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Updated 12:30pm ET on 17-November-2000
9:00am ET, 16-November-00
Sadler Happy He Chose Roswell
Veteran character actor William Sadler–now best known for playing the sheriff in The WB’s teen alien series Roswell–told the Associated Press that it wasn’t hard for him to commit to series television after a successful movie career. “In this town, when somebody writes something good, it’s like a nugget of gold,” he told the AP. “I wasn’t too worried about what effect it would have on my film career. People go back and forth all the time. I was more concerned about the direction of the character.”
As Roswell’s Sheriff Jim Valenti, Sadler’s been able to broaden his character beyond the strict lawman of the first season. “There are a lot of firsts for me with this show,” Sadler said. “I never had an on-screen romantic entanglement until now. I’ve never worked with these kind of special effects.”
Executive producer Jonathan Frakes (who played Cmdr. Riker on Star Trek: The Next Generation) told the AP that Sadler has brought a lot to the role. “When we started, it was unclear what the part would be and where it would go,” Frakes said. “He’s taken the character from just a hard-nosed sheriff to a complex man dealing with issues–from his relationship with his dad to the one with his son.” Roswell airs Mondays at 9 p.m.