Henry Thomas on 'Betrayal': T.J. 'Takes an Active Stand in Changing His Life'
Henry Thomas as T.J. in "Betrayal"
In the beginning, "Betrayal" looked like it would be about two beautiful people having a torrid affair. There is that, but this sophisticated series is also a criminal family drama. And one of the most fascinating members of the Karsten family is T.J. (Henry Thomas), the once prodigal son whose brain damage limits his abilities to live up to the expectations of his father (James Cromwell). T.J.'s dad, Thatcher, is formidable, to say the least. Here's an exclusive clip from Sunday's episode when he refuses to call 911 while his son suffers from a seizure:
Henry Thomas (yes, the kid from "E.T." all grown up) brings nuance to the character, which is especially important given all that T.J. has endured this season. To wit, T.J. was charged with murdering his uncle, bailed out of prison by his domineering father, and tried to move on with a job in a body shop and was dragged out of there against his will. We saved the worst for last: T.J. discovered his girlfriend dead and went on a boozy bender with his teenage nephew.
We spoke to Thomas about all things "Betrayal," ratings included. The "Legends of the Fall" star has been acting since he was a child, and he's very reflective about the way the world has changed since "E.T." premiered. We couldn't help but wonder if Thomas would consider reuniting with America's favorite extraterrestrial for a sure-to-be-viral video. Thomas laughed. We'll take that as a yes, pending Steven Spielberg's approval, of course.
And now, it's time for "Betrayal."
T.J. is off his meds and it looks like he's in for some danger…
I'll tell you a little bit without giving away too much. His life kind of came crashing down around him when Brandy died, his love, and now he's struggling with the same thing he was struggling with before, which is how does he fit into his dad's world. And how can he be the son that his father always wanted? And suddenly that doesn't have that much importance to him anymore. He's in a really horrible state because of losing Brandy and having a suspicion that she was killed but not knowing how to go about finding out. He's kind of hopeless.
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One of the worst moments for T.J. was at the body shop when his father came to get him. That was dark. Will we see more of that?