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TCA 2011: Michael Emerson still a bit 'Lost' on 'Person of Interest'

August 3, 2011 |  5:59 pm

Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson in 'Person of Interest.' Photo credit: CBS

Michael Emerson, who is best known for his role as the mysterious Benjamin Linus on "Lost," says it's a little harder to just blend in since that series ended last year.

"I'm a little more visual, and it's harder for me to hide," Emerson said during a session at the Television Critics Assn. press tour on his new show, "Person of Interest." The CBS drama features Jim Caviezel as a presumed dead former CIA agent who reluctantly joins forces with a mysterious billionaire (Emerson) who uses state-of-the-art technology for a peculiar style of vigilante justice.

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Emerson said viewers might notice some similarities in his approach to the two roles.

Said the actor: "I like the notion of segues. Part of me want to leave behind everything I've done before, to be a chameleon. But I do have this working method, and when I'm in a scene, I know of only one way to rattle around in that world."

The series will delve into the science/fact world where the private life of any citizen might be uncovered without his knowledge.

"I've always been fascinated by the idea of a surveillance state," said creator and executive producer Jonathan Nolan. He said the show revolves around uncertainty. "Just how much information is swirling out there? And what happens when you harness all that information?" Nolan said.


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Photo: Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson in "Person of Interest." Photo credit: CBS.