Lightman becomes Obsessed With His Investigation on Lie To Me

8:30pm – Tuesday, July 21 on TV 3

This week sees Dr. Cal Lightman become obsessed with his investigation of two young women who committed suicide when the action-packed Lie To Me continues on Tuesday, July 21st at 8:30pm on 3.

Lie To Me stars Tim Roth as Dr. Cal Lightman, the world’s leading deception expert who studies facial expressions and involuntary body language to discover not only if someone is lying, but why? But even though Roth may play a deception expert on the series, the actor says he has no idea when people are actually lying.

“People assume that you know what you’re doing. I read the scripts and I do what’s necessary for that, but people do make the assumption that you actually can read them, and that’s a bit worrying really,” the actor tells American TV Guide. “Except my kids very much think that I know when they haven’t done their homework. That’s quite useful.”

It’s understandable that audiences might find Roth intimidating, playing Dr. Cal Lightman, the actor appears to detect almost any lie or emotion from the slightest of facial expressions.

Dr. Lightman and his team of fellow lie-busters can easily catch criminals, but they make everyone around them feel paranoid. The fact that people now get nervous around Roth proves that he’s doing a good job – because the man Dr. Lightman is based on makes Roth himself very uncomfortable.

“The show’s based on a real guy – his name is Paul Ekman and I get nervous around him,” he admits. “I was fascinated by this work and that it was all based very much in real science and, you know, as an actor, I think he’s kind of busting me on my acting.”

It’s an unexpected insecurity for the actor, best known for his performances in the Quentin Tarantino films Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction. However Roth reveals that since Lie to Me is his first regular television gig, he’s still unused to the differences from shooting films – the faster pace, the tighter schedule, the behind-the-scenes production struggles.

The good news is that Roth will have a while longer to get used to the change, as it has recently been revealed that Lie To Me will be renewed for a second season.

“It’s a bit more work than I think I’ve ever really had as an actor. It’s a very, very, brutal schedule. But there is something satisfying in seeing if you can make it work.”

And so far both fans and critics alike are agreeing that he’s certainly making it work. Make sure not to miss Roth when Dr. Lightman’s story continues in Lie To Me, screening on Tuesday, July 21st at 8:30pm on 3.

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