Harry Hamlin on Channeling His Tom Brokaw for NatGeo’s The Hot Zone: Anthrax [Exclusive Interview]

Harry Hamliin as Tom Brokaw in NatGeo's The Hot Zone: Anthrax

Harry Hamlin plays Tom Brokaw in National Geographic’s series The Hot Zone: Anthrax. (National Geographic/Peter Stranks)

Harry Hamlin got to play someone he adored on screen for a long time-newsman Tom Brokaw. The famous newscaster was front and center as one of the primary targets of the anthrax terrorist in the 2000s. The mystery unfolds in the National Geographic series The Hot Zone: Anthrax as the drama retells the story on the FBI hunt to find the culprit.

Here is the official synopsis:

In the limited series that depicts the plight and eventual triumph over a national threat, The Hot Zone: Anthrax takes place in 2001, just weeks after 9/11, when the United States was rocked by another deadly act of terrorism. Letters containing anthrax were sent to unsuspecting victims in Florida, Washington, D.C., and New York. The anonymous assault claimed five lives and caused panic throughout the U.S. Despite many false leads, a team of FBI agents and scientists slowly closed in on a shocking prime suspect.

While many of us can remember the breaking news headlines and widespread fear that arose during the anthrax attacks, there are many layers to this chilling and unbelievable crime story that have not yet been told.

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The Hot Zone: Anthrax, inspired by true events, follows parallel stories of Matthew Ryke (Daniel Dae Kim) and Dr. Bruce Ivins (Tony Goldwyn). Ryker, an FBI agent with a specialty in microbiology, risks his career to convince his superiors of the unthinkable just three weeks after the 9/11 attacks: The United States is under attack again. Ivins—a brilliant microbiologist who becomes embroiled in the hunt to find the 2001 anthrax killer—works closely with the FBI to uncover who is behind the deadly anthrax letters, while his growing instability and paranoia give way to even deeper and unnerving discoveries.

LRM Online’s Gig Patta talked with actor Harry Hamlin on imitating Tom Brokaw and playing a person who is very much alive today.

Harry Hamlin burst into the cinematic scene as Perseus in the fantasy film Clash of the Titans in 1981. Since the film, he had steadily received work in both television and films that included playing Michael Kuzak in the television series L.A. Law, in which he received three Golden Globe nominations. In a recurring role for the AMC drama series Mad Men, he received a Primetime Emmy nomination for outstanding guest actor in a drama series. Currently, he is also in The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reality series.

The Hot Zone: Anthrax currently is playing on National Geographic Channel and also streams on Hulu.

Watch the exclusive interview below. Let us know what you think of the interview.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, National Geographic, Hulu

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Gig Patta

Gig Patta is a journalist and interviewer for LRM and Latino-Review since 2009. He was a writer for other entertainment sites in the past with Collider and IESB.net. He originally came from the world of print journalism with several years as a reporter with the San Diego Business Journal and California Review. He earned his MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and BA in Economics from UC San Diego. Follow him on Instagram @gigpatta or Facebook @officialgigpatta.

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