Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Almost Human - SFX Magazine: Michael Ealy Interview

Source: SFX Magazine [follow link for complete interview]

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Star Michael Ealy talks Almost Human, ex-Fringe showrunner JH Wyman’s new android/human cop show.

June 19 201

Michael Ealy is best known to sci-fi/fantasy fans for his roles in FlashForward and Underworld: Awakening. But the actor’s next project might just make him a genre TV superstar – Ealy portrays Dorian, the synthetic cop partnered with Karl Urban’s taciturn human plod John Kennex in JJ Abrams and JH Wyman’s [Fringe] Almost Human. We caught up with Ealy and he told us what to expect when the futuristic thriller premieres this autumn...

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... Q: What drew you to Almost Human?

Michael Ealy: "I had a meeting with Joel [Wyman]. At first I was worried about playing a synthetic, a droid. Because I had never done that before, and was thinking about, “Well, where does this droid go? Can he have a love interest? Can he have sex?” Those kinds of things. You start thinking, “What is there left to do?” Especially over five or six years. What’s he gonna do? It was sitting down with Joel and understanding – from the design to when he was in existence, and how his model was terminated. Then to see him come back and how his character views it as a second chance… But there was a challenge. I didn’t want to do what other actors have done. I don’t want to say certain names, but I wanted to avoid certain clich├ęs as a droid."

Q: So you didn’t find inspiration in things like Blade Runner or Battlestar Galactica?

Michael Ealy: "I looked at Blade Runner, and definitely was inspired. But Dorian to me was Jason Bourne and Robert Patrick in Terminator 2. I tried to mix those two together, and just an ounce of Jeff Bridges in Starman. Just an ounce. Those are the three characters [with which] I tried to make Dorian work. So it was quite the challenge needless to say. Obviously acting opposite Karl was when I really started to discover Dorian, because he’s almost human as well [laughs]..."

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(Almost Human cast includes Michael Irby, Mackenzie Crook (Game of Thrones), Lili Taylor, Karl Urban, Michael Ealy and Minka Kelly.)

Almost Human premieres late Fall 2013 on FOX.

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