VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Jeremiah Bitsui On His Favorite ‘Dark Winds’ Moments With Rainn Wilson & Zahn McClarnon
Dark Winds follows the story of two Navajo police officers in the 1970s and the challenging of their spiritual beliefs as they try to solve a double murder on the reservation.
“I’d worked with Zahn before on Longmire,” Bitsui revealed. “We had a scene together. I believe this was right as Longmire got cut, and it was trying to find a place. In that, one of the scenes that didn’t make sense was the scene that we had, unfortunately, but it was a great work experience. That was my first time getting to know Zahn and having a chance to work with him. It stuck in my head, and I guess it did for him as well. He gave me a great referral and reached out and said, ‘I’m going to put your name out there for Dark Winds. I really think you’d fit this character.’
“The stuff with Rainn Wilson was absolutely fun,” he added. “On the day, it was a breath of relief to play something a little bit more lighthearted. The rest of the series for my character is pretty dark. I try to make it fun, but that was just on its own written as a fun scene.”
Bitsui elaborated on what made acting with Wilson, known for playing oddball Dwight on The Office, different from his other co-stars.
“He’s brilliant,” he said. “I think comedians have a different timing which works really well for drama because they’re so attuned it. It’s almost like when you tune a sports car for a grand prix, and then you’re taking it out on a straightaway track – [drama is] a bit easier than comedy. Comedians have certain sensibilities. They can pull things off and they’re willing to explore. It was cool.”
Stream the first season of Dark Winds, on AMC+ today.
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