‘SEAL Team’: David Boreanaz Was Warned He’d ‘Break’ His Neck If He Did Pilot Episode Stunt

by Samantha Whidden

He has been one of the main cast members of SEAL Team since the hit series’ pilot in September 2017. But while there are a lot of stunts for his role, David Boreanaz admits there are some stunts that are just too dangerous even for him. 

While chatting with Collider in 2018, the SEAL Team star spoke about doing his own stunts. “I do a lot of it. My body doesn’t respond and recover the way it used to, but I do 95% of it. I love doing it. I walk off with a lot of limping and soreness, the next day, but it’s fun. War wounds are good.”

The SEAL Team castmate also admitted that he still has a stunt person for stunts that are a bit too dangerous for him. “In the pilot, I didn’t jump off the bow of the boat on the cargo ship, even though I wanted to. He was like, ‘No, dude, you’ll break your neck with your helmet on!’ So, I was like, ‘Okay, I’m all set.’”

Boreanaz plays Master Chief Special Warfare Operator Jason Hayes (aka Bravo 1/1B) on SEAL Team. His character leads Bravo Team. He stars alongside Max Thieriot, Toni Trucks, Neil Brown Jr., and A.J. Buckley. The series premiered on September 27, 2017, on CBS. The show was recently moved to Paramount+. 

David Boreanaz Reveals Why He Decided to Sign On For ‘SEAL Team’

While also chatting with Collider, David Boreanaz revealed why he decided to take on the role for SEAL Team. “I liked the idea that there was nothing there. I read the pilot and the characters was just written blah. It was like, ‘Here’s a free canvas.’ I could pretty much do what I wanted to do and that was fun.’”

Boreanaz also spoke about SEAL Team director, Chris Chulack, who was also one of the reasons why he signed up for the show. “Chris is an amazing, passion[ate] director who can see the show for what he wants to do and knows how to shoot these shows. His vision, alone, was the most important to me.”

The actor then discussed why getting on the phone with a real seal team member was important for his role. “It came to me and I passed on it, and then it came to me, and that was another sign that I should be doing it. As arduous as it is, getting things done, at times, and getting the scripts right, there’s so much joy in it.”

He goes on to add that he loves the crew and cast of SEAL Team. “We create such great dynamic moments while we shoot it. It’s like a family.”