Anthrax, plays Tom Brokaw and LA Law

With National Geographic’s The hot zone: anthrax now aired on National Geographic and also streamed on Hulu I recently got to talk to Harry Hamlin about playing NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw in the scientific thriller. Based on true events, the limited series takes place a few weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks, when someone sent anthrax letters to unsuspecting victims in Florida, Washington, DC and New York. The series follows a team of FBI agents and scientists as they try to figure out who was responsible for the attack.

If you do not remember the time after 9/11, or you were not born yet, the series does a good job of capturing how nervous everyone was in the weeks after the attack, wondering what might happen next, and about something very worse than 9/11 was on the horizon. So when the anthrax letters started killing people, it caused widespread fear throughout the country and every part of our government was on high alert to prevent another terrorist attack. The hot zone: anthrax stars Daniel Dae Kim as an FBI agent specializing in microbiology, Tony Goldwyn as Dr. Bruce Ivins (an ingenious microbiologist), Dawn Olivieri, Ian Colletti, Dylan Baker, Morgan Kelly, Denyce Lawton, Carlos Gonzalez-Vio, Vanessa Matsui, and Enrico Colantoni as mayor Rudy Giuliani. Kelly Souders and Brian Petersen served as executive producers and showrunners.

During the interview, Harry Hamlin talks about what people would be surprised to learn about the creation of the series, how the series captures the nervous energy from the time after 9/11, why he wanted to be a part of the show, how much he knew about the story before they got involved, what it was like to work with Daniel Dae Kim and more. In addition, we talked about his time working with Ray Harryhausen on The battle of the giants, if he had a good feeling about LA law pilot when they filmed it, and what’s the first thing anyone should see if they’ve never seen his work.


The Hot Zone Anthrax Harry Hamlin NBC News Anchor Tom Brokaw

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Seeing what Harry Hamlin had to say in the player above and below is exactly what we were talking about.

Harry Hamlin

  • If someone has never seen anything he has done, what is the first thing he wants them to see and why?

  • What was it like working with Ray Harryhausen? The battle of the giants?

  • He had a good feeling around LA law pilot when they filmed it?

  • What would people be surprised to learn about the manufacture of LA law?

  • How That Warm Zone: Anthrax captures the time after 9/11, when everyone was nervous about what would happen next.

  • What was it about the series that made him want to do it?

  • How did he find out Tom Brokaw’s voice for the role?

  • If he has a big stage on a Monday, how does he like to prepare for it?

  • How much did he know about what really happened to the anthrax scare?

  • What would people be surprised to learn about the manufacture of That Warm Zone: Anthrax?

  • What was it like working with Daniel Dae Kim?

Hot Zone Miltbrand Harry Hamlin NBC News Anchor Tom Brokaw

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The six-part series premieres over three nights on National Geographic from November 28th.

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