Shemar Moore says his new TV alter-ego, “S.W.A.T.” protagonist Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson, is “Derek Morgan on steroids” — alluding to the FBI agent he played on “Criminal Minds” for 11 seasons.
“I gained 10 to 12 pounds for this role … I changed my diet and hired a friend who cooked for me,” says Moore. “I ate five meals a day. Of course I want to look good for vanity reasons but I need the physicality and the presence [for the role] — when I met the men of the LA and San Diego S.W.A.T. teams, strength was a big part of what they do.”
“S.W.A.T.” is the third iteration of the franchise, which aired as an ABC series starring Robert Urich (1975-76) and returned as a 2003 movie with stars Samuel L. Jackson and Colin Farrell. “The only thing similar to [the series] is the main theme song and the only