After spending the summer playing Nelson Mandela for the upcoming film Winnie, Terrence Howard just couldn't let go of the South African president-activist so easily. So he found a way to bring Mandela to his newest role, Deputy District Attorney Jonah "Joe" Dekker on Law & Order: Los Angeles.
"The most important part of him was his legal appetite and his appetite for moral rightness. When we finished the movie, I wasn't finished being a lawyer," Howard told reporters on a conference call Tuesday.
Law & Order: Los Angeles' Terrence Howard says character is show's "moral compass"
Added executive producer Rene Balcer: "He did the read-through in Nelson Mandela's voice. That was quite an experience to hear...
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After 16 years, S. Epatha Merkerson is leaving Law & Order at the end of this season, TVGuide.com has confirmed.
"It's a graceful way to go. It's the...
S. Epatha Merkerson will return to Broadway in a Manhattan Theatre Club revival of the William Inge drama Come Back, Little Sheba, previewing Jan. 3, 2008, and then opening Jan. 24. Per the AP, Merkerson will star as lonely housewife Lola, a role that in the original 1950 production garnered Shirley Booth a Tony (and then an Oscar, for the film adaptation).
Question: I just read an interview with S. Epatha Merkerson in which she was asked about being the senior cast member of Law & Order. Has Sam Waterston been removed? It's bad enough to lose Fred Thompson, but if Sam Waterston goes, I will no longer watch, in spite of the other good cast members. He is the show!
Answer: I don't think she was talking about age. She was referring to the fact that she has the most longevity of any remaining cast regular. She joined L&O a season before Sam Waterston, although I agree it's almost hard (repeats aside) to remember a time when either one wasn't on it. For the record, Waterston is staying on the job, but he's taking over Thompson's DA position. There's more casting to be announced, clearly, but they have time, since the show isn't scheduled to return until after football season is over in January ...