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Press: “Animal Kingdom” stars break down the Cody family’s rules to live by


EW – The Cody family may not follow laws, but they do have their own unique set of… rules. Heading into season 2 of TNT’s Animal Kingdom, those principles are more important than ever as the brothers break away from their mother (and caller of the shots), Smurf (Ellen Barkin). Here’s what they need to keep in mind as they set out on their own.


Family First


The saying takes many forms: Blood is thicker than water. Loyalty is everything. The list goes on. But for the Cody boys, it’s the foundation of everything they do. “Love your brothers, and always have their back,” says Scott Speedman, who plays adopted Cody brother Baz Blackwell. “I don’t think there is [an episode] without that.”


But that bond will be tested in season 2 when the brothers butt heads sans Smurf. “It’s everyone trying to find their own identity within the family,” says Ben Robson, whose Craig Cody is the muscle of the family. “And everyone has very, very different opinions of how things should be run, which adds up to a lot of conflict and great storytelling.”


Don’t Talk


While we don’t technically know if the Codys have seen Fight Club, they do observe the title organization’s first rule. “You’re going to get caught. Things go wrong when you do a heist,” Shawn Hatosy says. And as the only Cody to serve time for a job gone wrong, Hatosy’s Pope knows this better than anyone: “You just don’t talk. You don’t rat anybody out.”


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Press: Ben Robson on Animal Kingdom’s Intense Season 2

“If Craig is a 10-out-of-10 wild man, I have moments that range up to an eight.”


HARPER’S BAZAAR – TNT’s breakout drama Animal Kingdom is back for Season 2, with the wily, raucous Cody family returning for more hijinks and crime. Ben Robson, who plays middle child Craig, gives us a breakdown of the current season, appealing to his character’s baser instincts, and grappling with Craig’s vices.


He was attracted to the role of Craig from the start.


“I read the material and I was super drawn to my character. I actually rang up [the producers] and was like, ‘Look, I really like Craig.’ And they were like, ‘Good, that’s the only one available.’ I think when everyone looks at this sort of show, they think of the stunts and the wildness, but it’s actually a family drama. It’s a very dysfunctional family and I think that’s the draw. Three of Smurf’s kids have different fathers and Baz is adopted, then J comes in. No one has a father and it gives all these characters license to be that much more different. I just knew it was going to be a phenomenon of range to play within and understand.”


He goes a little method to get to those dark places.


“It’s difficult. When I first started acting I really struggled. I’d be happy to go to the places, but I’d really struggle to get back to myself. I’m much better at that now. But when you’re filming a TV show, you shoot for six months and you’re kind of always there with him. There might be times when I’m out having a few drinks and it’s like, ‘I should go home, but something in me is telling me to stay.’ And you’re questioning whose mentality you’re holding right then.


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Gallery: “Animal Kingdom” 2×05 and 2×06 Photos



Gallery Links:

  • Television Productions > Animal Kingdom [2016] > Season 02 > Promotional & Episodic Photography > 2.06 – Cry Havoc
  • Television Productions > Animal Kingdom [2016] > Season 02 > Promotional & Episodic Photography > 2.07 – Dig
  • Television Productions > Animal Kingdom [2016] > Season 02 > Episode Screencaptures > 2.05 – Forgive Us Our Trespasses
  • Television Productions > Animal Kingdom [2016] > Season 02 > Episode Screencaptures > 2.06 – Cry Havoc


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Gallery Catch Up

I finally was able to update the site through 2×04 of Animal Kingdom, Ben’s events, photoshoots, and magazines. I will update the caps to Animal Kingdom 2×05 as as soon as I can.



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Press: Animal Kingdom’s Ben Robson Cleans Up Nicely


THE CUT – Among a cast that includes seasoned actors Ellen Barkin and Scott Speedman, Ben Robson still manages to stand out. It helps that at 6 feet 3 inches tall, Robson’s physical presence is hard to ignore. On Animal Kingdom, TNT’s Southern California-based crime drama, Robson’s rugged stature is often served shirtless, in board shorts, and with a black eye. As Craig, Robson plays one of the four Cody brothers, a hostile and volatile criminal crew led by their own mother, Smurf (Ellen Barkin). (Long hair and build considered, it’s unsurprising that the Newcastle native previously starred in History’s Vikings.)


Along with the fun of playing a “rollercoaster of a character,” Robson says the comfortable, low-key wardrobe is a plus; viewers are used to seeing him in a look that’s part surfer, part biker, complete with tattoos, scars, and macho jewelry. And while he lights up as he marvels that, “I get paid to ride motorbikes and surf,” we wondered what else was beneath the rising star’s “guy’s guy” surface. As the series’ second season premiered on May 30, we caught up with Robson to expose his softer, more refined side. It turns out, he looks pretty good with a shirt on, too.


Give us your take on your character, Craig.


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Ben Robson Network is Back!

Hi, I’m AliKat and I’m the new owner of Ben Robson Network. Melanie Jo who started this fantastic site, gave it to me when her real life got too busy. You might know me from my fansites Katheryn Winnick Central and Vikings-Fan. I fell in love with Ben in Vikings but I also love him in Animal Kingdom.


Anyway, I have some other site work to finish and I’m moving this site to a new host very soon so the updates won’t start for a week or so but I’ll be updating the look of the site and also I’ll get all of the Animal Kingdom Season 2 caps, stills and promos, public events, and photoshoots up for you to enjoy! Please be patient and stick around for what’s coming next!

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Ben Robson | Content Mode

Ben Robson | Content Mode

You have recently moved to California. Is there a different feeling in being a resident versus a visitor?
I was always a resident when I was student, the California lifestyle is much more laid back and around more people in similar industries and is different than lifestyles in London.

What have you found most surprising about Los Angeles and Los Angeleans?
Being a Londoner is very different; the weather has been conducive to a laid back lifestyle.

Did you have any emotional difficulty leaving England? Any fears?
Yes, leaving was one of the hardest decisions and I arrived at 25 for college (Stellar Adler for 2.5 years), created a whole new life, spent a lot time alone and learning who I was. And building a good support system.

You discovered acting after graduating from University. What was your area of study? What would your life look like today had the acting bug not arisen?
I studied business… I don’t know, I went into business as I didn’t have a goal established, but I always loved the idea of advertising, marketing via images at young age.

Had you ever tried your hand at acting before deciding to embark on a career in the field, at the ripe old age of 27?
Always interested in watching tv, always interested in sports psychology in College. A friend said he wanted to go New York City and try acting. Then I booked two flights and the next day we went to NYC to check out acting. We arrived in NYC without a place to stay and stayed for 2-3 months and caught the bug from there.

Did you face much discouragement?
From myself, “was this the right decision?” At 25, I questioned if it was a good idea; I didn’t tell anyone I was leaving for NYC to look into acting. It takes a lot of bravery to do something different, and America was better place for me to learn as it’s a more positive environment, rather than staying in London.

I notice quite a lot, on the resumes of established actors like you, the participation in short films. What is the draw? How do they come to your attention?
When trying to get an agent when starting out, short films were helpful to learn to be on camera and agents can see what you can do. And there is great talent producing and you do it for the love of the work. I would like to direct short films in the future.

Would you ever consider another occupation within or outside your current job? Do you have other interests work-wise, aside from acting?
I currently spend a lot of time writing, and would like get into directing.

You got to play a Viking, what an amazing adventure that must have been. Having last played that character from the very early centuries, and now playing a very modern Southern California Surfer circa now, does playing parts in such disparate eras require working differently, or is acting, acting… it feels the same, you’re just playing pretend?
Every role takes on a whole new understanding, no role is the same… two different timelines and lifestyles all bring their own challenges; I do research before hand. It’s more relatable to play a current day character versus a Viking and have to read books that are written about them as they didn’t record their history.

Are your characters real people, or based on such? How accurate of documentation is there on this time period, that you know of? What drives a man like your character “Kalf”?
Vikings were influenced by gods, they believed to live by the acknowledgement of gods… greatest honor. We treasure life now and Vikings didn’t; they believed in the next life. Imagine if you didn’t have fears, imagine what we would do. It’s very different as to how we live today, there was more spirituality on how Vikings lived. They lived at one with earth versus our now materialistic world, the destiny blinds us from great opportunities.

ANIMAL KINGDOM is based on the brilliant 2010 Australian film of the same name. It was a critical and award winning success, but it was a lesser known film then say FARGO or PARENTHOOD. What do you believe it was about this piece of work that broke through annuls of film libraries, and ample volumes of produced films, that called out to be adapted for television? In your words, how does the series utilize the original material?
Animal Kingdom, the movie, was one of my favorite films, and when I heard it was becoming a series I was interested. What I needed to move forward for TV adaptations… she instills a loyalty with her sons; in TV you can explore the character dynamics of the characters more than films… seeing the dynamics of the relationship unfold and shot in California was a great current day place due to proximity to Mexico.

Ellen Barkin! Ellen Barkin! Ellen Barkin! You play her son “Craig.” What is that like on your first day of work?
My first day on set was me being naked complaining about a non-working smoothie machine, incredible woman, very giving. A lot of fun.

What are some words or phrases that could describe “Craig”?
Craig is a middle child and he lives in the moment, acts before thinking, impulsive, adrenaline junkie: drugs, sex, parties, and gets himself in trouble. He’s the wild guy everyone is friends with, and everyone wants to be around. Everyone like to be around danger.

What was it like working in Oceanside?
Malibu, etc, has lost the authentic feel of California, Oceanside has a the authentic old school California vibe.

I saw something on your Twitter Feed about a documentary dealing with shark extinction. Could you tell us what this is? How are you involved?
That was a friend’s documentary and I like to support cool things that are beneficial to animals and the ocean.