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Before the airing of the Season 5 premiere of Person of Interest,  MStars News had an exclusive interview with actors Michael Emerson and Kevin Chapman talk about the return of Harold Finch and Lionel Fusco in the war between The Machine and Samaritan.

From the beginning, former billionaire Harold Finch (Emerson) and ex CIA operative John Reese (Jim Caviezel) raced against the clock to prevent violent crimes before they could happen. With the help of the artificial intelligence known as The Machine, they managed to save innocent lives right when their numbers popped up. But they never expected to go up against an even greater threat known as Samaritan.

In the fourth season finale,YHWH concluded with Team Machine fighting for their lives. With no gun whatsoever, Finch walked out in slow motion alongside Reese and Root as they started shooting down Samaritan’s agents. Finch had a briefcase with a blinking light, signifying the Machine’s fading heartbeat.

MStars News: Fusco had a close call when Elias (Enrico Colantoni) and Dominic (Winston Duke) were shot down by Samaritan.

Kevin Chapman: Fusco has a lot of unanswered questions. He kinda goes rogue a little bit. He’s conducting his own kind of investigations. He knows that there is something going on. But he’s not sure what it is. But he intends to find out.

MStars News: What is Harold Finch’s mindset now when the show returns?

Michael Emerson: He’s in full improvised mode. It’s a mad scramble. They’re all doomed! [Laughs] They’re all doomed because Samaritan is in charge. They have to go even deeper underground. Priority one is to reboot The Machine. Without The Machine, there’s nothing they can do.

MS: The role of Fusco has allowed you to show off your dramatic and comedic side. Do you prefer when the tone of the episode turns lighter or more serious?

KC: The comedic side is my personality. It’s me being a clown! [Laughs] It’s always great to play a character with a sense of duality. Is he a good guy doing bad things? Or is he a bad guy doing good things? It goes from performance to performance. You try not to judge the characters. You leave that up to the viewership; how they see the character. It’s always nice to play someone on the dark side.

MS: Last season, Reese attempted to teach Harold how to use a gun. Will Finch have to change his stance on guns after the fourth season finale?

ME: As the threats surrounding them, dire and terrifying, Mr. Finch might have to make some adjustments to certain ethical decisions. He might have to think of the possibility of violence.

MS: How is Finch’s relationship with Reese at this point?

ME: Mr. Finch is depressed I guess you can say. Things are not going well. He’s not sure that the thing he’s built is doing what it should be doing. Was it all possible for not? He and men like him have seen the world and wonder if it’s doing mankind any good. I do think he needs something. It’s a crisis of faith. Maybe he needs a little bucking up.

MS: Do you feel the pacing of the show has changed because the season came down to 13 episodes?

KC: I don’t think our pacing has increased at all. I think we’ve maintained that. I think the writing has gone to a new level. I think people are going to be pleasantly surprised. We’re a show that does 9 million live. And then another 3 to 4 million. It’s a very unique situation. You have roughly 13 million people watching you every week.

MS: In the fourth season finale, The Machine called Finch its “Father.” Will we see more of that relationship develop in the remaining episodes?

ME: I thought that was an important scene. I’m really attached to that business of that relationship. Mr. Finch tries to put a show of no personal feelings for the Machine. And yet, you see that the Machine is so human. Now he’s just confused. His parental instincts have stuck. He has feelings for the thing he has made. It’s sad and wonderful at the same time.

MS: Because this is the final season, what strikes your mind when you look back on Person of Interest?

KC: We talked a lot about topics that the world really didn’t address. You look at the Eric Snowden stuff. We were talking about that stuff 2 years prior to that stuff. That’s really cool to me to be a part of something like that. It makes people look and go and, “Whoa! Maybe there is something!”

MICHAEL EMERSON ON LARRY KING LIVE, WATCH AND ENJOY:

Don’t be discouraged by the Chinese introduction. At .34, Michael Emerson and his interviewer, will be chatting in English

How did I miss this interview, which was given on May 16, 2012? (Well, actually, I know why I missed the interview: I was very ill, fighting for my life. I won!)

Thanks to Jav17 posting about how it was good that Michael Emerson never played in the Blue Jasmine movie (which I agree—the role in Blue Jasmine was not for Michael Emerson).

Michael Emerson in Blue Jasmine
In case someone else is interested in this – Michael Emerson being interviewed by Tavis Smiley where he talks about having a love scene in “Blue Jasmine”.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/tavissmiley/interviews/actor-michael-emerson/

Quote:

“I have an opportunity to do a small part in a film coming up in which I have a love scene with a fairly famous actress, and that’s going to give me some sleepless evenings before that happens.”
So, if that love scene is still in the movie I guess by that we can guess which character he would have played. Unless there are countless love scenes in that movie.

sarab2017 replied:
So i watched Blue Jasmine…
And THANK GOD Michael didn’t take that role! It wasn’t a love scene at all, it was a near-rape scene. The part was really small, really terrible, and the guy who played it was terrible. I hated the whole movie. I never wanna see an actor of Emerson-caliber, especially Michael, in a role like that. I’d imagine he only considered it because it was Woody Allen, but he’s way too good to do something like that. So good call, Mike.

And, on the subject of missing interviews, here’s another one I missed that he gave on April 14, 2012:

Michael Emerson uses restraint on ‘Person of Interest

BY PATRICIA SHERIDAN
Scripps Howard

The television series “Lost” is where audiences found actor and former illustrator Michael Emerson.

The 57-year-old, an accomplished stage actor and winner of two Emmys, is married to actress Carrie Preston. He is currently starring in the CBS drama “Person of Interest” with Jim Caviezel, which airs Thursdays at 9 p.m.

Excerpts from an interview:

Q Have you ever played a character that you could not stand?

A No, I don’t think that would happen often in an actor’s life because the only way an actor can solve the problem is to find the pleasure of playing the part. Even if you are playing a villain. I’ve played terrible villains, but they’ve had something that, for me, was redeeming, like precision or wit or intellect or courage. I’ve been in some bad plays and some bad TV shows, too, but (laughing) part of my job is to give a character dimension and nuance.

Q So what attracted you to acting?

A It goes back into childhood times, I suppose. The escapism of it? I was a bookish kid. I escaped a lot into books, fantasy worlds and adventure and mystery. I grew up in rural America, where my skill set or my aptitudes were not much valued in the sort of physical world of sports. I just didn’t fit into that world very well. I was kind of a shrimpy little kid with spectacles. I had to find what to do with myself.

Q Your wife is an actor. What’s it like living with another person who understands the skill set?

A There are all kinds of actors and all kinds of actor relationships. We are people who aren’t “on” much, I would say. We are both kind of quiet people when we’re not performing, and it doesn’t intrude much into our lives. We talk about our work some, but we’re not very competitive.

Q How about working with your wife. Is it easy?

A Yes, it’s fun. It’s hard for me to look at her and not see my spouse, you know? So that’s a little tough. But it is very easy, technically. I don’t have a worry in the world when I know my scene partner is my wife because she’s a really great actor and can be counted on for a depth of feeling and a perfection of timing. So I’m always in good hands, even in funny little bits, with her.

Q Your characters on “Lost” and “Person of Interest” seem almost restrained. There can’t be the slightest bit of overacting. Is it difficult?

A Yes, well, the camera asks that of you. I mean, someday in the not-too-distant future, I hope to get in a big noisy comedy onstage where I can be fully extroverted, loud, colorful — you know, over-the-top in a good way.

The roles I’ve been playing don’t allow for that. It’s a much more muted palette. The camera is so close that it won’t bear a lot of strong color.

Q What do you do to relax when you are not acting?

A Well, I’m not one with active hobbies. I don’t ski or boat or travel the world or climb mountains. I read and I dawdle around whatever town I’m living in and see the sights. (Laughs) I’m a great fritterer away of time. I think part of it is that my work is so concentrated. Those long days on the set require a lot of focus and then I like to have no responsibilities when I’m away from the work.

Enjoy these oldies and goodies.

Jimmy Aquino and Michael Emerson have been friends for many, many years. If you ever listen to any of the many interviews that Mr. Aquino has done with Michael Emerson (CNI) , you can sense how relaxed Michael Emerson is when talking to Aquino. You can also sense that they have a history together and that they do like each other. Here’s a great and recent interview Jimmy Aquino made for Stated Magazine. There are some new information even for the die-hard Michael Emerson Fan. Enjoy~Edith

By Jimmy Aquino, Pop Culture Contributing Editor

You can view the larger version of this photo here.

Back in April, I sat down with my friend of 20+ years, actor Michael Emerson, and recorded a lengthy interview for my podcast Comic News Insider (you can hear the full interview in Episode 396, but do forgive my babbling). Following his Emmy Award-winning performance as Benjamin Linus in Lost, he has gone on to star as Harold Finch in the hit CBS action drama, Person of Interest.

In this excerpt from that interview, we go all the way back to his childhood to dig up secrets such as his marching band skills of yore. He talks of how his love of theater began, his journey (with many stops and re-starts) to the path of becoming a working actor, his detour into magazine illustration, rediscovering the acting bug in Florida, meeting and courting his talented and lovely wife Carrie Preston at Alabama Shakespeare Festival, finding success in New York City theatre and eventually TV and film. Great tales of early survival in NYC in the late 70’s, the importance of Shakespeare to the English language, transitioning between Ibsen and Chekhov, escaping the island, faking an ecstasy trip, and never wanting to fight again.

Grab a good glass of bourbon and sip away as you read (and hear in the audio excerpts below) all about the fantastic Michael Emerson.

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Spoiler alert! Person of Interest’s Michael Emerson enjoys playing morally ambiguous characters.

As Lost’s Ben Linus, he played a delicious cocktail of villain and hero. And even though his Person of Interest character, shady billionaire Mr. Finch, intends to make the world safer, the mystery surrounding him and his machine has us wondering: Is Finch really a good guy?

Thursday’s episode (9/8c, CBS) may shed some light on the subject. When the machine kicks out the social security number of a teen who has been dead for two years, Finch is forced to question the machine’s infallibility. Cue some revealing flashbacks to a younger Finch who discusses the building of the machine with a colleague (Brett Cullen, who, interestingly enough, played an Other named Goodwin on Lost.)

“We take a look at pre-injury Finch,” Emerson teases. “He was a more normal guy — a more happy-go-lucky… sure-of-himself, brighter person, which is a great contrast to the kind of darker monomaniacal character that he is in the present day.”

What caused the change? Emerson says it’s a combination of Finch’s injury and the loss of a significant person in his life. “Along with having a damaged body, I think he got despair — he got rage,” he says. But Emerson, who likes to be kept in the dark along with the audience, says he’s unsure if that person makes an appearance in the flashbacks. “He has people in his life in the backstory, but he doesn’t have anyone in the present story,” Emerson says. “I think there is something being held back for future episodes.”

But Finch does have John Reese (Jim Caviezel), a former CIA special forces operative that Finch hand-picked to be his partner in high-tech vigilantism. But the odd couple’s relationship will soon fracture, thanks to Taraji P. Henson’s Detective Carter, who is still tracking Reese for his late-night subway assault in the premiere episode.

“[Carter] turns out to be a very dogged and resourceful investigator,” Emerson says. “She doesn’t have to study Reese for very long before she figures out that he is not operating solo.”

And that can’t be good news, can it? “For both Finch and Reese, their lives depend on their fictional existence,” Emerson says. “They cannot bear much scrutiny, or it’s a danger to them and everyone else.  Elaborate shell games and ploys have to be brought to bear.”

If such measures are needed to stay out of the watchful eye of law enforcement, how then can Emerson argue that he’s playing a good guy? “I don’t think he is greedy or self-serving or has a lust for power, unless a lust to be an avenger for justice is a kind of power madness,” Emerson says. “I think he means to do good, but obviously he is working in a way that is outside the law. His behavior is ethically and legally questionable. The borders are really blurry.”

In other words, Finch, at least for now, is Ben Linus 2.0.

It seems remarkable that after his Emmy-winning turn as one of Lost’s most-loved characters, Emerson wasn’t immediately snatched up by another TV series. “You don’t get as many offers as you might think because I think people believe that you are inundated with offers,” Emerson explains. “Consequently, there is a period of a mysterious idleness. It is nice to recover a little bit and take some time off, but by the same token, you don’t want to lose whatever momentum you may have or let people forget about you.”

We don’t see that happening any time soon.

Source: TV Guide

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