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Polished Edge: William Fichtner of ‘Crossing Lines’ on NBC
Q: Why do you think now is a good time for a globally based crime drama such as “Crossing Lines”?
A: It’s not like it was 20 years ago, when everything seemed so separate. Everything has changed, and in the age of information, people are all over the place. Being global doesn’t seem like halfway around the world, and even with “halfway around the world,” you’re there in less than a day -- and information travels in less than a second. Everything is closer now.
Q: How do you think your character in the series reflects that?
A: I love the fact that the “fish out of water” guy is the American this time, and I feel like we’ve only begun to get into the possibilities of that this season. With Americans, there’s a bit of a cowboy thing; it’s just who we are. If you take that element and put that in another world, literally, it’s pretty fascinating.
Q: You’re having such a big movie summer, with “The Lone Ranger” and “Elysium,” how did a series fit into your plans?
A: It’s never about where a particular project is. It comes back to the old saying, “If it ain’t on the page, it ain’t on the stage.” The late John Spencer (“The West Wing”) used to say that to me.
It could be one scene, or it could be a series ... but does it speak to me? Do I feel like something happened? Is there a place to go with it? I take that in first, then I take in the entirety of what it is and how it’s going to happen and where it’s going to be.
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