Breacher is dead serious, but Trejo isn’t.
Tonight’s episode of The Flash, “Elongated Journey Into Night,” introduces a new character named Breacher played by action star Danny Trejo. Trejo is known for using his cold stares and gravelly voice to play tough, intimidating characters, and while Breacher is certainly in that vein, calling for a dead-serious performance, Trejo couldn’t keep it together during filming.
“I love comedy. Being fierce ain’t that hard, you just show up. I like the way they put both menacing and funny together. The whole thing would sometimes just crack me up,” Trejo said at a press event to screen and talk about the episode.
On top of being one of the most feared and ruthless bounty hunters across the Multiverse, Breacher is Gypsy’s father, so you won’t be surprised to hear he’s not happy to find her in Cisco’s arms when he comes for a visit. It’s not long before he tells Cisco he’s going to hunt him like one of his bounties, and unceremoniously begins a countdown from 10. To say Breacher is extreme is an understatement, with the way he switches in the blink of an eye from showing affection for his daughter to murderous disdain for Cisco. Trejo said they had to keep redoing scenes because he kept laughing at his lines where he had to make ridiculous threats on Cisco’s life while keeping a straight face.
“It was really a lot of fun, great experience. I love comedy, I think that’s what entertainment is, just being able to go from this menacing character to making people laugh,” he said.
The presence of more humor in Season 4 is by design, according to showrunner Andrew Kreisberg.
“We really felt like we needed to make a course correction after last season. For us, we just don’t want to keep doing the same thing that we’ve always done. I’ve read some things where it’s like, [the tone of Season 4 is taking things] back to Season 1. I think people are mis-remembering how dark Season 1 was. It was about avenging the death of Barry’s mother, his father was in jail. In the beginning we had the Mist and Blackout and Girder, we had some tough guys as our villains. So when we were sitting down for this season, we just thought that it wasn’t going to get any darker than it got last season with the possible death of Iris and the death of H.R. and Barry’s future doppleganger was the villain, so we just wanted to do something new and something fun, and so our goal was, if the previous seasons are Raiders of the Lost Ark, this season was Last Crusade, where we were actually commenting on the silliness of the show and just wanting everybody to have a good time and have it be funny,” Kreisberg explained, also adding that several new writers were hired for their comedy chops.
Stay tuned to IGN for our full review of tonight’s episode, and in the meantime get a preview by clicking through the slideshow gallery below.