Jason Beghe on ‘wildfire reaction’ to ‘Chicago P.D.’ (Exclusive Video)

With his starring role on NBC’s rookie drama series “Chicago P.D.,” Jason Beghe admits the newfound acclaim has been interesting. In our recent webcam chat (watch below), he said, “It’s particularly in Chicago, where the show is kind of a wildfire, and they have a proprietary feeling about it. It’s a lot of attention.”

The freshman hit is a spin-off from the peacock net’s popular “Chicago Fire.” Beghe’s character is the shady yet loyal leader of the intelligence unit for the police department. Internal Affairs recruited him in the past to work undercover as a tainted officer, so now there is plenty of speculation that he really is dirty.

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Local Chicago policeman are used as extras and advisors on the program. As he meets them and other law enforcement men and women, he says that “the reaction has been that they really, really, really find it believable and real. It certainly is gratifying in a lot of ways. A lot of cops have told me, ‘Boy, I’d work for Voight any day.'”

The program features quite a few recognizable faces, including Sophia Bush, Patrick John Flueger, Archie Kao, Elias Koteas, Jesse Lee Soffer, and Jon Seda. It is executive produced by “Law and Order” mastermind (and recent TV Hall of Fame inductee) Dick Wolf as well as veterans Michael Brandt, Derek Haas, and Matt Olmstead. The show has already been renewed for a second season next year.

Regarding TV Hall of Fame inductee Wolf, the actor enthused, “He has this special kind of genius that he’s able to understand how to present a moment, a scene, and episode, an entire series in a macro kind of way. He understands how to publicize it, how to promote it, how to write it, all these big things in order to sell something. But on the other side, he’s able to get into the most minute kind of micro things.”

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Beghe began his acting career in 1985 and has starred in such films as “Compromising Positions,” “Monkey Shines,” “Thelma and Louise,” “G.I. Jane,” “The Next Three Days,” and “X-Men: First Class.” His numerous television recurring roles have included “Picket Fences,” “Melrose Place,” “Chicago Hope,” “American Dreams,” and “Cane.”

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