Still ap­peal­ing

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AS SEA­SON three of juicy le­gal drama The Good Wife nears its end, it been a hec­tic ride for Josh Charles’s no- holds- barred lawyer char­ac­ter Will Gard­ner.

Sea­son three opened in steamy style, with Will and Ali­cia ( Ju­lianna Mar­gulies) fully in the throes of their steamy af­fair, try­ing des­per­ately to keep it un­der wraps from co- work­ers, fam­ily and en­e­mies.

But the pair were unmasked, and now, with Will sus­pended from prac­tic­ing law af­ter be­ing caught out over an old bribery scan­dal, the pair have been forced to call it quits.

Charles says his char­ac­ter’s per­sonal life has al­ways been a ca­su­alty of his fierce ca­reer am­bi­tion, in a back story that has slowly re­vealed it­self over three sea­sons.

Ba­si­cally, es­pe­cially when it comes to him lov­ing Ali­cia, it’s been a whole set of com­pli­ca­tions, Charles con­cedes.

There is a ba­sic deep love there, but there’s a lot of rea­sons they

shouldn’t be to­gether. And this sea­son none of those rea­sons have gone away, in fact they’ve in­creased.

Cer­tainly, af­ter los­ing his li­cence to prac­tice and be­ing told to call off the re­la­tion­ship with Ali­cia for the sake of sav­ing his ca­reer, her and law firm Lock­hart Gard­ner, Will is walk­ing a tightrope.

Charles says as an ac­tor, that’s just how he likes it. And as a char­ac­ter, that’s ex­actly what drives Will.

‘‘ His per­sonal life has paid the price for his pro­fes­sional life,’’ Charles says.

‘‘ What mo­ti­vates Will pro­fes­sion­ally is win­ning at all costs for his clients, and I love that he never apol­o­gises for that.

‘‘ He is not a char­ac­ter who is in­ter­ested in the moral­ity of things. He is in­ter­ested in win­ning.’’

‘‘ That means some­times he cuts cor­ners or clouds things.’’

Charles says Will’s to­tal com­pet­i­tive­ness stems from his ath­letic back­ground.

‘‘ As a lawyer, he loves the game,’’ he says. ‘‘ He loves the chess match. ‘‘ He’s a gam­bler, lit­er­ally and fig­u­ra­tively, and when you’re a gam­bler there’s al­ways a chance that with one roll of the dice the risk can go ei­ther way.

‘‘ Some­times it works. Some­times it back­fires.’’

Cer­tainly with just three episodes left in this sea­son of the show, it seems few of Will’s gam­bles are pay­ing off.

Charles says he un­der­stands how watch­ers might feel that the more they dis­cover about Will, the less they ac­tu­ally know.

‘‘ That’s the mas­tery of this show and the writ­ing in it,’’ Charles says.

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