Michael Roark Teases His “Hostile” ‘Banshee’ Character [Exclusive]

Currently filming in Charlotte, North Carolina, the new Cinemax original series Banshee recently added Michael Roark to the cast, and we caught up with the actor earlier today to get some exclusive scoop on his character, known as “Billy B.”

Michael Roark

Michael Roark

While he obviously can’t reveal much, Roark (Magic Mike, Dolphin Tale) did let us know that Billy B. is going to be trouble for Banshee star Antony Starr’s “Lucas Hood”.

“I can not say too much about my character”, Roark told us via email. “Lets just say he has some hostile encounters with Lucas.”

The Schaumburg, Illinois native added that his time here in the Carolinas (Banshee has also been filming in South Carolina) has been pleasent, despite the recent sweltering temperatures outside.

“Well I’m no stranger to the heat,” Roark said, “but I have definitely been sweating it out with the rest of the cast and crew. NC (and SC) has been great.”

Michael Roark can currently be seen in theaters along with Matthew McConaughey and Channing Tatum in Magic Mike.

Among his other credits, Roark was featured in two episodes of the CW series The Vampire Diaries and will be soon be seen in FOX’s new serial killer drama The Following, both created by New Bern, North Carolina native Kevin Williamson (Dawson’s Creek, Scream).

Banshee is a 10-episode action drama executive produced by Alan Ball (True Blood, Six Feet Under) and Greg Yaitanes (House, Lost).

The show centers on an ex-convict and master thief (Antony Starr) who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, PA, where he continues his criminal activities even as he’s being hunted by the shadowy gangsters he had betrayed years earlier.

In addition to Roark and Starr, the cast already includes the previously announced Ivana Milicevic (Charlie’s Angels), Matt Servitto (Hitch), Ulrich Thomsen (The Celebration), Frankie Faison (The Wire), Rus Blackwell (Recount), Ryann Shane (Blue Bloods), Lili Simmons (Geek Charming), Chelsea Cardwell (What to Expect When You’re Expecting), and Ben Cross (Star Trek).

HBO-owned Cinemax began production on Banshee in and around Charlotte, NC in May.

The show will debut on Cinemax in 2013.

Charlotte, NC doubles as Banshee, PA in the new Cinemax series 'Banshee'. (photo: Greg Yaitanes Twitter)

Charlotte, NC doubles as Banshee, PA in the new Cinemax series ‘Banshee’. (photo: Greg Yaitanes Twitter)


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Posted on July 27, 2012, in Exclusives, Interviews, TV and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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