Truth is the sting in this tale of hi-tech ge­nius

Herald Sun - Switched On - - ON THE COUCH - TIF­FANY DUNK NA­TIONAL TV EDITOR

Part com­edy, part ac­tion, part drama, part “what the” mys­ter­ies, Scorpion is a huge hit in the US. And, un­like many over­seas shows, it’s also a fan favourite here.

It’s a fact that Ed­die Kaye Thomas says is “be­yond grat­i­fy­ing” for the cast and crew of a show that is the big­gest pro­duc­tion he has worked on.

“I pinch my­self a lot be­cause it’s a dream come true,” he says of the show in which he plays ge­nius be­havioural psy­chi­a­trist Toby Curtis.

“Its not only that the fi­nal prod­uct is some­thing that I like, but it’s a cool show to make.

“It’s re­ally ex­cit­ing to be in some­thing that I be­lieve in.”

Scorpion is loosely based on the world’s fourth-smartest man, Wal­ter O’Brien, and the team of fel­low ge­niuses he as­sem­bled to fight hi-tech threats around the globe.

The cast are cur­rently in full­steam pro­duc­tion of the sec­ond sea­son, just launched here.

And Thomas says that de­spite be­ing orig­i­nally based on real-life sto­ries, Scorpion has now be­come its “own beast”. Still, he’s kept spo­rad­i­cally in touch with the man who inspired his char­ac­ter.

Thomas is equally as fas­ci­nated about learn­ing which nuggets of truth lie be­hind some of the show’s cra­zier sto­ry­lines. Keep­ing hold of those nuggets, how­ever, is a dif­fer­ent story.

“Like a lot of peo­ple, the stuff I learnt in school I kept in my brain just long enough to re­mem­ber it for the test, if I even re­mem­bered it for that long,” he laughs.

“The same is true for a lot of the in­for­ma­tion I learn on Scorpion. It’s so dense that I quite of­ten for­get it by the time I move on to the next episode.”

With fin­gers firmly crossed that the show is picked up for a third sea­son, shortly, Thomas says he is far from bored.

“It’s the most dif­fi­cult job I’ve ever had be­cause we have so much work to do in such a short pe­riod of time,” he says.

“It keeps me on my toes. I have been act­ing now for 28 years and it’s the big­gest pro­duc­tion I’ve ever worked on. In fact, it’s not just the big­gest thing I’ve ever worked on, it’s one of the big­gest things go­ing on in tele­vi­sion right now.”

“I pinch my­self a lot be­cause it’s a dream come true”

ED­DIE KAYE THOMAS

ON HIS ROLE

SCORPION, CHAN­NEL 10, SUN­DAY, 6.30PM

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