'Rake's' Greg Kinnear has never looked at acting 'as a risk'

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greg-kinnear-rake-tca-2014-tour-gi.jpg Zap2it : Since your dramatic roles to date have been in relatively compact story arcs, what do you think about playing one character for an extended amount of time in "Rake"?

Greg Kinnear : It is a different thing than I'm used to, and how I'll like it, I guess I'll find out down the road. So far, I've really enjoyed it, and I think I'll like the idea of returning to a guy who can continue to be explored deeper as the show goes forward.

Zap2it: For someone who didn't have formal acting training, you've had an Oscar nomination for "As Good As It Gets" and an Emmy nomination as JFK in "The Kennedys." How do you assess that?

Greg Kinnear : Well, maybe that gave me courage. Ignorance is bliss. I've never really looked at any of it as a risk. I know at times you're dealing with subject matter or stories that possibly are more sensitive, but generally, I have just followed my instincts about what would be something fun or interesting or cool to play.

Zap2it : How do you recall your movie debut as Harrison Ford's brother in the 1995 remake of "Sabrina"?

Greg Kinnear: It was a strange way to come into that world. Three months before that, I was looking at clips of Geraldo Rivera talking to transsexuals.

I had just come off "Talk Soup" an hour and a half before I got to the set, so it was a strange transition really made possible by ("Sabrina" director) Sydney Pollack, a great guy to start with. It was kind of an extraordinary break with that movie.
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