'The Office' veteran talks about his prickly new FOX detective
VANCOUVER, BC. The video posted above, captured mid-sentence, has context.
It's a late October and Rainn Wilson's Backstrom has spent a long afternoon and evening working over a suspect in an interrogation room.
Production on "Backstrom" has been largely restricted to two or three scenes in the Portland police precinct, but those scenes have kept Wilson busy for hours, the price of being first on the call sheet.
Wilson carved out 10 minutes to chat with one small roundtable of reporters, but a second group of reporters has been waiting in the dark corner of a Vancouver stage into the early evening, occasionally getting restless and, at least once, getting silenced by an AD. [To our credit, we were only silenced because Thomas Dekker was instigating lively conversation. And the other group of scribes, befriended by co-star Kristoffer Polaha, was far noisier.]
That at least somewhat explains Wilson greeting the journalists, identified as "bloggers," with the declaration, "You know, I'm kinda a wimpy guy, but I bet versus bloggers, I could probably take out any blogger on the planet."
On my video recording, posted above, it comes across as amusingly threatening, but that's mostly the shadowing at our press table. In person, it was less ominous and more an extension of Wilson's new character.