Emmy Winner Actor James Spader Promises More Surprises Ahead On ‘The Blacklist’ | TODAY

Line:92% >>> WE’RE SO EXCITED BECAUSE RAYMOND RED READING TON IS BACK AND TAKING NAMES ON “BLACKLIST.” >> RED, PLAYED BY JAMES SPADER, NEXT TO ME, IS ELIZABETH KEEN’S FATHER. >> THEY’RE PICKING UP THEHE PIES SO HE CAN RETURN TO TAKING DOWN CRIMINAL UNDERWORLD BLAST LISTERS ONE AT A TIME. >> THE BLACKLIST HAS VALUE BECAUSE IT IS BASED ON THE BEST POSSIBLE INTELLIGENCE. INFORMATION THAT WAS NOT AVAILABLE YESTERDAY AND WILL BE OBSOLETE TOMORROW. THE CRIMINAL UNDERWORLD IS NOT STATIC, HAROLD. IT CONSISTS OF CONSTANTLY SHIFTING ALLIANCES AND LEADERSHIP, WHICH CAN ONLY BE DISCERNED BY A FEW KEY PLAYERS. I WAS ONE OF THOSE PLAYERS.

Line:92% WITH YOUR HELP, I INTEND TO BE ONE AGAIN. BECAUSE LIKE DEEP FRIED BUTTER, I AM UNHEALTHY. YET, IRRESISTIBLE. >> JAMES SPADER, GOOD MORNING. WELCOME BACK. >> THANK YOU. >> SO I WAS ADMITTING TO YOU EARLIER, WHEN I FIRST STARTED WATCHING THIS, MY HUSBAND AND I WATCHED IT TOGETHER, BINGE WATCHED IT, I HAD A SNEAKING SUSPICION THAT YOU WERE LIZ KEEN’S FATHER. >> YOU WEREN’T ALONE, YOU KNOW. >> FOR THE REST OF YOUR FANS, IT WAS KIND OF GRATIFYING. >> SHE’S SO PROUD OF HERSELF. SHE JUDGED IT CORRECTLY. >> BRING US UP TO DATE. >> HE’S NOT REALLY — HE’S NOT REALLY PICKING UP THE PIECES OF HIS EMPIRE. HE’S SORT OF LAYING AROUND A LOT, WHICH I CAN UNDERSTAND. BUT HE SORT OF GETS GOADED INTO IT. THEN HE MEETS A COUPLE — HE’S HAVING FUN.

Line:92% >> DRIVING A NICE CAR. >> YOU’RE STILL IN PRODUCTION OR POST-PRODUCTION ON THE FIRST EPISODE. I WATCHED THE FIRST SCENE, THE OPENING SCENE, AND YOU LOOK LIKE YOU’RE HAVING A BLAST. >> YEAH. >> THERE’S CAR CHASE, ALL KINDS OF — IT LOOKS LIKE YOU’RE HAVING FUN. >> YES, I — YES, I DID HAVE FN SHOOTING THAT EPISODE. SOMETIMES RED IS HAVING MORE FUN THAN I’M HAVING, BUT, NO, NOT JUST THE FIRST EPISODE, REALLY THE SEASON STARTED OUT THAT WAY. EVERYBODY WORKING ON THE SHOW, THE WRITERS, WE ALL HAD DISCUSSIONS. IT’D BE NICE TO HAVE SOME BREATHING ROOM. THINGS HAVE BEEN DIRE FOR A LITTLE BIT.

Line:92% CERTAINLY, THE END OF LAST SEASON WAS PRETTY DIRE. IT WAS CRISIS POINT. SO IT WAS NICE TO START OUT THE SEASON THAT WAY. IT’S CONTINUING. I MEAN, I’M LEAVING HERE AND HEADED DOWN TO THE MINIATURE GOLF COURSE. >> JUST FOR FUN? >> IN REAL LIFE? >> NO, NO, TO FILM. >> I WAS LIKE — >> NOT TO GIVE YOU SPOILERS BUT — >> THAT’S NOT A SPOILER. >> RED MAY SHOW UP ON A MINIATURE GOLF COURSE. ANYWAY — >> WHEN YOU PUT ON THE FEDORA FIVE YEARS AGO, DID YOU KNOW HOW SUCCESSFUL THIS SHOW WOULD BE? >> NOT WHEN I PUT ON THE FEDORA. >> WHEN YOU PUT ON THE OTHER HAT. >> WHEN I READ THE SCRIPT, I THOUGHT, THIS IS GREAT. REALLY, THE THING I THINK IS JUST THE LEVEL OF YOUR CURIOSITY, YOU KNOW. THAT’S ULTIMATELY — YOU KNOW, IN A RATHER CHAOTIC AND UNPREDICTABLE BUSINESS, IF THERE’S ONE THING, IF IT PUES YOUR CURIOSITY, IT MIGHT PIQUE OTHERS.

Line:92% IT DID THAT. I KNEW LESS AT THE END OF THE PILOT, WHEN I WAS READING THE SCRIPT. I KNEW LESS AT THE END OF IT THAN I DID AT THE BEGINNING. >> AWESOME. >> I THOUGHT, OKAY, THE POSSIBILITY FOR SURPRISE AND TWISTS AND TURNS AND EVERYTHING ARE SORT OF LIMITLESS ON THE SHOW. >> WELL — >> ASK YOUR QUESTION? >> YOU HAVE TO ASK IT. >> WHAT’S MY QUESTION? >> DO THEY NEED A WEATHERMAN? >> HE WANTS TO CLOSE WITH THAT. HE LIKES TO CLOSE WITH THAT. SO I CAN’T SAY YES OR NO. JUST TO LEAVE IT IN MY MEMORY FOR ALL TIME. >> JUST IN CASE. NEED A WEATHERMAN GUY, A CLIMATE CHANGE THING HAPPENING. >> GOING TO THE GOLF COURSE. >> NO ONE IS GOING TO BUY THE EVIL WEATHERMAN, AL.

>> MINIATURE GOLF, TOO. >> MAYBE WE SHOULD GET IN THE CAR AND HEAD DOWN THERE, AL. >> I’M WITH YOU. LOOKING FOR THE PREMIERE OF THE “BLACKLIST” PREMIERE, NEXT WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27th, 8:00/ON.

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