Shemar Moore on SWAT season 7, the end of the series, and his most memorable scene ever | Interview

by W. Andrew Powell
Shemar Moore in S.W.A.T. season 7

S.W.A.T. star Shemar Moore isn’t ready to say goodbye to the long-running series, if season 7 ends up being the last, but they’re going out with “guns blazing,” if it is, he said.

“We start season seven off with a bang, and we’ve been blessed and graced with 13 episodes,” Moore said. “We come out the gate, guns blazing, epic chase scenes. I’m running around the streets of Mexico City after the bad guys [in the first episode]; you don’t have time to take a breath. [And] that’s what all 13 episodes are going to be.”

Looking back on seven seasons of the series, Moore had a hard time when I asked him if he had a favourite moment on set, but he did realize one stunt stood out.

“We’ve done so much on this show; it’s crazy. But Shemar Moore, me, I’m not too good with heights, you know what I mean? So it takes me a minute to get used to heights. I’ve gone skydiving and done the whole thing to get over my fear of heights.”

Shemar Moore as Hondo in S.W.A.T.
Shemar Moore as Hondo in S.W.A.T.

“Hondo is not scared of anything, so season one, episode two is an episode called ‘Carpaccio,’ and they literally hooked me up to the side of a Black Hawk helicopter and they built a platform on the outside of the helicopter–on the outside, not the seat inside, on the outside–and I had to stand on that thing.”

“They had three cables hooked up to my my back so I wouldn’t fall to my death, and they literally flew this helicopter 500 feet off the ground, with another helicopter chasing us around with cameras on it.”

“They said, ‘just give us the signal and we’ll go up.’ We went up 50 feet and I almost went to the bathroom in the worst way. And I said, take me down, take me down. And they were like, ‘What’s wrong Mr. Moore?’ And it was only episode two, so I was like, ‘I can’t I can’t be a wimp. I’m Hondo.'”

“And my stunt double was right over there and they said, ‘Well, we can bring him in,’ and my ego kicked in and I was like, ‘No, no, no, no, no. I’m not going to be that dude. I’m going to figure this out. Just just give me a second.'”

“[So] I said a little prayer and I said, ‘Screw it, we’re going to do this.’ And they took me up, and then about 30 minutes later, I was out there dancing on that platform. I was like, ‘Look at me, look at me!'”

“And I got to do one of the most heroic things that I’ve ever done on a show. So that I will never forget.”

Watch the full interview with Shemar Moore above. S.W.A.T. season 7 airs Fridays at 8:00 PM (ET) on Global and STACKTV in Canada, and on CBS in the U.S.

Photos courtesy of CBS.

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