Lights, Camera, Action! Behind the Scenes of 'S.W.A.T.'

Aubry D'Arminio

Sure, It takes guts to reboot S.W.A.T., a short-lived 1970s police procedural that’s known primarily for its catchy theme song (and also a ho-hum 2003 Colin Farrell movie adaptation). But you’ve got to have real grit just to be on S.W.A.T.’s set, where the cast and crew (including the pilot’s director, Fast and the Furious auteur Justin Lin) are pushing TV action to daredevil heights. Seriously.

Lead Shemar Moore, who plays newly promoted LAPD S.W.A.T. boss Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson, has already spent multiple hours hanging from the side of an actual Army helicopter 500 feet in the air, delivering dialogue and gripping a sniper rifle while a second chopper carrying the camera crew circled around him. And that was just for Episode 2!

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This new S.W.A.T. won’t be all explosions and car chases. The update will dig deep into the racial tensions between Hondo’s diverse team, the police force and the people of Los Angeles. Still, behind the scenes, the actors are majorly hyped about taking the series to the next level with larger-than-life stunts. “I’m having so much fun it’s ridiculous,” Moore says. “People have to know that’s no double. That’s me!”

S.W.A.T., Series Premiere, Nov. 2, 10/9c, CBS