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Joshua Jackson on Fringe

Published September 3, 2008 in Television
By Fred Topel | Image property of Fox
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Joshua Jackson returns to television for Fringe, J.J. Abrams' new show about paranormal investigations. Jackson plays an FBI agent Peter Bishop, forced to reunite with his father (John Noble) to uncover conspiracies.

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"It's unique on a variety of different levels," said Jackson. "Probably the most bedrock one being that these are two very, very intelligent men and that is a constant source of ultimately, I think, appreciation but antagonism between the two of them. I think they're both used to being the smartest guys in the room and they don't really appreciate being made second best, or at least that's what my character thinks."

Bishop is far from perfect himself. That gives Jackson lots of juicy stuff to play. "What drew me to the character was the fact that you have this man who has this naïve intelligence but hasn't really ever chosen anything other than get by with it. He's drawn into this world against his will that engages his brain in a way that it probably hasn't been engaged before."

Ah, the ever present reluctant hero. "I also liked, there's a built-in, ingrained conflict for Peter because he doesn't want to be here, period, but then he really doesn't want to be forced to confront his father. He's sort of a reluctant participant in the group. Then all of those things are his greatest faults that he can't commit to anything and that he's never really found an overarching passion."

Fringe premieres Sept. 9 on Fox.

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