“He was in love with Picasso and was tortured by his sexuality,” declares actor T.R. Knight about the real-life character of Max Jacob he plays in the limited series “Genius: Picasso.” In our recent interview (watch the exclusive video above), he adds, “He was very conflicted in that he was born into a middle class Jewish family and at the age of 33 had a vision of Jesus. Max was one of the first friends Pablo had when he moved to Paris. He was a poet, writer, painter, art critic.”
For the NatGeo program, Alex Rich portrays the famous painter as a younger man while Antonio Banderas plays the Spanish legend older. Others in these episodes include Clemence Posey, Poppy Delevingne, Robert Sheehan, Aisling Franciosi and Sebastian Roche.
The show follows a successful Emmy-nominated run of last spring’s “Genius: Einstein” which starred Geoffrey Rush as the older Albert Einstein and Johnny Flynn as the younger version.
Knight portrayed FBI director J. Edgar Hoover in the first installment and was thrilled to be asked back for another cycle. He says, “It’s so rare where you get to pass by the audition process and are invited back in that kind of feeling where whatever you bring to something that’s requested again. It’s like being invited back to a party you really like.”
Knight is a past Emmy Awards nominee in 2007 for playing fan favorite George O’Malley on “Grey’s Anatomy.” He and the ensemble won at the Screen Actors Guild Awards that same year. Other roles in his career have included the film “42” and the TV programs “The Good Wife,” “11.22.63” and “When We Rise.”
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