James Spader Still Lives for the Surprise of ‘The Blacklist’

What’s required to keep a show going for that long?

As many twists and turns as one can provide. When I first read the script, at the end I realized I knew less about the character than when I first started reading. And I thought, “What a great trick that is” — to retain a certain enigmatic aspect. It felt like the premise was perfectly suited to go in any direction and somehow find its way back on track again.

How did Nathan Lane end up on the show?

Though the years, I’ve had an arm’s-length acquaintance with Nathan because we share an agent. I’m a great fan of his, and he’s been a lovely, faithful fan of mine. I had seen him in “The Iceman Cometh,” [on Broadway in 2015] and Nathan mentioned that he’d love to do the show. So when his

Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/12/arts/television/james-spader-the-blacklist.html

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