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Although that may not necessarily mean the end of the show – there reportedly has been interest expressed from other platforms – Lee was asked by Digital Spy about the show’s cancellation. He spoke about how it felt similar to the end of “Pushing Daisies” and how – regardless – he’s excited about Richard Armitage’s upcoming take on Francs Dolarhyde, the Red Dragon.
“I was so disappointed that ‘Hannibal’ was canceled,” he told Digital Spy. “It’s kind of brought back the memories of when ‘Pushing Daisies’ was canceled too soon. I just thought ‘What the hell? What do you have to do to win this?’
“I love what Bryan Fuller is doing with ‘Hannibal'; it’s such a smart show and so beautiful and cinematic. It’s got such a committed, loyal fan base. I’m really excited to see what Richard Armitage does when he comes on as the Red Dragon, because that’s such an awesome character.”
In a separate article with DS, Lee Pace talked about his take on social media and the impact it’s had on breaking down barriers with fans. (If you’ve ever tweeted at him, it sounds like he may have taken a peek at your profile to get a better idea of you are!) There’s also brief talk about Joe MacMillan’s arc on the current season of “Halt And Catch Fire.” Check out an excerpt below, and be sure to visit both sources for the full articles.
Speaking about talking with his passionate fan base online, he said: “It’s been nothing but a good experience for me. I find people really supportive and enthusiastic. It’s removed a barrier between me and them that I was happy was gone.
“You depend on the subterfuge of the media, and now you don’t have to. You can send them a good wish or tell them something you’re interested in. If someone follows you, you can click on their page and see a little bit of what they’re about. You don’t get a total picture of someone, but you see what they’re interesting in showing, and you get to eavesdrop a bit on their life, and it’s interesting.”
Lee Pace recently spoke to The Guardian about “Halt and Catch Fire,” his current AMC series on the birth of personal computers and the people behind the movement. He’s also asked about his technology experience, from feeling nostalgic about Speak & Spell to his involvement in video games. And what’s coming up in Lee’s career? Well, he’s just planning on taking some time off. Check out an excerpt below before heading to the source for the full interview.
Your current project is “Halt and Catch Fire” — a drama about the birth of home computing doesn’t immediately sound that compelling.
I thought the script was interesting — something I didn’t know much about. I know about the tech industry after 2000: Facebook and so on. That’s the tech history we’re most exposed to -– what’s happening now. The birth of it all felt like a dark spot.
Is it tough to sell some of the more technical dialogue?
I understand as much as I can. These characters are experts, so I’ve given myself a pass on some of it. The show isn’t really about computers; it’s about people. People who really care about computers the way I care about movies. How they work, how they connect, which programs run them. That’s their area of creativity.
Not to get everyone excited, but there’s been quite some buzz lately about Lee Pace rejoining Bryan Fuller (creator of “Wonderfalls” and “Pushing Dasies”) for the ongoing NBC drama, “Hannibal.” Although Bryan initially wanted Lee to play Francis Dolarhyde – aka the Red Dragon – Lee’s AMC series “Halt and Catch Fire” unfortunately caused a scheduling conflict. Instead, the role of Francis went to Richard Armitage, who played Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit.
Now there’s some talk from Bryan that he would like to see Lee in another role: Buffalo Bill. In a recent interview with the French Daily Mars, he was specifically asked about Lee Pace and their potential future together on “Hannibal”:
You’ve got a whole Fullerverse, with actors going from one of your series to another. Any chance we’ll get a Lee Pace cameo [in “Hannibal”]?
We’ve been trying. I talked to Lee years ago about playing the Red Dragon. He was busy on his show, “Halt and Catch Fire,” and was not available. But if we do manage to have the characters from Silence of the Lambs, I think it would be great to have Lee Pace play Buffalo Bill. It would amazing.
It should also be noted that Bryan Fuller recently (on June 4th) threw everyone in a tizzy during a “Hannibal” Facebook Q&A. When asked who he thought Lee Pace could play in a cameo role, Bryan answered in past-tense: “He’s made a great Buffalo Bill.”
So, what do you think? Would Lee make a great Buffalo Bill? Would you like to see him and Bryan reunite again, this time for “Hannibal”?
The first poster for The Program has been released, just one day after the first teaser trailer hit the web. (Remember: Lee Pace is playing Bill Stapleton, Lance Armstrong’s agent.) Amidst plenty of overly Photoshopped posters lately, I find this one pretty appealing, with the syringe adding some tongue-in-cheek flair to the design. There is no official theatrical release date for this film, sadly, although hopefully this recent uptick in promotion means The Program will be ready for public consumption soon.
The first trailer – a teaser – for Stephen Frear’s The Program (formerly known as Icon) has been released. Lee Pace will play Bill Stapleton in this biopic depicting bicylist Lance Armstrong and his controversy surrounding performance enhancement drugs. Ben Foster stars as Armstrong, with a strong supporting cast including Chris O’Dowd, Guillaume Canet, and Jesse Plemons. Check out a brief summary of The Program below:
Based on the award winning book Seven Deadly Sins by David Walsh, this tense and suspenseful thriller looks at how one of the greatest deceptions in the modern era was uncovered while Armstrong convinced the world he was a hero, winning the Tour de France seven times.
The first peek at “Halt and Catch Fire” season two has been released in a very, very short promo featuring the four main cast members. Don’t get too excited: it’s probably the most teasing teaser I’ve ever seen, and Lee Pace himself is only on camera for a couple of seconds. Still, along with a new (five-minute) clip of S2 with Donna and Cameron, the new footage should help whet the appetites of eager fans until HACF returns to AMC on May 31st.
Earlier today, filmmakers involved with Lee Pace’s latest indie film, Revolt, took to IndieGogo in search of help. Their mission was to rase $15,000 for the community of Ward 48 in South Africa, where Revolt was filmed in 2014. The township – which is on the outskirts of Johannesburg – is in dire need of assistance. Money raised throughout the campaign will be used to help bring positive changes to Ward 48, such as drug counselors, a soccer field, car wash, and garden to help feed its citizens.
Happily, the goal of raising $15k – a donation amount which was to be matched by the filmmakers – was quickly reached. They are still collecting donations on their IndieGogo page. Additionally, you’ll receive various gifts in return for your generosity — but don’t let that be the incentive for your giving. Every little bit helps the campaign; so even if you only have $1, please consider supporting Ward 48 and giving back to a community that truly needs it. They graciously housed the cast and crew of Revolt, so let’s give us our thanks!
The first episode stills and synopsis for Lee Pace’s episode of “The Mindy Project” are finally available. His episode – cleverly titled “San Francisco Bae” – is airing on FOX next week, January 13th. (Lee is playing Alex Eakin, the “nerd-turned-billionaire ex-flame” — which explains his hair in the flashback still!) Check out a couple of pics from the ep in the gallery and a proper summary of what to expect below:
While trying to make friends in her new city, Mindy runs into a nerd-turned-billionaire ex-flame from Princeton. She imagines the life of riches she could have had with him and questions her relationship with Danny. Meanwhile, back in New York, Danny and Morgan think they witness Lauren cheating on Jeremy with Peter, so they devise a way to spy on Peter.
Lee Pace is on the cover of the current edition of CRASH Magazine (No. 70-1), which you can purchase from their site. (Make sure you get the Lee Pace cover, as Lily Collins is also on the cover of the current edition, albeit titled 70-2.) I’ve also added scans from Lee’s article – including beautiful new photographs – to the gallery. I’ll transcribe the interview and have it in the press archive shortly.