Orlando Jones guest stars as “Marcus Foreman” on House, the interview

MADtv alum, scribe and actor Orlando Jones joins Hugh Laurie and the gang as Eric Foreman’s out of sight, out of mind brother who has been paroled.

House and the team rush to treat an ailing college football star in time for the patient to compete in NFL tryouts. But when the patient experiences an onslaught of varied and unusual symptoms, the team has trouble reaching a consensus on how to effectively treat him in time.

Meanwhile, Foreman’s recently sprung brother Marcus (Jones) makes a surprise visit to the hospital in the all-new “Moving the Chains” episode of House airing Monday, Feb. 1 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX

Actor Orlando Jones works non-stop  With almost a dozen movie credits in the last five years, he just wrapped the independent feature Chicago 8 based on actual court transcripts of 8 anti-war protesters on trial for conspiring to cause riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

Jones was seen in the Charlie Smalls-William F. Brown musical The Wiz (as the Wiz) starring opposite Ashanti at the City Center Theatre on New York.  Last fall Jones garned raves for his performance as Gabriel in the play Fences co-starring with Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett.   

The South Carolina native was also seen starring opposite Laurence Fishburne in DreamWorks Pictures’ Biker Boyz.

Jones also appeared opposite Guy Pearce in The Time Machine, and as geology professor Harry Block in Iva.  He was seen opposite Robin Williams and Tea Leoni in House of D for director David Duchovny,

Jones can also be heard on the MTV2 animated series The Adventures of Chico & Guapo which he co-created.  Set in a New York recording studio, The Adventures of Chico & Guapo follows the comic misadventures of two hapless interns striving to get ahead in the music business by any means necessary.

Additionally, Jones’ scene-stealing performances in the sleeper hit Office Space woke up national audiences to the comedic talent, which was honed on MADtv for two seasons. 

Monsters and Critics was on a conference call with Orlando Jones and had some questions about his House role on the series, and found out he may become a regular.

If my House memory serves me well, Foreman had some trouble before he became a med student and a doctor; he was in a gang.  Does your storyline somehow tie to his past, and if you can give us any details?

O. Jones  Well, obviously, we’re brothers, so I’m sort of tied to his past in that way,
and I am just getting out of prison, and House gives me a job at the hospital, so I start working for him. 

The rest of it sort of unfolds through the episode so I won’t spoil anything for you, but it definitely gets a little dicey.

Interesting, and my followup for you is that you mentioned that you were going to be working for House.  Now will you be in more than one episode this season?

O. Jones  This season, no.  I’m actually on location shooting a movie right now, so
I’m sort of out-of-pocket for the rest of their shooting season.  But,   hopefully, I’ll rejoin them next season, and we’ll see what happens from there.

Since House is always finding himself in the middle of everyone else’s business, what can you tell us as far as him getting involved in the personal stuff?

O. Jones What I can tell you is obviously, I think, for my character getting out of jail and starting to work for him, it certainly places House in the middle of the situation.  It’s tough. 

I think it’s a tough situation for both Omar’s character and my character as we’re sort of trapped in the middle, but I think that is the bulk of what you’ll be seeing in the episode and future episodes. 

So I don’t want to spoil anything for you, but I can certainly say House is always in the middle of everything.

Is Thirteen going to play a role since her and Foreman seem to be making amends? 

O. Jones Yes, they do seem to be making amends, don’t they?  You know what, I’m curious to see myself on that one.  She obviously plays a role through their relationship.  How much I’ll play a role in this episode or in the future, to be honest with you, I don’t even know that.

Were you a fan before you got cast for the show?

O. Jones I was.  I actually like the show a lot for many different reasons, so I was definitely a big fan.

Do you have any dramatic scenes with Hugh Laurie? 

O. Jones Yes, and I might spend more time with Hugh than my brother, or it’s evenly split; I’m not really sure as I haven’t seen the completed episode, but it’s certainly not comedic, how about that?

Interactions between you and Foreman on the show, your brother, will there be a lot of drama?

O. Jones Yes, I would say so.  Anytime you have a family member getting out of prison, it’s always drama.

What are you doing right now?

O. Jones I am in Louisiana, New Orleans, right now, shooting a thriller called Seconds Apart, so I’m here doing that, and at the end of February I’ll figure out what’s on the rest of my docket, but between House and this film, that is how 2010 is shaping up right now. 

Did you have to do any kind of medical research?

O. Jones Good question, no, I did not.  That wasn’t my research. 

Did you learn anything interesting about the medical industry from being on the show?

O. Jones As a watcher of the show?  Then obviously, I have learned a lot in the past.  In this episode, because it’s sort of leaning more on the personal relationships between the characters on the show, the part of my learning curve was more about that and less about the nitty-gritty medical.

Jones finished up the phone interview by expressing his good fortune to be in the company of Hugh Laurie and the House gang, which may become hjis TV family next season: “It was an amazing opportunity to work on this show,” said Jones.  “Obviously, as I’ve said, I’m a fan of it, and I’m looking forward to seeing the episode along with everybody else.  So, I think it will be collectively exciting for everybody, and I’ll look forward to being back on House again.”

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