Tuesday, July 26, 2005

How John Lithgow Went From Being A Villain To Being A ‘Dick’

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Before John Lithgow got the starring role in 3rd Rock From The Sun, he had worked out a lucrative career as a bad guy in movies like Cliffhanger, Ricochet and Raising Cain.

However, he has no regrets giving up being a villain in order to become a “Dick.” Dick Solomon, that is, his character on the spacey sitcom.

The first season of 3rd Rock From The Sun is being released on DVD today (Jul. 26) and Lithgow says the decision to go from movies to TV was one of his best.

As he puts it, “I always knew this was going to be a great adventure, but I never thought it would go this long or that it would stay this much fun.”

Some actors prefer high drama to lowbrow comedy but Lithgow says he needed to do the wacky show because, he admits, “I need to surprise people. I need to surprise myself and that’s what Dick allowed me to do.”

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