Breaking in to 'Prison Break,' in Words & Pictures
Today's (afternoon) cuppa: dark roast, with room for milk, from the coffeeshop
Last week, I was thrilled to finally be able to visit the set of FOX's "Prison Break," which, after one season in Chicago and two in Dallas, has finally landed on the 20th Century Fox lot in Los Angeles. There'll be a syndicated feature story in mid-September, but here are a few tidbits in advance of the season premiere on Sept. 1.
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The set where I spent my day is the interior of a warehouse, the exterior of which really exists in San Pedro, near the port of Los Angeles. It's a cool space, with a living loft (complete with bar and cots), a boat, an old car and a wall covered with pictures of the targets of this season's adventures.
It's no secret that Dr. Sara Tancredi (Sarah Wayne Callies) was not actually beheaded, as we thought last season, but instead is back for this season. I watched her work her medical magic on another cast member with a very realistic wound. 'Nuff said about that.
Executive producer Matt Olmstead revealed that another character was supposed to die in the premiere, but later he and his fellow producers changed their minds, checked the footage to see if there was a way out, decided there was, and undid the deed. So, death, be not proud on "Prison Break."
William Fichtner, who plays Mahone, was kind enough to sign a baseball cap for an ailing relative of a cast member who actually does die, along with warmly complimenting the person's work. So, death, sometimes be proud, on "Prison Break."
Fichtner also said that one regret he has from the strike-shortened third season is that he didn't get to give a proper goodbye to the crew and locals he got to know in Texas. Here's an audio clip of him discussing his feelings about that:
Casting is an art in itself, and here's an audio clip of Matt Olmstead talking about how he was lucky enough to wind up with Robert Knepper as the wily con man T-Bag:
Michael (Wentworth Miller) plots to take down the company on the two-hour Season Four premiere episode of "Prison Break" ("Scylla/Breaking and Entering"), airing Monday, Sept. 1 on FOX. Pictured L-R: Wade Williams, Wentworth Miller, James Hiroyuki Liao, William Fichtner, Dominic Purcell. Cr. Greg Gayne/FOX
Pictured L-R: Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller, William Fichtner, Amaury Nolasco and Wade Williams. CR: Greg Gayne/FOX