For Gabriel Macht, his new USA Network show “Suits” had particular charms he was seeking for a return to television. “I wanted to look at material that was really smart and had a vision of what it was and was slightly different from other stuff on television,” revealed Macht in a video interview with senior editors Rob Licuria and Chris Beachum.
Macht plays Harvey Specter, a senior partner at a top New York law firm who decides to hire an extremely bright associate (Patrick J. Adams) even though his office isn’t aware that the young man is actually a college dropout and not the Harvard graduate they wanted. Macht calls Specter a man with: “a real steel armour…that was Steve McQueen meets Cary Grant in this modern version. He was a man’s man that could talk his way out of anything and underneath, deep inside, he got’s a bit of a heart.”
His first television series with a regular starring role was “The Others,” a short-lived science fiction NBC program in 2000 produced by Steven Spielberg. He followed that with a 12-year film career that included a starring role in the 2008 action movie “The Spirit” plus roles in “Behind Enemy Lines,” “Bad Company,” “The Recruit,” “A Love Song for Bobby Long,” “The Good Shepherd,” “Middle Men,” and “Love and Other Drugs” before making the decision to return to TV.
Maureen Ryan (AOL) praised Macht in her review of the show, saying, “he has an amused sparkle in his eye that lets you know that he’s enjoying his performance as a corner-office big shot just as much as you are. … Macht and Adams are appealing performers, especially Macht”. And Glenn Garvin (Miami Herald) raved that the show, “is far more than a whimsical caper show. Beneath its cuttingly funny dialogue lurk complex emotional edges.”
Macht could find himself a Golden Globe nominee next month. The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. has been kind to USA Network shows. Piper Perabo (“Covert Affairs“) reaped a Best Drama Actress bid last year while Tony Shalhoub (“Monk”) received five Best Comedy Actor nods and won the prize in 2003.