Eddie McClintock has built a huge fan following for his portrayal of agent Pete Lattimer in the popular Syfy series “Warehouse 13.” While fans might want to pin that success on McClintock, the actor himself says more credit should go to the character: Basically, why can’t there be more Pete Lattimers in the world?
A key moment came in the most recent season of “Warehouse 13” when Agent Jinks, played by “Smallville” alum Aaron Ashmore, told Pete he was gay. While Pete as a character may be a kid at heart, what he isn’t is immature. And that showed with how Pete reacted to the news.
That scene, McClintock told AfterElton, was “brilliantly written” by showrunner Jack Kenny.
“Jack said to me, ‘Eddie, I want Pete to be the coolest guy that I’ve never met when it comes to this,'” McClintock said. “‘I want Pete to be like no hang-ups about it.’ Pete’s like, ‘I know I have a nice body, heres someone to appreciate it, here it is, no problem.’
“It’s kind of ‘wouldn’t it be nice’ … and I think that’s Jack … wouldn’t it be nice if we all took a page from Pete Lattimer about who’s business we’re going to get into when it comes to sexuality.”
McClintock said he has been surprised by not only the large female following he has, but the gay male audience as well. And he is quick to embrace it. In fact, pretty much what you see in Pete Lattimer is what you get in Eddie McClintock.
“There’s not a lot of difference in the two characters, other than I was never in the Marine Corps. And I don’t carry a ray gun,” McClintock said.
Since the first season of the show, the cast has completely gelled, with Joanne Kelly, Saul Rubinek, Allison Scagliotti, CCH Pounder and Genelle Williams. And while McClintock himself is a self-described geek who likes to spend time on the Internet, he was more recently introduced by fans into something that has been around for quite a while: Fan-fiction. More specifically, shipper fan-fiction.
“I was getting videos sent to me on my Twitter from ‘shippers,’ and it was all ‘Myka and H.G., Myka and H.G.,” McClintock said. “I was like this ‘shipper’ thing, I thought it was some kind of lesbian group that was also part of the Navy … because it had to do with ships. Finally, someone was like, ‘No, you idiot, it’s ‘relationships.’ And I was like, ‘Of course, I knew all along.'”
“Warehouse 13” returns this spring, according to some reports, and carry with it an expanded 20-episode order. It remains Syfy’s highest-rated scripted series, and one that continues to build on its audience each year.
McClintock credits the people involved — both in front of the camera and behind it — on making the show a success for a large audience, including his wife and kids.
When “Warehouse 13” found its tone after the first season, “it was something that kids could sit down and watch with their parents,” McClintock said. “And kids could be entertained and maybe learn something about history or even something about the family dynamic. I was really excited, because growing up as a kid, some of my best memories with my dad are doing lines from TV shows or movies that we watched together.
“Now I have fathers with their sons come up to me, and they say they love Pete, ‘we do his lines to each other all the time.’ If I can be responsible for something like that, I’m doing something right in the world.”
For AfterElton’s complete interview with Eddie McClintock, click here.