‘Outer Banks’: Why Chase Stokes Almost Turned Down the Role of John B

by Jeremy Spirogis
Chase Stokes as John B

Outer Banks is the most recent binge-worthy Netflix collection we didn’t know we would have liked. The collection tells the story of a Pogue named John B, who’s desperately looking for out what occurred to his lacking father — and the Royal Merchant gold he wanted. 

Played by Chase Stokes, many Outer Banks followers could be shocked to study that he initially handed on the function earlier than his agent might persuade him to audition for John B. Here’s why. 

Chase Stokes as John B 'Outer Banks'
Chase Stokes as John B | Netflix

Rudy Pankow virtually performed John B

Rudy Pankow, who performs the function of JJ on Outer Banks, virtually performed John B as an alternative. “Originally, [during] the first chemistry read, I was John B, and everything was pretty much lined up until the last chemistry read when they were like, ‘We’re not sure yet,’” Pankow defined to Us Weekly. “So I actually read through Rafe, JJ [and] John B within like two weeks. They flew me out to Charleston, saying, ‘You’re going to be one of these characters,’ but I didn’t know which one. The last audition I did in L.A. was John B., so I flew to Charleston thinking like, ‘All right, they want me as John B.’”

Showrunner Jonas Pate informed Pankow how the casting workforce wasn’t certain about him enjoying John B, then requested him to learn for JJ once more. “They sent me three new scenes, and I’m like, ‘All right, this is ridiculous!’” Pankow mentioned, explaining how confused he had been after studying for 3 new scenes as a unique character. “That’s when I met Chase [Stokes], and when I met Chase, the following chemistry read, it was crazy because I even saw it.” 

Pankow added how his co-star Jonathan Daviss, who performs Pope within the collection, helped him kind the function of JJ. “I brought the version of JJ that’s in the show today, thanks to JD,” he mentioned.   

Why Chase Stokes initially handed on the function of John B

It’s arduous to think about anybody else enjoying John B. “The first time I got the audition it was the most bland email I’ve ever got,” Stokes informed Barstool Sports’ Chicks within the Office. “It was 4 pals on a treasure hunt, Netflix, and the character’s identify was John B. So I used to be like, ‘This is f*ucking Goonies. It’s a Goonies reboot.’ I mentioned no.” 

When requested why he wouldn’t have completed a reboot of The Goonies, Stokes mentioned: “I don’t want to touch a piece of iconic cinema and destroy it. I was like that’s my worst nightmare is doing a bad reboot.” Fortunately, when he noticed the script a number of months later, Stokes understood the idea higher. Originally, he was requested to learn for the function of Topper (Austin North), Sarah Cameron’s (Madelyn Cline) Kook boyfriend. 

“I learn the pilot and I’m like ‘Oh my god, this isn’t The Goonies,” Stokes recalled, pondering: “I screwed this up so bad.” Fortunately, Stokes’ agent pushed him to return for one more read-through of the script. Having identified Pate her complete life, Stokes’ agent defined that Outer Banks was not, in truth, a Goonies reboot. 

And the remaining, as they are saying, is historical past! Stokes has made waves (pun supposed) in a job he initially tried his very hardest to go on. 

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