'Banshee's' Demetrius Grosse: Emmett needs to take a step back from Banshee

demetrius-grosse-headshot-banshee.jpgDeputy Emmett Yawners has long been one of the most upstanding figures in the town of "Banshee," a sort of counterpart to the constant violence and vengeance exhibited by other characters. But violence came to his world when a gang of skinheads attacked his pregnant wife, causing her to lose their baby.

At the end of "Evil for Evil," Emmett took his revenge upon the men who hurt his family, which star Demetrius Grosse tells Zap2it is a bit of a wake-up call for the officer.

"[Emmett's] mindset after episode 8 is getting back to what really matters," says Grosse. "I think he's sort of worn this cloak of Officer Friendly long enough, the kind of do-gooder-to-all attitude long enough, and I think he realizes at this point he needs to take care of his wife and he needs to just key back into those convictions that make him who he is. Get back to the nucleus of what really matters in life.

"I don't want to give too much away," he continues, "but I think he has gotten wrapped up into this persona of being this police officer and now his work has crossed the line and infected his personal life. The events in episode 8 are a call to action for him to focus on family and maybe secede a bit from the melee that is Banshee."

Grosse also tells us that preparing for this emotionally heavy storyline was a new challenge for him in this role and that it required some research on his part.

"I took a really different approach to this story than I've taken before. In a lot of ways, Emmett looks like me, talks like me, walks like me, so I couldn't rely on any artificial edifices to put myself into the character," says Grosse. "I had to really encounter the soul of this man in this imaginary story.

"A lot of the work that I did in this was really thinking about people who had experienced loss like this, combing newspapers, finding stories and then finding where I could emotionally connect to those stories, where I could connect on a visceral, emotional level."

When told that it speaks to the weight of the episode that it was hard to watch, Grosse agrees and says, "It was even emotional for me to watch. It was one of the first times I've ever watched one of my performances and I was moved by it, so I think it was successful."

Look for another interview with Grosse after the "Banshee" season finale, where he dissects Emmett's Season 2 arc. The Cinemax drama airs Friday nights at 10 ET/PT.
Photo/Video credit: Cinemax, Winston Burris