Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Fringe - SciFi Wire: John Noble Q & A

At SciFi.com's SciFi Wire:

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Anna Torva, Joshua Jackson, Lance Reddick and John Noble

Q&A: Fringe's Wacky Noble

12:00 AM, 18-NOVEMBER-08

They call Fox's Fringe a mystery thriller, but it's actually a crime show: John Noble steals every scene he's in.

No, seriously. Noble plays kooky scientist Walter Bishop, who seems to have some past connection to the weird phenomena that pop up week to week, but he's more likely to ramble on about gum or fruit cocktails. The Australian-born Noble is also known as King Denethor in the Lord of the Rings films, and he was kinda wacky in that, too.

Fox hosted a conference call with Noble on Nov. 13 to discuss upcoming episodes of the hit series, which airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Noble got excited about each question, addressed each reporter by name and relished his answers like a relative at a family reunion. The following Q&A features edited excerpts of that conference.

What great Walter moments are coming up on Fringe?
Noble: I guess there are always two things. There are the sort of bleak and dark moments that you see sometimes, and there are also the comedic moments. We've just finished up the final episode that will be going on in December, and there are a lot of Walter moments in there, just him being inappropriate, really. The next episode [airing Nov. 18], we see Walter from a different angle, very vulnerable. He goes back into the asylum again, and we see the very, very fearful man return for a while. Although he does have some wonderful moments early in the episode, when he goes back inside he turns back into this incredibly fearful, stuttering fellow that we saw when we first met him. It's a very interesting journey that we see Walter go through. He also solves these extraordinary things, either because he had done them in the past or because he simply has the intellect to think now. We're getting more episodes where Walter hasn't done that experiment sometimes, but he has the mind to be able to see a way through it...

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