'Suits' star Patrick J. Adams on the non-gimmicky flashback episode - plus a sneak peek
"You know, you hear 'flashback episode' and you think, 'It could be gimmicky. It could be a way to pass time.' I think that brilliantly, after the intensity of an episode like 207, people are gonna need to step out of it for a second," Adams tells Zap2it. "I think in that way it's gonna be very helpful."
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But there's substance along with the lightheartedness.
"It's not just a flashback episode in order to see some funny stuff that these people were doing. You really do get a new angle on all these characters. You get to see the story of how Mike and Trevor meet Jenny, and how he comes to go down a little bit of a darker path -- the path you sort of found him on in the beginning of pilot. So we get to see Trevor and Jenny again, and it was such a pleasure to have them back on set."
As fun as seeing the characters five years prior will be for viewers, it was even more exciting for the actors. "We had a lot of fun trying to pick the one physical choice we'd each get to have that would put us five years before. I think people are going to have a really fun time with that. Especially with Louis. I think people are going to enjoy that."
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Seriously, wait until you get a load of Flashback Louis. It's so perfect. As for Flashback Mike, don't expect a shaggy stoner 'do like the picture Adams posted on Instagram a few months ago while shooting the episode.
"That will not be my hair," he confirms. "We were talking about it once. I was pushing for it. I thought it would be a lot of fun to have long hair, an Eddie Vedder wig. They had it lying around, and they brought it to set. I put in on my head just for fun, but Mike Ross does not have long hair. The amount of people you'd have to get to sign off on that would be impossible and unnecessary. At the end of the day, something like that would become distracting. That's where you start heading into gimmick land rather than keeping it grounded in reality."
Want to see what Mike Ross did look like in the past? Zap2it has an exclusive sneak peek of "Rewind." Check out our first look back at past Harvey, past Donna (yes! She's back, and we miss her more than ever!), past Mike and past Trevor. "I think it's fun to delve back into that world so you get an idea as to where these people came from," Adams says.
"Suits" airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. on USA.