Tomorrow FOX premieres its new detective series Backstrom
. The show stars Rainn Wilson as Everett Backstrom, an offensive and unorthodox, yet brilliant, detective, who always sees the worst in everyone and is quick to speak his mind.
Last week, in preparation for the premiere, Wilson talked to the media about his new role.
The actor talked to SciFi Vision about being inspired by old school detective shows. “I would say the only inspiration that I had is growing up watching Columbo
and watching The Rockford Files;
I was really excited about the kind of old school nature of the show. There’s nothing slick about this show. Well, you know, I have a few little montages here and there, but it really is old school; it’s kind of cut from the 70s kind of detective show. You know, a quirky character that is not a leading man, who is struggling to get by in the world, kind of an anti-hero, and with some really major flaws, who happens to be pretty brilliant at solving crimes. So that would be my only inspiration, my main inspiration.
“Other than that, it was really figuring out who this guy was; doing the acting work, the rich, detailed acting work. I’m not saying that I was very good at it. I tried to do the rich, detailed acting work that was exploring who this guy is, how he sees the world, how he sees the world through his particular work lens and his choices accordingly - where does that come from? What’s it like to really be in his shoes and see the world the way he does? There’s a lot of pain there, but there’s also a lot of humor.”