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'Almost Human' stars discuss their roles in new Fox sci-fi drama

Karl Urban and Michael Ealy share details about starring in the new Fox series “Almost Human” from Emmy Award-winning executive producer J.J. Abrams and creator/executive producer J.H. Wyman.
BY MELISSA HAYER Published: November 15, 2013
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A cop who is part machine and his partner, a robot with human emotions, team up in the new sci-fi drama “Almost Human,” from Emmy Award-winning executive producer J.J. Abrams and creator/executive producer J.H. Wyman.

“Almost Human” will have a special two-night premiere at 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday on Fox.

In the series, set in the year 2048, Karl Urban, 41, stars as John Kennex, a detective recovering from an attack that killed his partner and took one of his legs, which now has a synthetic replacement.

Michael Ealy, 40, stars as Dorian, a discontinued android given another chance when he is assigned to work with Kennex.

The actors discussed their roles during a media conference call.

For Urban, preparing for his character included more than one element.

“It involved a lot of discussions with Joel Wyman, J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk,” Urban said. “When I got on the ground here in Vancouver, we started shooting. We had a bunch of tactical training. I went on a bunch of ride-alongs with some cops just to get a sort of feel of what the reality is of their job.

“Then there's also a physical component. Our show is a fun, action-packed hour of television. Michael and I both need to be in good shape to do our jobs. We pay a lot of focus, time and attention to keeping ourselves in good shape.”

Ealy shared some information on the inspirations he used for his role as an android.

“I try to model my version of synthetic droid or Dorian, in this particular case, after three particular characters in film. That's ‘Jason Bourne,' the ‘Terminator 2' — Robert Patrick's version — and ‘Starman,' played by Jeff Bridges. Those are all three movies that I kind of watched over and over again to try and find a good, strong foundation for Dorian.”

Acting as a robot with human emotions has been a challenging aspect of the role for Ealy, as well as familiarizing himself with the series' world of 2048.

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This is definitely a character-driven show. It's a cop show. It's a fun cop show, but I think we focus more on the characters than any other cop show that's really out there.”

Michael Ealy

stars as Dorian in “Almost Human”,
stars as Dorian in “Almost Human”

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