JUSTIFIED’s Neal McDonough
To Star In Frank Darabont’s
L.A. NOIR Project For TNT!!
Is Robert Quarles’ sleeve-pistol about to jam at an inopportune moment?
Neal McDonough, currently playing the menacing Detroit mobster Quarles on “Justified,” will star as 1940s Los Angeles police chief William Parker in “L.A. Noir,” the new cops-and-mobsters TNT pilot from ousted “Walking Dead” mastermind Frank Darabont.
McDonough’s casting suggests Quarles may be going the way of Mags, Coover and Doyle Bennett (as opposed to Dickie Bennett, who survived to fight another season).
McDonough starred as an L.A. ADA in "Boomtown." His other credits include "Murder One," "Band of Brothers," "X-Files," "Desperate Housewives," "Traveler," "Tin Man," "Ravenous," "Captain America" and "Star Trek: First Contact."
Milo Ventimiglia, who grew famous playing Peter Petrelli on "Heroes," is set and “Walking Dead” star Jon Bernthal is in negotiations to star in the project.
Ventimiglia and Bernthal would play men who served together during World War II before finding their ways to 1940s Los Angeles. The Bernthal character would be a mob lawyer.
Still to be cast is L.A. gang boss Mickey Cohen (memorably played by Harvey Keitel in “Bugsy”).
Darabont, writer-director of period prison dramas “The Shawshank Redemption” and “The Green Mile” as well as “The Mist,” masterminded AMC’s “Walking Dead” series until he was fired last summer.
The proposed series is based on John Buntin’s “L.A. Noir: The Struggle For The Soul Of America’s Most Seductive City.”
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March 8, 2012, 10:55 p.m. CST
March 8, 2012, 11:05 p.m. CST
not a cop. I'd rather have him take Milo's place and be one of the true lead roles.
March 8, 2012, 11:23 p.m. CST
His finest performance, hands down. That movie OWNS. Aside from I Know Who Killed Me, obviously.
March 8, 2012, 11:50 p.m. CST
Almost every single actor in the movie gives the best performance of their career (or at least tied for the best). And the music! I love that creepy twisted music... For the life of me though, I can't remember who this guy played in X-files. Must have been a bit part I think.
March 8, 2012, 11:50 p.m. CST
March 9, 2012, 12:15 a.m. CST
@sillysob, he guest-starred in X-Files during a couple of those unwatchable season 9 mythology episodes.
by hank henshaw
Also, have to agree about Ravenous. It's a shame FOX never released it on dvd enhanced for 16:9, much less on Blu ray. I actually first checked the film because I'm a fan of Blur, whose lead singer (Albarn), co-wrote the score.
March 9, 2012, 12:54 a.m. CST
by The Mothman
I checked it out for the same reason as you Hank. Great score (Albarn is that smartass kid in school who's good at anything he tries), and overall solid watch. Just a simple, well-told little horror film with an interesting structure (builds up to one big reveal, then deals with the consequences...two acts basically). I've kept an eye on the writer too, Ted Griffin. He made the characters in Ocean's 11 come across as witty, not smug (Ocean's 12). While I'm handing out the kudos, Boomtown was good for a season. Not exactly Rashomon (I was somewhat misled by the logline) but still fresh compared to the other crime procedurals.
March 9, 2012, 4:10 a.m. CST
you know, the super awesome video game...but this might be ok...
March 9, 2012, 4:49 a.m. CST
McDonough turned down a high profile TV role a while back because it would have required love scenes with an actress. Apparently that kind of acting is at odds with his religious beliefs. Off-camera gay sex and torture of male lovers (like his Justified character engages in) appears to be ok with him.
Geez does Neal McDonough have to be in EVERYTHING?!
March 9, 2012, 5:13 a.m. CST
Well yeah, but that's off camera and obviously all pretend. On camera sex, well it's technically pretend but you're still squeezing boobs, groping ass and licking nipples. It's not that he objects to the content, just that there's a certain line he won't cross. Which is fair enough.
March 9, 2012, 6:28 a.m. CST
I found that ironic, given the actor's real life Christianity and refusal to take risqué roles.
March 9, 2012, 7:36 a.m. CST
March 9, 2012, 8:02 a.m. CST
March 9, 2012, 8:36 a.m. CST
With HUNG over and done with, I figured he was going to jump into this one for sure!!
March 9, 2012, 9:36 a.m. CST
He just wants his kids back.
March 9, 2012, 10:13 a.m. CST
If his religious beliefs prevent him from on-screen kissing and sex, more power to him for putting his faith before his profession. Can you imagine how hard it is for a man to not want to make out with beautiful actresses while getting paid to do so? I commend him for his steadfastness.
March 9, 2012, 10:25 a.m. CST
Doomed to character parts instead of starring roles.
March 9, 2012, 11:08 a.m. CST
by Nice Marmot
. . . just had to throw in some useless info. Frustrated that I really enjoyed Ravenous, but don't remember him being in it at all. Only saw it once, the weekend it came out on DVD. Or was it VHS?
March 9, 2012, 11:47 a.m. CST
March 9, 2012, 11:49 a.m. CST
March 9, 2012, 11:51 a.m. CST
...more power to him for putting his faith before his profession...
March 9, 2012, 11:58 a.m. CST
which, yes, was excellent. Too bad it got overlooked. One of a kind videogame.
March 9, 2012, 1:01 p.m. CST
This all sounded so awesome (huge fan of McDonough, especially as David McNorris on Boomtown) but I'll be goddamned if I'm gonna watch another show with dumb ass Shane in it. Fucking hate that guy.
March 9, 2012, 1:39 p.m. CST
I think Jon Bernthal and Neil McDonough are great picks for the show but cannot stand that smirking Milo guy. The guy can't act and has that whole faux-emo thing going on 24-7. I concur with other t-b'ers that Thomas Jane would have been a far better choice, though he may still be busy with his show Hung. Dunno if that show's still running. In addition about Milo from the Hollywood rumor-mill side, he was dating Alexis Bledel, during the Gilmore Girls days, when she was a minor and he was supposedly abusive with her and then when he was on Heroes he began dating Hayden Panettiere when she was also a minor... A greasy little scumbag basically.
March 9, 2012, 2:32 p.m. CST
by Robert Evans
March 9, 2012, 3:29 p.m. CST
Love this guy. He deserves a starring role like this.
March 9, 2012, 3:47 p.m. CST
but he may not be available anyway as IMDB has him attached to a couple of movies in pre-production.
March 9, 2012, 4:18 p.m. CST
now, i really can't wait for the finale of justified
March 9, 2012, 10:18 p.m. CST
by Robert Evans
It is possible to guest and star in two sep TV shows..
March 10, 2012, 8:28 p.m. CST
With all the same actors and stuff. Aaron Staton FTW.
March 12, 2012, 8:58 a.m. CST
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