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[Exclusive] “The Exorcist” Star Ben Daniels Picks His Favorite Season 2 Moments So Far!

After a Thanksgiving hiatus, “The Exorcist” returns to FOX tonight, December 1, for the eighth episode of its second season. The season has been pretty insane thus far, notably shocking us with a massive twist about a creepy little girl and surprising us yet again with the reveal of which character is possessed by a demon this time around.

It’s… an adult male?! Well, that’s a new one. And that’s what the show has been all about: delivering fresh twists and doing the franchise’s name, at long last, so very proud.

“The Exorcist” has once again been bringing the goods this year, and we wanted to recap some of Season 2’s best moments while you wait for the new episode. Who better to do that for us, we figured, than star Ben “Marcus Keane” Daniels himself!

Read (and watch) along as Ben recaps his favorite moments from Season 2 so far…

Episode 3, “Unclean”:

“Episode 3 is when season 2 really started to stake its territory as a totally unique horror show. It is directed by horror boss Ti West; as soon as he was on board not only was I flat out excited (House of The Devil is hands down one of the best horrors of the last decade), but knew he was made of the right stuff to take us on the slow burn journey to that surprising, unsettling climax.

This scene is when Marcus and Tomas try to get the demon to manifest in Harper, played by the oh so talented Beatrice Kitsos.”

Episode 4, “One for Sorrow”:

“Anybody who’s ever suffered a bout of sleep paralysis will have had their buttons pushed when Li Jun Li’s Rose wakes up in the middle of the night to find a shadow man lurking with intent in her bedroom in Episode 4. Terrifying!”

Episode 5, “There But for the Grace of God, Go I”:

“Episode 5 has a sequence where everybody’s favourite demon child (!!!SPOILER!!!) Grace uses a doll as a witchcraft poppet to remote control Truck. We were blessed with amazingly talented young actors this season (Cyrus, Amélie and Brianna are fantastic here) and under the direction of brilliant Alex Garcia Lopez, this section is as horrifying as it is nauseating. Kudos also to our amazing sound design team…..thud, thud, thud.”

Episode 5, “There But for the Grace of God, Go I”:

“Again from Episode 5, Father Tomas experiences the demon’s possessions and brutal murders throughout the ages first hand. My wonderful compadre Alfonso Herrera is always totally compelling to watch and he’s at his finest here in this dreamlike ghost train sequence, taking us on the ride as he lurches through, and feels, the pain and terror of each onslaught.”

Episode 6, “Darling Nikki”:

“You could stick a pin anywhere in Episode 6 and find a chunk o’ horror to delight all tastes. I think it’s my favourite Exorcist episode to date. It’s so taut and it grips a vice-like clammy hand around the throat to the explosive finale. I was scared watching it and I knew what was around each corner. I love working with Jason Ensler (he’s directed 5 of our 20 episodes), he’s incredibly trusting as a director and gently steers everyone so you’re all firing in the same place. 

It’s hard for me to choose just one piece but the most fun I’ve had on set for a long time was a long nine page scene (which is really rare in television) where Marcus is chasing the demon out of Andy. Over tea! John Cho is a brilliant actor, he’s very present which means you can hurl anything out at him and he’ll pick it up and hurl it right back. The scene took about 14 hours to shoot and each take was around 10 minutes long.”

Episode 7, “Help Me”:

“In Episode 7, we see an exorcism from the demon’s point of view. Having watched probably every possession movie ever made I’m pretty sure that’s a first. I can’t remember seeing it before. The exorcists are seen by possessed Andy as demons. Alfonso and I had the best time screaming around the room as demonic versions of Marcus and Tomas for a couple of days wearing ridiculously sharp false teeth, accidentally biting the insides of our mouths and laughing hysterically. Fortunately it all looks terrifying.

We even got to do The Exorcist version of the mannequin challenge……yes that’s not a special effect, it’s us standing still take after take. FYI my drool is all my own work. #proud”



  • Travis_Bickle

    This season is SO GOOD!

  • J Jett

    John did you do an interview with Ben? if so that awesome!
    personally speaking it’s the “Darling Nicki” moment listed above that’s the best scene thus far. having the 2 priests be so in your face with Andy was really awesome.
    i DO love this show but i completely hated the most recent ep (ep.7) “Help Me”. it’s the first time i have ever not liked/hated an ep of this show. i’m excited for tonight’s ep though.

    • John Squires

      Not an interview per se, but he wrote this piece exclusively for us! Awesome guy.

  • redeyedjedi410

    This season has been some of the best horror on television in recent memory if not ever.

  • REC03

    I’ve said this before and i will say it again: BEN DANIELS AS FREDDY KRUEGAR!

    • sliceanddice

      that is very interesting.

    • Necro

      Wow! I never even thought about him for that role! After seeing him act as a demon this season showing his ‘evil’ side, and now reading your comment, man I honestly think that would be a very interesting choice!

  • sliceanddice

    what an actor. what a show. what an inspiration of a man.

  • Michael Holtvoigt

    Im worried the show wont get a 3rd season because of the ratings. The show is brilliant, but people arent smart enough to actually sit and think about what is happenening. Remember Fringe. Thats why people love reality shows. This show needs to continue because it is telling an overall frightening story.

  • Necro

    This show is stellar! I loved season one and this season is just as good, if not better in some aspects! This may be premature but I seriously hope it gets a third season. The show is on Friday night for fuck’s sake! How well do they expect it to do considering that alone. It’s almost like they want it to fail considering that this season barely got approved. I’d like to see AMC move ‘The Walking Dead’ to Friday night, they think they have rating problems now, ha! Fox would greenlight ‘The Exorcist’ for 3 more seasons immediately after seeing that shit!
    Something else that I want to touch on; Ben Daniels said he’s seen just about every possession movie ever made and that he can’t recall any other film that shows a possession from the demons point of view. Well I went through my ‘possession/demons/exorcism’ section of my personal collection and one movie jumped out at me in regards to what he said. ‘Grace: The Possession’ from 2014 with the great Lin Shaye starring in it has the entire possession of ‘Grace’ shot/shown through her eyes the entirety of the film. Yeah it’s definitely through eyes and her point of view. Unless he meant something else by that there is one film that shows the exorcism/possession from a the demons point of view. The movie is pretty good, well in my opinion anyway!

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