While Dominic West has been acting for two decades, I’ll admit that he only got on my radar when I started watching HBO’s amazing series, The Wire. Over the course of the series, West did an amazing job portraying the complicated life of detective James ‘Jimmy’ McNulty. While the show was never a ratings bonanza for HBO, it will go down as one of the best TV shows ever produced, and it provided a launching pad for its excellent cast to take bigger projects. For West, that bigger project is John Carter. In Andrew Stanton‘s film, West plays the leader of an alien race who is obsessed with taking over Barsoom (Mars).
The other week, Disney held a big press junket in Arizona, and I landed an exclusive video interview with West. During our extended conversation we talked about how he got involved in John Carter, the challenges of the production and working with green screen, his reaction to the finished film, the reshoots, how he might do an upcoming HBO series, and more. In addition, as a huge fan of The Wire, I made sure to ask about his work on the show and how it opened the door to other things. Finally, we talked about West’s little-known but crucial part in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. Hit the jump to watch the interview.