As if playing serial slayer Ted Bundy
in 1986's The Deliberate Stranger
weren't a dark enough entry on his filmography, Chicago Hope
alum Mark Harmon
is at it again.
This time, he's portraying another deceptively charming ladykiller in And Never Let Her Go, a four-hour miniseries based on true-crime maven Ann Rule's book of the same name. The mini which airs Sunday and concludes Wednesday at 9 pm/ET on CBS recounts how Delaware millionaire Thomas Capano was convicted in the shooting death of his mistress, secretary Anne Marie Fahey.
"Some of the stuff in this was as personally unsettling for me as anything I've ever done," Harmon tells TV Guide Online. "Even before getting into [filming], I looked at the script like, 'Boy, do I really want to go jump into this for 12 weeks?'
"The whole story is not attractive," he continues. "[Especially] the manipulative nature of this individual, Tom Capano he preyed on people's emotions with really no concern for where that ended up leaving them. There is one person dead as a result, and there are many more still walking around living, but they're dead too."
Harmon says the telepic which co-stars Olympia Dukakis, Rachel Ward and Kathryn Morris (The Contender) "stayed closely to the facts," which were largely derived from Fahey's own personal diary. But does he have any qualms about making titillating entertainment out of a real-life tragedy? "It's dicey because, as an actor, I look to play roles that challenge me... and this did that," Harmon admits. "I asked to speak to [the victim's sister] Kathleen Fahey and did. My pledge to her and to her family was to make every effort to play this guy honestly. I don't take that responsibility lightly."