Ozark’s Tom Pelphrey Was ‘Moved and Upset’ Over Ben’s Death

Tom Pelphrey misses Ben Davis too. The actor — who obtained excessive reward for his portrayal of the Ozark character — admits he’s usually extra drawn to grittier roles just like the one on the Netflix drama.

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“Normally, they don’t let me inside 10 ft of a comedy. However that’s sort of at all times been the case,” he completely tells Us Weekly with fun. “I’m form of extra drawn to that and perhaps it’s simply extra what I really feel like is in my wheelhouse. God that was a tremendous character. That was a very particular, particular character to get to play and speak about getting fortunate and all of the issues falling into place. Ozark was a type of jobs the place all that occurred. It can at all times maintain this particular place in my coronary heart. Very grateful for that have.”


Tom Pelphrey as Ben Davis on ‘Ozark.’
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The New Jersey native made his debut on the collection in season 3 as Wendy’s (Laura Linney) estranged brother, who battled with bipolar dysfunction. The extreme and tragic story line, which ended with Ben’s demise, earned Pelphrey an Emmy nomination for Excellent Visitor Actor In A Drama Sequence.

“I knew that he was gonna die from earlier than we even began filming the season,” the Banshee actor tells Us. “[Writer] Chris Mundy pulled me apart and gave me the fundamental arc of the character for the season. So I knew that, which is absolutely useful. I didn’t know particularly the way it was going to occur till we bought nearer. I bear in mind we should have been filming episode 7 or so when the manufacturing draft of episode 9 got here out. … I at all times attempt to learn the scripts first as form of an viewers member. And I bear in mind studying that script and being so moved and upset as simply form of an viewers member of, ‘Oh, that is actually tragic, however it’s additionally the one method this might finish.’ You understand, like, yeah, it’s excellent. It’s unhappy and that is completely proper.”

An excessive amount of of a legal responsibility, Wendy leaves Ben at a diner to be killed. Pelphrey would later movie flashback scenes for season 4.

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“The humorous factor about filming is you’re filming all the things so out of order. Me on the diner and stuff, that didn’t find yourself being the very last thing we filmed,” Pelphrey says. “It was only a particular job. There have been a variety of emotional days on that set in a very great way. And for certain the final day of filming there was so bittersweet. It was so superb as a result of I had such a good time and so unhappy as a result of I simply actually beloved all these individuals and my time there.”

Tom Pelphrey Was 'So Moved and Upset' Over Ben's Death on 'Ozark': 'God That Was an Amazing Character'

Nelson Bonilla as Nelson and Tom Pelphrey as Ben Davis on ‘Ozark.’
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His Ozark work proved to “100%” change the auditioning course of for him. “Happily, currently I haven’t actually needed to audition that a lot,” he says. “That chance and that function and being on that present and all of it actually modified some issues in a tremendous method. And I’m very conscious of that.”

“However I’ll say that the previous couple of years of auditioning for me was a really totally different expertise. And I believe it was about understanding,” he continues. “I believe once I was youthful in so many ways in which I believe I used to be making an attempt to do what I believed whoever I used to be auditioning for needed me to do. And it’s simply by no means gonna be that good for those who’re doing that. And in addition it simply wasn’t enjoyable and it was sort of dreadful and a sludge and I believe if something it was only a realization of like, oh, you already know, that doesn’t matter. And perhaps generally these individuals aren’t even precisely certain what they need you to do, you already know? And so it’s what may I provide, perhaps, that nobody else can and it’s simply my tackle it. And that’ll work generally and most occasions it received’t. Even the very best actors are nonetheless getting advised no extra usually than they’re getting advised the sure.”

Tom Pelphrey Was 'So Moved and Upset' Over Ben's Death on 'Ozark': 'God That Was an Amazing Character'

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The Broadway vet extra lately performed real-life fugitive Jason Derek Brown within the drama American Assassin, by which he stars alongside Ryan Phillippe, Idina Menzel, Paul Schneider and Shantel VanSanten.

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He’s additionally making ready for the brand new function of father. In October, he and Kaley Cuoco introduced that they’re anticipating their first baby collectively, a child lady.

As for if he’d be open to his baby changing into an actor at some point too, he gushed to Us: “She could be no matter she needs to be!”