Westworld star Louis Herthum (Peter Abernathy) is having quite the year so far. Between appearances in network shows such as NBC’s Chicago Med and CBS’s Training Day, not to mention his recent promotion to series regular for Westworld’s sophomore run, it seems like the 60-year-old actor’s career is more exciting than ever.
Screener recently sat down with Herthum on the set of the upcoming film Break My Heart 1000 Times to try to tease some information out of the actor about the sci-fi drama’s upcoming season. To no one’s surprise, co-showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy haven’t released any information to Herthum, even with his shiny new series regular title, but the actor did provide some interesting speculation.
Asked about what Abernathy has in store for next season, Herthum says “he’s carrying around 35 years of data, so there’s actually very little space on his hard drive left. He only has a small semblance of a personality. So in the future, he may not even be Peter anymore, he could get wiped clean. They could make him this socially inept character, or it could turn out he’s been under the control of Charlotte [Tessa Thompson] and Sizemore [Simon Quarterman], who knows?”
Who knows indeed! What about where Abernathy will end up at the start of the season? “I would love to see him out of the park, out in the real world”, says Herthum. “Although who knows what’s real anymore! But you know, a lot of my scenes in Season 1 I was naked. So regardless of what happens I’ll probably be naked again!” Lucky him I guess?
Hertum also looks back on the remarkable scene in the first episode between his character and Dr. Ford (Anthony Hopkins), during which Ford interrogates Abernathy post-malfunction:
“You know, I had done a version of that scene for my audition…and while I was preparing I learned the scene was going to be with the character played by Anthony Hopkins, and it was a little surreal. I was like…Wow!…I did have some prep time before filming, but I try to stick to what’s in the script and do things the way the writers intended. I don’t do a whole lot of diving into a character’s backstory, because it’s usually right there on the page, which is great.”
Abernathy’s entire interview can be found here. What do you think of Herthum’s speculation? Do you think he’s on to something? Let us know!