Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Henry Thomas Not Alienated By King’s Character

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Henry Thomas may have starred in one of the most fantastical movies of all time, but the former boy-star of E.T. has gone largely unnoticed by most moviegoers since.

But now, mainstream television audiences will get another chance to recognize him in TNT’s television adaptation of The End of the Whole Mess, one episode in a four-part mini-series called Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King.

In Thomas’ words, “I don’t get to play a lot of colorful characters, really, so to get back to something like that is really fun.”

Thomas agrees that, as an adult, he hasn’t played a character anywhere near as “excitable” as Eliot in E.T. but he thinks his turn as King’s “Bobby Fornoy” character is particularly “pure.”

Thomas says it’s partly because he and co-star Ron Livingston, who plays his brother, read only the shooting script – and not King’s original short story – because they didn’t want to “overthink” their roles.

Thomas adds that trying to second-guess King’s writing by over-researching it would have “ruined what we brought to the characters” on screen.

Nightmares & Dreamscapes begins July 12 and Thomas’ episode airs July 19.

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