Shemar Moore is, perhaps, most famous for his portrayal of Derek Morgan on the set of the CBS series, Criminal Minds. And now, he’s got another police officer role as Sergeant Daniel Hondo Harrelson, the head of the specialized tactical unit in LA, in the TV series, SWAT.
When Moorer spoke with reporters from CBS This Morning, he dished on how much the series meant to him. In fact, he loves it so much, that he got a tattoo in its honor.
The actor joked that he wasn’t going to put a “whole resume” on his body or anything like that, but he has to honor Hondo, as well as acknowledge that “it’s an achievement to be the leader of such a powerful show, 25 years in the game.”
Shemar said he was “so grateful.” Moore claimed his success was a testament to his resilience and determination to succeed. He told his fans and the co-hosts that no matter what, “keeping striving for the top.”
As fans of the show know, it’s a reboot of the 1975 series of the same name. However, the reinstalment features a more diverse cast, and that is something Moore is especially proud of.
Moore said not only is it diverse, but they’re also touching on some of the most controversial topics in today’s cultural climate, including Black Lives Matter, cyber-bullying, human trafficking, as well as immigration.
With that said, he added, it won’t be a “preachy show;” it isn’t overly politicized and packed full of themes of social justice. It’s mostly just an action series, and it’s all in good fun. This won’t be the only reboot of the infamous 1975 TV show.
Back in 2003, a movie starring Colin Farrell, LL Cool J, Samuel L Jackson, and Michelle Rodriguez was released and was a box office hit. Interestingly, that film had a diverse all-star cast as well, even before the recent push for more proportional representation.