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Skeet shooting for 110 percent in Spielberg's TNT miniseries

Skeet shooting for 110 percent in Spielberg's TNT miniseries


Bad-boy actor Skeet Ulrich may be starring in Hollywood heavy Steven Spielberg's TNT miniseries, "Into the West," but he's never laid eyes on the uber-director.



"He would call in every day to check in and relay what he wanted done," Ulrich told the Track. "He ultimately had the final say, of course."

Of course. Because he's Spielberg. And the producer, although not the director, of the miniseries.

"Just knowing that I was working for him made me want to work the extra 10 percent," said Skeet. "You knew he was watching somehow, sort of omnipresent."

Whoa. Scary.

Ulrich said he could relate to his "Into the West" character, Jethro Wheeler, in the early part of the miniseries since both are woodworkers from Virginia.

But as the six-week series develops and Jethro's persona darkens, Skeet says that's where he and the woodworking Wheeler parted ways!

"The third episode takes the series to a darker, more intimate tale," Ulrich told the Track.

The miniseries follows the intertwining stories of the Wheeler family, white settlers in the West, and the Lakota Tribe.

Although the series takes place in the rugged American West, Urlich says it's not a "western," per se.

"It's primarily a period piece," he said. "It's more about the annihilation of the Native American culture and the assimilation of the two cultures."

Like when Jethro marries his brother's Lakota-born wife when it's presumed Jacob Wheeler is dead?

Grinning, Skeet admitted that "Into The West" is "not necessarily a Shakespearean tale."

The series debuts at 8 p.m. tomorrow with a two-hour episode.

Caption: TNT PERFORMANCE: Skeet Ulrich discusses his role in Steven Spielberg's TNT miniseries, `Into the West,' which begins tomorrow. Staff photo by Michael Fein

From: The Boston Herald | Date: June 9, 2005
Tags: into the west, press archive
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