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'Crisis': Dermot Mulroney discusses Gibson's intentions, twists and the notebook

CRISIS -- "If you are watching this I am dead" Episode 101 -- Pictured: Dermot Mulroney as Thomas Gibson
CRISIS -- "If you are watching this I am dead" Episode 101 -- Pictured: Dermot Mulroney as Thomas Gibson
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If "Crisis" has intrigued you as much as it's intrigued us just with the first episode, you have some questions about Dermot Mulroney's character. On Thursday, March 20, we joined a conference call with the actor to find out just what's going on with Gibson.

As the series premiere of "Crisis" revealed, there's a lot more to Gibson than meets the eye – and there's more to come just like that. "There are more hidden elements of the character of Gibson than the current viewer has any idea about," the actor teased. "There's an incredible plot twist, several of them, in fact, in this opening episode, but what you need to know is that this keeps happening week after week." And if you're wondering if he's good or bad, Mulroney prefers that people wonder, but he said that "his intentions are good."

Gibson's daughter is among the children kidnapped, so how does that affect him as a father? "The story gets really crazy, but what stays the same is how much he loves his daughter and how important it is for him to repair his relationship with her and put his family back together," he explained, and that very much factors into why he does what he does. "You will see that his methods are questionable at times, but then you'll learn how effective it is, so the story makes you really question motives versus results."

And what about that notebook of Gibson's? ( even has a section just for it!) "The notebook is as much a character in this series as well, so it's its own storyline in a way and it's one of the best props I've ever worked with," Mulroney said. "If you can imagine this, there were things in that book when we were shooting the pilot that I didn't know about until about seven months later when we were shooting the series and that's when the picture that had been in the notebook the whole time came into play."

Finally, will we see Gibson's weaknesses? "Not everything in Gibson's master plan is going to go as he conceived," Mulroney previewed. "Some of the fun parts of the series are to see Gibson think on his feet and have to adapt to the changing situation. So there's that tension between knowing that he has a great plan and learning that it's not going according to that plan and what's the character going to do next becomes part of the series. … He's always close to having everything under control but it's not as simple as that. As I said it's a very complex story so he has to adapt as it evolves."

"Crisis" airs Sundays at 10 p.m. on NBC.

© Meredith Jacobs 2014

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