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Gregory Itzin is a Creep

Gregory Itzin is a Creep

24 fans love to loathe Gregory Itzin‘s evil president!  At the beginning of this wild season on 24, the producers graciously asked Gregory Itzin what he’d like to see happen with his character, President Charles Logan. "I said, ‘I’d like to be the hero,’" Itzin says. "I’d like Logan to turn out to be the guy in the big white hat." ¶ So much for the opinion of actors. With only a handful of episodes left in Day 5, Logan has emerged as the dark force behind a White House scandal that makes Watergate look like a couple of parking tickets. Contrary to everyone’s perception, Logan’s not the bumbling, indecisive half-wit-in-chief but rather the man who masterminded the plot to steal Sentox nerve gas and assassinate David Palmer. The president has ties to shadow people in the government, like Walt Cummings, who wasn’t a suicide after all, and even the Russian terrorists are in Logan’s pocket. From a show standpoint, it’s a series high point after a season of staggering twists and surprises. As coexecutive producer Evan Katz says, "I don’t think anything like this has ever happened on TV. We’ve taken the most important person in the world—the president of the United States—and revealed him as a true villain."  Continue reading the full article after the jump.

Hail to the Creep

TV Guide April 17-23, 2006

24 fans love to loathe Gregory Itzin’s evil president!  At the beginning of this wild season on 24, the producers graciously asked Gregory Itzin what he’d like to see happen with his character, President Charles Logan. "I said, ‘I’d like to be the hero,’" Itzin says. "I’d like Logan to turn out to be the guy in the big white hat."

So much for the opinion of actors. With only a handful of episodes left in Day 5, Logan has emerged as the dark force behind a White House scandal that makes Watergate look like a couple of parking tickets. Contrary to everyone’s perception, Logan’s not the bumbling, indecisive half-wit-in-chief but rather the man who masterminded the plot to steal Sentox nerve gas and assassinate David Palmer. The president has ties to shadow people in the government, like Walt Cummings, who wasn’t a suicide after all, and even the Russian terrorists are in Logan’s pocket. From a show standpoint, it’s a series high point after a season of staggering twists and surprises. As coexecutive producer Evan Katz says, "I don’t think anything like this has ever happened on TV. We’ve taken the most important person in the world—the president of the United States—and revealed him as a true villain."

But good television sometimes takes its toll on television performers. Itzin, a veteran Tony-nominated character actor whose TV credits stretch back to Mark 6" Mindy, admits he was devastated by the plot development. "I got very depressed for a while," he says. "As an actor, you want to be loved or liked, and when the guy you’re playing suddenly turns evil, you feel marginalized. It sounds silly to verbalize, but you start thinking, ‘What happens if Jack Bauer, America’s avenging angel, doesn’t like me anymore?’"

It doesn’t help that Itzin, who’s married to Judie, an artist, and has a son and daughter, spends his downtime with his good friend Dennis Haysbert, the 24 president fans adored. "Dennis and I go golfing a lot," Itzin says, "and they’ll say, ‘Oh, President Palmer! I can’t believe they killed you.’ Then they turn around and see me. The looks on their faces, it’s a curtain of hatred. They’ll turn to Dennis and say, ‘That’s the bad president.’ It hurts."
If TV GUIDE’S intelligence on the rest of Season 5 is accurate, Itzin should probably-consider hiding out in a bunker somewhere. "I think we’re looking at an inevitable face-off between Jack and the president, good versus evil," Katz says. "24′s never seen a showdown like this one."

Itzin is just trying to get his head around it all. On the 24 set, there’s a fan phone—(310) 597-3781—that gives lucky viewers occasional chances to chat with the show’s stars. "When I talk to fans, I get that they love to hate the president, and that’s fine," Itzin says. "I think the challenge in this role is to be very good in making him very bad, and perhaps out of that, something good will come."

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  • Derek Hail

    That picture cracks me up for some reason.

  • the real tita

    What are you watching? He didn’t ask Henderson to assassinate David Palmer. Henderson did it on his own. He wasn’t conniving with the Russians. He wanted the sentox to blow up the Russians. Everything just went horribly wrong. Now he has to run with it. He wanted to be a hero but ended up being the villain.

  • DB

    We’ve taken the most important person in the world—the president of the United States—and revealed him as a true villain."That sounds like our situation now with Dubya!

  • the real tita

    If that was our situation, then you’re living in TV land.People keep saying they hate Bush, but do they really know why they hate him? Or are they just riding the train that if everybody says it is so then it must be so.Can you tell me what specifically he’s done to screw up your life? I’m talking to the very knowledgeable DB!

  • lindenen

    You just know there wouldn’t be an evil president on tv if a Democrat was in the White House. This is oh so typical.

  • Ron

    the picture cracks me up as well. lol. I LOVE 24!!! It is more addicting than crack! lol. BUSH is evil and stupid. He also looks retarded.