Whether or not he’s back on ‘‘The Walking Dead,’’ Morrissey means to keep taking risks with his roles.
‘‘I want to go into a job feeling a bit of frisson, thinking things MAY not work,’’ he explains before offering ‘‘Blackpool’’ as a prime example.
Retitled ‘‘Viva Blackpool’’ for its U.S. telecast in 2005, this was a quirky British miniseries in which he costarred with David Tennant, whose credits include The Doctor in ‘‘Dr. Who.’’ Morrissey played the thuggish owner of an arcade in the seaside town of Blackpool, England, who becomes swallowed up in a murder probe.
What truly set apart the series was the penchant of its characters for bursting into a song-and-dance number at the drop of a hat. Think Tony Soprano channeling Elvis. Clearly, THIS was risky for all concerned!
‘‘I remember halfway through the shoot they showed us a bit of the dailies,’’ says Morrissey, laughing at the memory. ‘‘Then me and David Tennant walked away and got in the lift and the doors closed. And we went, ‘We’re NEVER gonna work again!'’’
As it happened, ‘‘Blackpool’’ charmed viewers and won awards. And its stars did work again.
Frazier Moore is a national television columnist for The Associated Press. He can be reached at fmoore(at)ap.org and at http://www.twitter.com/tvfrazier