Welcome to Random Roles , wherein we talk to actors about the characters who defined their careers. The catch: They don’t know beforehand what roles we’ll ask them to talk about. The actor: If there’s one sure way to confirm John Lithgow’s success as an actor, it’s that he’s managed to maintain a high-profile career for the better part of four decades. Granted, he didn’t really hit household-name status until the early ’80s, but after films like The World According To Garp, Twilight Zone: The Movie, Footloose, The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension, and Harry And The Hendersons, his reputation as a character actor was permanently secured. Since then, Lithgow has also found success on the small screen, earning both laughs (3rd Rock From The Sun) and screams (Dexter), and his latest turn is toward the dramatic, playing Winston Churchill in Netflix’s new historical drama, The Crown. The Crown (2016)—“Sir Winston Churchill” The A.V. Club: How much about the history of Winston Churchill did you know going into this project? Are you a history buff? John Lithgow: Not particularly. Actually, I had done a project called World War II: When Lions Roared on television, an NBC miniseries,… Read full this story
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