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Orlando Jones promises exciting things ahead for his 'Sleepy Hollow' character

"What I can promise you is you have no idea what is about to happen next. It’s a crazy season," Jones says.

By Karen Butler
Orlando Jones promises exciting things ahead for his 'Sleepy Hollow' character
Orlando Jones and Jacqueline Staph arrive for the World Premiere of Disney/Jerry Buckheimer Films "The Lone Ranger" at Disney's California Adventure in Anaheim, California on June 22, 2013. UPI/Jim Ruymen | License Photo

NEW YORK, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Orlando Jones says he doesn't mind that his police captain character has been sidelined in a psychiatric hospital on TV's Sleepy Hollow because plenty of excitement awaits him later in the supernatural show's second season.

In the contemporary version of Washington Irving's 18th century-set tale The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Jones' good cop Frank Irving was institutionalized after taking the blame for killing the priest and two police officers his young, wheelchair-bound, demon-possessed daughter attacked last season. He then accidentally signed away his soul when he mistook one of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse for his defense attorney.

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"He's in a tough way," Jones recently admitted to UPI at a New York Comic Con roundtable interview with reporters.

"Obviously, one of the big things for the show is family and he is separated from his family, having made the ultimate sacrifice for his family," he explained. "And I think it's kind of tough when people hate you. He's in a situation where he killed, in theory, his priest and two of his police officers. So, to have a fellow officer thinking of him in that particular way, but, also, I think his real dilemma is that his daughter believes that he killed people. It's something I think he takes... that is eating away at him in a certain way and he's powerless to do something about it. What I can promise you is you have no idea what is about to happen next. It's a crazy season."

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Without divulging too many details, he teased: "Where it's going is completely awesome.

"Look, the conclusion is no fun if you don't enjoy the journey. I love the fact that he is in the position he is in right now, to be honest with you, because I think it is an interesting journey for him. It's not what you would have expected when the season started. He could have easily been an angry police captain in the pilot and, obviously, [executive producer] Len [Wiseman] didn't do that and the journey he's taken is not the journey of any police captain you've seen on TV before, so I'm excited about that."

The actor said one of the things he loves best about the show is its theme of redemption.

"Because you look at a character like the second Horseman [played by John Noble] and, ultimately, he is just a son who has an estranged relationship with his parents that has caused him to make some really evil choices," Jones said of the character Henry Parrish, who is the vengeful son of 18th-century transplants Ichabod and Katrina Crane, played by Tom Mison and Katia Winter.

"So, for me, the question is: 'Will [Henry] find redemption? Will he find a way to reconcile his life and the mistakes that were made with his family?' And because he owns my soul, I really want him to figure this out. I need you to get your [expletive] together, seriously, dude. But I think that theme is very key. Will Abbie and Jenny [played by Nicole Beharie and Lyndie Greenwood] ultimately be able to put their drama behind them? Will Katrina, who has decided to stay behind and be a spy in many ways, will she ultimately get what she has always wanted? Which is a life with the man she loves."

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Jones went on to say signing up to co-star in the series is "probably the best decision I've ever made."

"The pilot is still my favorite episode by far," he emphasized. "I make no bones about being a huge fan of Len's and all the work he's done on Underworld and Total Recall. I'm a fan of his and to be a part of a show where he is really putting his visual stamp on it from the monsters to really the big themes in many ways is super exciting."

So, did he have any reservations about the basic premise of the show, which is a police procedural hybrid that also features humor, horror, sorcery and romance?

He acknowledged it momentarily crossed his mind that, "This could suck.

"Yeah, because any idea is subject to execution. It could suck and when I saw the pilot I literally was the fan boy. I literally was like, 'Oh, my God, this is awesome!' And I've become that throughout the series," he noted. "It's biblical and it's historical. It has a mythology, but it has these themes like family and redemption and all these things and it's funny. That's what really kind of blew my head. Tom Mison is hysterical. He is laugh-out-loud funny. ... and it was beautiful looking."

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One of the funniest elements of the show is how Crane constantly mentions famous historical figures -- such as George Washington and Benjamin Franklin -- whom he knew when he was an American Revolutionary soldier.

"I like the name-dropping. It makes me giggle," Jones confessed. "He's constantly doing that. It's awesome. I feel like I want to tap him on the shoulder and say, 'Excuse me, Ichabod, you just dropped something. It was another name. There you are.' I just enjoy that he's years old and he was part of this world when it was being formed as we know it and looking at the principles he was fighting for and, frankly, died for if it wasn't for his witch wife. It's interesting to see how he feels about it today."

Sleepy Hollow airs Monday nights on Fox.

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