Blacklist actor James Spader has said shooting a television series is like “running until you die”.
The US actor stars as a former government agent turned high-profile criminal, Raymond “Red” Reddington, in the Sky Living HD series.
It is a character he says is “capable of very bad things”.
Speaking to Sky News’ Lucy Cotter on Entertainment Week, he said filming the first series of the 22-part drama was a very intense experience.
“An hour-long drama really swallows you whole and chews you up and refuses to spit you out. But there’s a great satisfaction in that as well.
“David Mamet once said that making a film is like running a marathon and doing an hour-long drama is like running until you die – but you don’t die in the end.”
His latest role is one in a long list of unconventional characters he has taken on during his long career.
These have included a sexual voyeur in Sex Lies And Videotape, a car crash accident fetishist in Crash and a drug-addicted detective in The Watcher.
He admitted: “I have always been drawn to the most eccentric things. I am always keeping a keen lookout for the unique and enigmatic.”
It is perhaps this mantra which made him jump straight into the villain role in the new Avengers film, revealing: “I was so excited to do it.”
Spader filmed the part just days after completing the second series of the Blacklist, admitting to feeling some “apprehension” at the time.
“I arrived in London and first of all to be in a new city but also to be jumping into that world, a world I had no familiarity with but the process of making a film of that nature was enormously fun and new to me.”
The gallery has been updated with screencaptures of Mr. Spader in this week’s The Blacklist episode titled Lord Baltimore.
The Blacklist episode 2.03 titled Dr. James Covington airs October 6 and episode 2.04 titled Dr. Linus Creel airs October 13.
DR. JAMES COVINGTON (TV-14)
DERANGED DOCTOR FINDS HIMSELF ON THE BLACKLIST – RON CEPHAS JONES (“HALF NELSON”) GUESTS STARS –When a man is found with his heart cut out, Agents Keen (Megan Boone) and Ressler (Diego Klattenhoff) team up with agent Samar Navabi (Mozhan Marno) to uncover the intricacies of Dr. Covington’s (guest star Ron Cephas Jones) black-market operation. Meanwhile, Red (James Spader) and his associate try to capitalize on a new opportunity in Indonesia, leaving Reddington in a vulnerable position. Harry Lennix and Amir Arison also stars.
Dr. Linus Creel
Red thinks a dangerous social-psychological experiment may be taking place when several previously non-violent citizens become killers; Red has a complicated proposition for Naomi (Mary-Louise Parker) and her husband.
When the Monarch Douglas Bank is robbed, Red (James Spader) seizes the opportunity to try and take the money -laundering bank down. Liz (Megan Boone) questions Red’s intentions as she investigates the crime. Meanwhile, a new member (Mozhan Marno) joins Cooper’s (Harry Lennix) taskforce after impressing everyone on the team.
Both hero and villain, Raymond “Red” Reddington from “The Blacklist” is one memorable character thanks in large part to the actor who plays him: James Spader.
As it turns out, Spader deserves credit for something else that makes Red special. His ever-present chapeau.
As Spader revealed in a TODAY interview Monday, Red’s head-covering was his own idea. “It seemed eminently practical, but of course now it’s ruined fedoras for my life,” he said. “I’ve always worn hats, but I’ve had to put my fedoras on the shelf and pull out my homburgs and caps.”
But exactly what is it about that hat that makes the man? “[Red's] life is one of diverse geography and climate, and hats are eminently practical,” Spader said.
“And, you know,” he added, “he doesn’t have any hair.”
Magazine scans of the TV Guide September 22 issue have been added to the gallery. Furthermore new episode stills of The Blacklist episode Lord Baltimore and more posters have been added.
1. Red “parents” a despairing Liz “Whether or not he is her father, we look at it as a father-daughter story,” Bokenkamp says. “[This season we] have Liz in a darker space, which I think she will have earned given all that she’s had happen to her in her life. And to have Red as sort of a surrogate parent trying to counsel her out of a dark space. It’s such a weird thing to imagine, Red Reddington trying to counsel someone on how not to act in a dark, angry way.”
2. Mary-Louise Parker’s character looks familiar The former Weedsstar swings by this season for the recurring role as Naomi Hyland, a woman who knows Red rather well. “[Naomi] is somebody who has deep emotional ties to Red and is going to be sort of a window for the audience into Red’s past and into what he cares about and who he was before he was the concierge of crime,” Bokenkamp says, adding, “Any connection she has to Liz is still in question.” Hmm, could it have anything to do with the fact that she looks related to Liz? Cousin or Aunt Naomi sounds good to us…
3. Berlin treats somebody as if she were Red’s daughter In theSeason 2 trailer, Berlin threatens Red with the an-eye-for-an-eye treatment: “I’m going to do to her what you did to my daughter. I’m going to send her back to you piece by piece … by piece.” Is it Liz that he’s talking about? Or perhaps Naomi, whom, as previously reported, will be targeted by Berlin for her association with Red?