Patrick Cage has made several appearances on television, notably in guest roles on “Jane the Virgin” and “This is Us.” He had a small but impactful role on Westworld this season playing Phil, the unfortunate tech who Dolores takes hostage from the Delos outpost in episode two (“Reunion”). Forced to resurrect dead hosts and change Teddy’s personality, Phil is ultimately dispatched by Dolores and her crew as they prepare to attack the Mesa in episode 6 (“Phase Space”). At least he went out with a bang…literally.
Phil may be gone, but Cage was gracious enough to share what it was like working on Westworld in this exclusive interview.
Did you watch Westworld prior to joining the cast? How did you hear about the opportunity to be a part of season two and what was the audition like?
I was a huge fan of Westworld before joining the show. And it was just like any other audition – I got it through my agents and showed up. The audition scene wasn’t the real scene we would be filming. It was still the same character though.
Other cast members have discussed how tight security is around the show – for example receiving partial scripts with their characters’ scenes only. Was that your experience as well?
100 percent. While filming I only got the scenes I was in. Everyone was so tight lipped about the information they held.
What was it like working with Evan Rachel Wood and James Marsden?
Working with Evan and James was incredible. They’re both so talented and skilled in the craft. It’s so captivating to see in person. I would get caught up in just watching Evan sometimes.
Your character was responsible for drastically altering Teddy’s code on Dolores’ orders, which seemed to be an emotionally charged scene. What was the mood like on set?
It was a bit somber that night. It was sad to know “nice Teddy” was gone after this. It was also smelled terrible in that room. The dead cow you see on the table and all the flies were REAL. Very real.
Would you consider yourself a “white hat” or a “black hat?” If you could be any other character who would you be?
I think Phil is a little black hat. I mean he’s obviously not afraid to get his hands a little dirty. And probably Bernard, just so I could know what’s going on in his head!
Would you go to a park like Westworld if one existed?
I’m not gonna lie I probably would out of sheer curiosity. I’d want to know if I could tell the difference between a human and host.
Did you know Phil’s fate from the beginning or did you find out after you began filming? Did he take Teddy’s “mercy” or did he fight until the very end?
I had NO clue the ride Phil was in for when we began filming. That was also the fun of playing him. Going on this journey with him in real time. And I don’t think Phil would go out the “mercy” way.
Now that your time on Westworld is at an end, what’s next for you?
I can’t say too much right now, but my friend and fellow actor Kegn Matungulu and I have written a project we’re working on at the moment.