‘SWAT’ Star Shemar Moore Reveals What ‘Leadership’ Means to Him Both on and Off-Screen

by Keeli Parkey

During most of the run of “SWAT,” Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson was the top guy of the 20-David unit. He was in charge – that was that.

However, the fifth season of the popular CBS drama has left Hondo in a very different position. As of the season’s earliest episodes, he is no longer the top dog of his unit. Another man – Rodrigo Sanchez – is now in charge.

Unsurprisingly, this change in dynamic wasn’t welcomed by Hondo. So, how does Shemar Moore – the actor who brings Hondo to life each week – feel about the changes?

The 51-year-old television star talked about his feelings during a recent interview with Charles Trapunski on “Brief Take.”

Trapunski began the interview by pointing out how unusual it is to see a lead character lose such a leadership position like Hondo did in “SWAT.”

“Just the challenge that you face. You’re no longer the team leader. I was wondering. What does leadership mean to you in terms of the show, both on and off-screen?” the interviewer asked Moore.

‘I’m Used to Being the Guy’ Says ‘SWAT’ Star Shemar Moore

The television star began his answer by talking about how the change has impacted his character, as well as him as an actor.

“It’s interesting. Um, it’s tough. It’s tough for Hondo and it’s interesting for me, Shemar,” the “SWAT” star began. “You get – I’ve worked for 29 years in this game. And I’m very proud of everything that I have accomplished. I’m so grateful to my fans that have supported me and rooted for me and loved to watch me do my thing.”

The change in roles for Hondo also meant a change for Moore. This is a change the actor said he was happy to make for the good of the CBS series.

“So, here I find myself, like wait – I’m used to being the guy. I’m used to being the guy in control. Uh, and you know what, I don’t have an ego like that – like wait … they hired another actor to do my job,” Shemar Moore also explained. “As long as it’s good for the show and it’s good for the story, and, you know, it’s interesting conflict.”

You can watch “SWAT” star Shemar Moore talk about leadership with Charles Trapunski on “Brief Take” below. The actor’s comments about leadership take place at the beginning of the interview.

So, who is the man who has taken the leadership role that once belonged to Hondo on “SWAT”?

Well, that character is Rodrigo Sanchez. And during his “Brief Take” interview, Shemar Moore described this new character as “a complete a*****e, he’s a d***, he’s a jerk on TV.”

However, the same can’t be said for the actor who brings Sanchez to life. That actor is David DeSantos. According to Moore, he is a joy to work with.

“David is the nicest man. He’s one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. He’s just a good guy,” Moore also said during the interview.