Like most faculty graduates, Joe Kimbreau has some selections to make about the remainder of his life. In contrast to most faculty graduates, he’s getting the possibility to dwell out his choices.
In NBC’s “Bizarre Joe,” which premiered Monday, the person in query sees three completely different variations of his life play out. In a single, he’s a nurse, one other a police officer, the final a rock star.
“It’s a completely fascinating story concerning the concept of selection and the way that may drastically change our lives, the street we take and who we grow to be,” star James Wolk instructed the Each day Information.
“Everybody has that, the place you go ‘what if?’ We don’t all get to see our what ifs play out. On this story, we’ll, and we’ll see what turns into of Joe and the opposite characters of the present.”
The three storylines play out concurrently, leaping between worlds with some plots spilling over, together with ones that embody typically love curiosity Amy (Natalie Martinez) and typically spouse Jenny (Elizabeth Lail). All three Joes are comparatively profitable however every is preventing for one thing extra.
“Take Music Joe for instance: monetarily, he’s very profitable, however personally, and because the sequence continues, you’ll see he’s very uncooked in his thoughts and he’s desperately desirous to have a baby, however he and his spouse are having bother conceiving,” Wolk mentioned. “In his thoughts, he has all of the outer riches however he’s additionally the man who’s form of lonely and he and his spouse are having points. He has nice challenges, they’re simply not financial.
“You then go to somebody like Cop Joe and he’s doing tremendous, he’s a profitable police officer, however his private challenges are large. He carries a deep, deep burden, a deep sense of guilt, for what occurred to his father … Because the sequence goes on, you’ll see he feels complicit in his father’s passing. For him, he’s frozen in time. He nonetheless lives at house, he’s attempting to maintain his childhood alive.”
The problem for Wolk, 36, got here find one thing to like in every Joe — the Friday evening ziti dinners along with his large Queens household or the leap of religion it takes to pursue music (very like appearing, he joked).
“You simply begin to discover completely different quirks with them and that turns into the character,” he mentioned.
In contrast to 1998′s “Sliding Doorways,” which noticed Gwyneth Paltrow dwelling out two eventualities, Joe’s inciting incident is a extra acquainted selection: What’s a school child to do with the entire world forward of him?
For Wolk, it was essential that every choice felt believable. Even Music Joe is legendary in a method that appeared pure for a man who would have been a nurse or a cop in one other life.
“I believe Joe is Joe regardless of which world you’re in,” Wolk mentioned. “For him, a cheerful ending is a cheerful household. He’s driving for that in each life.”