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For those of you who are new to SouthLAnd. I’m Michael Cudlitz and I play Officer John Cooper On SouthLAnd. Welcome.

WOW !!................SouthLAnd is back. It’s a fantastic feeling to be back on air and back connected to all of you, the fans. Thank you all for your patience and continued support. I know ten episodes is not enough but I think once you have seen the season 4 opener you will agree that it has been well worth the wait. The show is more exciting and unpredictable than ever. The new partner pairings, in my opinion, not only help give the show an entirely new energy but lay the groundwork for some amazing character development. SouthLAnd has hit it’s stride and we are all so excited to see how the new season is received. Before I answer this weeks questions I want to remind and encourage you to look back at previous Cudlitz’s Corners by clicking here.

Many of your questions have already been answered and if you are new to the show it might help bring you up to speed. Let’s get to it...

Q: Miguel Carrasco
Considering the fact that back problems are real common in the law enforcement field, will John Cooper be able to go back on patrol?

Cudlitz:
When we start out this season John has opted for back surgery. The surgery has been a success. John is back on the job and physically fit.

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Q: Robert Irmas
You portray one of the older patrol cops in the Division. If you were offered a good detective slot, would you take it? Or maybe a city wide uniform detail, Special Problems or something akin to that? Usually guys get burnt out playing in the same RD for years and years.

Cudlitz:
Cooper would say, “I’m one of the more experienced officers”, Robert. In the LAPD the choice to move up in rank lies with the officer. They design their career path right down to the decision of which division they want to work out of. They don’t always get first choice, but over time most officers find a good fit for where they are in their career. John is happy on the streets doing what he does he has no desire at this time to take the sergeants test or move over to detectives. He is the highest rank he can be and still be a first responder in LAPD…………… But, who knows what the future has in store for John Cooper.

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Q: Lori Brown
Do you look forward to your character overcoming his drug addiction or would you like for this story line to continue? (p.s. LOVE this show!)

Cudlitz:
Hey Lori, First I gotta tell you I had an amazing time last year taking the character John Cooper into the ground like a friggin’ lawn dart. That being said, by the end of last season I think we had all seen enough of his decline. John needed to have a new direction. Remember John’s drug addiction is directly connected to his back pain ... at least that’s where it began. Now that his back is fixed, what does that mean for his addiction? I have always said that we’ve never seen Cooper at the top of his game. When we first met him in season one he was already on the decline physically. So yes, I am looking forward to it. What will John be like when he’s pain free and off drugs? I can’t wait for you all to see.

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Q: Matt Dingman
What was the deciding factor in your choice of new sunglasses?

Cudlitz:
Sunglass can be used in many ways. Much like the sun visors used by NFL running backs, they not only protect your eyes from direct sunlight and glare, but they actually make it so your eyes don’t telegraph your next move. If the glasses are dark enough, you are in fact hidden. As an officer this can give you immense tactical advantage in a situation. Sunglasses are in fact a mask. Cooper used them for exactly this reason, more often as the series progressed, in an effort to hide from not only his partner but everyone else around him. It was a self protection devise. This season John has less to hide from. His glasses hopefully reflect that. Even when the glasses are on you can still see through them. You can still see John. No longer is he in hiding. Not to mention, they are pretty damn stylish.

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Q:Jane Woodring
How does the relationship between your character and Ben hold out this season?

Cudlitz:
SouthLAnd strives to realistically depict the emotional lives of the men and women who police Los Angeles. We also try to give a fairly accurate depiction of the mechanism of the LAPD. That being said, once the training phase has ended there would be little if any contact between the training officer and the “Boot”. Unless either pursued it. In the case of Ben and John there is minimal contact. The relationship is severely strained. But this is SouthLAnd. We will see.

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Q: Rachel Kochackis
The addition of Lucy Liu had me wondering if she's there to fill the role of a sexy female cop who can kick ass. Or because Asian representation on the force is a priority on the LAPD or maybe a little of both? I can't wait to find out this next season!

Cudlitz:
Lucy has been an fantastic addition to the cast. It is my understanding that John Wells had worked with Lucy a number of years ago and approached her about SouthLAnd last fall. Apparently, she was already a fan of the show so it took very little convincing for her to come on board. I think it’s great to have as much diversity on the show as possible. I don’t think the reason she was brought on was because she was Asian. I think she was brought on because she is a talented, smart, strong woman who John Wells thought would make a convincing cop. The fact that she happens to be Asian is just another plus.

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Q: Sean Sharpton
The dialogue in this show is so gritty and real, it's like watching an extraordinarily good episode of "Cops"...how much of that dialogue is ad libbed?

Cudlitz:
We get this question a lot. Everything starts from the script. We may improvise at the head of the scene or at the tail of the scene but all of the dialogue is scripted and the written words are what we rely on. It’s so important to have a great script or you will never have a great show.

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Q: Shervin Amini
Was your character supposed to be gay when the show first started and your audition for the role ? It came to be a shocker for many of us, although small hints were given throughout the first episodes.
(This question was asked by a few people, not just Shervin)

Cudlitz:
Hey Shervin, First I want to thank you for watching the show. This story line seems to have taken you and a few others by surprise. Yes, the character of John Cooper has been gay since the inception of the show. It’s not a stunt. It’s not for drugs. He’s just gay. I gave an extensive interview on the subject a couple years ago. Please take a moment to look it over.
http://www.afterelton.com/people/2010/1/michaelcudlitz

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Q:
In response to the multitude of marriage proposals...

Cudlitz:
…………… Already married. You missed me by only 26 years.

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Again thank you all for your continued support. If I did not get to your question please have patience. We will hold all unanswered questions for the next Cudlitz’s Corner as well as poll for new questions once the season is underway. As always you can contact me on Twitter directly at @Cudlitz and on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Michael-Cudlitz-friends-and-fans/112344302137960 I run the page. Great pictures, ongoing conversations. None of this exists without the fans.

-Cudlitz

 

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