Kathy Bates loves 'curmudgeon' character

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 5 October 2011
Kathy Bates

Kathy Bates

Kathy Bates would secretly love to be a ''curmudgeon'' like her character Harriet Korn in 'Harry's Law'

Kathy Bates loves playing a "curmudgeon" in 'Harry's Law'.

The 63-year-old actress plays lead character Harriet Korn - a recently fired patent lawyer, who now runs a criminal defence firm out of a shoe store - in the TV series by David E. Kelly, and Kathy admitted she would secretly love to be as sarcastic and bad-tempered as her alter-ego.

She said: "Well when I walked on the set and saw the shoe store I just thought this is amazing, nobody's ever done this before.

"When I first saw the script I just fell in love with the character, that's why I wanted to sign on to do it. It's such a fun character to play because she's such a curmudgeon, she just doesn't care what people think of her. Sometimes I aspire to be Harry, she's a lot of fun to play."

Although the role was originally written for a man, Kathy immediately knew she could do the part justice.

She explained: "In this case it was written for a man so he jumped off the page. I was so taken with where he is in his life, he's disillusioned, he's 60 years old, he's been practicing patent law for 32 years and he's bored with it. He wants something new and as he gets fired he begins a new life.

"It just hit me in my gut that that's in a way what I'm doing, in helping create my own television series with David E. Kelley I'm beginning a new chapter in my life as well."

Harry's Law airs on Mondays at 10pm from October 10 on the Universal Channel

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