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Last week, audiences were captivated by NBC's new pirate drama Crossbones, and it's not just because of John Malkovich's deliciously evil take on Blackbeard.

In this exclusive behind-the-scenes video, the cast and crew show just what went into making he period thriller, particularly the show's "gritty" action sequences and the impressive sets and locations — all shot in Puerto Rico.

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"It's quite easy to get your head into the world because they haven't cut any corners making the sets and locations as authentic and as sprawling as possible," Richard Coyle, who plays Tom Lowe, says.

Check out the behind-the-scenes video to get a closer look at the show's sets and sword play:

Crossbones airs Fridays at 10/9c on NBC. Watch the first episode here.