‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ Star Eric Christian Olsen Opened Up on Scene He Called ‘Awful’

by Samantha Whidden
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He has been on NCIS: Los Angeles since it first premiered in September 2009, but there are some scenes that Eric Christian Olsen just cannot stand. 

During an interview in 2013, the NCIS: Los Angeles star spoke about the torture scenes in the show’s fifth season. “It was awful,” Olsen admitted. “I couldn’t do a horror movie. I know that.”

The NCIS: Los Angeles actor spoke about his friend who was in the film Hostel. He was actually almost cast in the movie as well. “But I couldn’t have done it. Daming that thing in my mouth and I’m all tied down.”

In order to prepare, the NCIS: Los Angeles star stated he read a bunch of books over the summer about torture, war, and PTSD. “I can’t even imagine what that’s like for someone to go through when that’s real because even when it was fake and they yelled ‘cut’ it still goes in my head.”

When asked if he actually watched the torture scenes, the NCIS: Los Angeles star said it’s not graphic or gruesome, it’s just literally the scream at the end.

“I think what’s so heartbreaking is that you see a character that I think for some reason has made so many emotional attachments with fans that they and you saw him just at the bottom.”

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When chatting about his NCIS: Los Angeles character enduring the torture scenes, Eric Christian Olsen stated that it was absolutely heartbreaking. “I think the most interesting thing about these types of shows are not the events, but the consequences of the events and how they affect the relationships of the characters.”

The NCIS: Los Angeles star also shared for his character, the torture scenes were not part of his background. “He was a lawyer, He got into being a detective. And then all of a sudden, he’s tortured for seven hours. And he doesn’t have the ability, at this point, to compartmentalize and fight through it.” 

Olsen goes on to state that the situation was the most raw and vulnerable his character has ever been. “It’s the most honest conversations thatches’ ever had with Sam. More interesting it’s the most honest conversation he’s ever had with Kensi.”

While also speaking about his NCIS character’s moment with Kensi prior to the torture scene, Olsen said at that point his character had the inability to articulate exactly how he felt.

“I think that you have that moment of clarity and I think we have this in our own lives. Which is just those perfect moments of clarity in which everything makes sense in the world.”