'Falling Skies': Peter Shinkoda opens up about his mostly silent character


We've seen a lot of Peter Shinkoda in the first few episodes of "Falling Skies," but we still don't know all that much about him.That's by design, Shinkoda says: His character, Dai, is part of a long tradition of strong, silent types in action movies and series like TNT's alien-invasion show. "It didn't come as a surprise to me while I was shooting," Shinkoda tells Zap2it. "We had a lot of pre-production, and I had the chance to flesh out my character and develop him with [creator] Bob Rodat. According to him and [executive producer] Steven Spielberg, Dai is loosely based on the silent samurai character from 'Seven Samurai' as well as James Coburn's character in 'The Magnificent Seven.' ..."If you consider everything I've said, it's always very specific," adds Shinkoda, whose credits also include guest roles on "Supernatural" and "Stargate SG-1" and the Jet Li movie "War." "I only talk when I need to....



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