Behind the Scenes: Friendly cast, Wesley Snipes greet WFLA with open arms

Melanie Michael visited the set of "The Player."

LOS ANGELES, CA (WFLA) – NBC’s newest heart-pounding sexy drama has the feel of an action movie combined with the plot twists of a thriller. Think “Ocean’s Eleven” meets the “The Bourne Identity” meets “Taken.”  It’s fast-paced, slick and set in Las Vegas with scenes shot all over the world.

Wesley Snipes
Wesley Snipes

A powerful pit boss, Wesley Snipes, works with the wealthy to wager bets on crime. And, the person they’re betting on is  – The Player. Can this man, an ex-FBI agent with a past, stop crime before it happens?  Multi-millionaires all over the globe bet against Alex Kane, played by Phillip Winchester. Then, they see what he can do.

News Channel 8 was one of three stations around the country invited to go behind the scenes and to spend time with Snipes and the cast. Snipes is intense during filming and very focused prior to a fight scene. But, with a sly grin, he admits, “ We’re gonna do some fun, fun stuff on this show!”

Snipes plays the mysterious Mr. Johnson on this casino drama, and he’s loving every minute of it. “It’s pretty attractive. It’s kinda sexy,” he tells News Channel 8. “Clearly some of the action we’re gonna design for the show and is being designed for the show, that’s right up my alley. I like that.”

And, the cast loves working with Snipes, especially Winchester. “He’s like ‘Greased Lightning!’ He has the moves. I mean, we have a big time celebrity on our show,” Winchester said. “He shows me a few things, and I end up on the floor.”

We couldn’t resist asking Snipes if maybe one day, just possibly, there would be a “Blacklist” crossover event. Could Mr. Johnson and Raymond Reddington from “Blacklist” ever cross paths? “It’ll be interesting, you know. Mr. Reddington, what do they have in common? Wonder if their worlds will ever intersect,” Snipes mused. “The shows are similar, unpredictable plot twists, engaging conspiracy, some really good actors, really really good actors.”

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