John Benjamin Hickey on ‘Manhattan’ and One of the “great things about being an actor”

  • Pin It

John-Benjamin-Hickey

Actor John Benjamin Hickey may be a star of stage and screen as well as television, but he is probably best known in recent years for playing Sean Tolkey on Showtime’s The Big C. Though the series ended in May 2013, Hickley hasn’t been off television screens for very long. He’s since appeared in episodes of Hannibal, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Modern Family, and he’s already landed a new lead role as Frank Winter in Manhattan, a series about the construction of the first atomic bombs. Hickey spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about why he decided to take the role so soon after his last TV series and what he enjoys about researching for a role.

Hickey says that he intended to go back to television, and Manhattan was the right project. He explains, “I was going to go back to television. I wanted to do something completely different. I’m attracted to characters who think and behave outside the box and who have a lot in common, but tonally they couldn’t be more different in terms of these two shows. One was a comedy about the end of life and one is drama about ending life. In some senses that’s it. But both Sean and Frank find themselves in great existential crisis in their life, and actors are so attracted to people in trouble. It gives them more to play.”

He also points out that whenever he undertakes a new role it requires a lot of learning. He says, “One of the great things about being an actor and having a part like this is you get to go back to school. I found the history on the subject and the story itself so unbelievably fascinating.” He continues, “I was voracious about learning about it, not just because I needed to look like I knew what the fuck I was doing. In order for us to create fictional characters and tell an emotionally true story that is not the historical true facts at that time and place, we needed to know exactly what the world was in order to take this leap of imaginative faith. So I did a lot of homework.”

Leave a Reply

http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/bradley-cooper-american-sniper.jpg
Bradley Cooper’s Physical Transformation in ‘American Sniper': “It changes the way you walk, the way people relate to you”
American Sniper continues to heat up the box office as well as Bradley Cooper‘s already hot career. To play the role of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, the actor had to bulk up quite a bit to make his portrayal believable. “I had to get to the point where I believed I was him,” Cooper says. […]
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/watch-al-pacino-talks-the-humbli.jpg
Watch: Al Pacino Talks ‘The Humbling’ and His Extraordinary Career
In this conversation with Al Pacino talks about his role in The Humbling -- including working with Greta Gerwig -- and his historic acting career
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/watch-oscar-nominee-steve-carell.jpg
Watch: Oscar Nominee Steve Carell Talks Improv, Auditioning for ‘The Office’ and ‘Foxcatcher’
Carell talks about his entire career as an actor, including his background in improv, how he landed the Michael Scott role on The Office, and Foxcatcher
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/ethan-hawke-ellar-coltrane-boyhood.jpg
Ethan Hawke Calls ‘Boyhood’ the “most special endeavor of my life”
Ethan Hawke is riding high with his fourth Oscar nomination for the Richard Linklater-directed Boyhood. In a recent “Ask Me Anything” on Reddit, the 44-year-old actor gave some thoughtful insight into his career and the 12-year creative endeavor that became the biggest film of the Oscar season. When asked what was the most difficult thing about […]
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/martha-plimpton-a-delicate-balance.jpg
Martha Plimpton Takes a Refreshing Approach to a Long-Lasting Career
Martha Plimpton is an actress who enjoys the work, she’s not in it for the fame. The proof is in her continually excellent work that she is doing on-screen and on the stage. She’s currently starring in A Delicate Balance on Broadway. It’s the audience who gives her the ultimate thrill. “I try to get […]