Kevin McKidd talked to Entertainment Tonight about the new season of Grey's Anatomy. It's mostly mild spoilers he has discussed before:
"This is a dark season. It starts in grief," he tells ET. "I think [George's death] will affect Hunt a lot, because he mentored him and got him up on his feet as a trauma surgeon. He really felt that O'Malley was going to become the next trauma star at the hospital. He encouraged him to join the army. He thought it was the honorable thing to do. I think he feels the loss of him a lot. I think he saw a huge potential in O'Malley when others didn't, even O'Malley."The new season of Grey's Anatomy will premier on Thurs, Sept. 24 at 9pm on ABC.
What Hunt does do is he becomes a rock for other people. McKidd explains, "Owen is used to losing colleagues. That is part of having come from Iraq and working in a war zone as a surgeon. I think he has better mechanisms than others [to cope]. He is so used to loss and grief."
As for Hunt's romance with Cristina, McKidd believes that it is going to get even more complicated this season. "I think they have gotten over the whole trauma of his past, but then his past comes back again at some point to haunt him. Somebody comes to the hospital from his past, somebody we didn't expect, not his ex-fiancée. That is not certain, but it is what I have been hearing. And, hopefully, it could bring them closer together," he tells ET.
As for what is up with the rest of the characters, McKidd teases the season, saying, "Something happens that is seismic to the hospital. In these economic times, things start to come down the pike that start to impact people's lives. So the stakes become higher as the season goes on."
While promoting the new season of Grey's he also discussed Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief at the Television Critics Association summer press tour this weekend in California. He revealed that he is signed on for four of the five films in the series based on the Rick Riordan novels. He plays the Greek god Poseidon and revealed a little about the film:
"My son, since I started doing it, he's read the first three books...I'm watching him read the book, and I'm like, 'So, Joseph, am I in this one much?' He's like, 'Nah, nah, you're not. Maybe in the next one, but in this one not so much.'"
"I'm 40 feet tall for most of the film, but then we come to human form," McKidd continued. "We can atomize ourselves because we're gods. We can do what we want, right? So we can atomize ourselves and walk around the streets of Manhattan, wandering Manhattan, and dress in Gap clothing and do all that stuff, then atomize ourselves back to 40-foot Greek god stage. It's a really fun film."
Effects work is still underway, so there has not been a cut to screen for actors yet, but McKidd has heard early reports. "I know [director] Chris Columbus saw a cut," McKidd said. "He saw an early cut of it without the effects laid on yet. There's a lot of effects in it, and he's very excited about it. I think it's going to be really cool. My kids are really excited about Percy Jackson."
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief is set to open Feb. 12, 2010.