recent spate of abductions of babies from their mothers, Red informs Liz
that the “Cyprus Agency” is the illegal adoption organization
responsible. Coincidentally, Liz and Tom contemplate adoption of their
own which fuels Liz to track down the organizations CEO, Owen Mallory
(guest star, Campbell Scott).
is one of the most exciting new shows airing this fall, and one of the
main reasons for that is star James Spader.
On the NBC series, James
plays Raymond Reddington, a wanted fugitive who turns himself into the
FBI: on more conditions than we have time for right now.
While we don’t
know a lot about the criminal he plays, we’ve rounded up five
interesting facts for you about the man behind the mystery.
1. He prefers the name “Jimmy.” James
Spader often plays some pretty cold, calculating, sleazy characters, so
imagining that he would prefer the name Jimmy is strangely amusing to
us. But it’s true, should you run into the actor in a dark alley, make
sure you use his nickname. Or else.
2. He doesn’t really like television. Though Jimmy has played some long-running characters on shows like The Practice, Boston Legal, The Office, and now The Blacklist, he admitted in a recent interview that he doesn’t really watch TV. “I’ve never been a big TV watcher,”
he explains about going into the job. But despite that fact, he really
enjoys not knowing what’s going to happen next on his own show, since
scripts roll in one at a time.
3. He had to shave his head for the role of Red. Before
stepping into the FBI offices, James was rolling with some long locks.
But when he was getting into character, he decided that Reddington
should be largely bald, so he shaved his head! “He’s someone who has to
travel lightly and move swiftly, and it seemed eminently practical for
him,” the actor explains of his reasoning.
4. He’s been acting for longer than his co-star has been alive. Co-star Megan Boone,
who plays FBI profiler and Red’s sometimes partner Elizabeth Keene, is a
mere 30 years old. Jimmy, on the other hand, has been appearing on
television and in movies since 1978 (35 years). He got his first big
movie break in Endless Love, starring as Brooke Shields’s brother in the 1981 film.
5. He won’t watch his own movies. James
is often quoted as saying that although he enjoys working on all the
movies he’s been in — and there are many — he won’t watch them. That’s
fine, Jimmy, we’ve got you covered!
and Tom might be adopting one such baby. This realization will make Liz
speed up her search for the CEO of Cyprus Agency.
that Red dropped the name of Cyprus Agency, as the next on The Blacklist, to prevent Liz from adopting a stolen baby.