Linus Roache on Law & Order
Linus Roache joins the cast of Law & Order on the order side. As a DA trying the cases that the new detective (Jeremy Sisto) brings in, the Brit is now part of an American legacy. Still, it crosses all borders so he knew what he was getting into.
Roache Arrives to Law & Order
"It’s kind of amazing the power of this show, because even though I wasn’t a regular viewer, I’d seen it periodically," said Roache. "Somehow the show has a kind of presence which just permeates everybody’s consciousness. So I knew very much about Sam [Waterston] and his character in the show but I also knew about Sam very much as an actor that I greatly admired for many, many years. I even remember when he joined the show and thinking it was a very significant moment that to get such an extraordinarily talented movie actor to commit to a TV show at that time. I even remember that moment when that happened. So I was very much aware of it, but I wasn’t a great TV watcher myself. So it’s not like something that was familiar. I hadn’t really spent a lot of time in that territory."
To get ready, Roache did his research. "I’ve watched different seasons of the show just to really get the style and the format and the function of the characters. Then I just wanted to see the real life thing so that’s what I did. I hung out with some ADAs. Then, in the end, we are doing television. It’s not going to be exactly true to how things work, procedurally even. So you have to let go of that in the end but really it was just sort of feeling the whole atmosphere of the whole thing. Like I saw in all the DAs that I got to meet, there’s this kind of living for the job. I think you have to in these kinds of roles. In real life these people really are living for their work because it’s beyond just doing a job. You are totally dedicated and connected to doing the right thing, where there’s a kind of drive there in my character."
Roache has also gotten familiar with New York City, where Law & Order rules the streets. "New York, without a doubt, is my favorite city in the world. It always has been. That’s why I choose to kind of live here. Because New York is such a cosmopolitan city, you can take pretty much any story anywhere in the world and put it into New York, New York and it’ll work. That’s what I love about this city. It’s such a multicultural, cosmopolitan place. As long as you live in New York you’re a New Yorker, doesn’t matter where you’re from originally. It’s an immigrant city and there’s a certain energy and power to that."
Law & Order is very much about the plot, so we will only get to know Roache's character when the plot calls for it. "Each one of these episodes brings a whole new kind of moral question to bear. So I think when our characters with the DAs are often having to struggle with some of these moral issues and what’s right and what’s appropriate. It’s very rich and full as an actor as long as you mine all that and explore all that. There’s so much to engage with. I think it’s actually saved the audience from the burden of having to know about our personal lives too much. It’s nice that a little bit of it gets thrown in every now and again but I think that’s why the show really works."
Law & Order airs Wednesday nights at 10 on NBC.
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