Adam Beach heads north for CBC-TV adventure series 'Arctic Air'
By Cassandra Szklarski
Beach recalls struggling over his decision to take the "Law and Order" job, noting it took a heart-to-heart talk with co-star Ice-T to convince him to join the cast.
"(Show creator) Dick Wolf offered me a lead and I said, 'I don't want to do television but I'll do a guest spot for the character,'" says Beach, who was a regular on Canada's short-lived "Moose TV" and the '90s series "North of 60."
"I was talking to Ice-T and he said, 'I hear you don't want to be on the show.' I said, 'I just want to do a guest spot.' And he said, 'Well, Adam, you talk so highly about your people and that you want to do something to change a perspective, this is the show to do it on. It's a top show in the world, you would do yourself a favour and it would help you with your community.'"
By Brad Oswald
The last time he took a TV-series role--a brief stint as Law & Order: SVU's Det. Chester Lake--he quickly grew disillusioned with the strictly procedural nature of the NBC cop show's storytelling, and opted out after just one season. But the Manitoban-born actor decided to take another shot at an ongoing drama after reading the pilot script for CBC's Arctic Air.
"SVU is a show about the show; it's about the solving of the crime," Beach said in a recent telephone interview. "So you're constantly doing the A-B-C of storylines that the cops are involved in. Here (in Arctic Air), each episode reveals each character's personal traits as the show evolves through the 10 episodes. It's a character-driven story."
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P.S. I don't think Arctic bush pilots need boarding passes, but never mind.
Below: Actors Adam Beach and Pascale Hutton.