TCA: Bratt Learns That Art Imitates Life
Benjamin Bratt initially thought story line for new series on A&E Network, The Cleaner , sounded too far-fetched.
By Linda Moss -- Multichannel News -- Broadcasting & Cable, 7/10/2008 7:43:00 AM
Beverly Hills -- Actor Benjamin Bratt admitted that initially, he thought the story line for his new series on A&E Network sounded too far-fetched -- and then he learned it was based on a real person.
In fact, Bratt appeared Wednesday on a Television Critics Association panel here on The Cleaner with the man whose story the scripted series is based on, Warren Boyd, who is co-executive producer for the series. The Cleaner debuts next Tuesday.
Bratt plays William Banks, a former addict who, after hitting rock bottom, struck a deal with God to dedicate his life to helping others, along with a team he enlisted. Boyd’s real-life story is the inspiration for The Cleaner, A&E’s first scripted drama in more than six years.
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I think this is such an important series that is long overdue and really hope to see an increase in its'' viewers. In my humble opinion, it should be on a "mandatory watch list" for everyone, regardless of age, gender or any other factor because the disease of addiction knows no demographic. It''s a beast that only knows how to ruin lives and kill people. Let''s face it, when the actor who takes on the leading role can hardly believe it until he learns that it''s not all scripted, but the true life story of a real man, I don''t thinks that''s an abnormal reaction. I think he''s a lucky man because he''s obviously never had to deal with the disease on a personal level. It also makes me realize that so many aren''t aware, for the same reason, so don''t know until it''s too late. At the rate this disease keeps escalating on an annual basis, even a few who are lucky enough to "not know", are too many. I give Warren Boyd tremendous credit on both his courage and his strength. I am now a dedicated and loyal fan! Good job and keep up the excellent work!
L Pikuritz - 7/31/2008 3:02:00 PM EDT
The promos for "The Cleaner" really have me interested in this series! Kudos to A&E for luring Bratt back to the small screen. I am looking forward to adding "The Cleaner" to my list of must watch television shows.
Yvonne - 7/15/2008 8:40:00 AM EDT
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