Yahoo TV First Look Exclusive: THREE-TIME EMMY WINNER JAMES SPADER COVERS JUNE ISSUE OF EMMY MAGAZINE
THREE-TIME EMMY WINNER JAMES SPADER COVERS JUNE ISSUE OF EMMY MAGAZINE NoHo Arts District, CA - (June 11, 2014) â James Spader, star of NBC's mega-hit The Blacklist, graces the latest cover of the award-winning EMMY magazine, the official publication of the Television Academy, on sale starting today. Television's newest dangerous yet dapper criminal mastermind is all business as he poses for photographer Jill Greenberg at Ramscale Studio, high above New York City. The Blacklist stands as NBC's most-watched new series in ten years and its most-watched new drama in nineteen years, since the acclaimed ER in 1994. Spader, who plays fugitive-turned-FBI asset Raymond "Red" Reddington, is well known in Hollywood as a perfectionist, but costars, producers and executives alike aren't complaining; rather, they relish his meticulous approach to the material. "He knows what every fly in the room is doing," says Megan Boone, who plays rookie FBI profiler Elizabeth Keen, and shares the most screen time with the actor. NBC Entertainment president, Jennifer Salke, echoes that assessment, noting, "I think he brings such an unpredictability, humor and intelligence to whatever role he's tackling that it elevates it, and it's just a delight to watch him." Portraying someone as complex as Red is nothing new for Spader, who admits that he is attracted to dark themes and anti-heroes, alluding to his early film career. He initially dubs Reddington "a bad man," but then, upon reflection, adds, "I'm not so sure whether he's a good guy who does very bad things or whether he's a bad guy who does good things." The actor - who prefers jazz clubs to Hollywood soirÃ©es - is about to enter an even brighter spotlight as he has joined one of the highest-profile film franchises of all time as the titular villain in Avengers: Age of Ultron.