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The Watchmen TV show at HBO is well into development and one of the stars of this television series is Tim Blake Nelson who will play Looking Glass. In an interview with Collider, Tim Blake Nelson had the chance to discuss this Damon Lindelof television show that will have a lot of pressure on it to be good when you consider how beloved the Watchmen graphic novel is.
Here is what Tim Blake Nelson had to say on his role in Watchmen:
“I talked to [Lindelof] on the phone, and it was an evolving process for Watchmen, which in part is what makes Damon so interesting. He, like the Coens, is very much in control, but he also improvises, to a degree, with what he has.”
“And so, I was approached for Watchmen by his (producing) partner, Tom Spezialy. I read it and I read my character, and I found him interesting, but one doesn’t want to leap into television without knowing where a character is headed.”
“And Damon, frankly, said, ‘Well, I’m not sure about this guy and whether there’s going to be enough for you, to where you would want to play this role. I’m not sure that having you in this role would be gesturally right, in terms of the casting, with what I have in mind for him. You may be, in a sense, too big of a gun to shoot a fly.’ But then, he started thinking about it and he changed his take on the role.”
“He said, ‘You know what, I really would like you to be a part of this. Here’s how I wanna enlarge the role. If you’ll trust me, then I’d really like you to come on board.’ What he had to say was certainly enough, but more importantly, the pilot script and what it seemed like he wanted to address with the show, which is way beyond your run of the mill comic adaptation, really intrigued me.”
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