Tom Skerritt on Making His Broadway Debut in A TIME TO KILL: 'Holy s--t'
Tom Skerritt will soon make his Broadway debut in A Time To Kill, as Lucien Wilbanks, the mentor to protagonist Jake Brigance (played by Sebastian Arcelus), in the thrilling, iconic courtroom drama. In a recent interview with the New York post, Skerritt opened up about the project.
He revealed: "My agent said, 'You have this offer.' I'm thrilled but terrified. I've worked lots in films but couldn't see eight months on Broadway for little money. Years ago, speaking on Don Quixote, I experienced a live audience. I recall that surge of energy. But Broadway?! Holy s - - t."
He continued: "I'm terrified. Rehearsals start now. And memorization? My heritage is Irish. I'm the type who'll just go at it. Grab it by the throat and deal with it. Having never seen the movie, I'll fortunately come at this with a fresh view."
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Tom Skerritt is perhaps best known for his Emmy Award winning performance on the acclaimed CBS drama series "Picket Fences" and is regarded as one of the most versatile, acclaimed, and instantly recognizable American actors of both film and television. He made his feature film debut in War Hunt and went on to memorably star in films such as M*A*S*H, The Turning Point (Best Supporting Actor, National Board of Review), Alien, A River Runs Through It, Steel Magnolias, Top Gun, and Contact, among many others, and will next be seen in the independent film Field of Lost Shoes as 'Ulysses S. Grant'. For television, he has appeared on "Brothers & Sisters," "Leverage," and "Cheers," to name but a few; and also directed episodes of "Picket Fences," "Chicago Hope," and USA's "Divided by Hate," in which he also starred. For theater, he has appeared in Los Angeles and Seattle productions of the play Love Letters and as the Stage Manager in the Intiman Theatre production of Our Town directed by Bartlett Sher. Skerritt co-founded The Film School in Seattle and founded the non-profit Red Badge Project to teach storytelling to active PTS military personnel at Fort Lewis Madigan Hospital in Tacoma, Washington. A Time To Kill marks his Broadway debut.
Tony Award-winning playwright Rupert Holmes' stage adaptation of John Grisham's best-selling novel A Time To Kill will star Sebastian Arcelus, Chike Johnson, Patrick Page, Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins, Fred Dalton Thompson, John Douglas Thompson, and Ashley Williams plus Dashiell Eaves, J.R. Horne, John Procaccino, Tijuana Ricks, and Lee Sellars. Casting is now complete. A Time To Kill is set to open on Broadway on October 20, 2013 at the John Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street). Ethan McSweeny will direct, with previews beginning September 28th. For more info, visit www.ATimeToKillOnBroadway.com.