November 27, 2009

DAM BUSTER:

Last of the Monks: Tony Shalhoub wraps up an eight-year run as 'Monk' (MICHELLE KUNG, 11/27/09, WSJ)

The Wall Street Journal: Finding Trudy's killer has been the underlying arc to "Monk." Are you satisfied by the two-part resolution?

Mr. Shalhoub: Even though these last two episodes are a little darker than what we normally do, I think it's a good send-off. At the beginning of the season, the writers asked me if I wanted to know how everything [ended] and I said, if it was okay with them, I'd rather wait. Because the less time I had with the real answers in my head, the better it would be for my performance the first half of the season. Monk gets to really lose it in one scene, which we haven't really seen before.

When I first read the scripts, the performing of it seemed like a daunting task, but once I got into the rhythm of the scene, it played itself. By which I mean, the cumulative effect of all of the character work I had done leading up to this point—building up all of Monk's inner pain and frustration and anger—burst from me like a dam.

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