More screen time for 'Rescue Me' brother

June 11, 2006 at 1:01 PM

NEW YORK, June 11 (UPI) -- Actor Dean Winters says he is happy to have more screen time on "Rescue Me"-- even if it means his character must lock horns with star Denis Leary.

In the third season of the acclaimed FX series, Leary's firefighter Tommy Gavin is furious to discover his estranged wife, Janet, played by Andrea Roth has been sleeping with his cop brother, Johnny.

"It's definitely taking a little bit of a darker twist," Winters told UPI of the blood feud between Tommy and Johnny. "As an actor, I tend to enjoy going to the dark side. I guess that's due to my six-year stint on (the HBO prison drama) 'Oz.' But I am enjoying the arc this season and Denis has found a rhythm, which is captivating."

Last week's episode ended with Tommy thrashing Johnny at a family birthday party.

"It's the longest scene I ever had to shoot," Winters said, noting he did 80 percent of the stunts himself. "A few bruises came out of that one."

Asked if the expanded role was worth it, Winters quipped: "It seems my theme this season is suffering. ... It's always good to mix it up. Don't get me wrong, I'm having a great time."

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