from his days The Waltons,Richard Thomas Discovered a lot to teach us, which will continue his Ozark and to kill a robin.
A caring family member and up-and-coming author John Boy Walton, Thomas is still best known for his Emmy-winning role, and he is currently starring in the iconic role of Atticus Finch. Aaron Sorkinadaptation National tour to kill a robin, directed by Bartlett Shell.Based on the 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Harper Leean American classic that is still widely read in middle and high schools today.
This time-honored story focuses on the grave issues of rape and racial inequality, and Thomas’ character as the narrator’s father, Atticus Finch, has become a moral hero for many readers and a model of integrity for generations of lawyers. .
Thomas’ film roles include last summer, morning red sky, September 30 and Wonder Boy. On TV, he also appeared in NCIS: New Orleans, Blacklist, Americans, Tell Me Your Secret and billions.
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He appeared in many Shakespeare and Broadway productions and made his debut at the age of seven Campobello at sunrise on Broadway.
Regarding his decision to take on the role, Thomas said it was an easy one. “Original sources are such a huge part of American literature that it has had such an impact on so many people since they were young,” Thomas told Parade.com exclusively.
Thomas said Sorkin’s adaptation took a good story and strengthened it. “I love what Aaron has done with all the characters, especially Atticus,” he added. “He’s accomplished some amazing things, he just took him off the pedestal and gave him a more vulnerable journey where he learned as much as anyone else did during the course of the story. “
Read on to find out more about Richard Thomas’ long and illustrious career on TV, film and stage, and why he urges all of us to watch his current tour.
Why are you playing this iconic role?
This is a great part, why don’t I want to be a part of it? Atticus is already a beautiful person in the novel, and Aaron really made him such a flesh-and-blood character. If the character hadn’t been treated the way he was in the adaptation, it probably wouldn’t have been as compelling.
It’s such a beautiful adaptation and the characters are so good on the page. Bart Sher did it so well that when I saw the show on Broadway (with Jeff Daniels) I think it’s great. I knew it was going to tour, and then when I was asked to play Atticus, it made me happy. It’s just a beautiful theater.
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Did you take the time to talk to Aaron Sorkin about the drama?
He came to rehearse and watch and talk about it; he’s been very supportive. He has been a real presence to all of us as we prepare to tour. So far this has been a very friendly association.
What was your first experience with the book or movie? Do you remember?
I read it at school like many others and I was moved and disturbed by it. Most young people are reading this when their social awareness is starting to increase so they are discovering how communities and the world work and this is the perfect time to read this book which is about lost innocence in childhood.
I re-read the book in preparation for the role because I wanted to go back to the source material. If you enjoyed this book when you were young, you might actually consider reading it again. As an adult, as a parent, it was a whole new experience, just as wonderful, maybe even richer the second time around.
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How’s the tour going?
First of all, I love touring.my first tour was twelve angry menwe did for Roundabout, and then about four years ago I was in Humanity, it was a great game. Both trips were very successful and very satisfying. Touring is a very old and dominant way to become an actor. It’s great to go from town to town with your colleagues, build your store and do your show for people, and move on. It’s a particularly exciting show to run across the country because there’s a strong sense of identification with the material, it’s fun to feel how different cities are reacting and all that.
Also, this company is great. If you’re doing a good show with a good company, you’re in good shape. Overall, the tour was difficult and laborious. You need great colleagues, solid material and great work. When all of this comes together, it’s like a magic carpet. Melanie Moore, who plays Scout, is very talented. Jacqueline Williams playing Calponia is brilliant, and Yeager Welch playing Tom Robinson, and those roles are now very rich in this adaptation, so I think people’s appreciation for the show is The entire community is well informed. It’s a great cast company.
you like your trip twelve angry menwhich is my favorite?
We have a great company. This is a beautiful work directed by Scott Ellis. This is what holds you up and what it passes through. If the game world you live in is satisfying and well done, it will get you through a long time.
How does it feel to be loved after so many years The Waltons?
I can’t even believe the half-life of that part is so extraordinary. I’m happy because I love this show. I’m proud of it, and of course it’s done a lot for me. It does everything for me. I love this association and those who watched it as children and now watch it with their kids or grandchildren. It has become a generational experience. The lasting impact of this show and how much people love it continues to amaze me. This is a real blessing. It gives me a lot of joy.
doing what Ozark like?
Oh, that was a big bang. Laura [Linney] I went back.The funny thing is that four or five years ago, I played her husband on Broadway Little Fox. I went from husband to father in a very short time. We had a lot of fun together and she was a great colleague and an amazing actress, which was a great part. It’s delicious to play with. Kind of anti-Atticus. It was a great show and the actors were great. It was a great experience and fun. I love it!
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back to kill a robin-Have you discussed with the director, and your actors, how important is the issue of race today?
Of course, we’ve been talking about it. During the rehearsal, we had a lot of conversations. Bart is a great director and the father of a great production. He made it very clear how he felt about it. The thing about this material, the novel is — I don’t talk about the movie because the movie is another adaptation. The play is not a version of the movie, the play is from the novel and is very different from the movie in many ways. Atticus is a very different person. I love the movie, of course, it’s a great movie, and Greg Pike does a great job, but I haven’t seen it in years. At some point, I might look at it again.
The problem with this material is that it’s always relevant to us and Americans because we have such an admirable desire for the society we think we can and should be. Of course, as always, with many aspirations, there is always one shortfall. The material takes a closer look at what we aspire to be and how we achieve that desire but how – that’s why I say lose innocence because one of the things Aaron has done so well is he did this about Attic Sri Lanka loses innocence, and, well, it’s not just children. So the idea of coming face-to-face with the harsh reality of your community and how it doesn’t fit the ideals you’ve been living in and allowing yourself to actually see reality without losing hope is a real task. It’s a task for all of us because we’re always frustrated.
What did you learn from this work about yourself and your performance?
Well, acting is pragmatic; during rehearsal, you’re figuring it out from night to night. If you’re just keeping your head down, you’re doing the work, and you’re figuring it out from night to night based on how it goes, you’re not going to have any major revelations about yourself. You’re always working on improving your skillset and you know where the laughs are. You are really just doing the job. In terms of how it affects me, you spend eight times a week thinking about the background of the show so that it brings you closer to the history of the show, when it happened, our story as Americans, the show problems in . Play.
Then, no matter what your character is going through, you have a very special journey for your character. Whatever your character goes through on the show will make you reflect on these aspects of your life. This is inevitable. This is the character, and the best way to do that is to find affinity. Everyone goes through most of the things that a person’s character goes through time and time again, so with a point of identification, you have insight. There’s no grand theme to learning from drama, you’re just trying to do it and make the right choices for the audience.
How do you spend your breaks on the road? Do you visit restaurants or museums?
Yes, museums always. At my age, this role is very demanding, so I am very religious. Anyway, when I’m doing a show, I tend to be pretty monk. My day is prepared for what happens when the curtain goes up, so it’s always on top of my mind. I don’t do much. I’ve been to most of these cities before, so I’ve seen a lot of things you only have to see once. There are some things, like in Washington, there are some museums that I like to see. It’s always great if the food has a local flavor or something like that.
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Overall, why do you recommend readers take a look at this tour?
I think, first of all, if it’s just a production to kill a robin That’s probably reason enough to see it, because of the emotional connection people have with the material and a relevant and important story we tell ourselves over and over again. I would say this has a double recommendation because of Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation and exemplary direction, and Bart Scher is an amazing director.Well this great company of actors means you’re not just going to see to kill a robin It’s a great story, but it’s a theatrical experience.
There are many on the road, and people have not seen many plays. They’ve seen a lot of musicals, but not a lot of plays. If you want to experience a truly great theatrical event, come to us because we will give you a lot. It’s a beautiful company, a beautiful show, and a beautiful theater, so we want you to come, and we want to tell you the story.
Next, see what Jeff Daniels has to say about playing Atticus Finch on Broadway!