BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — “Low Winter Sun” has an excellent launching pad. The new cop drama premieres Sunday directly after the return of “Breaking Bad.” The show follows the twisty tale of a detective who is coerced by a fellow officer into killing another detective and is then assigned to investigate the murder. Based on a British miniseries, the AMC show has star Mark Strong reprising his lead role but transporting the show to Detroit. Strong and his costar, fellow Brit Lennie James, recently talked about what struck them about Detroit at the recent Television Critics Association press tour here.
STRONG: Everybody said, “Don’t go there. It’s an awful place, and there’s nothing there for you.” And, of course, the opposite is true. It’s a pretty fascinating place because it has everything. You have enormous mansions in Grosse Pointe and, yes, you have terrible apocalyptic wastelands in various parts of the city as well. But you have everything in between. And the more people told me it was a place I didn’t want to be, the more intrigued I was, and actually, they welcomed us with open arms.
JAMES: They have a law that you can be arrested if you drive without a seat belt, but they’ve just reenacted a law that says you don’t have to wear a crash helmet on a motorbike. Any city that’s like that can’t be all bad, really. It’s a little nuts. I mean, there’s no getting away from it. It’s a little nuts. I said it to someone the other day that it’s the most dangerous, most exciting, most fascinating, most interesting first world city I’ve ever been in in my life, and everything they say about Detroit is true, and nothing they say about Detroit is true.