By Karl J. Paloucek
Gugino‚Äôs Contact With The Zodiac Killer
In Hide, Gugino plays D.D. Warren, a potent detective whose commitment to and brilliance at her job has cost her a good portion of her personal life. D.D. finds herself assigned to a startling case in which the mummified remains of six long-missing women were found in a secret chamber inside an abandoned mental institution. Evidence points her to a young woman, Annabelle (Bridget Regan), whose twisted, mysterious life seems to hold the keys to the six women‚Äôs fates.
Gugino has been in similar shoes before, playing a crime scene investigator opposite Robert De Niro and Al Pacino in Righteous Kill. And as much as she enjoyed playing D.D. in this film, the role brought back some disturbing memories for her. ‚ÄúI interviewed a CSI who had worked on the Zodiac case and who was a really interesting man,‚ÄĚ she recalls. ‚ÄúIt was extremely informative, and also really upsetting, because I ended up seeing crime-scene photos. It‚Äôs the only time in my career that I questioned research, because I‚Äôll never get them out of my mind, now. But that also gave me perspective in terms of the kind of personality you have to have, to have a job like that. ‚Ä¶ I asked this guy ‚ÄĒ I said, ‚ÄėDo you think people are innately good? Because I do. But I don‚Äôt see what you see every day.‚Äô And he said, ‚ÄėI think 99 percent of the people out there are good. One percent aren‚Äôt ‚ÄĒ and my job is to get them.‚Äô And I think that‚Äôs very representative of D.D. She‚Äôs on a mission.‚ÄĚ
Haunted By Ghosts Of The Past
Dermot Mulroney keyed into one of the strongest attributes of his character and of Richard North Patterson‚Äôs novel when he first encountered the character he was to play. The story focuses on a successful defense attorney whose past comes knocking when a high-school friend is charged with murder. ‚ÄúOne of the things that I think makes Silent Witness unique is the backstory of the main character, Tony Lord, that I play,‚ÄĚ Mulroney explains. ‚ÄúHe was accused of murdering his own high-school girlfriend about 25 or 28 years ago. He‚Äôs now called back to his hometown to defend his former high-school teammate and friend against similar charges under similar circumstances.‚ÄĚ
The friend, Sam, played by Michael Cudlitz, is married to his high-school sweetheart, also a close friend of Tony‚Äôs, played by Anne Heche. And of course, things get more complicated. ‚ÄúUsually when Anne Heche is playing a role, things get more complicated,‚ÄĚ Mulroney laughs. ‚ÄúSam, my old friend, he and [Heche‚Äôs character] are married. We were all friends in high school. They married and stayed in the hometown. So then Anne‚Äôs character and myself were very close in high school and then you wonder how close they‚Äôre going to get on this trip, but also you wonder how close she is to the murder itself.‚ÄĚ
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