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Marc Blucas Talks Necessary Roughness and NBA with ESPN

29 August 2011 Leave a comment

Marc Blucas on ‘Necessary Roughness,’ NBA hopes

by Lynn Hoppes

Actor Marc Blucas needs to make a phone call.

He wants to do a little bragging: He’s working on USA Network’s “Necessary Roughness,” while his buddy is not working — for now.

“I’m out there every day doing my thing and my friend is just sitting home,” said Blucas, who plays the potential love interest of the lead character. “I need to make that call.”

That friend happens to be NBA superstar Tim Duncan, whose sport is locked out with no return in sight. Blucas and Duncan played together in 1994 for Wake Forest University.

While Duncan made it to the NBA, Blucas tried and failed. Then Blucas took off for Hollywood, this time trying and succeeding.

“Every kid who plays basketball wants to make it to the NBA, but I was a tweener: more of a shooting guard in a point-guard size body,” said Blucas, who is about 6-foot-2. “I knew it wasn’t going to happen. So now I live vicariously through Tim. I’m a Spurs groupie.”

And Blucas, 39, has been a successful working actor since 1995. He landed his first major role in 1999 as Riley Finn in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and appeared in several movies, including “First Daughter,” before appearing on “Necessary Roughness.”

“Because of my sports background, I can offer assistance to the writers to help the storylines appear more authentic,” said Blucas, who is the New York Hawks athletic trainer on the show. “I’m a sounding board, almost a tech adviser. I’m just doing my part.”

Once people on his movie/TV sets find out Blucas previously played major college ball, they want to play pickup games. And Blucas often declines.

“In one game, I had shot 19 free throws. One time I received eight stitches. And one time I was on crutches,” Blucas said. “For some reason, these Hollywood types love to take the game so seriously!”

Original Interview at ESPN

Marc Blucas Talks Necessary Roughness With Collider

29 August 2011 Leave a comment

August 23, 2011

Marc Blucas finds familiar role

By Rick Bentley


Art’s certainly imitating life these days for Marc Blucas. On the USA Network series “Necessary Roughness,”he plays Matthew Donnally, a former college hoops player who has become the trainer for the Hawks, a professional football team. He’s the guy who brings in Dr. Dani (Callie Thorne) to help the players deal with any emotional or psychological problems that might be affecting their play.Before becoming an actor, Blucas played basketball at Wake Forest University from 1990-1994 where he had a career total of 387 points, 187 rebounds and 114 assists. After graduation he played one year in Europe.

“As an actor you want to play all different kinds of roles. When I saw the script for this show, I knew the apple’s not falling too far from the tree because sports was my passion for so long,” Blucas says over breakfast at the Beverly Hilton. “Because sports was such a big part of my life before, I thought I could bring something to the character and the overall storytelling.”

Blucas isn’t attracted to acting parts where all he gets to do is stand and say his lines. He wants to be a part of the process and as soon as he met with the team behind “Necessary Toughness,” he knew they were interested in everything he had to say. He calls working on the show an “ego-less environment.”

During his playing days, Blucas saw athletes with all different kinds of egos and personalities – not unlike the acting world – and many of them needed some mental coaching. He says Tiger Woods could use some help because until he admits that his personal life has changed dramatically, he’s never going to be the golfer he was.

As for which sports have the craziest characters, Blucas says it’s individual sports like golf, tennis, swimming, etc. With team sports, the characters may be bigger than life but there is a point where they have to work with the team.

Blucas appeared in a few TV shows and films after he switched from his sports career but he credits his role as Riley Finn for two seasons on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” for giving him the biggest acting boost. He’ll always be indebted to that show because that’s where he got his most training to be an actor.

Had he not had such a great experience on the series, Blucas would have probably quit acting because he had a full scholarship to go to law school. Then he could have been on the USA Network series “Suits.”

“Necessary Roughness” airs at 10 p.m. Wednesdays on the USA Network.

Original Interview at Fresnobeehive

The Wrap Interviews Marc Blucas

19 July 2011 Leave a comment

Marc Blucas on ‘Necessary Roughness,’ His Basketball Prowess and Why ‘Buffy’ Fans Hated Him

Published: July 13, 2011

By John Sellers. On the new USA Network drama “Necessary Roughness,” Marc Blucas costars as Matthew Donnally, a former college basketball player working as the athletic trainer for a fictional professional football team.

The role is tailor-made for the 39-year-old actor, who was a standout college guard for four years at Wake Forest, playing 89 games and throwing passes to future NBA Hall of Famer Tim Duncan.

But while the strong ratings for “Necessary Roughness” — in which Blucas romances “Rescue Me” star Callie Thorne’s Dani, a newly divorced sports psychotherapist — suggest that the series may become Blucas’ calling card, he knows that, to a certain demographic, he’ll always be Riley Finn, Buffy’s peppy paramour during the fourth and fifth seasons of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

Blucas called us from his home in the Pennsylvania countryside to discuss the two wildly different roles.

Strangely, I have been re-watching “Buffy” and had just gotten into season four when “Necessary Roughness” began. Perfect timing, huh?
I’m surprised you still want to talk to me. Back then, I was so green. I was a business major in college and had no concept of what I was doing. Today, I can’t watch “Buffy” because I just cringe. I suck so bad in it. I got really lucky to have the opportunity, but I genuinely had no clue what I was doing.

Playing Buffy’s first post-Angel boyfriend probably didn’t help. Did you get a lot of hate mail?
I have more people hating me from “Buffy” than I do liking me. That’s the truth. But that’s fan-based, due to the story line. It’s just like, you have two people that are tortured lovers and who are supposed to be together forever. And then Mr. Happy-Go-Lucky comes in and is like, “I’m her new boyfriend!” There’s no amount of positioning Joss [Whedon] could have done. It could have been Brad Pitt in that role and I don’t think he would have been universally liked. Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe it’s just me they hated.

Well, Team Riley sprung up when you punched that douche-y Parker square in the face for bragging about his conquest of Buffy.
They did everything they could to set it up in a way that I could potentially be likable. And that was one of the moments. Ah! And when things are bad, Riley can fly in and deck ’em!

It’s all good now, though, right?
Now that it’s been ten years, the fans have obviously lightened up. But early on, man … I was even warned. Joss and everybody said, “Don’t go online — they’re going to hate you.” I was like, “Okay.” So of course I got online after my first episode and I’m like, “Oh my god, they hate me.” And they’re like, “Yeah, we told you they’re going to hate you.”

How did you handle the negativity?
This is a prime example that ignorance is bliss. I had just got done playing pro basketball [overseas] and I didn’t know which way was up. I was Heather Graham from “Bowfinger.” And I happened to get cast on a huge cult TV show that I knew nothing about until I got the job. So when they hated me, it was almost like, “Big deal.” In college, I had 20,000 people at Duke and North Carolina chanting at me about how much they hated me, too. It didn’t really affect me that much.

Do you hope the pro-Riley subset of “Buffy” fans follows you to “Necessary Roughness”?
Sure, but the sci-fi fanbase is a different audience. Like, do “Buffy” fans watch Alyson Hannigan on “How I Met Your Mother”? I have no clue — but the shows couldn’t be more different. Same with “Necessary Roughness.” Do we have a dream sequence here or there? Yes. Do we have ogres and zombies and vampires in every episode? No.

Hilarious. Either way, “Necessary Roughness” seems to be more your speed — agree?
You know, most actors are going to sit there and tell you that we respond to things that are so opposite to who we are, because it’s fun to create a character that is nothing like you. For someone like me, it would be fun to play the tattooed ex-con or serial killer with a shaved head. But in this particular case, I read the script and said, “Oh, gosh, the apple’s not falling far from the tree. It is exactly like me.” So that was attractive. But like any project, you’re always going to respond to the writing first.

Have you given them any pointers about sports?
Let me tell you a good story. So, I go into my audition like I’m Billy Bad-Ass — like, “I know sports better than you do.” I’m thinking, “Oh my God, these guys are such … writers. They’ve never heard of ‘SportsCenter.’ They don’t know what they’re talking about.” And at the time, it didn’t even cross my mind that they wouldn’t be able to use real names. So, I said, “You know, not to give you notes when I don’t even have the job yet, but you know that it’s either the New York Knicks or the Atlanta Hawks, not the New York Hawks, right?” They said, “Yeah, yeah — but we don’t have the licensing rights to name this after a true professional sports franchise.” I’m shrinking in my chair at this point of the meeting and just about said, “Well, good luck with the show! I’m not gonna waste your time auditioning because I just put my foot in my mouth!” So they got a taste for what they would be in for right out of the gate.

Can you think of another actor who could take you in a game of one-on-one?
Look, as I’ve always said — and please quote me on this, because any other version of this quote is going to make me sound like an arrogant bastard — in the world of professional athletes I am a slug, but in the world of actors I am a phenomenal fucking athlete. That’s my direct quote! [Laughs] The reality is, this is two-sided. When it comes to acting, a lot of guys my age that are out there had a huge jump on me. On the other side of that, if someone wants to play me for their per diem, I’m happy to suit up.

Can you still dunk?
Can I still? I’m glad you’re assuming that I ever could. I appreciate that. No, I could. And at 38, I got one. Now I’m 39 and I haven’t tried, and I don’t know if I will. Maybe I’ll train for a month or two, and then when I hit 40 I’ll see if I can. But it’ll have to be when we’re not filming because I don’t want to show up with a pulled hammy.

I’d imagine that a former teammate of Tim Duncan might get razzed about that.
Yeah, I’d have to make something up, like “I was training for a triathlon.” Because I couldn’t say, “I was dunking because I turned 40.” I wouldn’t live it down.

About ten years ago, you told an interviewer that you’d never had anything to drink. Does that still hold up?
Yeah, I’m pretty square. I haven’t become a trapezoid or a hexagon. Most people ask me if I have an alcoholic parent or if I’m a Mormon. But for me, it started as an athlete thing. If it didn’t help make me a better basketball player, I really didn’t do it — and that included Coke and cake and the drugs and alcohol thing. If it was something I wanted to explore, I would do so responsibly. But like, I don’t know, needlepoint, it’s just something I’m not interested in.

You recently got married. What do you do in lieu of a champagne toast?
We had water. Or maybe at that point in the day I was drinking Diet Coke. Who knows, I may have even been really hitting it hard and downing the Coke Zero.

“Necessary Roughness” airs Wednesdays on USA Network at 10 p.m. ET.

Original Interview at The Wrap

Clip of Necessary Roughness Starring Marc Blucas

27 June 2011 Leave a comment

Christina HendricksEW have a clip of Marc Blucas‘ new show, Necessary Roughness which premieres on the USA Network this Wednesday 29th June. You can watch the clip here.

Laist interviews Marc Blucas on his new series Necessary Roughness

23 May 2011 Leave a comment

Christina Hendriks and Marc BLucas to Guest in Body of Proof

7 April 2011 Leave a comment

Christina HendricksChristina Hendricks and Marc Blucas will guest star in episode 5 of ABC’s Body of Proof which stars her real life husband Geoffrey Arend.

The episode, entitled, Dead Man Walking, revolves around solving the murder of the beautiful Jessica Archer who just happens to have an equally beautiful identical twin sister, Karen (Christina). Marc plays the victim’s doctor who is a suspect.

The press releases for the episode, to be aired on 19th April as follows:

Hendricks portrays Karen Archer, the identical twin of a beautiful corpse, Jessica, whose mysterious death keeps Ethan and Curtis guessing. As Ethan’s personal interest in this case deepens, Curtis begins questioning Ethan’s motives. Meanwhile, Megan faces old demons when she visits her former boss at the hospital where she used to practice. A patient has died after recent surgery. Was it murder or malpractice?

Source: Spoiler TV

 

 

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