Jason Sudeikis on how ‘Ted Lasso’ Season 2 is like ‘The Empire Strikes Back’


We must remind you that Jason Sudeikis is not Ted Lasso.

Although his friendly nature and talkative style seem to himLikes very muchThe chiller protagonists of Apple TV+’s “Ted Lasso,” they’re not the same, though the notion is something one sometimes encounters when interacting with Sudeikis.fan.

“I correct them; tell them my name is Jason, as much as possible,” Sudeikis joked in a recent video interview. “There are no classes in the way of being famous,” he continues. “I’ve always felt a strong pull to return the energy you gave me. If someone’s a little enthusiastic, you can probably meet them there. But if people are enjoying ‘Ted Lasso,’ they’re generally Coming and speaking through a space of kindness and appreciation. I just try to avenge that.”

The “Lasso” co-creator and star, who returns this week for a highly-anticipated second season (new episodes streaming Friday), is no stranger to his love of the series, which premiered on the streaming service last year. It was for praise. It received 20 Emmy nominations this month, including seven for its actors (Sudekis included). The comedy about an overly spirited American football coach (Sudekis) who takes the job leading a British Premier League soccer team features a distinctly sunny outlook. For many, its positive, joyful tone was just the injection of joy they needed as the COVID-19 pandemic spread.

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“It’s remarkable,” Sudeikis, 45, received the response writers and cast members have received. “And it’s nothing we could have guessed. It’s hard to even speak about it, because it feels so authentic and real.”

Brendan Hunt as Coach Beard, Jason Sudeikis as Ted Lasso and Nick Mohammed as Nate Shelley in 'Ted Lasso' Season 2.

All that praise hasn’t crossed his mind yet, or at least, it hasn’t affected how he and the writers arrived for a second season.

He feels “there’s a huge responsibility to let people know that we wrote this second season before the release of the first, so just know that it’s being told with the same care and craft and intent.”

But writing a third season after all those Emmy nominations and tons of accolades? Well, he jokes, that could be a problem. “It could be a mess, because we would all be high on our supplies.”

Season 2 begins with Lasso’s AFC Richmond team relegated (or relegated) from the Premier League to the Champions League, still struggling to win the game. Veteran player Roy Kent (Bret Goldstein) has retired, Nate (Nick Mohamed) is promoted to assistant coach and owner Rebecca (Hannah Waddingham) is finally putting her heart and soul into improving the team. And Ted, in the end, cares far more about winning.

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“While Ted wasn’t focused on winning and losing in the first season, he’s now got a little bit of that bug of wanting to be back in the Premier League,” Sudeikis says. “But some of the big changes in storytelling that we are making are driven by the addition of some new cast members,” including Sharon Fieldstone (Sarah Niles), a sports psychologist who “comes in and shakes things up, and Some of the things she shakes might be inside Ted.”

Nick Mohammed as Nathan, Sarah Niles as Sharon, Jeremy Swift as Higgins, Jason Sudeikis as Ted and Brendan Hunt as Coach Beard in

Sudeikis only talks about “lasso” until the third season, as he and his co-creators – Brendan Hunt (who plays Coach Beard), Joe Kelly and Bill Lawrence – conceived the series in three parts. .

“We tend to model[structure]after the British ‘Office,'” he says, referring to the Ricky Gervais sitcom’s two shorter seasons and a Christmas special. “It was the three-act structure that was always in my head,” though “anything is possible, and really the story, and more specifically the characters, tell you there’s more. So I guess it’s a The conversation will happen as we head to the writers’ room for Season 3.”

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In the plan he currently envisions, season 2 is similar to the “The Empire Strikes Back” installment from the original “Star Wars” trilogy, and the 1980 film also follows in the season premiere.

As strong as his opinion of the future of “Lasso,” Sudeikis has even stronger feelings on “Star Wars.”

“It’s three acts,” he says emphatically of the “Star Wars” story. “I guess he made other films besides the first three? But…”

And here, Sudeikis points out another key difference between himself and Ted, as the perennially positive coach can hardly say anything bad about a movie, even the bad “Star Wars” movies.

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