My worst moment: Nerves and pills led to a bad day early in the career of ‘Dark Winds’ star Zahn McClarnon
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My worst moment: Nerves and pills led to a bad day early in the career of ‘Dark Winds’ star Zahn McClarnon

Chicago Tribune interview:

On the AMC drama “Dark Winds,” Zahn McClarnon stars as Lt. Joe Leaphorn of the Navajo Tribal Police, who is investigating a double murder with the help of two younger deputies, while also trying to manage the intrusive interests of the FBI, which is more interested in busting a couple of armored car robbers who may or may not be hiding somewhere on the reservation.

The series, which has been renewed for a second season, is based on the crime novels of Tony Hillerman. “I grew up with the books,” said McClarnon. “Within our Native community they were well known, obviously. And I’d auditioned for previous adaptations in the early ‘90s. I was familiar with those characters and they’ve always been around me in my community. So when they came to me” — George R.R. Martin and Robert Redford are among the show’s producers — “I was very interested. How could I refuse with such a wonderful team of producers? It was an easy yes for me.”

McClarnon’s elevation to leading man is long overdue, having made a name for himself in supporting roles in series including “Fargo,” “Westworld” (where he made a return appearance just recently) and in a rare comedic role on “Reservation Dogs,” to name just a few.

When asked to share a memory of a worst moment from his career, he recalled a guest appearance on “NYPD Blue.” Continue reading My worst moment: Nerves and pills led to a bad day early in the career of ‘Dark Winds’ star Zahn McClarnon

C&I Q&A: Zahn McClarnon and Kiowa Gordon
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C&I Q&A: Zahn McClarnon and Kiowa Gordon interview:

Due to technical difficulties, we have not been able to post the video of our conversation with Dark Winds stars Zahn McClarnon and Kiowa Gordon, which was recorded shortly before they and we got the good word that their series would be back for a second season. But don’t fret: While we’ve been preparing to enjoy the Season One Finale, which will air at 9 pm ET Sunday on AMC, we procured a transcription of an audio recording. So we’re able to offer some highlights, edited for brevity and continuity.

And for the benefit of those who tuned in late, and haven’t yet caught up with the first five episodes of this excellent mystery-drama based on Tony Hillerman’s popular Leaphorn and Chee novels, here’s how AMC initially described the show:

“Set in 1971 on a remote outpost of the Navajo Nation near Monument Valley, Dark Winds follows Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn (McClarnon) of the Tribal Police as he is besieged by a series of seemingly unrelated crimes. The closer he digs to the truth, the more he exposes the wounds of his past. He is joined on this journey by his new deputy, Jim Chee (Gordon). Chee, too, has old scores to settle from his youth on the reservation. Together, the two men battle the forces of evil, each other, and their own personal demons on the path to salvation.”

Cowboys & Indians: Do you think we might soon being seeing you guys on recruiting posters for the Navajo Police?

Kiowa Gordon: [Laughs] Oh, man. I don’t know about that. That’d be funny — like a 70’s style poster.

C&I: Did you shoot all six Season One episodes in sequence?

Zahn McClarnon: Oh, no.

Kiowa: Yeah, it was all out of sequence.

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