We're so used to seeing Jimmy Smits as the good guy, in shows such as L.A. Law
, NYPD Blue
, and more recently, The West Wing
, where his role as presidential aspirant Matthew Santos endeared him further to viewers (and inadvertently predicted what will happen two years later). Now he's been part of the Showtime series Dexter
for almost two months now, as influential yet infamous ADA Miguel Prado, and for some who've been used to seeing him in those troubled protagonist roles, this would prove to be quite a turn.
“I had to get that South Florida guy out of my system some way, so they were kind enough to kind of let me do that over there,” he explained in an interview with The Early Show
. “He is just somebody who is very principled in the way he thinks about what the law means to him and it justifies it in his own way.”
Most of you probably know Smits' character on Dexter
as one who doesn't hesitate for his harsh enforcement of the law, and his strong ambitions. The way things have gone, he's exploring his similarities to the star of the show, Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall
), in the way they pursue justice, especially when they think it isn't served fairly. In other words, they complement each other. “But Dexter lives by a very strict code and I think Miguel is a little bit more askew in terms of that,” Smits added.
It's role that he relishes digging into. “They kind of promised that it would have a lot of different colors and shapes in terms of the way he goes, but he's gregarious in a lot of ways,” he described. “Now it's starting to take a little bit of a turn … I'm happy working with Michael C. Hall and that whole cast. Great writing on the show.”
There's more of that on tonight's episode of Dexter
: Miguel and Dexter's friendship gets strained after a little fear on one side, and a little paranoia on another. That's tonight from 9pm on Showtime.
-Henrik Batallones, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Showtime, CBS News
(Image courtesy of Showtime)