Since late May, there have been lots of really great articles and interviews from Lee Pace. Previously, I had only updated about the recent fan Q&A, but I’ve since added numerous other press pieces to the archive. Mostly, Lee talks about “Halt And Catch Fire,” but there’s actually a lot of talk about his past projects, including “Pushing Daisies” (and how he feels about a musical adaptation), Soldier’s Girl, and even Marmaduke. You can find a full list of the updates below:
• BUZZFED, May 29, 2014: Lee Pace is Ready for the Spotlight, But Not the Scrutiny
• YAHOO, May 29 2014: …Lee Pace Is [AMC’s] Next Leading Man
• THE HUFFINGTON POST, July 1, 2014: Lee Pace Likens His ‘Halt And Catch Fire’ Character To Patrick Bateman, But Not Don Draper
• THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, July 1, 2014: Lee Pace on Playing a Maverick Tech Marketer in “Halt and Catch Fire”
• YAHOO, June 5, 2014: Lee Pace Talks ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ ‘The Hobbit,’ and – Because We Made Him – ‘Marmaduke’
• HITFIX, May 30, 2014: Lee Pace on “Halt and Catch Fire” and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’
• TVLINE, May 30, 2014: Lee Pace on “Halt and Catch Fire’s” Computer-Pioneer Antihero
Earlier today, Lee Pace hit up Facebook to answer some fan questions. The hour-long event (which was only meant to be 30 minutes) was hosted by AMC’s “Halt And Catch Fire” FB page, so a big thanks – and props – to them for giving fans such an opportunity. Among talking about Joe MacMillan, Lee also answered questions about his favorite 80s music and what kind of movies inspired him as a young actor. You can check out an excerpt of the questions below, or read the whole transcript in the press archive.
It should also be noted that you can now find Lee Pace on Facebook:
Q&A: You’ve embodied so many different characters throughout your career as an actor. Do you have a set process for preparing yourself for the characters you play, or does it differ with each persona?
LP: Hey. Thanks for the question. The process is always different. Always different inspirations. Different cast of characters.
Q&A: What is the hardest part about playing this character?
LP: Learning the lines. And saying them in the right order. Just kidding. Seriously, thanks for the question. I’m intrigued by Joe as well. And I guess there are a lot of answers. He’s not an easy man to understand, and I’m still learning. His unprincipled ambition. His wild aspiration… Joe is an unhinged man. He lives a fantasy of his own creation. He is tenacious and will not rest until the world matches the possibility that he can visualize… That’s not a sane, or respectful, way to live. I love Joe. I defend him, even when he does despicable things. Joe knows what he wants to be… but he doesn’t know how he is. Who am I, really? It’s an important question for a man to face… and it’s time Joe started to ask it.
Q&A: Favorite 80s music?
LP: I’m a big music fan, and the music from the early 80s is so diverse and cool… The Clash. New Order. Michael Jackson. Who else?
Way back on May 22nd, Lee Pace was in Los Angeles to attend the “Halt And Catch Fire” premiere. He stars in this new AMC drama, playing the visionary Joe MacMillan who will do anything to have his voice heard in the computing boom of the early ’80s. His co-stars were in attendance at the event as well, including Scoot McNairy (Gordon Clark), Mackenzie Davis (Cameron Howe), Kerry Bishé (Donna Clark), and Toby Huss (John Bosworth).
“Halt And Catch Fire” is currently airing on AMC. You can catch new episodes every Sunday at 10/9c.
For a limited time only (until June 1st), you can watch the first episode of “Halt And Catch Fire” on AMC’s official site. As a special treat, the network has debuted the episode ahead of its June 1st premiere date on the channel. I’m unable to directly embed the video, so you’ll have to click the above photo of Lee Pace to reach AMC’s site.
If you’re impatient like me, definitely check it out — and report back to LPO with your thoughts! How do you feel about Joe MacMillan so far? Will you be tuning in for episode two and beyond? I have to say, I absolutely love Cameron so far and can’t wait to see where the series goes after the ending on this first episode.
AMC has released the first trailer for their new series, “Halt And Catch Fire.” Our first look at the upcoming drama is only 30 seconds long, so it’s essentially just a tease of things to come, but there’s plenty of Lee Pace footage for those interested. Excited yet? “Halt And Catch Fire” premieres Sunday, June 1st at 10/9c on AMC. Check out an official synopsis below:
“Halt and Catch Fire” is set roughly one year after IBM all but corners the market with the release of its first major product: the IBM PC. In this fictional drama, a former IBM executive, Joe MacMillan plans to reverse engineer the flagship product of his former employer and forces his current company, Cardiff Electric, into the personal computer race. MacMillan enlists the help of Gordon Clark, a once great engineer who dreams of creating a revolutionary product while trying to manage his initially unsupportive wife Donna, and Cameron Howe, a volatile prodigy who puts her future in jeopardy to join MacMillan;s rogue PC project. “Halt and Catch Fire” thrives on the spirit of innovation and explores what it’s like to stand at the forefront of something world-changing and work towards it, no matter the risk.
On March 15th, AMC brought their upcoming series “Halt And Catch Fire” to the annual South By Southwest festival in Austin, TX. Lee Pace was in attendance, along with Scoot McNairy, Kerry Bishe, Mackenzie Davis, Toby Huss, creator Christopher C. Rogers and Christopher Cantwell, and executive producer Jonathan Lisco. You can see photos from the event (including the panel) in the gallery. I’ve also added an interview with Lee and Mackenzie from SXSW to the press archive; check out an excerpt below:
CraveOnline: What are your roles in “Halt and Catch Fire” as they pertain to the PC industry?
Lee Pace: I’ll start about Joe MacMillan. Joe is someone who comes from IBM. There was this phrase that our advisor told me about, The Wild Ducks. The Wild Ducks are the ones who left IBM and tried to start something else. There were a lot of them. So that’s what Joe is. He’s someone who’s leaving the corporate structure because this technology is such an exciting, fun wave.
He’s looking down the road and seeing the potential of this technology. In the pilot I have a line that sticks out. “Computers aren’t the thing. They’re the thing that gets us to the thing.” I just need to get people to build the computer that I want that I’m going to bring to the world. That’s why I get together with Gordon Clark and Cameron, so they can build my computer. So we’re making a computer. It’s really simple.
We’re just trying to make an awesome computer because in the world of tech, you’re either the most awesome or you’re out of business. Either you’ve got something that people want to spend your dollars on because everyone’s trying to fight for the same dollars.
So how do you get to be the guy who gets them? The show is very much about how now these phones in our pockets are such ubiquitous parts of our lives, and they’re great. They give us so much freedom and do the things that we need them to do but someone made that happen, lots of people working very hard together and fighting and collaborating to turn the mainframes into these.