In a fantastic new interview with, well, Interview Magazine, Jim Parsons of “The Big Bang Theory” spoke to Lee Pace for a very easy-going conversation. They talked about Lee’s latest foray into Middle-earth with The Hobbit trilogy and tech-savvy Joe Macmillan in AMC’s “Halt And Catch Fire” — and even dabbled into Lee’s youth, including early runs at Houston’s Alley Theatre. Lee and Jim have known each other for years – they starred together in the Tony Award-winning play, The Normal Heart – and it creates for an easy rapport. Check out an excerpt of the interview below before heading to the source:
PARSONS: For a TV show – maybe for any project, but certainly for a continuing TV show – it is the people, the characters, that people want to see.
PACE: [“Halt and Catch Fire” is] about this American identity of the hunger for success and ambition and failure. We live in this culture where everyone’s just trying to get it right all the time: You’re trying to get right with God, you’re trying to be the right person, you’re trying to do this right, that right. And no one ever will. I really applaud the writers for writing these characters who are in the thick of trying to weed through the competition of their ambition versus their heart and their fallibility and their inadequacies and mediocrity and their desire to be more than they are. It’s the greys on this show that I find most interesting. You find yourself trying to categorize things – it’s this; it’s that – but it’s not that. It’s a grey thing that we all live through with the passage of time and our faulty record of memory.
PARSONS: And like you say, anything that I can think of that any human is trying to do, is aim for some sort of “perfection,” and that’s not going to happen.
PACE: The show is about innovation, the march into the future. It’s impossible to think about that without really weighing the lasting impact of the past and the complicated conditions of the present.