Marco Polo

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Lost Star Discovers the World of Marco Polo

Ian Somerhalder has moved on from Lost's confusing island — where his character, Boone, was one of the first to be killed off the show — to tackle another land waiting to be discovered. Starring in Hallmark's Marco Polo (airing Saturday, June 2, at 8 pm/ET), Somerhalder took on the lead role and came to understand the famous explorer's need to uncover new places. TVGuide.com caught up with the actor to discuss what he misses about Lost, what he learned from the Dalai Lama, and his own desire to discover the world past and present. 

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13th century Venetian trader Marco Polo (Ian Somerhalder, Lost) is enlisted to accompany a pair of priests to the court of Kublai Khan (Golden Globe winner Brian Dennehy, Death of a Salesman), Mongol conqueror of the East. The mission is to convert the most populous and wealthiest nation in the world to Christianity. Yet the priests aren’t even convinced that the sophisticated nation of China even exists. After all, God put Europe as the center of the world. How could there be anything but barbarism beyond? Not willing to risk their lives in the increasingly precipitous and treacherous Pamir Mountains, the priests retreat, leaving Marco, his father Niccolo (Mark Jax, Merlin), and his Uncle Maffeo (Alan Shearman, John Tucker Must Die) to push ahead through blinding blizzards and across the Taklamakan and Gobi deserts. Set upon by murderous bandits, ravaged by hunger, thirst, and the blazing sun, they push forth toward the unknown of Khan’s fabled heartland.

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13th century Venetian trader Marco Polo (Ian Somerhalder, Lost) is enlisted to accompany a pair of priests to the court of Kublai Khan (Golden Globe winner Brian Dennehy, Death of a Salesman), Mongol conqueror of the East. The mission is to convert the most populous and wealthiest nation in the world to Christianity.

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Lost Star Discovers the World of Marco Polo

Ian Somerhalder has moved on from Lost's confusing island — where his character, Boone, was one of the first to be killed off the show — to tackle another land waiting to be discovered. Starring in Hallmark's Marco Polo (airing Saturday, June 2, at 8 pm/ET), Somerhalder took on the lead role and came to understand the famous explorer's need to uncover new places. TVGuide.com caught up with the actor to discuss what he misses about Lost, what he learned from the Dalai Lama, and his own desire to discover the world past and present.  TVGuide.com: I enjoyed the movie, but Marco Polo must not have had a very read more

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Premise: Ian Somerhalder plays the legendary Marco Polo, a Venetian merchant who travels to China to witness the wonders of the Eastern world. Once there, Polo decides to stay and becomes an adviser to the emperor, Kublai Khan (Brian Dennehy), who sends him on several adventures as an ambassador and documentarian of the Mongol Empire. Pedro: B.D. Wong.

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