Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Ving Rhames Won’t Be Suckered Into ‘Kojak’ Comparisons

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Ving Rhames is starring in a new version of the Kojak detective series but he refuses to be suckered into comparing his version with the original Telly Savalas drama.

In fact, Rhames says he has never watched the 1970s series and says his version has nothing to do with the original, except for the detective’s trademark lollipop.

But even his rationale for the sucker is different than Savalas.

Rhames says he once read that the original Kojak star sucked on a Tootsie Pop because he was trying to quit smoking but says his character does it as a way to connect with people, especially kids who might be otherwise intimidated by a large, bald black man.

For the record, Rhames prefers cherry lollipops but he’s not worried the suckers will add to his waistline because, “I usually don’t need more than three takes to get a scene.”

Kojak debuts March 25 on the USA cable network with a two-hour movie and airs Sunday nights starting April 3.

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