy this season. Can you tell me about their dynamics this season?
Josh Radnor: Well, one of the things we used to joke about in first season, I'd say, "It's so funny that one of the features of the Hunters is they have a huge movie star with them, and they do not care." They don't think he's special. They think he's kind of an idiot. He gets no credit or points for being in movies. They just don't care. And I think Roxy it's the kind of thing if 99 people in a room love you and that one person that doesn't, you become obsessed with that one person. And Roxy is like that person for him. Clearly, there was some kind of attraction. Clearly, something happened. But she's really pulled away from him, and it's driving him crazy. So I think that hovers over a lot of stuff for Lonny in this season.
About Hunters Season 2
A group of Nazi hunters track down and bring justice to those who fled after World War II. After their leader was revealed to be a Nazi and betrayed while going into hiding, the Hunters are on a final mission to eliminate their most dangerous target yet, Adolf Hitler.
Check out the rest of our interview with The Hunter Season 2 here:
What's Next: Amazon's The Hunter Season 1 Finale And All The Twists Explained^ The Hunter Season 2 Comes To Prime Video On Jan. 13 premiere.