Thursday, July 14, 2011

Torchwood: Miracle Day - The Telegraph (UK): Bill Pullman Interview

Source: The Telegraph (UK) [follow link for complete interview]

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TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY - THE TELEGRAPH (UK): Bill Pullman: Torchwood's surprising new villain

Hollywood star Bill Pullman and Torchwood hero John Barrowman tell Catherine Gee about the new series of the Doctor Who spin-off.

By Catherine Gee
13 Jul 2011

Bill Pullman is sitting beside three large boxes of exotic fruit. After an early morning trip to Shepherd’s Bush market, he has spent the day proudly feeding mangoes to journalists. This certainly makes for an unconventional interview – as I ask him questions, Pullman is busy delighting in his brightly coloured fruit and licking the juice from his fingers.

But unconventional seems to be Pullman’s style these days. The actor, 57, who’s best known for playing the American president in the sci-fi blockbuster Independence Day is reaching into darker depths to play a murderous paedophile in the new series of the Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood, which begins on BBC One tonight. When it came to casting such a macabre role, the likeable Pullman doesn’t strike you as an obvious choice.

I didn’t even think about it until halfway into shooting,” he recalls. “I said to [executive producer] Julie Gardner, ‘Why did you cast me? Is there something about me I don’t know?’ She said, ‘Because you’re kind of America’s sweetheart.’ They were looking to destabilise viewers...


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