Michael Kelly (‘The Long Road Home’): ‘Everything you imagine the greatest soldier to be’ [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW]

“He just makes everybody feel better all the time,” actor Michael Kelly says in an interview with Gold Derby (watch the exclusive video above) about portraying Gary Volesky in “The Long Road Home.” The eight-episode limited series, which aired last fall on National Geographic, depicts a real-life division of American soldiers in the Iraq war under Lt. Col. Volesky. Kelly expands, “He really is everything that you imagine the greatest soldier to be. He is strong, independent, fearless, an incredible leader [and a] team player. Just everything about that guy is incredible. He is clearly one of my heroes now, someone I really look up to and admire greatly.”

Kelly hopes that viewers finish “The Long Road Home” on NatGeo with “a great appreciation for our military.” He explains, “They’re fighting for us every day, so it doesn’t matter what you think about war politically or what you think about the military politically; what matters is these people are fighting for our freedoms and for me, the importance of this show is that… people might get a better understanding not just what soldiers go through, but what their wives go through, what their mothers and fathers go through.”

The Critics’ Choice Awards nominated “The Long Road Home” for Best Limited Series, for which it now contends at the Emmys. “The Eye of the Storm” is Volesky’s spotlight and the first of three non-consecutive episodes from the show that voters have received on a DVD in a package that specifically highlights Kelly’s performance as the main push for an acting nomination. Kelly is submitted for Best Movie/Limited Supporting Actor, having been nominated the last three years in Best Drama Supporting Actor for playing White House Chief of Staff Doug Stamper in Netflix’s “House of Cards,” which is taking an extended hiatus.

Kelly recounts, “To be recognized by your peers, to be recognized by the academy — it’s incredible. There hasn’t been a time that I’ve been nominated that I didn’t cry. All three years when I was told, I literally cried. It’s mind-blowing and it’s such an honor.” The eight-episode sixth and final season of “House of Cards” recently wrapped production and Kelly teases about the finale, “I loved it, so I can only assume the audience will.”

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