“As soon as I read it, I recognized that guy,” exclaimed James Purefoy about his role as a blue collar East Texas man whose luck could turn for the better in the upcoming Sundance TV ’80s-set Hap And Leonard. The former Rome actor stopped by Deadline’s studio in Park City to talk about the new drama series premiering March 2. In our chat, Purefoy talks about how he was hooked into the show by his friend and former costar of NBC’s The Philanthropist Michael Kenneth Williams, who plays Leonard, a gay Vietnam Vet with serious anger issues. “Christina Hendricks plays my ex-wife,” Purefoy says, “and she offers them the opportunity to share $1 million which is in the trunk of a car at the bottom of an alligator-infested river.” Purefoy is a double dipper at Sundance this year playing a British Wall Street trader to Anna Gunn’s ambitious investment banker in Meera Menon’s Wall Street crisis thriller Equity. The pic is playing in the U.S. Dramatic Section and premieres on Jan. 26 at the Library Center Theatre.
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