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JUSTIFIED’s Neal McDonough
To Star In Frank Darabont’s
L.A. NOIR Project For TNT!!


I am – Hercules!!

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

    I have no interest in watching milo act

    by nobodylistenstodestro

  • March 8, 2012, 11:05 p.m. CST

    Neal was an ADA on Boomtown

    by obriensg1

    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


    by ImMorganFreeman

    His finest performance, hands down. That movie OWNS. Aside from I Know Who Killed Me, obviously.

  • March 8, 2012, 11:50 p.m. CST

    Ravenous is a great movie that's been forgotten too early

    by SillySOB

    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

    Don't forget 'Dum Dum' Dugan in Captain America...

    by DoleIn2012

  • 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

    good to see some love for Ravenous

    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

    for a second there thought this was LA Noire

    by hiperaktiv

    you know, the super awesome video game...but this might be ok...

  • March 9, 2012, 4:49 a.m. CST

    So Neal's L.A. character never gets laid?

    by VideoVorlon

    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.

  • March 9, 2012, 5:10 a.m. CST

    by A.R.Seabat

    Geez does Neal McDonough have to be in EVERYTHING?!

  • March 9, 2012, 5:13 a.m. CST


    by Schadenfreude

    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

    Isn't his Star Trek character gay, at least in the novels?

    by BoyNamedSue

    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

    McDonough + Darabont = "I'm there!!"

    by ATARI

  • March 9, 2012, 8:02 a.m. CST

    Nice casting.

    by Zahaladeen

  • March 9, 2012, 8:36 a.m. CST

    where the fuck is Tom Jane?

    by twogunjames

    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

    Poor Tom Jane

    by goatboy500

    He just wants his kids back.

  • March 9, 2012, 10:13 a.m. CST

    RE: His religious beliefs...

    by kidicarus

    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

    It must be hard to be a handsome guy who's just a little creepy.

    by cookylamoo

    Doomed to character parts instead of starring roles.

  • March 9, 2012, 11:08 a.m. CST

    He was also in Minority Report . . .

    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, 11:49 a.m. CST

    more power to him for putting his faith before his profession...

    by Scorchy

  • March 9, 2012, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Ach, stupid double post....

    by Scorchy

    ...more power to him for putting his faith before his profession...

  • March 9, 2012, 11:58 a.m. CST

    Sounds a lot like the videogame LA Noire -

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    which, yes, was excellent. Too bad it got overlooked. One of a kind videogame.

  • March 9, 2012, 1:01 p.m. CST

    Ugh, Jon Bernthal....

    by TSTEWIE

    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

    Why the HELL did they have to put Milo Ventimiglia in there?

    by MrMajestic

    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

    Buck Compton. 'Nuff said.

    by Robert Evans

  • March 9, 2012, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Awesome!!! One of the best actors on television.

    by memento108

    Love this guy. He deserves a starring role like this.

  • March 9, 2012, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Last I heard, Hung was cancelled

    by jim

    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


    by JaredP

    now, i really can't wait for the finale of justified

  • March 9, 2012, 10:18 p.m. CST

    Quarrells doesn't hafta die.

    by Robert Evans

    It is possible to guest and star in two sep TV shows..

  • With all the same actors and stuff. Aaron Staton FTW.

  • March 12, 2012, 8:58 a.m. CST

    The S.S. Quarles is going under.

    by ThrowMeTheIdol