‘Chicago P.D.’: One Star Doesn’t Mind That Show Has Cut Down on the Comedy

by Joe Rutland

There have been times during “Chicago P.D.” being on NBC that there’s been comedy. But it’s been trimmed down and one star is OK with it.

Patrick John Flueger, who plays Officer Adam Ruzek, talked about this in an interview with Starry Mag.

“We don’t do a lot of comedy anymore,” Flueger said. “Which I’m OK with. I think it’s OK to be a little more, take ourselves a little more seriously than we used to in Seasons 1-5. And I like that, I like the tone of that.

“You know, it was always fun,” the “Chicago P.D.” actor said. “We did this scene where we were doing, like, taser training and, for whatever reason, like cops get tased. And you have to get tased before you are allowed to hold a taser and, like, carry one with you which is crazy.”

Flueger said that there were just a lot of laughs that day.

“It was fun to try and figure out how…I’m not like Marina [Squerciati], Amy Morton, these people are great comedic actors,” he said. “I am not at all, so trying to unlock how to play it subtle but at the same time make it funny. It’s always a fun combination to try and figure out.”

Squerciati plays Officer Kim Burgess, while Morton plays Sergeant Trudy Platt. “Chicago P.D.” airs on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. Eastern, 8 p.m. Central, on NBC.

‘Chicago P.D.’ Star Beghe Talks About Going Back-and-Forth with Writers on Show Development

“Chicago P.D.” star Jason Beghe plays tough, dedicated Chicago Police Officer Hank Voight in the procedural drama.

He says that writers and producers on the hit drama encourage an open dialogue with the show’s actors.

Beghe said this offers a level of communication for actors to understand how important plotlines are on “Chicago P.D.” in the season.

“We have a very collaborative environment,” Beghe said in an interview with TV Meg.

“Particularly with Ricky now running the show,” he said regarding the executive producer, Rick Eid.

“I’m highly respectful,” Beghe said. “And he’s amazingly good.”

But he is always willing to say if he does not understand something. He’s open to saying “Help me understand.”

The Chicago P.D. actor adds that oftentimes, the actors and writers may be working with the same vision, but they imagine the approach to these storylines in very different ways.

And, the actor notes, it is in these moments that communication is the most important thing.

“We work together,” he said. “Because they don’t want me to do something that I don’t understand or don’t believe.”

The actor added that this open communication helps him understand his character, and his character’s motives as the series moves through the years.