Jesse Lee Soffer is to Chicago P.D. returned from NBC. but not like Jay Halstead. Instead, he makes his directorial debut in tonight’s episode “Deadlocked.” The actor announced in late August that he would be concluding his 10-season run on the drama Dick Wolf, with his final appearance on October 5. The news came weeks after he reunited with the cast and crew in the director’s chair. Deadlocked is the sequel to The Ghost Inside Of You which aired on February 15th.
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“This was the perfect episode for me to direct,” Soffer said in a recent interview with Deadline. “I love this episode because it was like an old-school PD throwback episode where Voight [Jason Beghe] goes off the rails, things like Man on Fire, vigilante stuff, and living in the gray area off the books. That’s the story we tell, especially the contrast between Halstead and Voight, for so long that I’ve known that really well. So it was a lot of fun doing that kind of story with Jason.” (Deadline)
Soffer said it felt “really satisfying” to be reunited with his “close-knit” family, referring to the cast and crew, who recalled how much fun they had “fooling around” behind the scenes. “It was like I had never been away,” he said.”We just hung out and fooled around, then the cameras rolled and we worked to bring the scenes to life. We have probably one of the hardest-working crews and cast on TV, I can say that for sure. It was great to be with everyone.” (Deadline)
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Since leaving, Soffer has worked as a successor to directors Bethany Rooney, Marc Roskin, and Chad Saxon (also a director of P.D.Producers of ) in preparation for tonight’s episode. “They’re all very different in the way they lead,” he said of the trio. Learning these new skills didn’t convince Soffer to reconsider his acting career. In fact, directing has given him a different perspective from which to continue to grow.