Lee Pace doesn't do many projects that generate ambivalence.
After making his small screen bones in the Bryan Fuller-created "Wonderfalls" and "Pushing Daisies" and having his earliest big screen exposure in Tarsem Singh's polarizingly unique "The Fall," Pace has been on an absurd franchise streak of late.
He checked "Twilight" off the list as Garrett in the second part of "Breaking Dawn."
His Thranduil has had an increasingly large presence through the last two "Hobbit" films.
And this summer, Pace will enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Ronan the Accuser in "Guardians of the Galaxy."
It's unclear how many Lee Paces exist, because amidst these major franchise films, Pace also found the time for his return to regular series television.
On the new AMC drama "Halt and Catch Fire," Pace plays Joe MacMillan, a former IBM wunderkind who recruits Scoot McNairy's Gordon Clark to work with him on an ethically murky project in the midst of the early-80s personal computing boom.
MacMillan is part con man, part visionary and, watching the pilot for "Halt and Catch Fire," which has already been posted to Tumblr and will premiere on AMC this Sunday, it's unclear if Joe is on a journey toward becoming the hero of the piece, or perhaps a basic cable-style anti-hero.
Pace is excited about his new TV character, but as we talked last week, he was also very, very excited about "Guardians of the Galaxy," especially since the first extended trailer -- featuring at least two fleeting glimpses of his character -- had just debuted.
So we talked mostly about "Halt and Catch Fire," but Pace also shared what he's looking forward to seeing from his Marvel debut.
Check out the full Q&A [And stay tuned for my interviews with McNairy, Kerry Bishe and showrunner Jonathan Lisco]...