Aramis Knight is embarking on the biggest adventure of his still-developing acting career. He stars as M.K. in AMC’s new adventure series Into the Badlands, which premiered last week with a heady mix of fighting and scheming. LA Fan Cultures Examiner conducted an e-mail interview with Aramis to get a few words about being a key part of this new series.
“Other than the simple fact that it’s a badass show, I think that it’s really revolutionary in a lot of ways,” he told us. “When you look at a martial arts drama you may think it’s all action, but it really isn’t. Not only is the action kick-ass, but so is the drama. I’ve always been very physical in my life and in touch with my athletic side, so it was nice to put that into my work with the show.”
“We did a lot of preparation to really dive into the world of the Badlands,” Aramis continued. “Not only did they put us through a seven-week fighting and training camp, which not only helped us physically but also psychologically, [but] we were also having daily meetings with the director and creators to discuss our characters backstory and our character arcs.”
It’s the latter that may prove to be critical as the season goes on, because underneath all the fight sequences there’s something going on with his character, who’s obviously not your ordinary teenage boy. “M.K. has a very dark secret, which I don’t want to give away, but let’s just say the executives and directors made me look like a real ninja. And yes, it is as fun as it sounds,” he teased.
“In the show there’s no set in stone protagonist and antagonist. In the world of the Badlands, killing, stealing and having a lack of morals is a normal thing. You see that with Sunny, The Widow, Quinn and even Tilda,” he explained. “M.K. really comes in and shakes things up. He isn’t used to the grit and grind of the Badlands, and in a way shows everybody how the world should be.”
Into the Badlands is the biggest role that Aramis has ever had so far on television, and he can’t say enough good things about reaching the next step in his career. “It’s been a really amazing experience,” he told us. “It’s given me the confidence to know I can lead a project and not only have creative say with what I’m doing but also have a lot of creative say where the storyline goes. [Producers] Al Gough, Miles Millar, David Dobkin and Guy Ferland put a lot of trust in me to do the things I wanted to do and bring the things I wanted to bring to the table.”
“I hope that people appreciate the balance that we all found between the action and the drama,” Aramis continued. “In a way, the drama really carries the action and the action really carries the drama. There’s only very few projects out there that not only have amazing stunts, but also an amazing storyline and great character arcs. The show has definitely achieved both and I know the viewers will be excited for the next episode.”
If he weren’t on the show, he’d probably still be watching it. “I’m not just saying this because I’m on the network now, but ever since I watched Breaking Bad in 2012 it has been a dream of mine to be on a network like AMC,” he revealed. “I try to avoid all clichés, and of course it sounds good to say ‘It’s always been a dream of mine,’ but in this case, it’s not a lie.”
Into the Badlands airs Sundays at 10 p.m. on AMC.