The gallery has been updated with HQ photos of Regina King at the Graham Norton Show.
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The Hollywood Reporter speaks with the face of HBO’s powerful new franchise: “Legacy is one of those words you hear all the time in comic books, and it plays here as well.”
It’s October 2, 2019. Regina King sits in a hotel room in New York City. Across from the award-winning actress is a poster featuring her in full masked crime-fighting regalia, front and center at the heart of HBO’s Watchmen marketing campaign. “Now that,” she tells The Hollywood Reporter, “is freaking cool.”
Some time earlier — a year and change at the least, maybe more — King hears word that a former collaborator of hers — Damon Lindelof, with whom she worked on The Leftovers — wants to send her a script. The word from her agents, according to King herself: “‘He wants to send you something that is huge, and he wants to send it directly to you.’ It was a delivered script. My agents didn’t get a chance to read it. No one. It was specifically for me.”
It’s October 4, 2019. Lindelof and King are at New York Comic Con, alongside much of the rest of the sprawling cast of Watchmen. (The veil of secrecy is such that Jeremy Irons is credited onstage as “Probably Who You Think He Is.”) The premiere has just finished screening, more than two full weeks before it airs on HBO. King tells the tale about receiving the mysterious script from Lindelof. It included a sealed envelope that read: “Don’t open until you get to this page. Don’t cheat!” Inside the envelope: an artist rendering of King as Sister Night, her character’s alter-ego.
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The first episode of Watchmen aired on sunday, I gave a couple days to people to watch it before posting caps and HQ stills from it, didn’t want to spoil it to anyone. It was sensational as a start and I’m anxiously waiting for the second episode now.
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!