Josh Charles was part of one of the most shocking moments of the year when his character Will Gardner was gunned down on CBS’ The Good Wife. This was the longest TV stint for Charles—he previously toplined Aaron Sorkin’s critically praised ABC comedy Sports Night, which ran for two years in the late ’90s. Charles already has one Emmy nom for The Good Wife and now is looking to join a long list of actors who won supporting acting drama Emmys after their characters were killed off, including Drea de Matteo and Joe Pantoliano of The Sopranos, Margo Martindale of Justified and, most recently, Boardwalk Empire’s Bobby Cannavale.
AWARDSLINE: Were you looking to do a series when you were approached for The Good Wife?
JOSH CHARLES: I don’t think I particularly was, but it came my way, and I thought it was really well written. I liked the fact that it was shooting in New York and Julianna (Margulies), who was a friend, was doing it. So, yeah, I wasn’t really looking to do a series, per se, but this one came around, and I’m glad it did. Read More »
Pascale Ferran’s Bird People is one to watch for in the official Cannes Un Certain Regard sidebar. Josh Charles stars in the first feature from director Ferran after 2006′s award-winning Lady Chatterley. He plays a stressed-out American engineer who arrives at Paris’ Charles De Gaulle airport and decides to radically change his existence — he checks into a local hotel, unplugs from technology and embarks on a new life. Hot French actress Anaïs Demoustier co-stars as a young chambermaid who has a life-altering supernatural experience. Ferran and Guillaume Bréaud (Le Petit Lieutenant) co-scripted the English- and French-language film which was some time in the making. The main reason for that lies in the title: the birds in the film are real and had to be trained from the moment they hatched, which led to some delays. Paris-based FilmsDistribution has international sales. The movie screens in UCR on May 19.
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Recently departed Good Wife alum Josh Charles made an appearance last night on Keith Olbermann‘s ESPN show in character as one of his most beloved television alter egos. Surprise – it was Dan Rydell, the sports anchor Charles played 14 years ago on Aaron Sorkin‘s short-lived Emmy winning drama Sports Night (although The Good Wife‘s Will Gardner earned a shout out):
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UPDATED: CBS‘ The Good Wife already went through a major reset at the beginning of the season when Alicia (Julianna Margulies) left Lockhart Gardner, finding herself locking horns with her former boss, friend (and on-and-off flame) Will Gardner (Josh Charles). But that was just a little ripple compared to the shock wave that hit the show tonight. Here is the story behind the stunner, with The Good Wife creators/showrunners Michelle and Robert King, who wrote the episode, discussing the major exit, its impact on the show and what lies ahead. Warning for DVR viewers — this story contains a major spoiler. Proceed with caution. Read More »
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It would be tough for Josh Charles to top last year — when he earned the first Emmy nomination of his career for his work as Will Gardner on CBS’ The Good Wife. However, given the weight of his Season 3 story arc — not only did his attorney character enter into (and almost as quickly exit) a romantic relationship with Julianna Margulies‘ Alicia, but he was suspended from practicing law and was forced to revisit his past as a gambling addict — the Sports Night alum looks poised to do just that. This time, however, he’s not just likely to get a supporting actor nomination, he could very well walk home with the prize.
AWARDSLINE: Was there any aspect of your storyline that you found particularly satisfying to play?
JOSH CHARLES: It was really fascinating to see [Will] have to face the consequences, professionally and personally, for the actions that he’s taken or not taken in his life. At the core, this guy’s a gambler — literally and figuratively. He has an addictive personality, and that backstory felt very authentic to what we’ve seen already from Will. He likes to take risks, loves to live on the edge, and loves to cut corners — morally and unethically. He consistently walks a tightrope, and is happy to do so, because he likes the adrenaline of that. Read More »
Here’s something to make Good Wife fans swoon. Josh Charles has boarded Bird People, the latest film from Lady Chatterley director Pascale Ferran. Charles will star opposite Anaïs Demoustier in the French and English-language drama co-scripted by Ferran and Guillaume Bréaud (Le Petit Lieutenant). Charles plays an American arriving at Paris’ Charles De Gaulle airport who checks into a local hotel, turns off his cell and laptop and starts a new life. The relationship drama’s details are sparse, but it’s described as very contemporary – and daring – and incorporates a supernatural element. Shooting is due to start imminently in Paris. Archipel 35’s Denis Freyd is producing with Films Distribution handling international, the latter company’s co-founder, Nicolas Brigaud Robert, confirms. Films Distribution collaborated with Ferran on 2006’s Lady Chatterley which won both the Best Film and Best Adapted Screenplay Césars as well as France’s prestigious Louis Delluc Prize. Demoustier co-stars with Audrey Tautou in the late Claude Miller’s Thérèse Desqueroux, which may land a special screening in Cannes next month. Charles is coming off of his 3rd season playing Will Gardner on CBS’ The Good Wife and recently boarded Fox’s Ben Stiller-directed remake of The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty. He’s repped by WME.