If you're just seeing Lance Reddick
for the first time, his wiry frame might make you think he usually plays meek guys. Yet in reality, Reddick's career is full of some of the toughest bad-asses you'd never want to meet. From a prison inmate on HBO's Oz
to the stoic Cedric Daniels on The Wire
to the mysterious and nefarious Matthew Abaddon on Lost
, Reddick brings a severe intensity to every role he plays.
That extends to his latest role in J.J. Abrams' new sci-fi drama Fringe
. Reddick plays Phillip Broyles, the hardened government agent who oversees the special branch investigating fringe science. BuddyTV spoke to Reddick about his new role, how he got it, and what his status is on Lost
. Continue reading for the highlights or to watch our video interview with Lance Reddick.
-The role on Fringe came to Reddick through auditions, as opposed to his guest appearance on Lost, which was directly related to the producers loving his work on The Wire
. Reddick originally auditioned for the role later filled by Kirk Acevedo
alum), but was told he'd be better for his current role.
-Abrams shows are notorious for their secrets, and Fringe
will be no exception. However, Reddick is quite OK with the format and the knowledge that he'll be left in the dark about what the endgame is for his character. He is happy to ask questions if they relate to a specific scene, but other than that, he simply plays what's on the page.
-Lost is always a mystery, and while no one knows what Abaddon will be up to, we know it's something. Though Reddick doesn't know specific details like episode count or storyline, he knows he will definitely be back on Lost
in the future, so fans don't need to worry about Abaddon being a loose end. The only difficult part is for the two Abrams camps to decide who gets Lance Reddick and when. While Lost
films in sunny Hawaii, Fringe films in New York, making it quite a trek to go back and forth to film scenes for both shows.
-Interview conducted by John Kubicek