7 Questions with Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo‘s Michael K. Williams (Leonard Pine)
Rough-and-tumble duo Hap (James Purefoy) and Leonard (Michael Kenneth Williams) are back for more trouble in Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo. Based on the second book in author Joe R. Lansdale’s popular crime series, the new season of Hap and Leonard delves into a dark mystery involving missing kids, crooked cops and, of course, plenty of Nilla Wafers for Leonard.
We spoke to Leonard himself, actor Michael K. Williams, about this season’s unique storyline, Hap and Leonard’s “bromance,” how he stays in shape for the show’s intense action scenes, and more. Check it out below, and tune in to SundanceTV Wed., March 15th at 10/9c when the trouble starts on Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo.
Q: The duo is back! We left off last season with a skeleton buried under Uncle Chester’s house, unbeknownst to Hap and Leonard. Can fans and newcomers alike jump right into Mucho Mojo?
A: This season has absolutely nothing to do with last season, except for the little dead body we see at the bottom of [Uncle Chester's] house at the end of Season 1. You could basically watch it as a standalone if you wanted to. It’s a whole new timezone, new world. This season we find ourselves in Leonard’s part of town.
Q: What’s in store for Leonard this season?
A: Through the discovery of the dead body, Leonard goes on a quest to clear his uncle’s name. And in doing that, he gets to find out who his uncle really was and how much his uncle really loved him. It’s a huge healing tool [for Leonard]. It’s a beautiful story.
Q: Do you have any favorite Leonard lines this season?
A: I always have such a good time with the writing. I like [Leonard's] state of mind. Everything that comes out of his mouth I always find funny.
Q: What do you think makes Hap and Leonard’s relationship work?
A: I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that James [Purefoy] and I are very close friends off camera. I think that translated into the characters. We didn’t have to find out who each other were. We came into [this season] knowing who each other are, and we just dug deeper into that through these characters. It made the connection for us a lot easier.
Q: What was it like working with the new cast this season?
A: I think everyone who comes to the set feels the comfort that [James and I] have with each other, so it makes everyone else’s process easier. There’s no egos; it’s just actors working it out. Everyone just brings their “A” game.
Q: Fans say Hap and Leonard have a “bromance.” What do you think Leonard loves the most about Hap? Is there anything he hates about him?
A: That’s in every relationship. If anyone says they love everything about a person they’re f–ing lying. It’s pros and cons, yin and yang, give and take. These guys are brothers. Yeah, there’s some things they don’t like about each other. There are some things they love about each other. There are some things they would kill for if someone messes with them.
Q: Being an amateur detective/vigilante involves plenty of fighting, swimming, running, etc. How do you keep up with the physical demands that Hap and Leonard’s hijinks require?
A: For a man of my age, maintenance is key for me. I believe the saying goes, “If you stay ready, you never have to get prepared.”