The Hollywood Reporter Article

Nov 3, 2011 | Articles

‘Bones’ Star TJ Thyne Gets His George Bailey Moment in ‘Shuffle,’ Welcomes TV Fatherhood

by Michael O’Connell

Thyne tells THR about paying homage to Jimmy Stewart’s classic role in his new film and what he hopes to see from his Fox series this season.

TJ Thyne, best known for playing Dr. Jack Hodgins on Bones, is enjoying his first fall break in six years.

Fox broke up production the series’ seventh season, which starts airing Thursday, to accommodate the birth of star Emily Deschanel’s baby.

For Thyne, that meant time to promote his starring role in the indie feature Shuffle, which recently had simultaneous premieres at the Hollywood and Heartland film festivals.

It’s been a passion project, allowing him to work with his USC classmates, Bones co-stars Tamara Taylor and Patricia Belcher and a previous collaborator, Oscar-winning make-up designer Barney Burman.

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“It’s our throwback to those great Twilight Zone episodes we used to sit up and watch together in college,” Thyne tells The Hollywood Reporter. “We’re all Frank Capra fans, we all loved It’s a Wonderful Life. We just thought, is there is a way we can tell a story that’s somewhat of an homage those styles of filmmaking.”

If there ever was an amalgam of The Twilight Zone and It’s a Wonderful Life, it must look something like Shuffle, an often frantic story of man waking up each day in a different year of his life, eventually discovering a pattern trying to tell him something. And though Thyne’s character works his way towards a George Bailey-style revelation, he seems to endure a bit more trauma than Jimmy Stewart.

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