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Terry O'Quinn believes Patriot is like a 'ten hour film'

Terry O'Quinn believes Patriot is like a 'ten hour film'

Terry O'Quinn believes 'Patriot' is more like a "ten-hour film" than a television series.

The 64-year-old actor - who plays Director of Intelligence for the American government Tom Tavner in the series - believes the "generation of television", which sees people sit down to tune into a new episode of a programme has disappeared, although he has hinted the comedy thriller is different because it is more like an extended movie.

Speaking about the production, the star said: "I think it's wonderful that you can sit down and watch what you like whenever you want to for as long as you want to. Commercial television is going the way of the dinosaurs, isn't it? I mean, it's still big in The States, there are people all across America that still don't even have cable necessarily but that generation of television is going away.

"I don't consider what we've made here as 'television' any way - it's a ten hour film."

And Michael Dorman - who plays John Tavner in the production - has revealed him and his on-screen father bonded over a "jamming" session during filming, which helped their chemistry on set.

The 35-year-old star explained: "When Terry and I first met we starting jamming on an old Townes Van Zandt song and that was a great way to connect off screen - but also something that translated on screen in terms the way that these guys relate to each other. For me personally and for the character, John Tavner, the songs become his friend or the person that he trusts in a world where he is supposed to be someone else and he has no friends or no ties. The songs actually become the confidante or someone that he shares everything that he's feeling with. That's why it's so different to any other musical that I've seen. Not that this is a musical but the songs are a character themselves."

Although Terry has been singing and involved with music since the age of 15, he has credited his co-star as more talented in the musical department than him.

He said: "I started playing probably when I was 15. But Michael was better than me probably a week after he started. I plateaued when I was 16 and I stayed there. It's funny, the song that Steven [Conrad] asked us to play in the pilot, he said, 'I'd like you to play this song and have you ever heard of it?'And I said 'I used to play that song for my mother and she loved that song.' That was a bit of a happy coincidence."

Patriot is available exclusively on Amazon Prime Video now.