Updated: June 5, 2013 2:32PM
Chicago is truly the second city when it comes to Noah Wyle’s discontent.
“The coldest I had ever been in my entire life was standing on the L tracks filming ‘ER’ at three in the morning in January,” says Wyle. “That is… until I filmed in Vancouver in a rainstorm in the middle of winter. Those El tracks seemed balmy!” s The hit TNT series “Falling Skies” returns with all new episodes on on June 9.
Produced by Steven Spielberg, “Falling Skies” takes place in the chaotic aftermath of an alien attack that has left most of the world incapacitated. A few survivors including Tom Mason (Wyle), a Boston history professor with two sons, must fight to the finish.
If you want one plot spoiler for the new season, it’s a factoid that won’t please OPEC. It turns out gasoline has a short shelf life and is no longer useful.
“We must bring out the horses,” Wyle previews. “Now, I’ve ridden all my life, but it’s something else to be riding in a freezing cold rainstorm in the winter. I had to ring out my freezing cold underwear every night. But I was resigned to looking like a filthy dirty, wet vampire when I came back to my hotel at night.”
Yes, he has a story.
“Last Halloween, I was shooting in freezing rain in a rock quarry with no cover. I had never been in rain like that in my life. The horses were acting up in slippery terrain. I could only think one thing.”
That he loves his craft?
“No,” he says. “I think that all my friends are on courtroom dramas working on nice, warm sets.”
Wyle is surprisingly loose-lipped about the show that leaves him damp. “We take a lot of big risks during this third season,” he promises. “Another form of alien life surfaces. There is an alien bug. There is even an alliance with a new alien race.”
An alliance! Is he crazy? These things are not ET.
“I know,” Wyle says. “It’s hard to trust an alien. They could possibly turn on us, but Tom is fairly confident that this one particular alien is a friend. However, it’s more of a gut instinct than logic. They have technology far superior to anything we have and as humans this season we’re expanding our perimeters and winning. It feels good to win.”
In his non-alien-fighting time, Wyle, whoturned 42 earlier this week, is a working dad of two who makes his home outside of Los Angeles.
One wonders if he ever watches his other hit show, “ER,” during reruns.
“My girlfriend is a few years younger,” he says. “She has taken it upon herself to watch them all. I’ll walk into the room when she has ‘ER’ on and it’s fun to look at this kid and remember doing that scene. It’s almost like watching another actor. I have so little recollection, it’s disconcerting.”
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