Brett Gel­man

OF ‘MR. MER­CEDES’ ON AT&T AU­DI­ENCE NET­WORK

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Soap Synopses - BY GE­ORGE DICKIE

You’ve men­tioned that this was prob­a­bly the least flawed char­ac­ter you’ve played. Was that part of the draw and did it re­quire ex­tra ef­fort to con­vince peo­ple that you were the man for this not-so-flawed char­ac­ter?

No. The main thing that con­vinced me was ... that Jack Ben­der and David E. Kel­ley wanted me to be in this show. So ... how could I say any­thing ex­cept yes ... ? And no, it was ex­cit­ing. On top of that, it was ex­cit­ing to play a char­ac­ter and re­ally get into – as ex­cited as I can get about a char­ac­ter’s flaws, be­cause it is ex­cit­ing to play a flawed char­ac­ter and to get to dive into that in a way that you don’t get to in life, be­cause your life would wind up a dis­as­ter like many of my other char­ac­ters.

But I re­ally got into em­pa­thy and he­roes ... . I watched Paul Newman in “The Ver­dict” and I watched Spencer Tracy in “In­herit the Wind,” these great lawyer per­for­mances. That was another draw, was get­ting to play an at­tor­ney and get to do mono­logues to the jury and cross ex­am­i­na­tion scenes and these re­ally bril­liantly writ­ten scenes ... . But every char­ac­ter is a chal­lenge and every job is a chal­lenge and if it’s not, then it’s not good. But that was re­ally ex­cit­ing and it was an ex­tra bonus to get to play a char­ac­ter that is re­ally pretty well-ad­justed.

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