VICTORIA, BC. The fifth episode of "Gracepoint," the one airing on FOX this Thursday (October 30) night, features an absolutely dynamic scene between Kevin Zegers and Nick Nolte, exactly the kind of superb acting that's capable of carrying "Gracepoint" even if it remains a nearly beat-for-beat copy of "Broadchurch." [Two more episodes of similarity before, as promised, things deviate in Episode 7.]
Of course, I didn't necessarily know about the scene or when it would fit into the "Gracepoint" order when I sat down with Zegers in May in a leaky tent next to the British Columbia beach being used to shoot promotional images.
Instead, we talked about the approach Zegers was taking to his character, fledgling journalist Owen Burke, that would make him different from his "Broadchurch" equivalent." Specifically, Zegers emphasized his willingness to play Owen as a possible suspect in the murder of Danny Solano, making him at least a plausible killer, if not a likely suspect.
When I met with Zegers and co-star Jessica Lucas in May, I'd seen that Nick Nolte scene and we were able to discuss it on video.
So as I did with Michael Peña a few weeks ago, I'm doubling up on Zegers and Lucas interviews this week.
Above, you can watch the two actors discuss their role and, specifically, the intimidation of Mr. Nolte.
And below, you can read my Q&A with Zegers from the "Gracepoint" set.
"Gracepoint" airs on Thursdays at 9 p.m. on FOX.