Yahoo! TV Q&A: Anthony Edwards talks 'Zero Hour,' faked moon landings, and returning to primetime
This TV image released by ABC shows Anthony Edwards in a scene from "Zero Hour." Edwards plays Hank Galliston, a magazine publisher who descends into an historical mystery after his wife is kidnapped. "Zero Hour," premieres Feb. 14, 2013 on ABC. (AP Photo/ABC, Phillippe Bosse)
[WARNING: The interview contains information about the premiere. If you don't want to get spoiled, please stop reading.]
Anthony Edwards needs no introduction. A film star going back 30 years, he's had roles in myriad film classics -- "Top Gun," "Revenge of the Nerds," "Zodiac" -- and was the heart of medical drama "ER" until 2002, when he left series TV to spend time with his family.
We talked to Edwards about his re-introduction to primetime with "Zero Hour," ABC's new conspiracy drama in which Edwards plays debunker-magazine publisher Hank Galliston. Galliston's on the hunt for his kidnapped wife, using a map lodged in a diamond that was stashed in a Rosicrucian clock. (Right?) He spoke to us early this week about medical jargon, playing the Everyman, and how a day of shooting stacks up against toilet-training.
We were going to ask if it was a relief to return to a series where you didn't have to download a lot of complex lingo, but then we realized that that's not really true, because conspiracy theory has its own language.
But it's nowhere near as complicated as having to do the lingo of an ER doc. I think after eight years of emergency medicine, my short-term memory for medical jargon was completely used up.
I've become a runner in the last ten or twelve years, so I'm happy that we're actually more of an action show and I get to run around more … I do that better.
But you're not missing dialogue about aortic dissections, for example.
No, no I'm not; I absolutely have no regrets, and I loved that show, but yeah, it's really nice to be in a different genre of storytelling.
How into this kind of thing, this conspiracy genre stuff, are you in your actual life? Are you a grassy-knoll guy, or are you more like Hank and you think everything has a rational explanation?
I'm pretty rational; I think I'm a little bit more romantic, because my life doesn't depend on it. But bottom line is, I like it when things add up, and I like to hear a good story, but I'm not one to follow it. I love to hear about how we didn't really land on the moon. I love hearing that.
(Laughs) They have really good arguments!
We feel like "Mondo 2000" had an article on this in every issue, and we were like, "You know, they make some good points."
Yeah, that's what's always good about it, is that it touches on something that feels real. That's, I think, the world that we're playing in, whether you're defining life, or religion or science or whatever, the stuff that we get excited about is the emotion part.
That it does tap into something true.
Mmm hmm, yeah.
Do you think that's going to be how it is for the viewers? We're feeling like this could turn into a phenomenon like "Lost" was, where people are flocking to Google to analyze clues and get up to speed on Rosicrucian minutia. Is that something you see happening?
We're certainly ripe for that, and we use big paintbrushes. So we are taking big swipes. You know, we've got that theme. We've got religion. We've got conspiracy, we're into science -- and I think it'll be fun for people … those little things, like, "Oh right, treasure maps didn't exist, before Robert Louis Stevenson wrote about them," you know.
That was a good line; we never knew that, and it was like, "Oh, really?"