Who watches the Watchmen? Not Regina King. At least not initially.
When the Academy Award-winning actress agreed to join HBO’s new “Watchmen” series, she had not seen the 2009 film of the same name directed by Zack Snyder. She also hadn’t read the ’80s DC Comics tale by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, widely considered to be one of the greatest graphic novels of all time. Not that she didn’t like superheroes — she was an avid fan while growing up, especially of Spider-Man’s early-’80s animated adventures.
Showrunner Damon Lindelof was planning to give the “Watchmen” story quite a twist — so he told King to use her unfamiliarity to her advantage. It’s a different approach compared with many actors who land superhero roles and are immediately handed a stack of comics.
“He didn’t want me to confuse how he saw this world,” said King, who worked with Lindelof on HBO’s “The Leftovers.” “He was right.”
“Because I did watch the film after [filming the pilot], and I would have been confused,” she added. “They stand on their own. They don’t even feel related to me in any way. Which I think is a great thing. I think that’s the beauty of Damon making the choice of using the [comics] as canon instead of trying to duplicate, from my understanding, something that was already great.”
The gallery has been updated with HQ photos of Regina King at the HBO’s “Watchmen” Premiere that took place yesterday. Take a look and enjoy!
Oscar winner Regina King — who has appeared in Jerry Maguire, If Beale Street Could Talk and The Boondocks — is now starring in the HBO superhero series Watchmen. We’ve invited King to play a game called “I’m not a watchman, I’m a watch man.” Three questions about luxury watches inspired by this Gary Shteyngart piece in The New Yorker.
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As part of promotion for Watchmen, yesterday Regina King visited Jimmy Kimmel Live!
You can enjoy some HQ photos in gallery and a video from the interview.
People say the eyes are windows to the soul, but Regina King says it’s the teeth. Mine are the first thing she notices. “You got some lipstick here,” she says, gesturing at her own front teeth. “My desire to be a career actor was not always my desire,” she tells me. “I thought I was going to be a dentist. It’s funny because I’ve dated only one guy with not-so-great teeth, and I dated him for a minute. I never said anything, and after we broke up, he gets his teeth fixed.” We’re taking a walk at Lake Hollywood and stop on the path to cackle. “I run into him and he’s wearing Invisalign.”
I’m not acting worshipful, but I’m most certainly in awe, having watched her ever since she was 13 and playing bookish, wise-cracking teenager Brenda Jenkins on the late-’80s sitcom 227, about a D.C. family. Back then, I wanted Brenda’s hairstyle so bad. Now, three decades later, King leads HBO’s Watchmen, premiering October 20, playing a character so multivarious (a black girl born in Vietnam, a kind of megahero) and genre-bending that she is hard to summarize. “Sister waited until she was almost 50 to be a superhero,” King says, racked and bent, laughing. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, you know, be a woman physically kicking ass.”
Read the full article/interview in our press library.
Also you can see a video from the backstage interview during the photoshoot.