A Minute With: Bill Pullman about "Torchwood"
By Iain Blair
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor Bill Pullman has played everything from an American president in "Independence Day" to a doctor in "Caspar, but in the new drama series "Torchwood: Miracle Day," he stars as Oswald Danes, a convicted child killer who's about to be executed.
But the execution, which premieres July 8, doesn't go quite as planned because the sci-fi series, based on the British cult favorite, opens with a provocative scenario -- what happens when people suddenly stop dying?
Pullman, 57, who co-stars with John Barrowman, Eve Myles and Mekhi Phifer, talked with Reuters about making the series, and why he can't smell anything.
Q: How would you describe this?
A: "It's a very gripping sci-fi story that deals with a catastrophic situation. At first you think, everyone's immortal! How great is that? But then the dark side of that becomes apparent -- no one dies, but we have only limited resources, and what does that do to people? Bring out their best or worst? Are the problems solvable? So it's a real roller-coaster ride and it deals with some quite profound themes."
Q: Were you a fan of the original BBC TV series?
A: "I'd never seen it but I loved this script and thought, what a great idea."
Q: The BBC series' creator and writer/producer Russell Davies, who's also producing the STARZ show, says it's not a reboot or new version. So what is it? Continued...