‘Person of Interest’ hits vigilantism, paranoia notes: Michael Emerson

By Bill Keveney, USA TODAY

You’re being watched.

That’s one of the premises of Person of Interest, the new CBS vigilante-justice drama about a mysterious rich man (Michael Emerson) with reams of surveillance information and a supremely talented ex-CIA agent (Jim Caviezel) who try to prevent crimes before they happen.

Comic-Con fans watched the series pilot Saturday, giving strong applause at the end but laughing at some moments that didn’t seem intended as comedy.

Producers said the series’ premise, that cameras and other surveillance technology are recording everyone everywhere, doesn’t seem like science fiction anymore in a post-9/11 world. “It feels a little more like science fact,” executive producer Jonathan Nolan said.

Emerson, an Emmy winner for his signature role as the untrustworthy Ben on Lost, says his new character is a good change of pace.

“This is a good man in a shadowy position,” said Emerson, who received the biggest ovation when stars and producers were introduced. “I think with each passing episode, you’ll feel a frailty about him.”

Caviezel, who worked with Navy Seals to develop his character’s skills, got some ribbing on set because of an earlier film role, Jesus Christ in The Passion of the Christ.

“I just asked if I could touch the hem of his robe,” said Taraji P. Henson, who plays a New York detective who wants to know more about the vigilante and his actions.

“It’s OK. My wife knows that I walk on water,” Caviezel responded.

Source: USAToday

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