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Kevin McKidd's Shocking New Role
by Carrie Bell October 29, 2009 10:15 AM EST
Grey's Anatomy doctor Kevin McKidd had to rush from the hair-raising unveiling of the world's first billboard to feature lightning, created with electricity and movie magic to promote his 2010 movie "Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief," to a haircut.
“When they flipped the switch, I could feel my hair start to stick up from the static,” McKidd, who plays Poseidon in the Fox family film based on a best-selling children’s book series, told TV Guide Magazine. “There was a tingle on my head, which is ironic because I have to go to the set after this for a haircut. It’s not very glamorous but it needs to be done. I’m getting a little scruffy and I have a big scene tomorrow for the Christmas episode. All I can say is that me and two other people from the cast will be making music and creating something special for the hospital’s holiday gathering.”
He would not clarify whether his character Owen Hunt would be singing or playing an instrument, but neither option is a skill he claims to be an expert at. “I don’t know if I would go as far as to say that I am good, but I will give it my best shot.”
One actor he hopes to keep making sweet music with is Sandra Oh. “Personally, I hope Owen and Cristina make it through the season unscathed and together because I love working with Sandra and I felt like we were telling a valid, emotional, truthful story that many people are going through in this country. But there‘s been so much happening at work with the merger that they have stepped back from the personal side stories. Because they’re in a relatively new relationship, the tension is taking its toll. They’re misreading each other and have gotten out of sync, but they’re going to get back in sync over the next few weeks. Of course, there are also a few things that they’re going to butt heads over. [Those] will be a signal for the problems they will have throughout the rest of the season, which they may or may not manage to resolve.”
While he hopes the on-screen couple works out the kinks, he’s enjoying how much the Seattle Grace/Mercy West merger storyline is keeping everyone on their toes. “I make sure to memorize all my lines so they don’t get any ideas about firing Owen,” he joked before adding, “One of the things they do so well at Grey’s is keep everybody including the audience engaged and hungry. You want contentment in life, not on your favorite TV show. We’re a much better show when the drama level is high. The writers allow just enough happiness to balance out the bleak times.”
"Lightning Thief" gave McKidd a much-needed escape from the bleak realism of the hospital drama during his last hiatus. “Everything on Grey’s is based in reality and they go to great lengths to be accurate whereas this job, playing a Greek God, was like playing make believe. It’s all fantasy. It was fun to wear a skirt again. I haven’t been in one since I finished Rome on HBO. It felt like getting into an old pair of pajamas. It’s like riding a bike.”
If the film is a hit, McKidd may have many more opportunities to exchange scrubs for togas as there are four more novels in the franchise. “My son is reading them a second time and he’s told me which books have a lot for me to do. He can answer any question about the mythology. He did my research for me for this gig. I wish he had as much interest in medical terminology.”
Silver River’s first drama, One Night In Emergency, goes out on BBC Scotland before Christmas and has been lined up for a network slot next year. The 60-minute drama is a modern interpretation of Homer’s The Odyssey set within a hospital and has a twist “like The Sixth Sense”. It stars Grey’s Anatomy’s Kevin McKidd and Michelle Ryan.
One Night In Emergency
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Seat prices: £6.00 / Reduced Rate £5.50 / Under 18's £4.00 / Eden Court Friends £1.00 off tickets Playhouse Cinema
This event has the following performances:
13 November 2009 8:30PM One Night In Emergency (15)
Fri 13 Nov
One Night In Emergency marks the television debut of critically-acclaimed playwright, Gregory Burke (Black Watch). Inspired by Homer's Odyssey, this hard-hitting drama charts one man's journey through the wards of an overrun, inner-city hospital.
Peter (McKidd) and Penny (Ryan) are an ordinary middle class couple: childless, career-minded and cosseted. But when Penny is admitted to A&E with what appears to be a minor complaint, their world is turned upside down. Peter arrives at the hospital late. It's a busy night, and the emergency department is full of the ill and injured. Frustrated by the lack of help he receives, Peter decides to take matters into his own hands. He begins to wander the corridors in search of his wife. As he ventures deep inside the building, a series of strange encounters divert him from the task at hand. He is slowly drawn into a parallel world of officious security guards, social outcasts and drug-addicted hospital staff. Will he escape in time to see the woman he loves and atone for past mistakes?
Certificate: 15 Running time: 59 mins Director: Michael Offer Cast: Kevin McKidd, Michelle Ryan, Igal Naor, James Cosmo, Ewen Bremner, David Hayman, Gary Lewis, Jamie Sives, Sanjeev Kohli Year: 2009 Country: UK Language: English
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DEREK PERFORMS THE HARDEST SURGERY OF HIS CAREER ON A HOSPITAL CO-WORKER, DESPITE THE CHIEF'S STRONG OBJECTIONS, ON ABC'S "GREY'S ANATOMY"
Directed by Emmy-nominated Chandra Wilson (Dr. Miranda Bailey)
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The Lightning Billboard will illuminate the Sunset Strip (8755 Sunset Boulevard) intersection of Sunset and Sherbourne Dr @ 7:30PM on Wednesday, October 28 in West Hollywood.
Attending the event will be two of the film’s exciting young stars: Logan Lerman (“3:10 to Yuma”) who portrays Percy; and Alexandra Daddario (“The Baby-Sitters”), who stars as another demi-god, Annabeth, daughter of Athena.
Additional star wattage will be provided by expected attendees Pierce Brosnan (“Mamma Mia”), who portrays Chiron, the Centaur who runs a special camp for these demigods called Camp Half Blood; Melina Kanakaredes (“CSI:NY”), who portrays Athena, daughter of Zeus; and Kevin McKidd (“Grey's Anatomy”), who plays Poseidon.
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