Dud, the character played by Wyatt Russell on AMC's Lodge 49, is a classic California dude. All he's ever wanted to do in life was to surf in the mornings, help his dad at his job cleaning swimming pools the rest of the day, and do some low-impact chilling at night. This was a life Dud liked. But then he injured his foot -- beyond repair. And then his father disappeared, leaving behind a mountain of debt. Dud lost his family home and his dad's pool-cleaning business, and his surfing days were suddenly over, too. So when we meet him in the first episode, he's completely unmoored, with no purpose and no place to fit in. (He can barely scrounge enough money for gas, let alone a place to live.) But then he stumbles upon a mysterious fraternal lodge, whose members offer both beer on top and some strange alchemical philosophies. Dud signs right up -- this could be a sign from the universe!
Dud's an easy guy to like, and it's Russell's amiable performance that make us want to stick around to follow the guy's offbeat adventures. (You can choose doing so week to week, every Monday at 10pm ET on AMC, or all at once on AMC Premiere.) Russell, who followed his father (Kurt Russell) and mother (Goldie Hawn) into the family business (Kate and Oliver Hudson are also his half-siblings), understands all too well exactly how much Dud has lost. The actor was once an athlete, too, and his hockey-playing days were ended by an injury as well. Russell chatted with Thrillist about loan sharks, ocean sharks, and some philosophical stuff, too. (Minor spoilers ahead.)