This Is Us cast talk strict secrecy around Jack's death

Emma Dibdin
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From Digital Spy

Season 2 of This Is Us is so close now that we can almost taste the tears, although that's possibly because we've been watching that heartbreaking first clip from the premiere again.

In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the show's cast and writers reflect on the insane breakout success of season one, and on what's changed as they head into their second run.

As we know only too well, the ongoing mystery of exactly how Jack died remained unresolved, though creator Dan Fogelman has promised that we'll have our answers by the season two finale.

In the meantime, though, this spoiler has become so closely guarded that it's turned the This Is Us set into a fortress – script pages are redacted, everybody has to sign NDAs, and scenes are being shot out of order to throw off the paparazzi.

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"It wasn't like this last year," Mandy Moore told THR. "It's like suddenly we're on Lost."

Needless to say the article offers no new info whatsoever on this mystery, but it does contain some other fairly shocking info about TV's greatest dad: Jack Pearson was not supposed to be hot.

Fogelman had a much "doughier" original vision for Jack, and specifically for that butt shot in the opening moments of the pilot. (Remember it? Of course you do. We all remember.)

That shot was written as funny, "in the way a shot of my butt would be funny," Fogelman said. "I didn't imagine that that was going to be a thing that would blow up the internet. I joke about it a lot, but really, my initial conception of that character was that different."

But then Milo Ventimiglia rolled into that audition, and the rest was history.

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