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Sea­son 3 M-Net Edge (*102) 20:00 Drama Episode 9 Gideon learns that Don Car­los has his mem­ory back and is plan­ning to as­sas­si­nate Mary.

What ap­pealed most when you read the script? The at­tempt at believ­able and in­tel­li­gent sci­ence fic­tion. To see it in­tel­li­gently used is a thrill. Did you have any ap­pre­hen­sions about play­ing a char­ac­ter who’s in­her­ently a bad guy but gets an­other shot at do­ing the right thing? Not at all. I saw Jimmy as a good char­ac­ter to play, fal­li­ble and above all else, hu­man. So what keeps Jimmy from fol­low­ing his first life­style? Noth­ing. He ab­so­lutely still makes the same mis­takes, though this time through the lens of ex­pe­ri­ence. And is there ex­tra pres­sure be­ing the lead? I don’t know if it’s ex­tra pres­sure, but the work­load – 14-hour days ev­ery day. Mon­day 05:00 to Satur­day 05:00 with no scenes off is in­cred­i­bly hard phys­i­cally and men­tally! So what do you en­joy most and least of your char­ac­ter? I en­joyed Jimmy’s grumpi­ness and lack of se­ri­ous­ness. What I didn’t en­joy is his lack of in­tro­spec­tion. Be­sides the ac­cent, what other prepa­ra­tion did you do? Just a lot of study­ing of older men [Laughs]… My fa­ther and Philip Baker Hall [Old Jimmy] among them. And what was your big­gest chal­lenge? The lack of sleep and be­ing good with no sleep [Laughs]. Rob Kazin­sky’s do­ing some body swap­ping in Sec­ond Chance.

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