'Almost Human's' Michael Ealy: 'It's a slow burn. It's his own thing.'
Kennex already hates the emotionless MX-43 androids that are partnered with every human detective, and he's not crazy about getting a discontinued model that displays humanlike emotions.
During an interview at a Beverly Hills hotel, Ealy's facial expression betrays the answer to a comment about androids not having a personal life. Read on at your peril.
"I gave it up," he tells Zap2it. "I gave it up quick, didn't I? I was terrible. Yeah, he does. He definitely does. It's a slow burn. It's his own thing. I'm going to learn as we keep going, but there's definitely a slow burn, something in Dorian's past, what he's been through, what he's doing.
"What is he doing with this second-chance opportunity? There will be moments when Dorian goes away from John, away from the case and does his own thing. I think it's his own thing. How do I word it? He's looking for someone."
Ealy recognized that, while Dorian's apparent innocence is beguiling, underneath is a void that may upend the android's future.
"A lot of people that saw the pilot," says Ealy, "find Dorian endearing. There's something kind of tragic, though, about a droid with feelings who feels he's not enough until he becomes human ... but he cannot become human."
While the tin man may not have a heart, he may have found a friend.
"The audience is now more accustomed to the contrived buddy thing," Ealy says, "lack of a real friendship, more invested in who's sleeping with who, who's shooting who. That's not where we are at all."