'Grimm' star gives Guthrie high marks, enjoys role in hit drama

Silas Weir Mitchell discusses a previous filming visit to Guthrie and his work on the hit NBC drama “Grimm.”
BY MELISSA HAYER Staff Writer mhayer@opubco.com Published: March 8, 2013
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The ability to travel and see places you might never see otherwise is a perk of being an actor.

“Grimm” star Silas Weir Mitchell shared how he enjoyed visiting Guthrie while filming the 2007 crime thriller feature “The Gray Man” during a recent phone interview with The Oklahoman.

“We actually used Guthrie for New York in the '20s, because some of the buildings, a lot of the buildings in Guthrie, I guess, were built in the late 19th, early 20th century, I think, or built in a similar style to a lot of what the old core of New York City looked like. ... And the banjo festival was actually happening while we there, which was pretty cool… banjo music filled the air.

“One of the fun things about this job is getting to go places that ordinarily you might not go and being sent somewhere to work, and it was a cool little town … People were very nice.”

The Philadelphia native, whose television credits include “Prison Break” and “24,” fielded questions about “Grimm” and his role as Monroe, a reformed wolf creature called a Blutbad. Monroe assists Portland, Ore., homicide detective/Grimm creature profiler Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) with his cases.

The drama, inspired by the Grimm Brothers' Fairy Tales, makes its midseason debut at 8 p.m. Friday on NBC and also stars Sasha Roiz, Bitsie Tulloch, Russell Hornsby and Bree Turner.

Q: What do viewers have to look forward to as the show returns?

A: A lot of it is the sort of love triangle and the relationship between Nick and the captain, and there's an amazing fight scene with Nick and the captain, and things just kind of come to a head. The situation with Juliette and the spell that's been cast on her, and the relationship that the captain has to a lot of what's going on. He had a large role to play in the beginning of the last part of the season.

Q: Is the humorous element that Monroe brings to the series something that you enjoy about playing the character?

A: I love it. It's always fun to be comic relief in a world that's often very dark and kind of spooky and murky. It's fun to be sort of a bright spot. And, I just like the way Monroe thinks, you know. I like the way his mind works.

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