While it seems that NBC is having trouble picking which shows to keep, the stars of their very own detective drama are talking amongst themselves.  Life’s Damian Lewis and Donal Logue gave a recent interview about their time on the show.  From the characters they play to those they interact with, the two actors have a lot to spill about Life.

The story isn’t your usual cop show, even though it deals with a falsely accused police officer seeking retribution.  It may sound pretty familiar, but it’s always the characters that make the series stand out.  We have on our screens Charlie Crews, who took a different turn after being incarcerated for 12 years.  Instead of being angry about his experience, he decided to become, in a word, Zen.  As he gets on with his life and solves crimes (typical detective work), he is joined by the crew consisting of partner Dani Reese (Sarah Shai), ex-con Ted Early (Adam Arkin) and his new boss Captain Kevin Tidwell (Donal Logue). 

Logue had much to say about his character, who has been noted for the tension he developed with Dani and his passive-aggressive ways.  “There are times that I’m just kind of surprised in which direction I go as well – and which direction the character goes.  He’s (Tidwell) got his whole fish-out-of-water story going which is this abrasive, un-PC, Manhattan cop landed in PC LA.  So there are a lot of fun dynamics there.”

“The stuff with Dani Reese, honestly- I think within a couple of weeks of the season starting I realized oh okay, there was supposed to be this story happens between us.  I don’t know where it’s going.  I actually kind of wish I did know some big spoilers or I wish that Tidwell played some huge role in the broader kind of conspiracy arch that the show is about.” 

The actor went on about his interest in the story itself.  “I didn’t know necessarily how it would unfold.  But I think he walks a really delicate line between being too overbearing and a little bit too smarmy and then we have these moments where I think he can kind of — Tidwell that is — can redeem himself enough to make all of this stuff really plausible.” 

Meanwhile, Damian Lewis has also brought about a lot of fan attention due to his character on Life. “[T]he rhythms of Charlie Crews are very particular and he’s (by terms) maverick and — the word of the moment or as well the last few moments anyway — and eccentric, and a little bit cracked and damaged, and (brought) with a strange, sort of feminine intuitive quality.” 

Of course, the romance aspect of Crews’ life had to be tackled as well.  “The show is a lot about Crews’ healing and a lot about wish fulfillment.  And I think we still want to see Crews having more fun,” Damian admitted. 

“I think it won’t be an end to the random bubble gum blondes that fall in his lap, metaphorically and literally,” he continued.  “Also clearly his ex-wife is the love of his life or has always been.  Connie was his salvation.  So while he was in prison they served slightly different – sort of (slight) different purposes.  But, you know, we’ll see.  I think there’s still more fun for him to have before it all gets too serious.”

-Maria Gonzalez, BuddyTV Staff Columnist

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Maria Gonzalez

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