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    PETER FACINELLI has been working in film and television for quite some time now. If you've loved CAN'T HARDLY WAIT as much as I have, then you've grown to love and hate the roles he plays. On FX's DAMAGES, he plays Greg Malina and once again it's a character you want to slap one minute and bed the next. He walks a fine line between right and wrong, good and evil so honest... he fits right in with the rest of the shady characters on this superb drama.

    We got the chance to chat with Peter last week and while he couldn't really spill any information for us as the season hits it's back half but he was very easy to talk to and as you'll see there might even be a Jennie Garth cameo in there somewhere.
     
     

    Question: How long of a run are you going to have on Damages? I know you've done five or six episodes, I believe. How long do you believe your character will be taking part in this season?

    P. Facinelli: You know, I don't know. Gregory is kind of torn between two sides right now and every time I flip the page, I wonder if I'm going to be in the next episode myself. So it's all up in the air right now, but because my character pertains to this one particular case, I believe when the season is over, then my part would be over.

    Question: It looks like Gregory is going to be deeper and more involved in the conspiracy than we maybe originally thought. Can you give us any insight into where it's going with the rest of the episodes this season or what you have filmed so far?

    P. Facinelli: Well, I could tell you, but then I'd have to kill you. Like I said, he was in Florida. He knows what's going on and he is being torn between two sides. And that's pretty much all I can tell you. I can't tell you any future episodes because I don't want to ruin it for you. But he is, after Katie has been knocked out, pretty much the missing link in the whole case.

    Question: Does he have any redeeming qualities? You've got to kind of wonder, he's --

    P. Facinelli: It's hard because I know in the episodes you've seen, he's kind of a dirt bag, but I think he's just a guy that was in the wrong place at the wrong time and got caught up in something and is just in survival mode. So I don't necessarily see him as a bad guy.

    Question: I realize you probably can't tell us too much about your character in the future.

    P. Facinelli: Yes, I apologize about that, I wish I could. It's hard for me because I have to be careful how much information I give out. I don't want the powers that be coming after me. I'm really paranoid right now myself. I feel like people are listening in.

    Question: I notice last week's episode was directed by Mario Van Peebles. What was he like to work with?

    P. Facinelli: Oh, Mario is great. He's an actor, so he's a real actor's director. It's interesting doing episodic. I've done episodic before and every episode is a different director. So you never know if you are going to get a director that is more technical or a director that is more camera savvy and lets the actors just do their thing, or somebody who just comes in and kind of plays and works with the actors. Mario is one of those guys that did that. He gives me ideas and suggestions that I hadn't thought of. So it was kind of nice and I enjoyed him very much.

    Question: So much of the cast is based in New York City and I know you are married to Jennie Garth. I wanted to know if you preferred living on the East Coast raising your family there versus the West Coast.

    P. Facinelli: You know I grew up in New York, so New York is always going to be home for me. But I have been living out in California for ten years, so I really prefer living in California because raising a family, I really like the suburbs to live in, as much of a suburb as you can get in Los Angeles. But for me, if I lived in New York, it would have to be in Manhattan, because I love Manhattan. It's just a melting pot of different people and places and art and theater. And so, if I was single, I would totally live in New York.

    So it's kind of nice that I've actually been going back and forth. I've been flying in, doing three days and flying back home. So it's been a nice treat for me because I've gotten to see my family. I've gotten to spend quite a bit of time in New York, but then I get to fly home and be with my family here.

    Question: I was wondering how you came about the role of Greg and how much of the backstory they told you in advance.

    P. Facinelli: Well, I knew the writers beforehand because I did a pilot with them called 'The Inside' that actually got picked up by FOX and subsequently, we all left the project for different reasons. So we weren't attached to the final project that aired, but I knew the writers and I wasn't even aware that they had done this pilot.

    They called me on a Friday and they said, "Hey, do you want to come and do an arch on our show?" And they sent me the pilot and I thought it was phenomenal. I said, "Of course." And I was shooting on a Tuesday, so I had like four days to basically prep for the role. But at the beginning stage, I don't think they even knew where the character was going. They had a small idea, and then it basically unfolded itself.

    And that's why I love this show. It kind of gives you pieces, and just unfolds itself like a good novel. A lot of times I don't even know where the characters are going. I flip the page and where I think it's going is completely the opposite.

    Question: What appealed to you most about the character of Greg?

    P. Facinelli: You know, it's hard to say what appealed to me because he's such in a hard place, but it's fun to play that character because he is in that place of being sandwiched between two sides and not knowing exactly which side to turn to. He's kind of a very lonely character and all he had was Katie and she's gone now to, you know. So for him, he's just kind of swimming in this huge ocean and just looking for somebody to help him because he wants out on one side, but he's not sure if he should go to the other side and tell them the story.

    Question: What do you think is the best part about being on Damages for you personally?

    P. Facinelli: You know it's such a phenomenal cast and the writing is so good. Like I said before, reading it is as fun as watching it and every time I turn the page, I don't know whatís going to happen next. And then I get to work with these phenomenal actors. It's been a blast; I've been blessed to be a part of it.

    Question: This one is actually about one of your past projects, 'Fastlane'. I don't know if this is just kind of one of those things you notice, but it seems like that show is getting a lot of mentions again. And I know it is pretty popular in reruns. I just was wondering if you are still getting fan mail from that. Are people kind of rediscovering the show from the reruns?

    P. Facinelli: You know that show had such a phenomenal life, I've gotten fan mail from all over the world. From Brazil to Europe to China, it's been crazy where it has been shown. Yes, it has been in a lot of reruns on a lot of different stations. I know it was on G4 Network, it was on Court TV for some reason. But yes, definitely for a series that only had one year, it has definitely in the last four or five years been on a lot. I'm glad. I thought it was a phenomenal series. I had a fun time doing it. I'm glad that people are discovering it and rediscovering it and I hope that it continues this way.

    Question: I was just wondering if you could talk a little bit about 'Touch the Top of the World'. I seem to remember at the time, that you had to go through a lot of physical training or something, losing weight and gaining it back.

    P. Facinelli: Well, I played Erik Weihenmayer and he was a blind man who climbed Mt. Everest. If someone were to come in and say to me, "If you were to play a perfect role, what would you want to play?" And I'd probably say, "A blind man that climbs Mt. Everest just sounds so outrageous." And it was a great part to play. I got to play him from like 17 to 30, so it was an epic piece. And I got to play him when he was a wrestler in high school. He was a blind wrestler in high school, and so I had to learn how to wrestle and I had to learn how to mountain climb and I had to learn how to rock climb. It was a great experience.

    Then for the blind part, I wore contact lenses that didn't allow me to see. I didn't want to just play the blindness and lose Erik, because that's not who he was. He's not the blind guy; it's more of an external thing. And, so once I had the contact lenses, that took care of that external part and then I could just play him, and it was a great experience. And a phenomenal experiment as an actor, because all I had was my listening tools, so I really had to listen. Yes, it is one of my favorite projects I have done, and it is just a good story.

    Question: So you're from Queens, New York. Are you able to call forth that accent if you need to for certain parts because you sound very accent neutral right now?

    P. Facinelli: I try not to because I'm afraid it would get stuck. I had a really thick accent, a 'My Cousin Vinny' kind of accent and I went to NYU. It was fantastic because they taught you speech and they taught you movement and all the tools that an actor needs. And my speech teacher I hated because she was so hard on me, but she beat my accent out of me. I could play it if I needed to, but I try not to go there because when I go back to New York, it starts to come out of me.

    What I'm proud of in my career is being able to play all of the characters that I've played like the business man in 'The Big Kahuna', and the slick cop in 'Fastlane' and the blind mountain climber in 'Touch the Top of the World'. And if I only had one accent, that New York accent, I wouldn't be able to play all those people. And the great thing about that speech class was once you learn neutral speech, you can play any accent. I've gotten to play a Texas accent and experiment with different ones.
     

    Question: Damages is one among several that I think has been very lauded, about what FX has been doing over the last couple years. How does it feel on your side as a talent about projects coming from FX as compared to other sources for other projects you might be presented with?

    P. Facinelli: Well, I think it just broadens everything. It used to be three big networks, and that's what you go up for and everything else is 'cable,' or HBO and Showtime, which were a step above everything else. But I think everything is changing now. There's some really good shows on the three networks and then you have HBO and Showtime, which are still phenomenal and now other cable channels like FX. And there's some shows on USA that are starting to become really popular and really high quality. I talked to somebody once who said, "Nowadays there's almost better quality on television than in some film," which is kind of interesting.
     

    Question: I know you're character has had limited screen time with the whole cast, so I was wondering as a viewer or as an actor yourself, what is your favorite relationships on the show to watch?

    P. Facinelli: You know, it's different every episode. It's really interesting in reading the script, because when you get to the set, you're focused on your character, so you almost forget some of the other story lines. So when I watch it, I get to watch it with fresh eyes again. And you know, last week's episode with Ted Danson, I thought he was just so engaging and funny and charming. I loved his performance. I had forgotten it in the script, when he hit the guy with the thing, I was laughing out loud. It's fun to watch, so yes, every week they focus on different people a little bit more than others and it changes every week. So every week is different. Of course, Ted Danson last week was just phenomenal for me.

    Question: Aside from 'Dancing with the Stars', what other shows do you plan on watching in the fall? Do you get to watch any?

    P. Facinelli: Oh, I don't know because I don't really watch a lot of TV, so I don't really know what else is out there. I usually rent movies if I watch anything at night, but I don't know what's coming up in the fall. I know there are a lot of new shows coming up, so I'll see what everyone is talking about and check that out.

    Question: If you had a conversation with Greg, what would you want to say to him? Would you give him any advice or --

    P. Facinelli: Hold on a second -- Dogs, kids, and female voice (possibly the Jennie Garth encounter I mentioned above?, I silently scream out my love for '90210?) Sorry about that.

    Question: No problem. If you could have a conversation with Greg, what would you want to say to him? Would you give some advice or would you just shoot the breeze?

    P. Facinelli: Oh, that's a good question. So if I could have a conversation with Greg, I'd want to tell him ... I don't know that's a hard one. I'd want to tell him to pick a side already and dig yourself out of that hole. You've got to get Katie back because she didn't deserve that.

    Question: What have you learned by being on Damages - either in general or about yourself being on the show?

    P. Facinelli: It's so early in the morning... What have I learned on Damages? I've learned how good the writers are and to really trust the writing. On some shows, there's a tendency to ad-lib or go off the books, but on this show, I really try to stick to the writing. Because sometimes they give out re-writes and they just change a period to an exclamation point, so that's how detail oriented they are. And you know if they are spending so much time on each word, then each word is very important to them. So I try to really stick on book. So that's been interesting for me because I like to ad-lib.

    Question: So you're allowed to ad-lib some?

    P. Facinelli: Well, they let you ad-lib at times, but because they're working so hard on the dialog, they really prefer that you stick to it. If you want to add something to the end and if it works, it works; if not, they can cut it out. But in the middle of a scene, it's better on this series to really stick to the dialog.

    Also I think why they put so much emphasis on it is because if an actor comes in and changes a line, it might affect a piece of story that might be coming out three episodes from now. So you really have to as an actor just stick to the words. Because if I try to change something, all of a sudden that piece of information might not get across and two episodes from now, people won't understand it. So it's a very interesting piece. This whole series for me has been different because it's not close-ended; it's like one long puzzle.

    Quesiton: I was looking at the head's up for tomorrow night's episode (this episode has aired since the interview was released) and it says that Patty is committed to keeping you safe from Frobisher. I'm just wondering if you were in Gregory's shoes, as Peter, which side would you choose and why? Would you go with Patty or would you go with Frobisher?

    P. Facinelli: Well, I think he's been screwed around so much by Frobisher, that if I were Greg, I would tend to want to jump on the other side just out of frustration. But I also know that he's kind of very tied to that side. He's got a lot of skeletons in that closet.

    Question: I was just wondering, because I still haven't figured out if Patty is any better than Frobisher. I still donít know if she's evil or not.

    P. Facinelli: Well, that's the beauty of the show. You don't know who to root for yet and I think in a weird way, the audience is Greg. They are stuck between two people going, "Who do you root for and which side is the good guys?"

    Question: Peter you're working with a network, FX that is very receptive to having actors pitch their projects for series like Rob McElhenney's 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' and Dennis Leary's 'Rescue Me'. You and your wife are both very experienced in film and television. I wonder if you have a project you might be cooking up or a concept for a show for FX to pitch to pitch to them?

    P. Facinelli: You know, I do have a concept for a show that I'm working on right now, but I hadn't thought of FX, so thank you. Maybe I'll take it to them.

    Question: So my feeling in watching what's happened over the last few episodes is that we know Noah Bean's character is dead. We see that a couple times per episode, all bloody in the bathtub. But your character is the one that has the most ongoing violence and pressure for weeks now. You've gotten beaten up. There was almost an assassination last week and Peter Riegert comes in once per episode with some kind of veiled threat or overt threat to you. There are these moments when you do relax and your character does have that hook-up at the pub, but what are you doing to kind of prepare for the paranoia? Engender it, I mean you go in the street and there's a threat in every shadow --

    P. Facinelli: Yes, I know what you're saying. The stakes are very high for my character at all times and I try to make sure that I remember that when I'm working. As far as the paranoia, I just get into a mindset, and sometimes it's hard to shut off. There have been a couple of times I've gone to New York and spent the day in my hotel room, as me not even as Greg, just kind of not going outside.

    And I think that kind of helps prepare you, too. It helps me get prepared, too, because then when I go to work the next day. I'm completely paranoid because I haven't left my hotel room in a day. I actually had the security guard knock on my door twice while I was there because I hadn't left my room all day, and they were worried about me. And the room I'm staying in is a tiny little room. So when you spend 24 hours locked up in a room and then you go to the set, it kind of plays on your nerves a little bit. So that's a little secret that I use to help with the paranoia. But it kind of blurs the lines a little bit because then I go home and I'm a little paranoid.

    I remember text-ing one of the writers going, "I'm having a really good time on this show. I hope you're not killing me off anytime soon." Because I'm totally like Greg, I'm worried that I'm going to die at any second.

    Question: I was just wondering if you could tell us about some of the upcoming projects. I know you have two movies, 'Lily' and 'Finding Amanda' upcoming. If you could, just talk about those a little bit.

    P. Facinelli: Well, 'Lily' was a short that I had done. My assistant was a filmmaker about two years ago, and I thought he was talented, so I said, "Why don't you write something and we'll do it together?" And he wrote it and it came out really well, it just won some awards at the film festivals. Oliver Stone saw it and gave it a great quote, so he's ecstatic. and I'm happy to be able to help launch his career because I think he's talented as well.

    And 'Finding Amanda' is a project that I'm excited about, that Peter Tolan directed. A lot of people know him from FX's 'Rescue Me', one of the writers and creators on the show. He wrote and directed a movie called 'Finding Amanda' with Brittany Snow, myself and Matthew Broderick and that's a really funny movie. I'm excited about that, I think that will come out the beginning of next year.

    Question: Just one final question for you. How do you keep it all together with the family, three young kids, flying back and forth for work?

    P. Facinelli: I don't know, didn't you hear my dogs yapping before? It's not always a piece of cake. You know, I have a great wife and she's very supportive. I'm very supportive of her and we just make it work. My wife's schedule right now is crazy because she's rehearsing so much. So I'm here with the kids and she's off rehearsing and then I'll go to work. And we also have a nanny that helps, so we have a lot of help.

    But at the same time, we don't just leave the kids to the help because that's not how we raise our family. We want to be involved parents, so we really do as much as we can. But it's a balancing act, especially since I have three children. My daughter has soccer. Another daughter has something else and I have a baby who is crawling around trying to eat toys. It's pretty hectic at my house.



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