Jason Beghe discusses his Chicago PD future: "I have more to do"

The veteran star is not giving up his badge anytime soon.
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It's hard to imagine Chicago PD without Hank Voight. He's the center of the police drama's universe, and his steadfast commitment to doing things his way (whether they are legal or not) is what keeps us coming back each week. Fortunately, the actor who plays Voight feels the same way.

Jason Beghe recently discussed his One Chicago future with the Hollywood Reporter, and he made it clear that he will play Voight for as long as NBC will allow him. He asserted that there is still a ton more to do with the character, from both an external and internal standpoint:

"l'll always be a part of Chicago PD. That, I know. I certainly have the interest. So, I’m not done, I have more to do, and I’m anxious to do it. I love my job."

It's the sort of uncomplicated answer that we love to hear when it comes to long-standing characters on our favorite shows. Chicago PD took a major hit when it lost Jay Halstead (Jesse Lee Soffer) last season, and will take another hit when it loses Hailey Upton (Tracy Spiridakos) at the end of this season, but the notion of soldiering on without Voight seems like a bridge too far.

Beghe promises to stick around on Chicago PD

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CHICAGO P.D. -- "Blood and Honor" Episode 1015 -- Pictured: (l-r) Patrick John Flueger as Adam Ruzek, Jason Beghe as Hank Voight -- (Photo by: Lori Allen/NBC) /

Beghe's confidence has coincided with an uptick in the character's screen time. Voight has been on autopilot for much of seasons 9 and 10, but this year has seen him become personally invested in a way that evokes the younger version of the character. It's been an absolute delight, and it has us eager to see where things go when Voight eventually has to say goodbye to Upton.

In a separate interview with NBC, Voight admitted that it will be difficult to say goodbye to both Upton and the actress who plays her, but assures fans that the character will always be a part of the show in one facet or another:

"She's changed the show, and therefore even going forward, whether she's in the episode or not, she'll be part of the show."

It's a nice sentiment from a veteran who plans to stick around, and one that has us hopeful as we enter the last few weeks of Upton's tenure.

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