Are you loving NBC’s new hit series The Blacklist? If so then I’m sure a huge part of the reason is James Spader’s genius portrayal of mastermind criminal Ray Reddington. He’s not your typical shady character and Spader plays him to the letter with a whole bunch of interesting ticks and quirks. What I hadn’t realized is that the actor is flying blind so to speak when on set and in character.
According to the Feb. 10th issue of Star Magazine Spader always wears glasses in his real life but Redd does not have any type of visual impairment. Spader can’t tolerate contact lenses so while working he simply ditches his glasses and the result is worrisome. Sources say that the actor is nearly blind and is constantly running into things. He has suggested a nice pair of specs for Redd but so far the powers-that-be aren’t interested in giving the character a pair of glasses.
It’s just one more example of what a great actor Spader is. We would have never known that he couldn’t see well in any of his scenes! As far as The Blacklist itself goes, obviously Spader has made it a hit but what about the rest of the characters? NBC has taken some heat because the other characters at times come across like cardboard cutouts to some. Do you agree with that assessment or do you think actors such as Megan Boone who plays Elizabeth Keene are getting the job done just fine? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!