Fred Thompson today admitted that the only reason he was running for president was to be able to successfully negotiate roles where he could sit down more. He also believes that he has become typecast as a lawyer, and yearned for an opportunity to do something new.
"People do that, you know," said Thompson, removing his shoes in the lazy 4th Street bistro 'Siesta Moon'. "They see you in a role like DA Arthur Branch, and they think that's all you can do. So I said to myself, why don't I throw 'em a curveball and play something that's the exact opposite of a lawyer - a politician. I seemed to have convinced a lot of people, if I do say so myself."
One of the people that Thompson was able to convince is legendary producer Steven Bochco, who was lured out of retirement to helm a remake of the TV classic 'Ironside'. The show is slated to premier on ABC in October 2008.
"It's a whole re-imagining of the Ironside story, a drama with a family element" claims Bochco. "Instead of a policeman who is paralyzed by a sniper's bullet, Fred plays a president who is paralyzed by a terrorist's bullet. He has to depend on his quick wits and internal fortitude in order to deal with harsh diplomacy. He rolls around a lot, and he has a hot wife who's always getting into wacky situations."
Scheduling problems could arise if, as Thompson expects, he becomes the Republican nominee for president. "If the show doesn't premier until mid-November, then it's just going to be that much bigger," explains the always optimistic Thompson. "The good thing is that we should have the whole season in the can in time for my inauguration."
©2007, Mark Hoback