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‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ Star Caleb Castille Formerly Played Football at Alabama

by Suzanne Halliburton
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On NCIS: Los Angeles, Devin Rountree is the new guy in the office who can wrangle terrorists and other assorted criminals with the best of them.

And it’s no wonder that Caleb Castille portrays Rountree in such a real way. He’s a former college football player for the top program in the country. So was his dad and two brothers. The Castille’s have a long family legacy with the Alabama Crimson Tide.

The younger Castille played for Alabama in 2011 and 2012. The Crimson Tide won the national championship in both of those years. But Castille wasn’t a factor in their championships. He was a walk-on defensive back. After the 2012 season, he decided to give up football and pursue acting.

Castille’s first big role was in 2015 in the movie Woodlawn. And he initially was hired to be the star’s stunt double. After all, the movie was about a high school football team. Who could be better to double for a football player than a former football player. Then producers changed their minds and made Castille the star.

“The next thing that you know I’m the lead star of this movie,” Castille said in a 2015 interview to preview the movie. “It’s like winning the $50 million lottery for the third time. You know, happens all the time.”

Maybe becoming a cast member of NCIS: Los Angeles was like winning the lottery three more times. Castille became a recurring character in season 11, appearing in three episodes. He was promoted to permanent cast to start season 12. Castille’s Rountree came to NCIS: Los Angeles from the FBI.

Alabama, obviously, still is on his mind. He tweeted how the Crimson Tide and NCIS: Los Angeles are alike.

Meanwhile, NCIS: Los Angeles season 13 kicked off Sunday night with an explosive episode. Callen (Chris O’Donnell) figured out that Hetty first met him when he was eight. And get this, that’s when the CIA started testing him to see if he’d eventually be good enough to join the agency. He was just a foster kid in elementary school.

As the episode opened, Callen was digging through an old-school filing cabinet. The files didn’t identify anyone by name. Rather, the files were identified by number. Callen was “Subject 17.” That was the name of the episode, too. He figured out it was his file because Subject 17 at his birthday.

All these files belonged to Hetty (Linda Hunt). She possibly ran a program to train foster kids for future spy work. Callen figured out it might be similar to what the Russians did with Anna and Katya.

Callen told Sam (LL Cool J) about the files. He confronted Kilbride (Gerald McRaney), who chewed him out for raising his voice and giving him orders.

Then Callen confronted Hetty. At first, Hetty didn’t want to answer his questions. “Ask me no questions and I’ll tell you no lies,” Hetty told him before finally confirming what she’d done.

By the end of the NCIS: Los Angeles episode, Hetty had returned to Syria. Only Kilbride knows why she’s there and he doesn’t like it. Callen met with Zasha, his Russian asset. He talked her into spending several weeks in Syria to keep tabs on Hetty.