“It just hit me,” he says. “I thought, ‘If they're crazy enough to make this, I'm crazy enough to want to do it.' It just read differently. I hadn't seen this on network television, and it had a character I immediately related to, so I was like, ‘Let's try it.'”
The series provided Edwards — whose portrayal of Navy pilot Goose is getting new exposure this month in the 3-D refitting of “Top Gun,” in theaters and on home video — with someone completely fresh to play.
“It was really a relief that the character was not a doctor or a lawyer or a policeman,” he says of playing someone defined by the name of his publication, Modern Skeptic. “There are a lot of great stories to be told in those worlds, but I'm just not a procedural kind of person.
“Every episode doesn't have to have a beginning, middle and end, if you can put (all the episodes) together. ‘24' proved that.”