On CBS's Wolf Lake
debuting Wednesday at 10 pm/ET Lou Diamond Phillips
plays a lovelorn lawman out to get his woman (Mia Kirschner
). The catch? Things get hairy when he tracks her to a secretive, werewolf-inhabited town.
"The puns are going to fly fast and furious on this show," Phillips laughs, adding of his role: "It gives me more to sink my teeth into. I get a girlfriend, which is always welcome news to me except that I keep losing them, you know? You get to work with Meg Ryan, and shoot her." (He co-starred with Ryan in 1996's Courage Under Fire.)
Setside, Phillips has a more pressing concern than charming the ladies. He's got to keep diplomatic relations with his lupine co-stars, who he says are trained "...to the degree that you can train a wolf. They are incredibly beautiful creatures. They're huge. I think everything you think about a wolf at a distance changes drastically the closer you get to it."
Though one should avoid getting too
close. "As the trainers snap, they start snarling," Phillips shudders. "And you realize they have this incredible mouth of huge teeth that could snap your femur in a heartbeat. There's a lot there to respect. I think having done shows with pyrotechnics, guns and so many things that could conceivably go wrong, I think [I] would be very careful and cautious. You can never take for granted that these are domesticated animals."