‘Filthy Wealthy’ star Steve Harris breaks down new Fox collection
Veteran actor Steve Harris, who performed lawyer Eugene Younger in “The Follow,” returns to the authorized recreation in “Filthy Wealthy,” the brand new Fox drama airing Mondays at 9 p.m.
The pulpy Southern Gothic drama follows the rich Monreaux household, who personal a Christian TV empire referred to as Sunshine Community. There’s patriarch/CEO Eugene (Gerald McRaney), his TV host spouse Margaret (Kim Cattrall, “Intercourse and the Metropolis,”) and their two grownup children Rose (Aubrey Greenback, “Battle Creek”) and Eric (Corey Cott, “The Good Combat”). When Eugene dies in a aircraft crash, it involves gentle that he has three extra grownup youngsters from working-class backgrounds.
Harris’ character, Franklin Lee, is the household’s lawyer who reveals this startling info to everybody.
“I get pleasure from enjoying good characters, no matter what their job description is,” Harris, 54, tells The Put up. “The irony on this explicit occasion is that I’m extra of a fixer than a lawyer. You don’t see me within the courtroom, however my fingers are on all the things.
“[The series] gave me a possibility to do one thing I often don’t do, [which is] to be in a present that has a cleaning soap high quality to it,” he says. “It’s sort of humorous to cope with all of the issues that goes on with that household. We’re not making enjoyable of religion [and] that was a giant deal to me. The household has so many secrets and techniques, and I get to be that man who is aware of all of them.
“I knew that may give me a variety of taste,” he says. “It is a present which you can watch and say, ‘My life nonetheless isn’t as unhealthy as these guys.’ ”
Except for David E. Kelly’s Emmy-winning “The Follow,” which aired from 1997-2004 on ABC, Harris has been a well-recognized face on a slew of well-liked reveals together with FX’s “Justified,” TNT’s “Legends” and NBC’s “Friday Evening Lights.”
“Kim [Cattrall and I have] been within the enterprise for a very long time collectively, however I had by no means labored along with her earlier than,” he says. “Despite the fact that we’ve each been to sure occasions just like the Emmys, we’d by no means met. We had enjoyable, laughing on set.”
As “Filthy Wealthy” progresses, Eugene’s illegitimate youngsters arrive on the Monreaux mansion to simply accept their inheritance: there’s Antonio (Benjamin Levy Aguilar, “Chicago P.D.”), a boxer from Queens; Jason (Mark L. Younger, “Veronica Mars”) a Colorado pot farmer; and Ginger (Melia Kreiling, “Salvation”), a Las Vegas webcam mannequin.
Margaret desires the trio to stroll away with $1 million and signal NDAs however, as Ginger factors out within the first episode, that isn’t as beneficiant because it sounds, since Eugene’s empire is valued at $2.2. billion. A battle of wills ensues, with each tens of millions and the corporate’s future at stake.
“Filthy Wealthy” is ready in New Orleans and was shot on-location (and never in Vancouver, as within the case of so many different reveals).
“That is what’s fascinating about New Orleans: you have got the concept of Bourbon Avenue, the elevated cemeteries, the historical past of voodoo and that kind of sensibility,” says Harris. “However the actuality is, whenever you consider New Orleans, it’s under water degree, so there’s a resilience to those folks, and a satisfaction. And that is coming from a man from Chicago! New Yorkers have a factor about New York, and folks from New Orleans have a factor about their metropolis. They’ve a fervor to them; a dedication and a drive.”
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