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Jesse Bradford thinks “politics in America are particularly polarized”

By Greg Hernandez

HollywoodNews.com: NBC’s new legal drama “Outlaw” has been widely panned but no one is pinning the blame on actor Jesse Bradford who plays an Ivy League-educated upstart working in a law firm alongside a former Supreme Court justice played by Jimmy Smits who shocks everyone by quitting the court to be a crusading lawyer.

It’s Jesse’s first regular TV role since he appeared on the fifth season of “The West Wing” as a White House intern. He’s better known for his roles in such films as “Speedway Junkie,” “Bring it On,” “Swimfan,” “Heights,” “Happy Endings” and “Flags of Our Fathers.”

During the TV Critics Association Summer Press Tour, I asked Jesse about working with Smits on “Outlaw” and he said:
“It’s been fantastic. He is a smooth, smooth character in the best way. He’s just excellent.”

And what about Jesse’s character on the show?

“Eddie, he’s this smart, smart guy. He gets flustered by the fact that he thinks his life is on a certain track. He’s got this cushy job as a clerk for a Supreme Court justice and the world gets pulled out from under him so he’s flustered right there from the start. He’s been left out, nobody consulted with Eddie about this, Eddie’s whose future has been derailed, and I think Eddie kind of benefits from having his world shook up. He’s book smart, not street smart.”

“I think politics in America are particularly polarized right now and I love the idea of a hero in a political legal show where you don’t know which side of the aisle he’s going to be standing issue to issue,” he added. “I think we need more of that freedom to go back and forth. I feel like that window is closing somehow, people don’t allow for that.”

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About Greg Hernandez

Greg Hernandez has written about the entertainment world for more than a decade. He is a veteran of covering many Academy Awards shows (plus Emmys, Grammys and Golden Globes) as well as film festivals, movie premieres and philanthropic events. Hernandez founded the popular Out In Hollywood blog while a writer and columnist for the "Los Angeles Daily News." He’s also a former staff writer at the "Los Angeles Times" and "The Hollywood Reporter" and has been a contributing writer to "The Advocate." Greg is the founder and editor of Greginhollywood.com

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