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8:30pm – Tuesday, June 2 on TV 3

After making his mark on the big screen in films such as Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and The Incredible Hulk, Tim Roth is now stepping into the world of television to star in 3’s gripping new drama Lie to Me, premiering on Tuesday, June 2nd at 8:30pm on 3.

Lie to Me sees Roth portraying Cal Lightman, an expert at reading emotions who gets suspects to confess to even the worst crimes without laying a hand on them.

“We’re led to believe that it’s all we’ve got, that we have to smash someone’s fingers because otherwise the world’s gonna blow up,” Roth tells American TV Guide. “And we bought all this crap.”

Lightman’s techniques, based on those of real-life lie-detection expert Paul Ekman, envision a more humane brand of crime-fighting, in which intellect trumps physical force. Ekman works with real-life interrogators to help his techniques gain traction.

“I would imagine, for example, with the police force, if they learned to read some fairly simple things that I know Ekman works with them on, people could be safer, there could be less people hurt,” says Roth.

Roth’s idea that extreme force only leads to more extreme force is most thoroughly explored in the actor’s directorial debut, The War Zone, in which a family takes revenge on an abusive parent.

Roth says he took the role on Lie to Me in part so he could continue to make similarly dark, complex films. “The kinds of films I want to direct you don’t get paid for – they’re obviously not commercial ventures necessarily,” he says.

“By the time I was through with [The War Zone], it was time to go back and make some money. Critically received is one thing, but a film about child abuse is not for everybody.”

The actor also draws an unusual comparison between directors and abusers. “An abuser is a great director. You’ve got to keep your actors in line. If your actors break away and start improvising, you’re ending up in jail. Because as soon as they start to speak – as soon as they figure out that they can speak for themselves and that you can’t pull the strings – you’re done. It’s a very dangerous game,” he says.

“They have to manipulate their victim in such a way that the victims will keep a secret.”

And when asked if he feels a certain satisfaction in playing someone on Lie to Me who lives to expose secrets, the actor reveals “Yeah. Absolutely.”

Make sure not to miss this star when the brand new series, Lie to Me premieres on Tuesday, June 2nd at 8:30pm on 3.


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Producer of New Zealand’s Next Top Model responds to speculation that Christobelle has won by saying no decision has been made on the winner – the finale will be filmed tonight but air on Friday.


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Stacey Morrison shares a photo of her when she was six with Sunday and talks about her family.

Law and Order‘s Vincent D’Onofrio talks about his role on the show.

Poirot‘s David Suchet talks about playing the role over the past 20 years.

Nicolette Sheridan talks about being axed from Desperate Housewives.  Sheridan complains her character Edie was never added to the opening credits, creator Marc Cherry rarely spoke of her in interviews and her character always had a raw deal.  Sheridan says the show lost a lot of its magic, felt complacent and was frustrating.  Edie may come back in flashbacks in future episodes even though she dies.

Spooks star Richard Armitage talks about his new role on the show.

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