Series Final - Shark, Friday June 1

James Woods’ real-life action drama
Friday, June 1st at 8:30pm

Academy Award-nominee James Woods wraps up his first season in the hit new legal drama Shark on Friday, June 1st at 8:30pm on 3.

Woods is obviously happy to be back on air after a few quiet years, but claims he was never worried during that time because he always knew he would be back.

“I didn’t mind when I was on the way down, because I always knew I was going to go back up,” Woods told Maxim. “This mistake people make is that they try to fight it – they do more publicity. Instead I just shut my mouth and stayed away until I became a good idea again. And I’m coming back big, like clockwork.”

In this action-packed finale of Shark, there are many lives at stake when a madman wielding a gun takes the entire courtroom hostage. However, Woods himself is not unaccustomed to action and drama, both on screen and in real life, having a few close calls that almost saw him not here at all.

“I’m telling you, moviemaking is not fun. We did [a] scene at the Guatemalan border where a guy puts a gun to my head and pulls the trigger. I’ll never forget kneeling there. My hands are behind my back. The guy puts the gun to my head, and I hear him say ‘Esta un Blanca.’ That’s a blank. Oliver [Stone, director] tells me to shut up. So I grabbed the gun, raised it in the air, pulled the trigger, and the blank went off. I was four seconds from being killed.”

Woods also got up close and personal with two of the 9/11 terrorists. On a plane flying from Boston to LA in about August of 2001, a month before the attacks, he boarded with four men who carried no luggage on such a long flight, and who kept looking towards the cabin every time the pilot left it.

“I went up to the cabin attendant – whatever the politically correct word is for stewardess – and I said, ‘It’s probably a felony to say this out loud, but I think this plane is about to be hijacked.’ And she said, ‘I’m having that same feeling. Are you talking about the four men in the matching windbreakers?’ She called the captain but the first officer came out. They both made reports to the Federal Aviation Administration. It turned out that two of the guys were in the 9/11 attacks. Nobody wanted to listen then. They listen now, but it cost them almost 3,000 lives.”

With his real-life starting to sound like a plot for an action film, it’s no wonder Woods relished in the return to the somewhat calmer world to television.

“The best material is on TV. After I read the script for Shark, I thought ‘Wow, I haven’t read a part like this in 10 years.’ Men in their 50s are typecast as the corporate villain. Shark gave me the opportunity to be a tainted hero – the best kind of hero to portray. It’s a golden opportunity for an old samurai like myself.”

See Woods in the final episode of this season if Shark, screening on Friday, June 1st at 8:30pm on 3.

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