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In an article written by Kate Benz and published by TribLive.com, on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, at 9 pm, Michael Emerson personifies his Finch character to that of a superhero. Enjoy.
It’s an ironic existence when it becomes hard to tell whether your life is imitating art or art is imitating your life. For two-time Emmy Award-winner Michael Emerson, one would think that starring on the hit drama “Person of Interest,” in which an enigmatic billionaire and an ex-CIA member use heavy surveillance to intervene in violent crimes before they happen, might resonate with audiences.
But for Emerson, who made an indelible mark with fans during his stint on “Lost,” the likelihood that viewers are drawing parallels between real life and scripted television are slim to none. For him, it seems as though it’s the furthest thing from the minds of the 17 million that tuned in to watch the premiere of Season 3 in September. Maybe it’s the concept of a guardian angel, or the idea of the modern-day vigilante. It might even be the notion that superheroes do indeed exist. If you know where to look for them.
“Person of Interest” airs at 9 p.m. Tuesdays on CBS.
Question: Is the concept of “The Machine” striking a particular chord with audiences given concerns with the NSA surveillance program?
Answer: I would guess that it does, but that’s not the thing that people come up and talk to me about, which is surprising. I keep thinking, because our show is so accidentally topical right now, that people would be constantly coming up to me and drawing the parallels between the fictional Machine of our program and the prism system of the NSA. But I don’t know if people go to scripted television to get an airing of current-events issues. More people come to me and ask me about the dog than ask me about The Machine.
Q: People seem hungry to embrace the idea of someone watching over us, protecting us from harm.
A: Maybe it’s universal. I mean, all of literature has the ongoing theme of the avengers, the heroes. That’s an ancient idea, and I guess it is a comfort to live through dangers and violent acts and come out unharmed and right prevailing, all of that. And I think our show, just beneath the surface, is kind of a superhero show. It goes by so fast that you don’t stop and think, “That’s sort of convenient that happened at that moment,” and stuff like that. We are like caped avengers, only without the cape.
Q: When it comes to your Finch character, is he a modern-day vigilante or just some guy with a serious God complex?
A: Well, I suppose that’s in the eyes of the beholder. I think he is an avenger — but a kind of unwilling one. He’s done this, as we’ve seen, as a tribute to a fallen comrade. It’s a way to make his lost friend live on. And also to nurse their dream of justice.
Q: Even when intentions are good, are there consequences to interfering with fate?
A: Sure. Always. One of the themes of our show, I think, is you can never get things right unless you have perfect information, and even in a world of super computers, perfect information is hard to find or hard to identify even if you have it.
Q: Given everything that Finch represents, when it comes to “Ignorance is bliss,” would you say yay or nay on that sentiment?
A: No. It is a low kind of temporary bliss, but not to be wished for anyone. I just think consciousness is important and that it should always be growing.
Kate Benz is the social columnist for Trib Total Media and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-380-8515.
Here are a few tidbits about Michael Emerson that I found on Tumblr:
Hi. I saw your post Michael Emerson has some health problems… What health problems?
He nearly missed filming The Pilot of Person of Interest due to a thrombosis in the leg that required hospitalization. Essentially, with all the flying Michael was doing he got blood clots in his legs that needed medical attention. He was unable to fly again but needed to get from L.A. to New York. So, he took a train for 5 day trek. He got to New York the day before they began shooting The Pilot. which is probably why he looks so pale. He would have been on a lot of blood thinners and had just spent weeks in hospital.
At the Paley Center Function recently, Michael was sporting a very nice and expensive medical alert bracelet. We have no confirmation on why, other than speculation that Michael is still on blood thinners for the thrombosis.
I don’t know where this was originally posted from, other than I saw it on Tumblr.
Caviezel agreed that the relationship between Reese and Finch is fascinating, and in some ways it echoes how he and Michael Emerson have come to know each other.
“I don’t know if you know the opening sequence, where we walk down a dark alley and turn to each other and it becomes a silhouette. We were literally walking down the street getting to know each other,” he revealed. “He’s a fascinating man. I never watched Lost; I was always working, shooting. That was one of our first conversations we ever had. Just walking down getting to know each other. You couldn’t find two guys more left and right, but it works and we work as people.”
From Nov 6th article on Hitfix.com
Here’s a Instagram note the photograph is in the Michael Emerson photo gallery :
Also, there were some photographs that are now in the photo gallery.
As usual, all the larger version and additional photos are available here.
Here’s an interesting article from EW:
‘Person of Interest’: Michael Emerson teases the mystery of the Machine, what’s next for Finch
By Shirley Li on Nov 12, 2013 at 9:00AM
Michael Emerson is no stranger to being on a successful show with a complicated plot, having spent five seasons as creepy Others leader Ben Linus on Lost. On Person of Interest, Emerson applies his signature air of mystery — along with a limp — to play genius tech billionaire Harold Finch. But unlike Ben, Finch is the hero, using his skills and the Machine, the computer system he built that predicts future crimes, to track down villains with former CIA agent John Reese (Jim Caviezel).
And as the drama continues its third season, Finch is having trouble with the Machine as it begins to reject him and must deal with hacker Root (Amy Acker), who is intent on gaining control of his work.
Emerson talked to EW about what’s ahead for his character, the mystery of the Machine, and how he handles fans who, usually unknowingly, interrupt filming in the streets of New York City:
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: We’re deep into season 3. Anything you can tease us about what’s ahead? Everything’s been under wraps.
MICHAEL EMERSON: On Lost, there was a great deal of secrecy and serious guarding of narrative secrets, and Person of Interest is now in that same zone of madness. We have big changes coming up in the next few weeks, and the scripts contain camouflaging and other security devices, and made up scenes and stuff, all to keep a certain set of secrets. It’s interesting and exciting, but it also feels like we’re a little bit paranoid right now and living in a security state. So stay tuned, because there’s stuff coming down the line that is so big that the producers are very nervous.
That’s funny — and the paranoia’s kind of ironic, considering Person of Interest‘s subject matter. But the show got to the surveillance state idea before the NSA news broke this year. Did the real-life case with the NSA affect the feel of the show?
I’m sure it’s affected the writers, who are no longer spinning out a make believe story and suddenly have to contend with the notion that what they’re writing is representative of something real. I think it’s opened new avenues for writers, so it’s good. It must be stimulating and exciting now that it’s more explicit, the connection between our narrative and the public one. Although it’s possible to overrate the political topicality of a scripted TV show — I keep thinking people are going to stop me in the street and go, “Oh my god, it’s so timely that you’re dealing with this thing that looks exactly like PRISM and the NSA and all of that,” but what people actually talk to me about on the street is the dog. (See video.) So I don’t think it’s as much on the viewers’ minds as it is on ours.
The nature of the Machine has been a constant mystery. Do you know at all what it’s up to, or what it wants?
What does the Machine want? I don’t know what it wants, I don’t know what it’s doing, I don’t know where it is. You’ll see in the next few episodes that it’s starting to be a problem and wearing on our team, because the machine is now choosing who it talks to.
And Finch feels left out.
Yeah, but how can he fight it? What’s to be done? His creation, his child, is freezing him out a little bit.
Then let’s talk about Finch. He’s always delivering massive amounts of dialogue to keep the audience up to speed with a complicated show. How do you manage that?
I don’t try to overthink what my business is in terms of playing this character. Sometimes I think we’re a kind of live action comic book, because it’s many small frames that make up the one hour program we present. I think about that while we’re working, I try to envision how this scene will be cut, and which bits or microbits will be used and to what effect. The net result for me, as the actor, I try to keep things moving along, and if I have a long line, I try to rattle it off in such a way that it can’t be surgically shortened. The clock is always ticking on Person of Interest – that’s the one thing to be mindful of. It is sort of my job to be the teller of the exposition, so that’s a particular kind of acting challenge.
And how has his dynamic with Reese evolved?
There’s an easiness between them now. We want the audience to feel like this is a partnership, and it’s important to the story that they’re so familiar with one another that they can predict each other’s behavior. At the same time, you want to hang on to a sense of uneasiness, like the fact that their mission is probably suicidal, and they’re probably up against fearful adversaries and fearful odds.
The show films on location in New York. Do people often stop you in the middle of takes?
Oh, constantly. Fans will come up and interrupt a take of a scene. I think people like seeing us on the real streets of New York, and some of those people in the shots are citizens of the city who aren’t connected with our project. Sometimes, if we’re walking around, the cameraman may be a block away shooting with a long lens, so we’ll be doing dialogue, and people think we’re off duty. Why I would be limping and wearing those clothes off duty, I guess, doesn’t register with them, so we constantly have to start over. People come up going, “Hey, we love your show!” Well, actually, you’re in it! You’re in the show right now, you’re in the scene. See way down there, the camera? You’re in the frame.
You actually tell them that?
Yeah. [Laughs] I mean, what else can you do? We’re always coming home with crazy stories of things that happened on location.
Person of Interest airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on CBS.
Jaime Nelson, blogger of Journal Snaps, has some new pictures and videos from the Paley Festival Event at NYC, which was held on Thursday, October 3, 2013. Mr. Nelson also has a YouTube Channel where you can see snippets of this event. I am posting here those that involved Michael Emerson. Enjoy.
Here are two reports of the events at Paley Center on October 4, 2013:
mamahub from Tumblr
I was lucky enough to attend the Paley Center event last night and stood in the 2nd row of the Press Line as they gave interviews and photos.
I’m posting my report and more pictures, along with Blacktop’s report who also attended, at the Person of Interest Discussion website.
Please do not remove my watermark if reposting these pictures.
Larger and additional photos from this event can be located here.
Blacktop50 from Person of Interest Discussion Forum
Reports and Photos from Paley Center, October 3, 2013
As CINCH has already reported, she, Mamahub, and I had a fabulous time together at last night’s panel discussion at the Paley Center. It was tremendous fun meeting CINCH in person as she is as lively, funny, sensible, knowledgeable, and down-to-earth as she seems on the forum! And cute too!
The surprise bonus of the evening was getting an advance screening of next week’s episode, Lady Killer! I had no idea they were going to show an episode so I was truly flummoxed when they began lowering the lights. What a thrill to watch the show with an enthusiastic crowd of Irrelevants who clapped, laughed, oohed and awwed through the screening together. Not going to reveal any spoilers here except to say that all three of us really loved watching the team work as an effective collaborative unit in this episode.
As for the panel, many of you have seen the live feed, which I hope will be available soon. The moderator Matt Roush from TV Guide seemed a little under prepared to my mind, with an incomplete roster of questions that were addressed to all cast members. I did like his comment to Nolan about the emergence of yet another shadowy super organization in the most recent episode. And I appreciated Nolan’s quipped reply that he handed out bonuses to the writers whenever they came up with a new secret shadow agency!
It was of course hugely disappointing that TPH was not in attendance. We knew that she was working on shooting scenes, but her sparkly presence and thoughtful character insights were definitely and visibly missing from the line-up.
Amy Acker was a gentle and intelligent addition to the panel and I was quite impressed by her thoughtfulness and her subtle humor. The moderator really fell down IMO, in not directing more questions to KC, who sort of lingered in a good humored way on the edge of things.
In contrast to last year’s TriBeCa panel, I thought both ME and JC seemed relaxed, engaged, and happy to be there. Especially striking to me was the way that JC’s whole expression just lit up when the house lights went on and he could see out into the audience for the Q-and-A period.
And oh my yes! He was stunning in that all-black closely tailored outfit with satin at the shoulders! CINCH said I had not adequately prepared her for the experience of JC in person! But really how do you get prepared for that? Stand under Niagara Falls? Sign up for a tourist trip to the moon? Run with the bulls in Pamplona? Climb Mount Kilimanjaro? Yes, people, it is more than twelve hours later and I am still buzzed!
Mamahub was, by special happy circumstances, seated in a spectacular location in the small auditorium. So she hopes to start posting her unique photos to the forum later this afternoon. She also got to play paparazzi with the pros during a photo availability on the red carpet before the event. So she has terrific shots of the cast from that vantage point too.
So, as they used to say in the society pages, a good time was had by all!
Mamahub from Person of Interest Discussion Forum
As Blacktop reported above, she and CINCH and I had an amazing time at the Tribeca event last night. We had no idea that Lady Killer was going to be screened. I will give no spoilers other than to say that it is definitely the best episode of Season 3 so far. We REALLY enjoyed it!
The most exciting thing for me was that after we took our seats in the theater, I went back upstairs to the lobby with my camera and became part of the “press corp” in the photo opp line. The first row behind the divider was reserved by the Paley Center for REAL press – and then those fans like me who wanted to take pictures could stand behind them in a second row. I stood behind reporters from TV Guide Magazine (to my right) and Hello – a Chinese television crew (to my left).
When the press photo ops were almost finished, I went back downstairs to the theatre but the ushers had made Blacktop and CINCH give up my seat that I had left my bag on next to them. So unfortunately they took me all the way to the top row and brought out a chair for me. I was resigned to that and wasn’t too upset because I could still see pretty well, though high up.
Only about 5 or 10 minutes later though, the harried usher came back and whispered “There’s a wheelchair coming so I’m going to have to put you in the front row!” So GOSH DARN IT, I had to SUFFER being right in the middle of the front row in front of Michael and Jim!! tee hee
Since it takes me a while to edit my pictures, and I see from other threads and tumblr that many other pictures from the panel discussion itself have already been posted, I am posting my press line photos first. I’ll hopefully have time to edit my panel discussion photos sometime this weekend. In the meantime, please enjoy these pics!
As explained earlier, additional photos from this event can be located here.
On Thursday, October 3, 2013, at 6:30 pm ET, in New York City, the Paley Center will feature actors Michael Emerson, Jim Caviezel, Kevin Chapman, and Sarah Shahi and creator and executive producer Jonathan Nolan of Person of Interest to discuss Season 3 of this highly acclaimed TV show. Ticket go on sale September 25 (for Paley Center members and on September 25 for the general public. Cost is $25.00 for member and $30.00 for the general public. This even will be streamed live at 7:20 pm ET, just click here for the link. Here’s the actual write up from the center itself:
Person of Interest
Thursday, October 3, 2013
6:30 pm ET
Jonathan Nolan, Creator/Executive Producer
Actors Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson, and creator/executive producer Jonathan Nolan are among the people of interest who make CBS’s Person of Interest one of the most provocative shows on television, assuming even greater relevance in the wake of recent revelations of widespread government surveillance programs. Created by Nolan (whose previous works include collaborations with his brother Christopher:Memento, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises), the series, now in its third season, stars Caviezel as John Reese, a presumed-dead former CIA agent who teams up with the mysterious billionaire Harold Finch (Emerson) to thwart violent crimes that Finch’s surveillance software invention has identified as about to happen (Time magazine calls them “quasi-legal vigilantes – using power to achieve a definite good, saving the lives of the innocent”). Though typically classified as a crime show—TV Guide praised it as a “rare crime drama that revels in actual mystery, its dark, paranoid tone embodied by two damaged heroes”—Nolan himself told a San Diego Comic Con audience over the summer that he is “unabashed about the fact that it’s a science fiction show.” When news broke this year of PRISM and other real-life government surveillance programs, television critics were quick to draw analogies to Finch’s invention, The Machine, and Nolan responded by saying, “Now that reality has caught up to us, we aim to push a little further in the third season out into that science-fiction space.”
Critics have lauded Person of Interest not only for its riveting, thought-provoking concept, but also its artful depiction of a post–9/11 universe and its splendidly nuanced characterizations. The series also stars Taraji P. Henson and Kevin Chapmanas New York detectives, and adds Amy Acker and Sarah Shahi, both joining the regular cast this season. Joining Nolan and JJ Abrams as executive producers are Greg Plageman and Bryan Burk.
Tickets on sale to Paley Members Wed. Sept. 25 at noon.
On sale to the general public Fri. Sept. 27 at noon.
You can watch the panel stream live.
7:20 pm ET (4:20 pm PT)
Larger version of the photo featured in this article is available to be viewed here.