New drama sees a man walk 100 miles in another person’s shoes

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Coyote - Season 1 - Episode 102 - Retired border patrol agent Ben Clemens (Michael Chiklis), right, helps pregnant Emy Mena (Maria Elena) flee from a Mexican cartel in this scene from ‘Coyote’.
Coyote - Season 1 - Episode 102 - Retired border patrol agent Ben Clemens (Michael Chiklis), right, helps pregnant Emy Mena (Maria Elena) flee from a Mexican cartel in this scene from ‘Coyote’.
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Michael Chiklis, whose credits include The Shield, Fantastic Four and Gotham, plays American border patrol agent Ben Clements who finds himself questioning his beliefs and his view on what is right and wrong when he gets caught up in the conflict between the police and drug traffickers on the Mexican border. The series, which is produced by Michelle Maclaren, an executive producer of the multi-award-winning Breaking Bad, also stars Adriana Paz (The Empty Hours) and Juan Pablo Raba (Narcos). Weekend Witness caught up with Chiklis to talk about the show in an online premiere this week:

WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE CHARACTER YOU PLAY, BEN CLEMENS?

He’s a man who has spent most of his life looking at life through a particular prism. I thought it particularly fascinating, the notion of a white man from America all of a sudden, literally and figuratively, having all of his choices taken away from him and having to walk 100 miles in another person’s shoes. That struck me as something fascinating as a storyteller and as an actor. He’s filled with contradictions. I will say he’s very different from Vic Mackey (who he played in The Shield), even though the tone of the show, the shooting style and the authenticity have that same sort of grit. What is thrilling is that Vic was a sociopath and an anti-hero; Ben isn’t a hero or an anti-hero, he’s just a man. A flawed man to be sure, but he’s a good man trying to rewrite his own epitaph.

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