Scott Wolf Brings 'Narcissism, Cheating, Lying' to Season 2 of 'Perception'
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Scott Wolf could get away with murder. His "Perception" co-star Rachael Leigh Cook credits his smiley eyes, warm grin, innocent aura, and seeming ability to stave off the aging process. (Seriously, he doesn't look that much older than he did on "Party of Five," and that went off the air 13 years ago.)
"I learned that as a kid, and I did get away with murder," Wolf said at a press day held on the Burbank, Calif. set of the TNT crime dramedy. Both Cook and Wolf think it's why Wolf has been offered jobs playing the not-so-good-guy more often than not. "The first thing I ever did, I played a really nice, earnest guy; but since then, if you really parse it out, I have been kind of typecast as a d-----bag in the later part of my career. It's fun playing characters who are flawed, complicated, and not so easy for an audience to figure out. Part of the fun of being an actor is being able to express behaviors I wouldn't try to get away with in life."
Seems like his special guest star gig on Season 2 of "Perception" — the series that features Eric McCormack as Dr. Daniel Pierce, a brilliant neuroscience professor whose paranoid schizophrenia makes social interaction debilitating but comes in handy when ex-student-turned-FBI-agent Kate Moretti (Cook) needs help solving cases — is shaping up to provide him with plenty more opportunities to misbehave. Wolf is playing Donnie, a charismatic assistant U.S. attorney who recently transferred back to Chicago and who pulls Kate and Daniel into a murder trial in the season opener. He also happens to be Kate's soon-to-be ex-husband.
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"For a bulk of the season, there were these two layers to whatever was happening," Wolf explained. "One was the professional. They actually do bounce well off each other, respect each other, and make each other better. But then there's this other side which is the complicated past that keeps them from being able to be easy with each other."
Cook added, "[When] we start solving crimes together, you realize that once upon a time they made a really good team professionally and personally. With that pulled away from them, with the personal gone, can they still have that good work relationship?"
He claims the transfer was random, but it is obvious he is trying to win her back and seeking forgiveness for "cheating ... and lying. And don't forget narcissism," Wolf reminded journalists, referencing Kate's name-calling from the first episode. "It is revealed pretty quickly [that] I got transferred back because I miss [Kate] and want us to be back together. Everything is in the Kate-taking-me-back basket. Thus begins this epic journey up the mountain."
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His strategy for redemption "changes as the story unfolds. I'm a by-any-means-necessary kind of guy. In the beginning, it is literally just put myself back in front of her and see what happens. For a while, it's just be here, be back, and take a beating for as long as I need to."
This goes on "for roughly eight episodes," according to Cook. "He takes such a beating that I think there will be extreme Donnie sympathy by the end of this. It is almost impossible, but that's what Scott has pulled off so brilliantly."