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Michael Emerson said the following about the end of Person Interest series:
“I had always thought it was a possibility. Other people in the company seemed to think it would go on forever. I wasn’t super-surprised.”
Here’s his interview in Examiner.com
CBS’s Person of Interest begins its final season on May 3, which means that Michael Emerson will be walking away from the role of Harold Finch that he’s portrayed so brilliantly since 2011. LA Fan Cultures Examiner caught up with Emerson recently to discuss saying goodbye to the reclusive genius and what fans can expect from the remaining 13 episodes.
Was he surprised that Season 5 will be the last season? “I had always thought it was a possibility,” he told us of the conclusion. “Other people in the company seemed to think it would go on forever. I wasn’t super-surprised.
“I’m glad they gave us the opportunity to do something to wrap it up,” he continued. “I’m glad now they announced they are going to broadcast it because I was getting a little bit worried there. I thought it could be that it somehow makes sense for someone to just stick it on a dusty shelf in the basement. I’m happy to have it air. I think they are really good episodes. I think the writers figured out a cool and dramatically satisfying way to wrap things up.”
Person of Interest will be leaving with its head held high; five seasons and more than 100 episodes is a good run for any show, particularly in today’s ultra-competitive TV climate where some series don’t even make it to 10 episodes. We asked Michael if he ever thought the show would last as long as it has.
“I didn’t know,” he said. “When you do a pilot, I knew this one was kind of dark in tone and a little farfetched and very expensive, I thought we’ll see if anybody wants to really tackle this thing.
“I guess it’s done fairly well [commercially]. I chalk that up to good writing,” he added. “We will have 103 episodes when the fifth season airs; that’s enough to syndicate. I think already you can catch lots of episodes of our show on WGN and you can stream all of them on Netflix. So it’s out there.”
While naturally he’s not going to spill any of The Machine’s final secrets, he did tell us some of what fans will be coming back to whenPerson of Interest roars back tomorrow night.
“The new season, as you could have predicted, begins a heartbeat after the end of Season 4,” he explained. “Mid-flight and grave danger and the early part of the season has to do with them trying to find safety, regroup and reboot The Machine. All of those things are complicated, occasionally funny, mostly deadly.
“Then the ultimate face off between the two artificial intelligence groups [The Machine and Samaritan] – that has to be resolved, and it does get resolved in a way that I didn’t see coming,” he said. “I think it’s satisfying. There is a great deal of destruction, and the world is upset, but at least it is still the world.”
There are even a few surprises for Finch. “There are some things I didn’t see coming through the years and a couple of them are in this upcoming season,” Michael teased. “Things that were more wacky or more funny than I would have ever dreamed I’d be playing in a show like this. I think it’s there to counter-balance and season the sort of dire circumstances [of] it all being a suicide mission.
“As far as evolution of the character, I’m not sure I figured out different ways to play it over the years,” he continued, when we asked about Finch’s overall arc. “Maybe we all just got a little more comfortable with our roles, and also I do think that sense of friendliness among the heroes. The sense of some gallows humor, a little bit of teasing, a little family feeling that crept in there. That probably has much to do with us as it does the writers getting comfortable.”
Something interesting about the series is that its key relationship – between Finch and his operator John Reese – has remained intact throughout. Emerson and co-stars Jim Caviezel and Kevin Chapman (who plays Detective Lionel Fusco) will have been regulars for all five seasons. That’s something else not many shows can claim. What is it like for an actor to have seen a character’s journey through from beginning to end?
“It’s a nice opportunity to leave your mark on something and frankly to be regularly employed,” Michael told us, but it also was a sizeable commitment. “This was a heavy load. I got spoiled on Lost where I wasn’t needed in every episode. I just had juicy scenes occasionally and a lot of attention.
“This was a much smaller cast and I had many more responsibilities, both as an actor and if you are high up on the call sheet you have to be a leadership role in the company. It was a step up in every kind of responsibility,” he continued. “I was fairly worn out by the time we wrapped in December. I’m happy I’ve had a little time to just chill out and do nothing and recharge the battery a little bit.”
While Michael isn’t sure what he’s going to do next, don’t expect it to be another regular role on network TV. After five seasons of being a co-lead, he’s understandably ready for something less intensive. “I’m not sure if I ever will be ready to shoot 22 episodes of anything ever again on a seasonal basis,” he said. “I’m looking for shorter term jobs. A little more variety. Maybe a chance to go on the stage in New York. Maybe some little parts in film projects, if such things can be had.”
But he’s not necessarily aiming for anything in particular. “All of the good parts I’ve ever had have come out of left field,” he reflected. “Something I had never heard of, or new material or something like that. I could name some roles in Shakespeare that would be fun to play, but everyone has a list of that sort. I will say this: I would like to play something funny or silly. Something more eccentric maybe; that would be fun. I don’t know what that would be.”
It might take some time to figure out where he’ll land next, but wherever that may be fans know that Michael is one of those actors who always delivers a unique performance. The material might be different yet even so he always finds a direction to take it that audiences would never have figured. For five seasons, we’ve gotten to enjoy his inventiveness and depth of character on a weekly basis.
So while it’s sad to say goodbye to Person of Interest and Harold Finch after so many numbers, we can also look back on the series as a blessing for having given us the opportunity to better appreciate the talent of one of TV’s most reliable performers.
The Person of Interest season premiere is Tuesday, May 3 at 10 p.m. on CBS.
I found this article here. I would have loved to hear the radio show. Maybe it will be available in a podcast form sometime in the future.
20 Questions with Michael Emerson
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This week, a very special “Up North” edition featuring Emmy-winning actor Michael Emerson. Currently starring in “Person of Interest” on CBS, Emerson is a successful and recognizable talent both on screen and on stage; including roles in the hit series “LOST,” “The Practice,” and “Without a Trace” on television and Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, The Iceman Cometh, and Hedda Gabbler on Broadway.
Originally from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Emerson graduated from Drake University with a degree in Theater in 1976 and moved to New York City where he worked as a magazine illustrator for many years. It was a relocation to Jacksonville which revived his interest in acting and he pursued it as a career in the South during the late ‘80s and early ‘90s.
It was during that period the Emerson met local theatre creative Ian Mairs, and the two became instant friends and collaborators. The two teamed up once again for Swamp Radio‘s “Up North” episode, which you can listen to on WJCT 89.9 FM on Friday, May 22nd at 7:00 p.m. In the episode, Emerson reads a piece entitled “Pascagoula” by Michael Carroll, a childhood friend of Mairs originally from Arlington. “Ian is a big fan of Michael’s short stories,” Emerson told us. “He showed them to me and I thought they were extraordinary— plainly, almost serenely told with a fine wit, keen observation, a powerful sense of place and a carefully understated sense of heartache as a life-companion. He has the ability to take your breath away with a sudden interruption or twist of plot.”
1. Where are you from originally?
I grew up in a very small town in Iowa.
2. Where do you live now?
My wife and I divide our time between New York City and Los Angeles.
3. What connects you to Jacksonville?
I don’t have the connections I once had in Jacksonville although my good friend Ian Mairs continues to be a force in the arts community there. St. Augustine was a true artistic home for me and I have dear friends there and think of it all the time.
4. What’s a city everyone in Jax should visit in order to experience their arts + culture?
I do think it is inspiring, or at least informative, to visit the culture capitals of the world (New York, Paris, Tokyo, etc.) but I get excited about cities in the USA that have particular characters— places like Charleston, New Orleans, San Francisco, Austin and so forth.
5. What are you most proud of so far, career or artistic-wise?
I’m proud of my Midwestern roots, my college degrees, some drawings and teaching I’ve done, my good fortune in marriage, much of my work in the Theater and my unexpected TV career.
Emerson in New York City.
6. Favorite neighborhood in Jax?
San Marco, where I lived for several years, and Five Points, where there were fun things to do in those days.
7. What’s a great exhibition, show, or cultural event you enjoyed this past year?
I was stunned by the Matisse show of cut-paper work at the Museum of Modern Art and the Native American Art exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum. In the theater I was impressed by FUN HOME on Broadway and the interactive theater piece THEN SHE FELL. I saw the Italian film THE GREAT BEAUTY late but can’t stop thinking about it and I adore the cabaret artists THE SKIVVIES.
8. If you could steal something from another city and bring it to Jax, what would it be?
I would steal a busy downtown nightlife. I mean it.
9. Why did you choose to read Carroll’s “Pascagoula” for the Swamp Radio “Up North” episode?
Ian asked me to choose one of the stories to record and I didn’t have to think long because I already had a favorite, Pascagoula, and it was a manageable length. It’s one of those great stories in which nothing much happens except that happiness and hopelessness are balanced and accepted. The narrator’s voice is very particular and it was hard to find the right sound for the story. He is wry and understated, almost bemused, carrying as graciously as possible the weight of too many sadnesses and too many disappointments. In short, a neutral tone, dispassionate and nonjudgmental. At peace. I like the speaker very much and I like the way he sees the world. And the North Florida details are perfect— no good story gets very far without conjuring a real world and Mr. Carroll can do it like few others.
10. What would people be surprised to learn about you?
There can’t be much that is unknown about me except my insecurities and my domestic obsessions.
Emerson as Romeo in “Romeo and Juliet” at Shakespeare in the Park, Metropolitan Park.
11. What’s your signature?
An increasingly wobbly scrawl but I do attempt to make all the letters.
12. How do you get “in the zone?”
Terror and discipline are instinctive motives for me now and the “zone” is more accessible with each passing year.
13. Where can people find your work?
TV, YouTube, old periodicals.
14. Can you tell us something people don’t know about becoming a working artist?
It is an exhausted subject, I think, but patience and a kind of artistic privacy are important for sure. It has been useful for me to remind myself that a career in show business is not a race.
15. What would you most like to see change in Jax?
More pedestrians, more nightlife, more fashion, more eccentricity.
Emerson in “Person of Interest” on CBS.
16. What’s a favorite production you were involved with in Jax?
I was proud of my Shakespeare work with Pam Hanks at UNF and a production of Tennessee William’s OUTCRY with Cynthia Kimball at River City Playhouse. I directed a production I’ll never forget of LAUGHING WILD with Ian Mairs and Valerie Anthony and a nice TWELFTH NIGHT at Shakespeare in the Park. (If anyone remembers such a thing.)
17. It’s a Friday night – where are we most likely to find you?
On Friday nights I’m either filming, dining or at the theater. (And of course there is a dog to be walked.)
18. What would you write as an epitaph on your tombstone?
My epitaph will say “Actor” and there will be a brief quote from Shakespeare.
19. Where can we follow you on social media?
I think there is a Facebook fan page but I’m not personally connected to social media. It’s all I can manage to answer my emails.
20. What’s up next for you?
There is no end-date for PERSON OF INTEREST yet but when it is over I will have a chance to return to the stage, do some independent film or make a study of birds and plants. And maybe tackle the long books.
Emerson as Brian in “A Day in the Death of Joe Egg” with the Jax Actor’s Theatre.
Plus – don’t forget to get tickets for the live recording of the next Swamp Radio episode, “How’s Your Summer?” at The Florida Theatre! Friday, June 12th at 8:00 p.m. Special musical guests include The WillowWacks, Herd of Watts, and Mama Blue.
All these photos and more are available in larger forms here and the theatre photos are available here.
Larry King now has an interview show on the Internet on Ora.TV. He will be interviewing Michael Emerson this week (maybe Friday?). In anay event, I have the entire quote from Larry King’s website here for you to see. Come back here to find out when the interview is online.
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Sarah Shahi talks about her role in Person of Interest. Listen to what she has to say about Michael Emerson at around 4:35:
Also, here’s an excerpt from an interview she gave IGN:
IGN: What was it like working with the cast? I haven’t met Jim, but I have met Michael, and he’s such an interesting guy with such a unique screen presence.
Shahi: Michael Emerson is just a prince. There’s something about him. He’s so sweet. I don’t know how to describe it. There’s something about him that’s a bit royal. My time with them, ask me this two months from now and I might be like, “Oh, he’s a dick!” [Laughs] But I don’t think that’s going to be the case. No, they’re both incredibly giving actors. This was my first episode, and obviously the new kid on the block doesn’t want to press her luck, you know what I mean? So I respected their boundaries, and they respected mine. We all worked really well with each other. When we could chat in between takes, we did. But our stuff is pretty intense, so there wasn’t really a lot of chatting this time around.