‘Outcast’: Patrick Fugit on the Ups and Downs of Shooting Pilots

     May 24, 2016

Patrick Fugit has appeared on a handful of shows, but Cinemax’s Outcast marks his very first leading role on a TV series – and one that’s been picked up for a second season prior to its debut nonetheless!

Fugit leads the adaptation of the comic from Robert Kirkman and Paul Azaceta as Kyle Barnes, a guy who’s encountered demonic possession all his life but hits rock bottom when it targets his wife and child. However, thanks to some nudging from Reverend Anderson (Philip Glenister), Kyle is finally ready to track down answers and possibly change his fate, and the fate of the world as well.

While in Austin for the world premiere of the pilot episode of Outcast at SXSW, I got the chance to sit down with Fugit to discuss his experience working on the show. He talked about scoring the role, what it’s like to work on pilots that don’t get picked up, how the horror of Outcast is different from the horror of Walking Dead, and loads more. You can catch it all in the full video interview at the top of this article.

Outcast kicks off on Cinemax on Friday, June 3rd at 10pm EST.

Patrick Fugit:

  • 00:05 – Brief description of Outcast and his character, Kyle Barnes.
  • 00:58 – How he scored the role; Kyle expresses a lot, but he doesn’t say much at the beginning.
  • 02:23 – Using the script and the comics to prepare for the show.
  • 03:30 – There’s so many people at the helm of this show; Fugit breaks down his working relationship with the guys in charge.
  • 05:19 – Movie directors vs. TV directors; the challenge of keeping things consistent while putting a personal stamp on each episode.
  • 06:03 – This is his first series, but he’s done pilots that haven’t been picked up; coping with that disappointment.
  • 08:00 – On the supernatural component of the show; the difference between the horror of Outcast and the horror of Walking Dead.

Image via Niko Tavernise/FOX International Studios


Image via Niko Tavernise/FOX International Studios


Image via Niko Tavernise/FOX International Studios

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