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ERIC Bo­gosian, who plays Capt Danny Ross on Law & Or­der: Crim­i­nal In­tent, was in Aus­tralia re­cently. It turns out he’s an honorary Aussie be­cause his wife, di­rec­tor Jo Bon­ney, grew up here. Are you en­joy­ing your trip to Aus­tralia? I’m mar­ried to an Aus­tralian, so I’ve been here sev­eral times. I love Aus­tralia. How did you come to play Capt Ross? I’d ac­tu­ally been on very early Law & Or­der episodes, as a lawyer a cou­ple of times. So (cre­ator) Dick Wolf knew me from when there was only one Law & Or­der. I met with Dick and he said: ‘‘If you want it you can have it.’’ Do you like play­ing him? It’s ev­ery­thing I wanted it to be. I made it clear I wanted to get into a Law & Or­der role a few years ago. Just the whole se­ri­ous­ness of the act­ing, the in­ten­sity of it is some­thing that re­ally ap­pealed to me. That’s all been true, that’s what I get to do, but it’s all been very comfortable for me. The show shoots the next neigh­bour­hood over from where I live and we have a won­der­fully warm crew and cast and it’s pretty fan­tas­tic. Do you en­joy be­ing able to shoot out on the streets of New York? The New York street stuff is al­ways fun. It gets me to places I never go to. There are parts of Man­hat­tan that I never go to and we’ll shoot there or we’ll shoot on Staten Is­land, where I never go. We’ve even shot out in the mid­dle of the ocean on barges. I’m per­son­ally stuck in the squad room quite a bit be­cause my char­ac­ter is at home base tracking ev­ery­thing as the de­tec­tives are out there do­ing stuff. I’m comfortable with that. Ev­ery year when we wait to see if we get picked up again we kind of won­der what would hap­pen if this wasn’t here any more. It’s like a real place, al­most. The Law & Or­der fran­chise has been go­ing since 1990. To what do you at­tribute the ap­peal of the show? I think our se­cret in­gre­di­ent is the act­ing. Be­cause we shoot out of New York we have ac­cess to the in­cred­i­ble com­pany of ac­tors who are avail­able in New York. The lead stuff is al­ways good— you can get great lead ac­tors, but ev­ery­body in our show, even peo­ple who don’t have lines, are top ac­tors. Al­most every­one in our show has some sort of the­atre back­ground. It gives the show a qual­ity that’s a lit­tle more in­tense. Since be­ing on the show do you find that when you’re walk­ing through Cen­tral Park you’re on the look­out for a dead body? It’s funny, I’m play­ing a guy who works at the largest po­lice depart­ment in the world and I live in that city and the po­lice are around all the time. One of the things I do ex­pect and never get is to be saluted by the cops I see on the street be­cause I’m their cap­tain. They don’t un­der­stand that. They don’t salute me but they’ll say: ‘‘Hey Cap­tain, how’s it go­ing?’’, stuff like that.

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