Eric Lange Talks Playing A Key Role On 'The Bridge'
The gig also reminded him of a piece of his past: back in 2006, he appeared in an episode of Cold Case, which was created by The Bridge executive producer Meredith Stiehm. While that didn't factor into his getting this role, "I always wanted to tell Meredith," Eric commented. "It was one of my early, really good gets and I'd always wanted to see if she remembered - and I completely forgot every time I saw her!"
Eric has appeared in all sorts of small-screen roles over his career, and enjoys them even if that wasn't necessarily the plan. "It's kind of just how it's worked out. In the beginning, you sort of take whatever you're given, and for whatever reason that's the way it's unfolded," he reflected. "I like television. I like the immediacy of it, the speed of it, and you get 3 months off at the end of the year to do whatever you want. And now with cable, TV has now become the new mini-movie. You have these A-list actors going to television."
However, his next roles will find him in a pair of films that come out in 2014. "One is a movie called Imagine with Al Pacino, Annette Bening and Christopher Plummer," he said. "And then I'm working this month on a movie with Jake Gyllenhaal, called Nightcrawler."
No matter what medium he's working in, Eric expressed to us how much he enjoys the craft of acting, and what it's offered him over the years. "I've been really lucky. There's been a lot," he said, when we asked him to name a great career moment. "But the most memorable, immediate thing is who you get to meet and who you get to work with. It's been at times sort of mindblowing. I was doing Secretariat with Diane Lane and John Malkovich. I was having lunch with them. And I remember getting on a plane and flying to New York to step onto the set of You Don't Know Jack, which I was doing with Al Pacino and Barry Levinson.
"Working with someone like Al, I always thought if there was ever like an actor town that was conceived, he would probably be one of the statues that would greet you. He's a legend," he continued. "I've now done two movies with him, which is just crazy. And when I saw him last he remembered me. It's the little things."
And while Kenneth Hastings on The Bridge definitely won't have a happy ending, things are playing out pretty well for the guy who's brought him to life so memorably. "I just feel really grateful to be working," Eric enthused. "I'm happy that some people are becoming familiar with my work that might not have before." We won't be forgetting him anytime soon.
The season finale of The Bridge airs tonight at 10 PM ET/PT on FX.
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