A few words with ... Josh Lucas, John Corbett and Elisabeth Harnois
Q: Were you a fan of "The Firm" prior to your being cast in the series version?
A: In the sense that I knew the movie fairly well. I hadn't seen it in a little while, but I knew
Q: What's the biggest challenge of revisiting the premise in series form?
A: The challenge is to honor
Q: You've also cited law-thriller author Scott Turow's ("Presumed Innocent") books as some of your main resources in preparing to play an attorney. Why is that?
A: They primarily deal with what drives someone the same way athletes are driven, deeply competitively, to win at all costs. There's a similarity in certain kinds of lawyers, and I think Mitch McDeere (Lucas' "Firm" character) is one of those.
Q: What called to you about playing a special ed teacher?
A: First off, the year before I did a movie with
Q: Are you still making music?
A: I just made my second record. I am really excited. That is why I was in Nashville, putting (down) background vocals. I thought I made a pretty good first record. I am proud of it. I don't play piano or guitar on my own records; I hire the best guitar and piano players and drummers. The drummer and guitarist play on Black Crowes. This (album) is a little more rock and roll. Last one was straight-up country.
Q: What's it like being back home in West Virginia?
A: In California, people are a little more guarded. In Wheeling, people just tell you how it is.
Elisabeth Harnois of "
Q: You're part of a transitional season for "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," with
A: At first, it was one of those wonderful moments where I'd gotten a call from my manager saying, "Carol (Mendelsohn, a 'CSI' executive producer) wants to talk to you about a guest-star role that may possibly recur." After shooting the first couple of days, the conversation quickly turned to, "Let's make a larger commitment to this person. Let's try to make her a series regular." Which was one of the more flattering things that's happened to me.
Q: By default, that means
A: It's enough where I don't stumble over my words in such conversations, but it's not to the point where I don't appreciate it immensely. I still get really giddy when that happens.
Q: How was it to work on this season's opening episode, when the cast and crew were getting adjusted to Ted as well as to you?
A: It was kind of fun to watch as a fly on the wall. They were integrating this new, amazingly talented guy who could have turned out to be a big nightmare, given his celebrity and success. You just never know ... and in this case, I was more than happy.