Sunday, December 2, 2007

TIN MAN on the Sci-Fi channel

Barnstable High School Drama Club alumnus Neal McDonough has a starring role in Tin Man on the Sci-fi Channel. Neal got his start with acting with the Drama Club as a freshman when he played Snoopy in "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown." Neal also starred as the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz in his senior year 23 years ago. Now he plays the Tin Man in the series bearing the same name!

Tin Man Star Praises Cast

Neal McDonough, who plays the title character in the upcoming SCI FI original miniseries Tin Man, told SCI FI Wire that his co-stars were "incredibly perfect" for their respective roles.

Based on L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the six-hour Tin Man stars McDonough as ex-cop Wyatt Cain (known as a Tin Man) opposite Zooey Deschanel as DG, Alan Cumming as Glitch (who's missing half his brain) and Raoul Trujillo as Raw (a nervous wolverine-like creature).

"Zooey is so terrific in the character," McDonough said in an interview. "She's that angst-ridden, 20-something-year-old girl who's just perfect in this really different ride. And it's a different ride from what you'd expect with The Wizard of Oz, and it's an amazing emotional ride. Alan, if there's ever a dull moment, he'll do something to make everyone laugh, and he'll do it without even knowing it. He's such a great, funny, charming, wonderful guy to have on a set. You always have to have an Alan Cumming on every set."

As for Trujillo, McDonough said that he enjoyed working with the actor and felt tremendous compassion for him. "Raoul, my God, what this poor guy had to go through," McDonough said. "Every day, he spent hours in a chair getting the makeup put on, and he never complained. I'm telling you, he never complained. I wouldn't be able to take it. I always have two rules when I'm choosing roles, and they are two things I can't have: tights and prosthetics. Raoul would go through that every day for hours. I was like, 'Man, how do you do it?' I'm just claustrophobic, I guess. He's so perfect as Raw."

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