Wanted - Interviews
hopes 'Wanted' is wanted
TVGuide.com Insider, Aug. 31, 2005
In a great interview, Lee says he'll be a long-haired lawyer in a
"Law & Order" guest-star appearance and that it's
"looking good" for Wanted's renewal.
TNT, August 2005
Lee lives out his childhood dream of being an entertainer.
'Oz' Inmate Tergesen Feels 'Wanted'
Zap2it, Aug. 10, 2005
Lee talks about missing Meloni, having other Ozzies appear on
"Wanted," buying a Mustang, and his right to "bare
aims beyond usual suspects
Associated Press, Aug. 2, 2005
[Jorge] Zamacona has been interested from the first in writing a
role for Tergesen ... "I needed a more sort of laconic,
sarcastic, pain-in-the-arse guy, who could just upset the chemistry
of everybody," says Zamacona -- referring to the character, not
the actor. ... "Eddie Drake is sort of this loose cannon,
funny, edgy guy, who has this really foolish, foolish
mustache," Tergesen grins.... He says his Fu Manchu-style
facial hair was Zamacona's idea.
Gary Cole switches
sides, but still in line of fire
New York Daily News, July 18, 2005
One of Cole's co-stars, Tergesen, is enthusiastic about a different
element of the show. "Wanted" creator Jorge Zamacona, who had worked
with Tergesen on the frank and brutal HBO prison drama "Oz," wrote
the character of Eddie Drake for the actor and pitched him the part.
"When I found out that if Eddie had sex at all, it was going to be
with women," Tergesen said, "I said, 'Okay, I'll do it.' "
to: Lee Tergesen
NorthJersey.com, Aug. 1, 2005
Lee on Eddie Drake: "He's somebody who of course is intense. I
always wind up playing somebody a little intense. Maybe I'm just
won't be 'dressing' up for TNT's 'Wanted'
Q&A with Lee in the Seattle Press-Intelligencer
Lee describes his role in "Wanted" as well as "Rescue
Me" and "Oz."
Q&A from TNT
Excerpts from Lee's interview:
Q: How would you
LEE: WANTED is an in-your-face police drama. Itís
unlike anything else thatís on television in the sense that it has
such a tremendous amount of action.
Q: How demanding
is this role?
LEE: Weíve been doing our own stunts, and itís
exhausting. But itís a blast. Itís like when I was 8 or 9
years old, running around my backyard with a fake gun. Itís really
funny to be older and to be playing it out in a much grander scale.
... As tired as I am when I go home at night and when I wake up at
5:30 to get to work, itís still my dream come true.
Television Critics Association
Summer press tour - July 17, 2005
The Toronto Star quoted Lee discussing
how he got the role in "Wanted" (as well as
capturing his wisecracking nature):
"When I finished working on 'Oz,' I thought to myself, what would I like to do ... an action show was something I hadn't really worked on before. Then
[show creator Jorge Zamacona] called me and said that he wanted to create this character for me, Eddie Drake.
And when I found out that if Eddie had sex at all, it was going to be with women, I was like,
'OK. Cool. I'll do it.' That's what really attracted me to this part.
Not to say anything against [Oz bunkmate] Chris Meloni. He's a wonderful lover."
The Seattle Press-Intelligencer's TV writer
kept a blog of the proceedings during the press tour. She wrote an
item about Lee titled "Wanted:
A role that doesn't require cross-dressing."
Buffalo News (Knight Ridder News
July 19, 2005
Tergesen relishes his role as the accidental actor"
On the set of his new show, Lee recalls the start of his career,
thanks to Tom Fontana.
Back to Wanted
Lee at the Television Critics Association
summer press tour, July 17, 2005