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Callum Keith Rennie on being Shattered

by Melissa Leong, Canwest News Service

Canadian actor Callum Keith Rennie has more than 100 television and film credits to his name, including Californication, Battlestar Galactica and the film Memento. He earned a Gemini nomination for his role as Det. Stanley Raymond Kowalski on Due South. Now he's back playing a cop, under slightly different circumstances. His character on Shattered, which is premiering on Global this fall, is a homicide detective with multiple personality disorder. He spoke to us about his character's condition.

Q: Your character has multiple personality disorder? As if murder investigations were not complicated enough.

A: He's trying to maintain a life, trying to do his job, and maintaining a hold on who he is.

Q: What triggers his personality switches?

A: For people who suffer from multiple personality disorder, it's stressors and triggers from early childhood experiences and unresolved issues, so it depends on what's going on for him that checks him out. It could be sights, sounds, moments of tension.

Q: How does your character deal with that?

A: He has learned to lie his way through some of it. He loses time and is not completely aware of what happened. He has to solve his own moments of what happened when and through the show, he starts to discuss it with his therapist.

Q: How did you prepare for this role?

A: I picked up a lot of books on the subject, talked to some health care professionals. Some of the work was trying to find out the reality of it, how it functions, how it appears to others. We were trying to find a way to present it in a way that wasn't over the top or trivial. I had a coach and we worked through different characterizations. I have a hard enough time playing one character. We would create different identifies and histories for those individual identities. Each one has a different type of voice, a different type of movement, different lives completely.


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Jun. 5th, 2010 12:26 pm (UTC)
CKR how do you keep getting sexier?
Jun. 5th, 2010 12:42 pm (UTC)

Jun. 5th, 2010 01:37 pm (UTC)
I've been asking this myself. He keeps getting hotter with age!
Jun. 5th, 2010 01:42 pm (UTC)
I second that!
Jun. 5th, 2010 12:42 pm (UTC)

I have a hard enough time playing one character.

Is there any question why I love this guy? Guh!

Thanks for posting this.
Jun. 5th, 2010 01:39 pm (UTC)
Callum > everyone. *draws hearts around him*
Jun. 5th, 2010 01:00 pm (UTC)
I'm soooo looking forward to this. It sounds so exciting and intense, so Callum. Thanks for the article.
Jun. 5th, 2010 01:40 pm (UTC)
Me too! SO excited for this. \o/

Aww, your icon! <3
Jun. 5th, 2010 02:11 pm (UTC)
Oh, I love that blue shirt. I'm so looking forward to this show!
Jun. 5th, 2010 04:04 pm (UTC)
The pics from this photoshoot are all fantastic! Yeah, I think this is going to be an amazing show. Is it fall yet?
Jun. 5th, 2010 04:24 pm (UTC)
'Yeah, I think this is going to be an amazing show.'
It seems like it. I'm just happy to see Callum in something where he's not playing the villain and probably won't end up dead (at least until maybe the series final).
Jun. 5th, 2010 02:59 pm (UTC)
Hi, I'm new here *waves*

Does he have a painting up in his attic somewhere because he just keeps getting hotter and hotter and he looks downright amazing in blue. I'm really excited about the show, it sounds really good.
Jun. 5th, 2010 04:08 pm (UTC)
Hi there and welcome! *waves back*

scriggle posted a few more fantastic promo stills HERE btw.
Jun. 5th, 2010 04:25 pm (UTC)
'Does he have a painting up in his attic somewhere because he just keeps getting hotter and hotter and he looks downright amazing in blue.'
Nah, he just shares a painting with Paul Gross *points to icon*
Jun. 5th, 2010 04:29 pm (UTC)
Heh! All points to you. :D

Mmmmmmmm, Paul.
Jun. 5th, 2010 04:40 pm (UTC)
'Heh! All points to you. :D'

Mmmmmmmmmmmm, Paul indeed. :D

Edited at 2010-06-05 04:40 pm (UTC)
Jun. 5th, 2010 03:20 pm (UTC)

Does anyone know when it's actually going to air? Because I can't find out anything definite.
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Jun. 5th, 2010 06:09 pm (UTC)
Fortunately I'm in Seattle, so I get Canadian channels too. Yay, thanks!
Jun. 5th, 2010 05:10 pm (UTC)
Awesomeness, thanks for posting :)
Jun. 5th, 2010 05:27 pm (UTC)
:D I feel the need to MASSIVELY pimp this show.

Jun. 6th, 2010 05:21 pm (UTC)
Pimp away!!

Jun. 7th, 2010 07:22 pm (UTC)
Jun. 7th, 2010 07:43 pm (UTC)
♥ ♥ ♥
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