A Minute With: Bill Pullman about "Torchwood"

Wed Jul 6, 2011 10:23am EDT
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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...

<p>Bill Pullman poses at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's 36th annual Dinner of Champions in Los Angeles September 27, 2010. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>