“Low & Order” actor Sam Waterston is happy to be active in the 80’s: NPR

Law and order The actor Sam Waterston shown here in 2016 is also a co-star in the Netflix series. Grace & Frankie And in the Hulu series Drop out..

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Law and order The actor Sam Waterston shown here in 2016 is also a co-star in the Netflix series. Grace & Frankie And in the Hulu series Drop out..

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When actor Sam Waterston first joined the cast of the original NBC series Law and order In 1994, his contract was for only one season, but something was clicked on and he was to play the role of district attorney Jack McCoy at the show for 16 years until the series ended in 2010.

now Law and order Waterston is back too. Returning to the original set was “extraordinarily strange,” he says.

“It looked like the same old set, the same furniture, the same books, the same floor linoleum,” he says. [had] I was wondering if I would do that … but the moment I got back there, I wondered how ridiculous I would have missed this. It was great. ”

At 81, Waterston is not ready to retire. Law and orderHe also co-stars in the Netflix series Grace & Frankie, He plays former Secretary of State George Shultz in the new Hulu series Drop out..

“It takes time, but working makes you younger. Helps you get the job done because you have to show up. Someone is expecting you and you need to deliver So it works for me. “

Interview highlights

About the implementation of 16 seasons of low & order

Let’s go Law and order It’s a show that I’m proud to attend. And the other things I might have done weren’t that exciting.It also forgives me Shakespeare’s plays and A long day trip to the night The moment the boy plays the boy, these things are … made possible by the celebrities who came. Law and order.. I was able to fill the theater in a hurry. Of course, the fact that John Slattery and Elizabeth Franz were with me helped a bit.However Law and order That was definitely a big factor. And that kept me out of trouble. I may have done other things that I wasn’t interested in participating — stupid roles or stupid projects.And don’t forget that fact [my wife] Rin and I had four children and had to go to school and go to college. Law and order I paid for it.

About a New York theater actor working as a guest performer in Law and order

Many TV shows are currently being filmed in New York, Law and order For the first time, it was basically the only show in town and you couldn’t go to the theater in New York and read the program [and] Most actors are appearing Law and orderAnd it was one of the things that allowed the actor to continue pursuing the theater in New York. [Law & Order executive producer] Dick Wolf won the Tony Award for this because he thinks he made a significant difference to the theater in New York. After that, the theater in New York rewarded him with a really nice guest performer. Law and order.. It was like a parade.

About working with veteran actors Martin Sheen, Lily Tomlin When Jane Fonda of Grace & Frankie

We all feel lucky to be able to work. The old joke is to give them a job if they want to hear the actors’ complaints. But in this case, we were very happy to work. I knew a little about Jane and Martin. I didn’t know Lily Tomlin. She knew she was very interesting. She didn’t know she was funny just because she was standing there. I did not do it.I know that [somebody’s] The whole body was made of strange bones, but I’m glad I was there and I think the feelings of the whole set were immeasurable. I think it was infectious.

About playing former Secretary of State George Shultz Drop out (Schultz was a major investor and supporter of Elizabeth Holmes When Theranos).

Let’s take George Shultz as a caution story … about what to think of yourself. Because “what we humans are” applies to each of us, and forgetting it puts us at a really terrible risk. I think that’s what happened to George Shultz. I don’t think he was weak, competent, and wise when he set out to invest in Theranos. But we are all terribly vulnerable. salt.

About his commitment to environmental issues and being an officer of Oceana

My feelings about being semi-famous that I’m classifying myself aren’t that you can change your mind, but that you can always do something material. , That you can point out. Jane Fonda, who protested Harvard and Yale’s investment in fossil fuels a few years ago, is a protest I made in a Harvard and Yale game. And the big blessing that Oceana found me is that every week, every week, every day, Oceana is making a difference all over the world. Some are small and some are dramatic, while others are steadily changing.Oceana is always in the case It’s in the case while I’m Law and order.. That’s when I’m at home. That way, you can feel that you are getting results in a way that you can’t just point at.

About the 1984 movie Killing fieldAbout the War in Cambodia (nominated for Best Actor by him) changed his life and career

It was life-changing … it led me to engage in Refugee International for 25 years and a quarter of a century. It changed my life in a very big way.

… it’s great to be respected by the academy … and I’m very proud of the movie. It’s a great movie and I think it’s a really great anti-war movie.And what we made today, considering what we see in the world [producer] David Puttnam wanted to make this film because he found a story about the war from the perspective of the victim, not the combatant. That was the main reason he wanted to make this movie. I’m watching today. There is no other way to see this. It is the people who are suffering from the war. They are people who deserve our attention, empathy and response.

Lauren Klenzel and Joel Wolfram produced and edited this interview for broadcast, and Bridget Benz, Molly Sivie Nesper and Natalie Escobar adapted this interview to the web.

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