Travis Fimmel, Lindsay Pulsipher and Patrick Swayze in the A&E series “The Beast”
By : Chris Tribbey | Posted: 08 Feb 2010
Actress Lindsay Pulsipher, who can be seen in the latest season of “True Blood” this summer, has a distinction on her resume that makes her both proud and profoundly sad: She starred with Patrick Swayze in his final work before his death in September 2009.
Episodes of “The Beast,” which Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released on DVD mid-2009, are now airing at Crackle.com.
“We shot the pilot a few months before he found out he was sick,” Pulsipher said. “There was just no indication. When we found out, we weren’t worried about the show. But he was so strong, such a trooper. He blew us out of the water.
“He was the heart of the show.”
The series stars Swayze as a veteran, undercover FBI agent assigned a new partner (played by Travis Fimmel), who’s actually there to investigate him. The A&E series earned high praise from critics, and Pulsipher feels fans would have seen more of it if Swayze had lived.
“It was a great introduction with a scripted series for A&E,” she said. “The writing, the premise, it was all amazing.
“Besides the fact it was Patrick Swayze’s last, I think it was one of his best works,” she said. “He really embodies the character. His performance alone is worth checking out. This series had a darkness, a grainy, gritty edge to it. The pilot was like a film.”
As for the series showing up on Crackle.com, Pulsipher said Sony and others are responding to consumer demands to have their content available in more places, instantly.
“Technology evolves so quickly,” she said. “It’s evolutionary. It’s just the way that’s it’s going. You have to accept it and go along for the ride.”
Next, Pulsipher picks up the role of Crystal Norris in HBO’s hit vampire series “True Blood.”
“I can’t wait, I’m so excited,” she said. “My character is amazing. I would like to catch up on the books.”