After missing last year's Comic-Con panel because of flight delays, Neil Grayston was thrilled to be a part of this year's festivities promoting Eureka. Grayston plays Fargo, a brilliant but socially awkward employee of Global Dynamics.
After telling us that all he had to do to walk the floor and remain incognito was to remove his glasses, Grayston gave us a peek into the upcoming episodes and the new season. (Incidentally, though he seemed to think he wouldn't be mobbed by fans, a life-size cardboard Fargo figure was stolen from Cafe Diem, the San Diego restaurant that was transformed into the eatery from the show during the convention.)
In a recent episode, Fargo shared a kiss with his crush, deputy sheriff Jo Lupo (Erica Cerra) but ultimately found a bit of romance with the woman who stole Jo's identity, Julie (Leela Savasta). I asked if we'd see her again. "Yeah, she at least shows up," Grayston said, implying that this wouldn't be a long-term love story.
Grayston added that the actress has just moved to Los Angeles, though the show films in Vancouver, Canada, and the budget just didn't allow her to be flown back and forth. "It's probably the only instance of an actor working less because they moved to L.A.," he said. "But she'll appear again, and I know they want to bring her back for season four, which, I hope so, because it's a really good thing for Fargo to have a little foil like that."
Grayston hesitated when I asked him if there was any hope for another Jo/Fargo storyline. "Um, you know, I think there ... I'm trying to recall, because we finished filming in January. ... It's been such a stretch. I think there's a little bit of tension still. Especially involving her and Zane [Niall Matter] and what occurred between Jo and Fargo."
In another recent episode, Fargo was covered in green slime. "I had the most uncomfortable thing I've ever felt, but I still enjoyed it at the end," he said. He says he was painted green from head to toe, and it was the middle of winter in Canada. "My wardrobe for getting painted up consisted of something called a dance belt and some sort of man-thong thing. And that was it. ... It was in this lopsided trailer, and they had to keep the door open, because it wasn't ventilated properly. So I got airbrushed with this. That was already really cold. And then there was a second layer of goop that they had to put on. ... It's made out of pure evil and cold, and the only way to keep it slimy and gooey is to keep it wet." When it dried, he couldn't move without ripping his hair out. Uncomfortable as it was, he remained positive. "What do I do for a living? Yeah, this is all right. ... It was fun filming."
Since there seems to be a musical episode in the works, I asked Grayston if he could sing. "Not really, but maybe they'll do something nice and chuck me a punk song or something," he said. "As long as I don't have to sing some sort of torch standard. It will make everybody's ears bleed. ... Give him some death metal." Eureka airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT.