Now he's portraying a more complicated (though still imperfect) character, the anguished Detroit cop Frank Agnew, in AMC's new series "Low Winter Sun."
It's a role the British actor knows well: He also played Frank Agnew in the 2006 British miniseries upon which the drama is based.
Q: So aside from the accent, is there anything different about the character you're playing in this version of "Low Winter Sun"?
A: I look the same in both, albeit eight years older. And one character was Scottish and one was American, so they sound different. But I suppose the drive, the impetus is me, so in a way they are the same.
Q: How did it happen that you got cast to play the same part?
A: I think (show runner) Chris Mundy was looking for somebody who could play "the Mark Strong part." Somebody said, "Well, just ask him."
I was well up for it because it was a part that I wanted to take further. I didn't want anyone else to play him either.
The series is interesting in that it's kind of a whodunit in reverse: The crime happens in the opening minutes of the pilot, then we slowly start piecing together the motive.
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