Chit Chat Gal got to spend a few minutes with Creator and Executive Producer Rand Ravich and series star Damian Lewis chatting about their upcoming new series “Life” on NBC. The show has been a favorite around here for months and was truly a pleasant surprise this past pilot season. “Life” kicks its series off tonight at 10:00pm EST on NBC.
As far as the conspiracy theory goes, are we going to get a lot of answers this year, or is it going to be one of those things that’s dragged out like “Lost”?
Can you tell me the genesis of this show and how Damian came to be cast in this?
Did you actually do some research on police jargon or anything like that just so that you could sound like a police officer?
As Rand was explaining earlier, when there is an option to go for – go to the heart of the emotion of a story that week, then that option is taken, and I think, you know, anything that is procedural and documentary in style I think will be just to put to one side at that point. But, yes. I mean you just put yourself around people that’s like me – who’s like me doing the show in an American accent. When I’m on set I speak in an American accent all day. I just stay there. It’s easier for me. It keeps me closer to the character.
So one of our props guys, in fact, was a Sheriff County – was a Sheriff in LA County – Kern County, and he flew helicopters for a long time. And, you know, I speak a lot with him daily. We have a technical advisor. I speak with him daily. When the SWAT team guys come on for scenes when we need SWAT team and they’re all retired officers, you know, and I speak to them.
It’s just putting yourself next to peole who have had the experience and, you know, you just rub up against them and you hope some of it rubs off on you. And that often is – that is often the best way of doing it. You can read as much as you want; you can watch as much documentary footage, but just standing in front of a guy who’s done it is always the most helpful.
Charlie’s obsession with fruit – It’s one of his most endearing qualities. Where did that idea come from?
And I thought that was such a beautiful symbol for the juice and vitality of the natural world that he was deprived from unjustly for all those years. And so he was hungry for it all those years and his appetite for that sweet, juicy fruit of life is still in evidence as the series begins. And so he cannot get enough.
And I like fruit.
Damian Lewis: Luckily, so do I, otherwise you would’ve had a problem…
Rand Ravich: He eats a lot of fruit, this kid.